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Tennessee is plowing ahead with its plan to become the first state to adopt Medicaid block grants, but there's no guarantee that the Trump administration will end up playing along.

Driving the news: The state legislature on Friday passed a bill authorizing the new financing structure, and Republican Gov. Bill Lee is expected to sign it.

Details, via Nashville Public Radio: Tennessee's block-grant proposal would lock in the current rate of federal Medicaid funding — which could be a problem if either enrollment or costs ever increase.

  • The Lee administration would have to negotiate the details with federal officials, but the state legislature would have to approve whatever they work out.

Yes, but: The Trump administration has urged states on in a handful of efforts to roll back Medicaid, and block grants would be the most aggressive of those efforts by far. But it hasn’t yet provided a clear framework about what it believes it can approve, within its legal authority — meaning all of this could still fizzle out.

Go deeper: Red states' Medicaid gamble: Paying more to cover fewer people

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

The bomb cyclone and atmospheric river seen via satellite on Sunday. The center of the storm is at the middle of the comma shape, due west of Washington State. (CIRA/RAMMB)

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

Mike Allen, author of AM
5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and Sen. Joe Manchin at the U.S. Capitol in 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.