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Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at the Capitol last week. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

The Senate GOP's weekly press conference focused on — what else? — the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Lindsey Graham, who said he's "never felt better about where we're at," and Bill Cassidy were along to answer questions regarding the state of play.

The big argument: Graham framed his health care plan as the only thing standing in the way of the United States' eventual move to a single-payer system (he didn’t explain why). "Here's the choice for America: socialism or federalism when it comes to your health care,” he said.

More quotes from Graham:

  • His big prediction: "At the end of the day, I think we're going to get 50 Republican votes — and I'm going to make a prediction — there's gonna be a lot of Democrats struggling with a 'no' vote."
  • A promise from the House: "Paul Ryan told me to my face, 'If you pass it, we pass it.'"
  • On McCain's call for regular order: "There will be a public hearing … At the end of the day, this is the only process left available to stop a march toward socialism … The Democratic Party is never going to give us anything that'll fundamentally change Obamacare."

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The SPAC surge continues unabated, with 10 new ones formed since Wednesday morning. And that's OK.

Between the lines: There are growing concerns that retail investors are about to get rolled, with smart sponsors taking advantage of dumb money.

Schumer says Senate will stay through weekend to vote on COVID relief

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) of going to "ridiculous lengths" to show his opposition to a COVID relief package widely supported by the American public, after Johnson demanded that the entire 600-page bill be read on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Johnson's procedural move will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate, during which Republicans will propose amendments to force uncomfortable votes for Democrats. Schumer promised that the Senate will stay in session "no matter how long it takes" to finish voting on the $1.9 trillion rescue package.