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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Sen. Susan Collins gave a blunt reality check Sunday to GOP leaders' claims that all Republicans are on the same page on Obamacare replacement. "There is not a consensus," she said on CBS's Face the Nation. "This is very difficult to achieve the president's goals and the goals that many of us have of wanting to expand access to coverage and have a damper on the prices."

She made it clear that she still prefers the bill she's co-sponsoring with Sen. Bill Cassidy, which takes a different approach by letting states decide whether to keep Obamacare or scrap it. "It is very complicated. And we shouldn't rush it. We need to get this right," she said.

Why it matters: All of the focus lately has been on the difficulty of getting conservative House Republicans to vote for the emerging GOP bill — but Collins' comments are a reminder that the Senate will be an even tougher sell, for moderates as well as conservatives.

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North Carolina police pepper-spray protesters marching to the polls

Officers in North Carolina used pepper spray on protesters and arrested eight people at a get-out-the-vote rally at Alamance County’s courthouse Saturday during the final day of early voting, the City of Graham Police Department confirmed.

Driving the news: The peaceful "I Am Change" march to the polls was organized by Rev. Greg Drumwright, from the Citadel Church in Greensboro, N.C., and included a minute's silence for George Floyd. Melanie Mitchell told the News & Observer her daughters, age 5 and 11, were among those pepper-sprayed by police soon after.

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.