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House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows says his meeting with Vice President Mike Pence this morning didn't change conservatives' opposition to the House Obamacare replacement bill — and that as of now, there still aren't enough votes to pass it. Meadows told reporters the White House and the Freedom Caucus are still at odds over one major demand: The conservatives want the bill to repeal Obamacare's health insurance regulations, which the White House and GOP leaders say they can't do.

"The main sticking point is the same that it's been. If we don't lower premiums, this bill does not do enough."

The conservatives met with Pence, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, according to Rep. Justin Amash. House Freedom Caucus spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted: "BREAKING: more than 25 Freedom Caucus 'No's' on AHCA -- group says "start over."

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Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

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This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

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  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."