Jul 25, 2017

Heller a "yes" on motion to proceed for ACA repeal

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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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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.