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A group of GOP lawmakers from both the House and Senate have banded together to oppose the GOP establishment's American Health Care Act — which President Trump is "proud to support" — opting instead to announce their plan to reintroduce 2015 legislation that offered a clean repeal of Obamacare.

Who is behind the effort? Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Dave Brat, and Rep. Tom Garrett. Most of the House members are also members of the Freedom Caucus, which will vote on its AHCA position as a bloc this evening.

Rand's reasoning: "We are united on repeal, but we are divided on replacement."

How times have changed: In 2015, the clean repeal bill easily cleared both houses of Congress and was vetoed by then-President Obama. But that was an act of political theater without real stakes and the pressing need for a replacement.

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Trump administration cuts refugee cap to new record low

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The Trump administration plans to only admit a maximum of 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, the State Department said in a release late Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: This is yet another record low refugee cap. Before leaving office, President Obama set the refugee limit at 110,000 for fiscal year 2017 — a number Trump has continued to slash throughout his presidency.

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Barstool jumps into sports betting

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Barstool Sports was founded in 2003 as a free gambling newspaper. It later became a sports blog before growing into a media empire, and now things have come full circle with the recent launch of its own branded sportsbook.

Driving the news: The Barstool Sportsbook app saw a record 21,000 downloads per day during its first weekend (Sept. 18–20), breaking DraftKings' and Fanduel's daily records despite Pennsylvania being the only state where it was operational.

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