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Andrew Harnik / AP

Senate Republicans have finally released their latest health care bill — a "skinny" measure that would only repeal a few provisions of the Affordable Care Act, without attempting to replace any of them.

The bill would:

  • Repeal the individual mandate
  • Repeal the employer mandate
  • Delay the ACA's tax on medical devices
  • Cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood
  • Expand an ACA waiver program so that states could roll back some of the law's regulations and benefit mandates.
  • Repeal the ACA's fund for public health programs
  • Provide more funding for community health centers

What happens next: The Senate is still expected to enter a prolonged "vote-a-rama" later tonight, which will likely last well into Friday morning. Several Senate Republicans have said they do not want this bill to become law, but might vote for it anyway to open up a new round of negotiations with the House.

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Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.

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The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies, to administer the shots.

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With public support for marijuana legalization nearing unanimity, and more athletes using cannabis to treat pain, the four major U.S. sports leagues continue to reduce restrictions and punishments.

Driving the news: NBA players won't be subject to random marijuana testing this season, an extension of an agreement between the league and its players' union that began ahead of the 2020 Orlando restart.