Mar 21, 2017

Conservative heavyweights square off on Trumpcare "key voting"

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This is the time when key conservative groups are announcing that the House Republican health care bill will be a "key vote" — meaning they're keeping track of how every member of Congress votes, and if they don't vote the way the group wants, their supporters are going to hear about it.

But what are Republicans supposed to do when two of the most powerful conservative interest groups are on opposite sides?

  • Against: Heritage Action — because the bill doesn't repeal Obamacare's insurance regulations.
  • For: National Right to Life Committee — because it would keep tax credits from being used to pay for abortions, and defunds Planned Parenthood.

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Scoop: Amazon's local podcast play

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Amazon is looking to invest in localized podcast content, like news and sports, sources tell Axios. Sports content is top of mind as the company plans to buy up more TV rights and have adjacent audio content for users.

Why it matters: Amazon sees a strategic advantage in podcasts by leveraging Alexa voice tech to help users discover personalized content.

The oil stakes of Trump vs. Biden

Reproduced from Rapidan Energy Group; Chart: Axios Visuals

U.S. oil production is in a steep decline, but one question is how much November's elections will affect how much it does — or doesn't — bounce back.

Why it matters: The powerful price and demand headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic are creating a financial crisis in the oil patch.

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