President Donald Trump shakes hands with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

The White House is defending the administration's response to Hurricane Maria Tuesday evening following the latest report that the death toll from the hurricane was not 64 as originally reported, but 2,975. The new mortality count means Hurricane Maria killed more people than Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused 1,833 fatalities.

"The federal government has been, and will continue to be, supportive of Governor Rosselló’s efforts to ensure a full accountability and transparency of fatalities resulting from last year’s hurricanes... The devastating back-to-back hurricanes were met with the largest domestic disaster response mission in history. We are focused on Puerto Rico’s recovery and preparedness for the current Hurricane season."
— Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary

Why it matters: The Trump administration was widely criticized after the public noted the stark differences in the administration's tone and urgency following hurricane Harvey, which ravaged Houston last summer, versus hurricane Maria. The president tweeted in September following the hurricane arguing that the coverage of Maria was false saying, "To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews! #PRStrong" Go deeper: Hurricane Maria's official death count raised to 2,975 after study

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Joe Biden told CBS' "60 Minutes" this week that if elected, he would put together a bipartisan commission to study the federal court system and make recommendations for reform.

Why it matters: Biden has come under pressure to clarify his position on court packing after some Democrats suggested expanding the court if Senate Republicans confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

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Investors' return on U.S. corporate bonds has been falling since its August peak, but buying has only accelerated, especially in investment grade bonds that are offering historically low yields.

The state of play: Since hitting its 2020 high on Aug. 4, the benchmark Bloomberg Barclays U.S. bond aggregate has delivered a -2.2% return. (For comparison, the S&P 500 has gained 3.9% during the same time period.)