1 big thing: Health care breakthrough (still hard)
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray have agreed to a plan intended to stabilize the health care system, and President Trump has called it "good short-term solution."
What it does:
- Funds for two years the Affordable Care Act's subsidies to insurance companies that offer coverage to low-income consumers
- Gives states more flexibility in how they implement the law.
- Restores some of the enrollment outreach funding Trump had cut off.
What they're saying:
- Trump says he still wants to see a repeal and replace plan move forward next year, but could back this in the interim.
- Mark Meadows, chairman of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, has called it a "good start" but says he isn't convinced.
- Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats were generally "very pleased" with the deal.
Go Deeper: Our full piece on the plan
Meanwhile… the White House has said Barack Obama didn't call then-general and current chief of staff John Kelly after his son was killed in Afghanistan, doubling down after Trump's widely-criticized remarks yesterday.
Worth noting: Kelly and his wife attended a White House event for gold star families in 2011, and were seated with Michelle Obama.
2. What you missed
- Trump's short list: He's considering 5 people for Fed chair. Meet them.
- Traffic testing: GM is bringing self-driving cars to NYC. Read.
- Fleeing Facebook: Young people prefer Snap. Check in.
- Travel ban, banned: A federal judge is blocking travel ban 3.0. Scan.
- Radiation check: The EPA now says far higher levels aren't harmful. Monitor.
3. One falling object
A Chinese space lab will make an uncontrolled descent to Earth sometime before April after the country lost control of it. The good news: most of the craft is expected to burn up upon reentry into the earth's atmosphere.