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The chairmen of the main House health care committees had a message for conservative Republicans today: Don't tank the Obamacare replacement bill. "We can act now, or we can keep fiddling around and squander this opportunity to repeal Obamacare," Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady said at a press conference about the replacement bills. Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden added that the Medicaid rewrite in his bill — which would convert the program to per-person funding limits — would be "the biggest entitlement reform in the last 25 years."

Between the lines: They're trying to fight back conservatives' charges that the package is "Obamacare Lite." Some of the leading GOP critics, including Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and Sen. Rand Paul, are having a press conference this afternoon to blast the bills, which are scheduled for markups in both House committees tomorrow.

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Cook Political Report moved Texas from "lean Republican" to "toss up" for the 2020 presidential race on Wednesday.

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Why the pandemic's carbon cuts still won't head off a climate emergency

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Global carbon emissions from energy, which are the lion's share, will never fully come back from pre-pandemic levels — recovering from a pandemic-fueled decline but sinking again around 2027 with renewable energy on the rise — according to a BloombergNEF analysis.

But, but, but: It still won't prevent the planet from cooking, as the firm still sees enough emissions to lead to over 3.3°C of warming above preindustrial levels by century's end.