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Stef W. Kight Feb 23, 2017
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GOP calling in governors to help with Obamacare repeal bill

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CNN reports that Republicans are calling in governors like Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich to help them figure out what to do with Medicaid as they work on a repeal bill for Obamacare, which expanded Medicaid to cover millions of Americans.

Governors, help? The goal is to find a solution that's fair to all the states. (Walker did not expand Medicaid in his state, while Kasich did.) Once the governors figure out the best plan for Medicaid in their states, Congress can use that to help them draft a repeal bill that — if they're lucky — will keep people happy enough to vote for the bill. They can't afford to lose Republican votes.

Why it matters: If Capitol Hill has to outsource a Medicaid solution to the governors, it means they're really stuck on how to get rid of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion without being unfair to the states that expanded the program (or the states that didn't).

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Haspel cleared in probe on destruction of waterboarding tapes

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A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Amid controversy over President Trump's pick for Secretary of State, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, the spy agency has released a declassified memo to lawmakers that show Trump's pick to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, was cleared of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Haspel has been met with stark criticism from Democrats and human rights groups, in an attempt to block her nomination to head the CIA, for events related to her time running one of the CIA's "black site" prisons in Thailand where Al Qaeda terror suspects were subjected to torture techniques, including waterboarding. Per the AP, the memo "did not satisfy opponents who want to know more details about her three-decade CIA career."