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Democrats are making sure voters now how the GOP tax bill could decimate medicare. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The progressive group Not One Penny just bought $250,000 in digital ads targeting 15 vulnerable House Republicans across the country who voted for the GOP tax bill, which could decimate medicare.

Why it matters: House Republicans voted yesterday to slash Medicare and CHIP funding, and now Democrats are using the top two issues voters care about to try to sour them on GOP candidates. The ads feature Ady Barkan, who is dying from ALS and who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake on a plane six months ago.

Between the lines: Democrats hope it'll be a winning strategy to tie health care and the tax bill together in their 2018 messages. Polling shows that could be the case, and health care is consistently a top issue around the country.

  • The Trump Administration recently argued for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Trouble in Trump Country: The top 11 states with the highest percentage of individuals with pre-existing conditions all went for Trump in 2016.

The ads threaten GOP candidates who are already vulnerable — 13 of the districts are on the DCCC's Red to Blue list of seats they're investing in to flip. Some of the Republicans on the list include Steve Knight and Mimi Walters in California, Steve Chabot in Ohio, and Rod Blum and David Young in Iowa.

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Pfizer-BioNTech: Booster doses more effective at blocking Omicron

Prepared doses of the BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Germany on Dec. 7. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their COVID-19 vaccine were significantly less effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant in early lab tests, but a three-dose regimen was more effective.

Why it matters: Omicron, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization after being identified by scientists in South Africa last month, has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines against this specific new form of coronavirus.

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1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Biden unveils "Building a Better America" branding

President Biden speaks on infrastructure while visiting a bridge in Woodstock, N.H., last month. Photo: John Tully/Getty Images

President Biden today launched a new website and unveiled bold new branding as part of a nationwide tour to sell the benefits of his infrastructure package.

Why it matters: The White House says passage of the new law shows the ability to "forge bipartisan consensus and prove our democracy can deliver big wins" even in these toxic times.

3 hours ago - World

Olaf Scholz sworn in as German chancellor, succeeding Merkel

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is sworn in by Bundestag President Bärbel Bas in Berlin today. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz was sworn in as chancellor of Germany on Wednesday, succeeding Angela Merkel after 16 years and launching a new era of German and European politics.

Why it matters: Scholz, a center-left pragmatist who served as finance minister and vice chancellor in Merkel's last government, will lead Europe's largest economy in a coalition with the environmentalist Greens and pro-business Free Democrats.