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Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of two Republicans to vote "no" on the Senate's motion to start the health care debate last night, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote. President Trump, who described the two "no" votes as "very sad," singled out Murkowski in a Wednesday morning tweet, saying that she "let the Republicans, and our country down yesterday. Too bad!"

Murkowski said Tuesday that her decision to vote no was a last-minute one, and at the end of the day, her loyalty to "the process" won out, per Alaska Dispatch News. Murkowski added that Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and received a standing ovation for flying in from Arizona just to vote "yes" on the motion, told her that despite that their disagreements, she "did the right thing."

As for facing pushback from Alaska Republicans? "I base my votes on what I believe is in Alaska's best interest," she said. "So I know that there are those who wish that I would be more in line with following the party platform, but I don't think it should come as any surprise that there have been occasions that I have not followed the lead of the party."She added: "Based on where it was when it was released by the leadership, it still had not addressed many of the issues that we have in Alaska," such as ensuring coverage for those struggling in poverty.

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The world has seen a power struggle between nuclear powers before, and has seen those countries inch closer to military conflict. But it's never before seen a cold war between two countries as interconnected — with each other and with the rest of the globe — as the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Escalating antagonism between the world's two superpowers is likely to hinder global cooperation to fight climate change, divert resources to costly arms and tech races, complicate diplomacy for U.S. allies, and victimize Chinese and American citizens living in each other's countries.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.