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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Republican senators emerged from a luncheon this afternoon with little to no excitement about their last hope — a "skinny repeal" health care bill that represents the bare minimum they think they can pass. Some are dismayed that they're setting the bar so low after seven years of promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Most were noncommittal about voting for it. ""We will see what comes off the floor," said Sen. Ted Cruz, who has built much of his career on promising ACA repeal.

Please don't pass this bill: Sen. Bob Corker said he and other GOP senators are likely to receive "assurances that this is the pathway to conference" with the House, not a final product that the House would pass untouched: "After focusing on a full repeal, and then going to almost nothing, people are going to have some concerns voting for that."

If it actually became law, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, it "would destroy insurance markets and not even remotely replace Obamacare. This is going to be a trust but verify situation."

The "it's only conference" pitch is working for some senators, though:

What to watch: The "vote-a-rama" is expected to start tonight. Also, at some point Senate Republicans may release the bill.

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The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.