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(David Zalubowski / AP)

The DCCC capitalized overnight on an unpopular provision of a new GOP health care amendment, launching ads in 30 Republican districts accusing members of exempting themselves from new waivers that could be added to their health care plan.

The waivers allow states, under limited circumstances, to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits and ban on charging sick people higher premiums, but doesn't apply to members of Congress as originally written. It's currently being rewritten to subject members of Congress to the same rules as everyone else.

The five-figure digital ad buy is in Republican districts being targeted by Democrats, including those of the amendment's author, Rep. Tom MacArthur, and many members who announced their opposition to the original bill.

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Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.