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Republicans and Democrats took to the Sunday morning talk shows to react to Friday's decision by a federal judge in Texas to throw out key provisions of the Affordable Care Act — a ruling that could make its way to the Supreme Court and ultimately impact millions of Americans.

What they're saying: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the conservative judge's decision as "an awful, awful ruling" on NBC's "Meet the Press," claiming that in addition to eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions, it would have far-reaching impacts on funding for opioid treatment, drug prices and women's health issues. Schumer said Democrats would fight the ruling "tooth and nail," and that they would put a vote on the floor "urging an intervention in the case."

  • "A lot of this depends on congressional intent, and if a majority of the House and a majority of the Senate say that this case should be overturned, it will have a tremendous effect on the appeal. So our first stop is the courts."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  • Sen. Susan Collins, who voted for the repeal of the ACA's individual mandate as part of the GOP's tax bill, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that she does not agree with President Trump that this is "a great ruling for our country."
  • Collins said she thinks the ruling will be overturned, but explained why she thinks the individual mandate is so unpopular: "80% of the people that paid the [individual mandate] penalty earned under $50,000 a year. ... It's telling that when the tax bill was on the floor, not a single Democratic senator offered an amendment to strike the repeal of the individual mandate."
White House adviser Stephen Miller
  • Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "we've always known that Obamacare is unconstitutional" and "never worked."
  • Miller said he believes that the Supreme Court will uphold the ruling, and that the "more important question" is whether Democrats will work with Republicans to come up with a replacement that protects pre-existing conditions and keeps prices low.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar called the ruling "absurd" on CBS' Face the Nation, specifically calling out the Trump administration for its efforts over the past two years to gut the ACA.
  • "You have an administration ... that basically is just standing while the house is burning down, and instead of going in there and putting out the fire, they're throwing lighter fuel on it. ... Justice Roberts and a conservative court has already ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, unlike what Mr. Miller said."
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
  • Sen. Roy Blunt, appearing on "Meet the Press," was less enthusiastic about the ruling than some of his Republican colleagues: "I'm not in the job of questioning what state attorney generals want to do. ... When you challenge something like the Affordable Care Act, an attorney general in Texas doesn't have the obligation of coming up with what the alternatives are."
  • Pressed by Chuck Todd about Republicans' lack of a coherent solution for health care, Blunt said, "One thing I think that we would be able to unite on is that Medicare for All would wind up meaning Medicare for none."

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro.

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COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.