ACA ruling tosses "political bomb" into Trump's 2020 re-election bid

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) gestures during a news conference condemning the Trump administration's targeting of the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

"An explosive court ruling to wipe out Obamacare has revived the acrimonious health care battle in Washington and tossed a political bomb in President Trump’s lap as he gears up to run for re-election," Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur writes.

The big picture: "The case may not be resolved in the courts before 2020, legal experts said, which could make it a defining issue in the race for the White House and Congress...Democrats immediately jumped on the Friday night ruling to warn that health care coverage for millions of Americans was at stake."

The N.Y. Times reports that the Texas ruling "is so sweeping that many legal analysts believe it is likely to be overturned. The Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, has already upheld the Affordable Care Act’s legality."

  • But as Axios' David Nather pointed out yesterday: There’s no guarantee that a more conservative Supreme Court won’t just let the law die.
  • And The Times is right that the volatile debate will now be "center stage in a newly divided capital."

Be smart: Republicans now are going to debate whether they want to take a popular program away from voters — not where a party wants to be.

Go deeper: Affordable Care Act may be headed back to Supreme Court

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

Xi Jinping. Photo: Noel Celis - Pool/ Getty Images

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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