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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is briefing reporters within an hour of Trump calling off the vote on the GOP repeal and replace plan.

"We came really close today, but we came up short...I told [Trump] that the best thing I think to do is pull the bill."

Ryan's stance on the bill: "I'm really proud of the bill that we produced."

On how it failed: "We did everything we could to get consensus. This is how governing works when you're in the majority."

His take on Trump: Trump was "fantastic" in a losing effort.

On Obamacare: "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

On moving on to other legislative business: "We are moving on to…secure the border…get the deficit under control."

On how this affects tax reform: "This does make tax reform more difficult. But it does not make that impossible."

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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.

The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

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