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House spending bill would likely reauthorize CHIP for six years

A doctor examines a child insured by CHIP
A child insured by CHIP gets an examination at a doctor's office in Burke, Va. Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images

House Republicans are expected to release a temporary spending bill as soon as today that includes a six-year renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to two House GOP aides. Republicans are also discussing delays for the Affordable Care Act's taxes on medical devices and health insurers, as well as the "Cadillac tax" on generous health plans, though the plan remains in flux.

What to watch: The reauthorization of CHIP has gotten easier now that the Congressional Budget Office has lowered its cost estimates for extending the program. But the spending bill is still caught up in broader political fights — especially over immigration — so this is not a done deal yet.

Jonathan Swan 7 hours ago
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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.