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The House Freedom Caucus voted Monday night to oppose anything less aggressive than the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, the Huffington Post reports, leaving Republicans fractured over how to deal with the health care law.

But leadership continues to move ahead with its plan to put pieces of an Obamacare replacement plan in the repeal bill. Earlier Monday, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told Axios he believes a replacement needs to be passed separately from a repeal bill.

The problem: The reason GOP leadership is so aggressively trying to put part of the replacement plan in the repeal bill is in response to the concerns of moderate Republicans, who may not vote for a straight repeal. The 2015 repeal bill also gets rid of the Medicaid expansion, which Republicans from expansion states are unlikely to support.

Why this matters: There are now two factions among the Republican party — the moderates and the conservatives — in direct opposition to one another in terms of what to do about Obamacare. Either one side gives in, or the votes likely aren't there for a repeal.

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Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Updated 30 mins ago - Economy & Business

Crypto meets the real world

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The two largest countries in the world seem intent on effectively banning their citizens from participating in crypto, which poses a serious threat to the crypto agenda.

Why it matters: The crypto world is global — but the real world is fragmented into nation-states, each of which claims control of what happens within its borders.

Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 select committee

Mark Meadows. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the panel said Tuesday.

Driving the news: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel earlier this month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.