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Things have gotten so bad at Adeptus Health that the emergency room chain has hired a chief restructuring officer and retained investment bank Houlihan Lokey to help explore "various strategic alternatives," the company disclosed in a federal filing. Adeptus, backed by private-equity firm Sterling Partners, still hasn't released its 2016 financial documents.

If Adeptus chooses to sell and is able to find a buyer, which is far from guaranteed given its precipitous fall since its initial public offering in 2014, it would likely sell for pennies on the dollar. Adeptus' stock cratered to an all-time low of $1.48 on Tuesday, its market cap is $21 million today compared with a high of $2.5 billion in 2015, and it is facing class-action securities lawsuits.

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Data: Money.net; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

The lesson: Adeptus heralded freestanding emergency rooms as a more convenient way to get care, but the facilities have been expensive to run and have led to exorbitant charges for some patients.

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In photos: Protests outside fortified capitols draw only small groups

Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters rallied outside fortified statehouses over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.