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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear he doesn't want to negotiate with Democrats on health care — but he's no longer dismissing the option. Here's what he said today at a Rotary Club lunch in Kentucky when asked whether he might need bipartisan cooperation to pass a health care bill, per AP:

"If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur ... We've got the insurance markets imploding all over the country, including in this state."

Between the lines: Just two weeks ago, McConnell told reporters that he'd rather not deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer because Republicans wouldn't be able to achieve any of their health care priorities, including rewrites of Medicaid and insurance rules. But he's not blind to the spectacle of Republicans running away from the health care bill — and his comments suggest he knows he may need a backup plan.

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Bob Woodward: "I was not going to hide" my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward didn't want to join Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump but declining to do so publicly, he told Jonathan Swan in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Woodward has covered 9 presidents, but Trump is the first that Woodward explicitly described as "the wrong man for the job."

Watch the full Jonathan Swan interview with Bob Woodward

In the latest episode of "Axios on HBO," Jonathan Swan interviews Bob Woodward about his new book, "Rage," which was based on 19 interviews with President Trump.