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After President Trump met with several of his top security advisors yesterday to discuss different ways to enhance protections against foreign influence in U.S. elections, the White House has labeled using paper ballots a best practice for shoring up election security.

Yes, but: 14 states in the U.S. still don’t have systems in place that could create a paper trail of every single vote cast.

Why it matters: In those 14 states, it is easier for political parties to cast doubt on the outcome, especially in close races or swing counties and states — even if no breach occurred.

The timing: Not all 14 states have plans right now to change their systems by 2020, let alone by midterm elections this November.

Who was at the table: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Counsel Don McGahn.

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.