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Nevada Sen. Dean Heller — one of the most-watched holdouts in the GOP's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — announced this afternoon that he'd vote to allow debate to proceed on repeal efforts. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, meanwhile, joined fellow moderate Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in the "no" column.

From Heller's statement: "Obamacare isn't the answer, but doing nothing to try to solve the problems it has created isn't the answer either."

Other one-time holdouts voting yes: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

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After two gaffes and a low blow from President Trump questioning his faith, Joe Biden spent Thursday evening off his own message — clarifying comments and responding to attacks.

Why it matters: Biden’s responses reflect what we could see a lot more of in the next few months — cringeworthy comments and Trump smears, smacking into each other and pulling the Democrat off course.

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The coronavirus has sent overall U.S. unemployment into the double digits — but it's a sort of full-employment act for election law attorneys.

The big picture: The prospect of extended court fights over COVID-19-related voting changes, an absentee ballot avalanche, foreign interference and contested presidential results has prompted a hire-all-the-lawyers binge by candidates and campaigns — not just in swing states but around the country.

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The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.