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A House subcommittee has released a health funding bill that would give the National Institutes of Health a $1.1 billion increase — a clear rejection of the Trump administration's budget proposal, which would have cut NIH by $5.8 billion. The bill would reduce the overall Department of Health and Human Services budget by $542 million and squeeze individual agencies' budgets — but it rejects most of the Trump budget's deepest cuts in health programs.

The backstory: The subcommittee chairman, Tom Cole, has made it no secret that he wouldn't go along with the administration's NIH cuts. He's too vested in his own legacy of increasing the NIH budget, which got a $2 billion boost in each of the past two years. But his funding bill has enough other cuts to ensure plenty of partisan fights ahead.

Other highlights of the bill, to be marked up tomorrow by the House Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: $219 million cut
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: $198 million cut
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration: $306 million cut
  • Health Resources and Services Administration: $398 million cut
  • Alzheimer's disease research: $400 million increase
  • Brain research initiative: $76 million increase
  • Precision medicine research: $80 million increase

Trouble spots: Democrats are sure to put up a fight over the elimination of the Title X family planning program. The bill would ban the use of any new funds to implement the Affordable Care Act — a standard GOP provision since the law was enacted. And a $10 million CDC Climate Change program would be eliminated.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."