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Vice President Mike Pence's meeting with the Freedom Caucus tonight didn't win their votes for a new Trumpcare deal — yet. But Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows said they were intrigued enough to want to see new legislative text, which could come as soon as tomorrow. "We're encouraged by at least the idea, intrigued by the idea, but would certainly need more information" on the proposal to let states opt out of some Obamacare insurance regulations, Meadows told reporters after the meeting.

Brace yourselves: If the deal comes together, Meadows said the hope is that the House would vote on the revised Trumpcare bill before leaving for recess.

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What Matters 2020

The missed opportunities for 2020 and beyond

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Jason Armond (Los Angeles Times), Noam Galai, Jabin Botsford (The Washington Post), Alex Wong/Getty Images

As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.