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Sen. John McCain won't support Graham-Cassidy, he announced this afternoon. Sen. Rand Paul is already a "no," with Sen. Susan Collins almost assuredly in the same camp, per Axios' Caitlin Owens.

Be smart: The vote's not officially off yet, but if Mitch McConnell cancels it, the biggest Senate winners will be the moderate Republicans who don't have to take one more uncomfortable vote: Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, and Cory Gardner.

  • Key McCain quote from a press release: "We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party line basis ... I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal."
  • Lindsey Graham's response: "My friendship with John McCain is not based on how he votes but respect for how he's lived his life and the person he is. I respectfully disagree with his position ... We press on."
  • Read McCain's full statement.

The bottom line: As Axios health care editor Sam Baker wrote in Vitals on Monday:

"My Axios colleague Caitlin Owens and I are both deeply — like, Mariana Trench deeply — skeptical that the latest Affordable Care Act repeal bill can pass. One of our many reasons: A lot of Republican senators' states — particularly those that expanded Medicaid — would lose a lot of money."

One more thing: The big question was whether McCain would stop calling for "regular order" — hearings and markups — on health care because his friend Graham was the sponsor. He didn't.

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SHOWTIME announced today that it has acquired the rights to adapt Bill Clinton and James Patterson's thriller, "THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING," into a series.

The book, set to hit shelves in June 2018, tells the story of a sitting U.S. president's disappearance, with a unique perspective on the pressures and stakes faced by a sitting president.