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The health care debate is exposing a perhaps irreconcilable divide among Republican voters, which the New York Times has illustrated this morning. There are the those who philosophically believe the government should be less involved in people's health care, and those who rely on Obamacare's expansion of government assistance to low-income insurance customers.

The NYT talked to Sen. Bill Cassidy, who has been active in the debate over how to move forward from Obamacare. Here's his assessment of the GOP's current challenge:

"The folks who Hillary Clinton called the 'deplorables' are actually those who want better coverage, who we'd be hurting if we don't change this bill," Mr. Cassidy said, noting that [President] Trump promised "he'd give them better care."

Cassidy says now is the time for pragmatism, rather than ideology.

There's a widespread recognition that the federal government, Congress, has created the right for every American to have health care

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  3. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  4. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
  5. Media: Fauci: Some of what Fox News reports about COVID-19 is "outlandish"
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Bob Woodward: "I was not going to hide" my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward didn't want to join Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump but declining to do so publicly, he told Jonathan Swan in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Woodward has covered 9 presidents, but Trump is the first that Woodward explicitly described as "the wrong man for the job."

Watch the full Jonathan Swan interview with Bob Woodward

In the latest episode of "Axios on HBO," Jonathan Swan interviews Bob Woodward about his new book, "Rage," which was based on 19 interviews with President Trump.