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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The conservative House Freedom Caucus met tonight to supposedly get everybody onboard with the Republican plan for Obamacare repeal and replace. If that was the goal, it didn't go according to plan. Here's Rep. Mo Brooks after the meeting:

Right now the Speaker of the House does not have the votes to pass this bill unless he's got substantial Democratic support.

What this means: It means what Mo says. House Speaker Paul Ryan has a Republican Obamacare bill that's not backed by enough Republicans to pass the House.

Members coming out of the meeting, which was attended by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, said the administration had expressed a willingness to negotiate on the bill. However, committee markups start tomorrow morning.

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Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

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Several countries, including Canada and Australia, have announced they will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

Driving the news: Leaders have faced pressure from human rights groups and others to boycott the Games, pointing to the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region and other abuses.

Biden directs federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

President Biden speaking to reporters outside of the White House on Dec. 8.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that requires the federal government achieve multiple goals related to reducing its carbon emissions, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: Meeting the objectives of the order would require a massive investment by the federal government to buy electric vehicles, upgrade buildings and change how it procures electricity.

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Instagram's boss faces Congress' questions on harm to teens

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The head of Instagram will find himself in Congress' crosshairs for the first time Wednesday in the one area lawmakers have shown they are willing to pass tech regulations — protecting youngsters online.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats have found common ground in grilling tech companies on how their products harm children, especially after revelations in The Wall Street Journal about Instagram's potential harm to the mental health of teen girls.