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President Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has signed off on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to add work requirements to the state's Medicaid program. Wisconsin is the fifth state to win approval for work requirements, which are expected to substantially trim the states' Medicaid rolls.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only one of those states that hasn't adopted the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion — which has been a top issue in Walker's competitive re-election bid. Approving work rules in a non-expansion state is another sign that this is one of the Trump administration's most important health care priorities, and it's moving as fast as it can to say "yes."

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.