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Here are the top stories of this morning:

Transcripts of impeachment depositions for key figures Laura Cooper, Christopher Anderson, and Catherine Croft were released today.
US condemns “unjustified use of deadly force” in Hong Kong protests
Bernie Sanders spoke out against ongoing clashes in Bolivia, saying it “appears to be a coup.”
Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is considering entering the 2020 presidential race.
The Trump administration is set to significantly limit the kinds of medical and scientific research the government can use to determine public health regulations, undermining scientific standards.

The Trump administration is set to significantly limit the kinds of medical and scientific research the government can use to determine public health regulations, according to a proposal reported on by the New York Times, raising concerns among scientists and physicians.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposal would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before the agency could consider an academic study’s conclusions.

The measure would undermine scientific basis for many public health and policy regulations, critics say, and make it ore difficult to enact new clean air and water rules.

The proposal would also retroactively apply to existing health regulations. From the New York Times:

Public health experts warned that studies that have been used for decades — to show, for example, that mercury from power plants impairs brain development, or that lead in paint dust is tied to behavioral disorders in children — might be inadmissible when existing regulations come up for renewal.

A new poll has found Donald Trump’s approval ratings among women have hit their lowest point in over a year.

According to a poll published by the Hill, just 37% of women say they approve of the job Trump is doing – down from 44% in July of 2018. Meanwhile, 63% of women say they disapprove of Trump’s performance as president.

As the 2020 elections approach, suburban women are thought to be a key voting block in determining the results. Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped one percentage point to 47%, the poll found.