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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska returns to her office on Capitol Hill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are considering three new Alaska-specific changes to their health care proposal to gain the backing of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, according to the Independent Journal Review.

What they're offering:

  • Alaska and Hawaii would "continue to receive Obamacare's premium tax credits" despite them getting repealed in the rest of the country.
  • Medicaid per capita caps are delayed for both Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Both states get "an increased federal Medicaid matching rate"

Why it matters: Murkowski was one 3 GOP no-votes on health care earlier this year.

Go deeper

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
3 hours ago - Economy & Business

The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

Why made-for-TV moments matter during the pandemic

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Erin Schaff-Pool, Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.