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In the face of crumbling support for the Senate's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters this afternoon that he'd instead move to hold a vote on full repeal without a replacement in the "very near future" — even as support for that option is dwindling.

  • His explanation for the failure of repeal and replace: "Everybody's given it their best shot, and as of today, we simply do not have 50 senators who agree on what can replace the existing law."
  • Rand Paul made a guest appearance: His message to senators voting "no" on full repeal: 'You need to go back home and explain to Republicans why you're no longer for repealing Obamacare."

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.