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After a private meeting of House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters his repeal and replacement legislation needs to be changed in order to pass through the House, according to The Washington Post.

"Now that we have our score ... we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill."

He did not dive into what those changes might be, but VP Mike Pence backed him up and said changes are in the pipeline.

Why it matters: There are now enough defectors to seriously threaten the bill's fate on the House floor. If it was voted on as-is, it would almost certainly fail. Wednesday's comments mark a change in tune from Ryan, who previously seemed resistant to changes.

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The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

The next cliff for the unemployed

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A program supporting Americans who are typically ineligible for unemployment benefits will expire at the end of the year, with millions still relying on it as the labor market sputters.

Why it matters: The result could be catastrophic for the economic recovery that Wall Street fears is already fragile.

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