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Breitbart

Influential right-wing websites are beating the daylights out of the Obamacare replacement plan developed by the House Republican leadership and the Trump administration.

Why this matters: Trump, Ryan and co. were already going to have a hard time selling their plan to right flank of the House and Senate. The last thing they need is a conservative media war against them. You can bet that someone's going to walk into the President's office during the next 24 hours with a print out of the Breitbart stories. It'll be interesting to see whether he stays the course against the backlash.

Breitbart is taking the most aggressive stance against the Obamacare replacement bill, closely followed by the website Conservative Review — which is seen in conservative circles as being close to Ted Cruz.

A sample of today's headlines:

  • "Obamacare 2.0 guts enforcement, gives illegal aliens health care through identity fraud" (Breitbart)
  • "Obamacare-Lite': Conservatives rip Ryan's 'GOP welfare entitlement' and 'keeping taxes in place' (Breitbart)
  • "Rand smash! Sen Paul takes spineless GOP and RINOcare to task" (Conservative Review)
  • "Trump endorses RINOcare. Are we doomed?" (Conservative Review)
  • "RINO-Care: A more insolvent version of Obamacare...Except this time GOP owns it" (Conservative Review)

What about other influential conservative websites? Neither Drudge nor the National Review is playing up healthcare today. The Weekly Standard has measured coverage — "Maybe it's an Amendable Care Act, But 'this is the bill,' Pence says."

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Battle for the soul of a new web

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A well-funded and intensely motivated chunk of tech's hive mind is finding common cause in a vast new project: rebuilding the web on a foundation of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech. They call it "Web3."

The big picture: Developers, investors and early adopters imagine a future in which the technologies that enable Bitcoin and Ethereum will break up the concentrated power today's tech giants wield and usher in a golden age of individual empowerment and entrepreneurial freedom.

Thanksgiving box office shows theaters have long road to recovery

Photo of Disney's "Encanto;" Credit: Disney

Box office ticket sales over the Thanksgiving holiday show that consumer confidence in moviegoing is slowly improving, but not enough to bring the struggling theater industry back to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon, if ever.

Why it matters: "We may have to temper expectations a bit" for next year, said Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

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Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world

Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

The emergence of the Omicron variant is bringing new urgency to global vaccination efforts.

Why it matters: New variants can emerge anywhere, and can spread everywhere. Getting doses to the developing world — and getting those doses into people's arms — is essential, and that effort has so far been lagging.