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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

House Republicans met this morning to talk out their differences on the Obamacare repeal effort just before two committees take up the bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan told skeptical conservatives that if the replacement bill doesn't pass quickly, it will delay other conservative priorities, including tax reform, according to Rep. Tom Cole.

Another key message, according to Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden: If Republicans don't pass Obamacare repeal and replacement in the budget "reconciliation" bill — which only requires 51 votes in the Senate — they would need 60 votes to pass anything else.

So far, though, conservatives are still digging in against it. Here's what Freedom Caucus member Dave Brat said as he headed into the meeting across the street from the Capitol: The bill needs "major changes" so it focuses more on bringing costs down for everyone, not just covering the uninsured.

We've paid way too much attention to coverage.

The bottom line: Cole, on whether it has the votes to pass the House: "Today? Probably not."

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Inauguration Day dashboard

Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: The Celebrate America event, with remarks by Biden and Harris.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
38 mins ago - Politics & Policy

President Biden faces a deeply broken America

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.