Mar 9, 2017

Energy and Commerce approves Obamacare bill after 27 hours

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After a grueling session that lasted overnight and through the morning, the House Energy and Commerce Committee did what everyone knew it would do from the beginning: It approved its piece of the House Republican Obamacare replacement package on a party-line vote. The bill survived the marathon markup session basically unchanged, except for technical tweaks from the Republican side.

How it ended: Despite all of the bitter arguments about which was worse — Obamacare or the new bill — all of the anger seemed to be gone at the end, as dazed-looking Republicans and Democrats just wanted to get it over with. They all gave a round of applause to committee chairman Greg Walden and the committee staff members for making it through the night. Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone gave one last speech about how the GOP bill would "rip health care away from millions of Americans," but even his heart didn't really seem to be in it.

What's next: Rep. Joe Barton withdrew one important amendment he had expected to offer: ending Obamacare's Medicaid expansion at the end of this year rather than in 2020. That was a concession to conservatives, and has already been endorsed by groups like the Republican Study Committee. Barton said the White House is "looking at it" and that he has gotten a "considerable amount of positive feedback" in private conversations. So look for it to return later in the process.

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Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and the president over the company's authority to label or limit his speech as well as the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.