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⚡Breaking ... Trump tweets: "Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year ... The Trump Administration will be announcing the new Secretary of the Interior next week."
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Be smart: This really could end with the Affordable Care Act being wiped out.
What's new: The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature achievement, may be headed back to the Supreme Court after a conservative federal judge in Texas struck down the individual mandate as unconstitutional last evening.
Axios managing editor David Nather, who co-wrote a book about the ACA debate and has narrated every milestone, makes us smarter, faster:
Why it matters: You should take this ruling seriously. It's getting a lot of criticism from legal experts, including ACA critics, and it could be overturned — but it won't definitely be overturned. This really could end with the ACA being wiped out.
Political fallout: This could be a nightmare for Republicans in suburbs and swing states.
President Trump had a meeting scheduled Monday with a possible candidate for White House chief of staff. Guess that guy ain't getting it.
You can tell so much about West Wing dynamics by the way Trump announced Mick Mulvaney — already wearing two hats as White House budget director and acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — as his acting chief of staff:
White House insiders expect Mulvaney to get the permanent gig.
After all the drama around the pick, numerous Trump allies — inside and out — told me they think the pick is a pretty good idea and has as good a chance of working as anything.
The WashPost has the sentence of the day: "Mulvaney has an easy rapport with Trump, often taking large charts and colorful graphics into the Oval Office to explain fiscal policy, administration officials said."
Above, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney discusses a possible government shutdown 11 months ago.
"A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador," AP's Luis Alonso Lugo reports.
"Francisco Pedraza, a political scientist at University of California, Riverside, attributed the largest Latino representation ever to a larger turnout propelled by rhetoric from President Trump about immigrants."
For millennia, technology had little big-picture impact, Axios future editor Steve LeVine writes:
The big picture: It's all come too fast. We are saturated with life-rattling new technologies, yet more is on its way — artificial intelligence, quantum computing, robots and greater use of cyber weapons.
These dizzying creations may not be boosting the economy at nearly the same scale as prior big inventions.
Go deeper with Steve's special report on the world in upheaval.
The future of dining could include surge pricing ... "Online reservation systems will soon allow diners to finish their meal and leave without whipping out a credit card," by paying in advance based on dynamic pricing, Bloomberg reports:
Nick Kokonas, co-owner of culinary reservation system Tock, said that rather than create culinary gimmicks with artificially inflated prices to make ends meet, restaurants should introduce “surge pricing” like that offered by Uber and Lyft.