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(Evan Vucci / AP)

GOP House members came out of a conference meeting Wednesday morning still optimistic about a health care vote next week, provided the deal-making amendment gets fixed to subject Congress to the same Affordable Care Act regulation waivers as everyone else. Language to fix the issue is being written.

  • What to watch: Moderates, especially those who were a no-vote earlier. Rep. Barbara Comstock, who had previously announced her opposition, was very tight-lipped as she left conference. It's still unclear whether there are still enough moderate holdouts to block the bill.
  • The optimists: Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told reporters he thinks the amendment written by Rep. Tom MacArthur could get enough members onboard — particularly moderates, especially after Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden spoke in favor.
  • The quote: Rep. Dave Brat, a well-known member of the Freedom Caucus who said last night he is now a yes vote, told reporters the Congressional exemption piece of the amendment is "fixed, guaranteed... Everyone in the room was pretty good. The overall tone was up."

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Why it matters: The strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood.

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Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and Sen. Joe Manchin at the U.S. Capitol in 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.