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Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro went after Vice President Joe Biden and his health care plan during the 2020 Democratic debate saying, "I'm fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama and you're not."

Why it matters: Biden, who has been a champion of Obama-era policies throughout his campaign, had to defend himself against criticism and inconsistencies on continuing the Affordable Care Act lobbed Castro and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

  • Biden did reference his plan earlier in the night saying that anyone who can't afford gets automatically enrolled in the medicare type option. 

The exchange:

CASTRO: "But the differences between what I support and what you support, Vice President Biden, is that you require [people] to opt in and I would not require them to opt in, they would automatically be enrolled. That's a big difference, because Barack Obama's vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered. He wanted every single person in this country covered. My plan would do that. Your plan would not."
BIDEN:  "They do not have to buy in.  They do not have to buy in."  
CASTRO:  "You just said that.  You just said that two minutes ago.  You just two minutes ago that they would have to buy in. "
BIDEN:  "Do not have to buy in if you can't afford it."
CASTRO:  "You said they would have to buy in."
BIDEN:  "Your grandmother would not have to buy in.  If she qualifies for Medicaid, she would automatically be enrolled."
CASTRO:  "Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?  Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?  I mean, I can't believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you're saying they don't have to buy in.  You're forgetting that. "
BIDEN:  "I said anyone like your grandmother who has no money." 
CASTRO:  "I mean, look, look, we need a health care system..."
BIDEN:  "She -- you're automatically enrolled."
CASTRO:  "It automatically enrolls people regardless of whether they choose to opt in or not.  If you lose your job, for instance, his health care plan would not automatically enroll you.  You would have to opt in.  My health care plan would.  That's a big difference.  I'm fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you're not. "

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Alabama's new congressional map rejected by federal judges

The Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Federal judges on Monday night blocked Alabama's newly drawn congressional map and ordered the Republican-led State Legislature to create a new one that includes two districts, rather than the planned one.

Why it matters: "Black voters have less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress," the panel of three judges wrote in their ruling.

Australian Open organizers reverse "Where is Peng Shuai?" t-shirt ban

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: Bai Xue/Xinhua via Getty Images

Australian Open organizers on Tuesday reversed a ban on t-shirts supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai following widespread criticism.

Why it matters: Tennis Australia's announcement came less than 24 hours after the governing body defended the decision to ask fans last Friday to remove "Where is Peng Shuai?" t-shirts, citing ticket policy prohibiting political clothing, per the BBC.