Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin hold a press briefing about the administration's tax reform plan. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said "now is the critical moment for transformative tax reform ... so we are encouraging members and the administration to go all-in on this and get a major piece of legislation passed in 2017." But Republicans are now stuck dealing with tax reform and health care at once, with an expected vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill next Wednesday — during the same week the admin is supposed start their tax reform rollout.

Go deeper: The Graham-Cassidy bill could delay tax reform if the admin decides to push the tax rollout to the first week of October, devoting time (and attention) to health care this month.

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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

Federal judge blocks DOJ from defending Trump in Carroll rape defamation case

E. Jean Carroll in Warwick, New York. Photo: Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "lying" about her claim.

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