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Evan Vucci / AP

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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Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.

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Kevin McCarthy's rude awakening

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Kevin McCarthy is learning you can get torched when you try to make everyone happy, especially after an insurrection.

Why it matters: The House Republican leader had been hoping to use this year to build toward taking the majority in 2022, but his efforts to bridge intra-party divisiveness over the Capitol siege have him taking heat from every direction, eroding his stature both with the public and within his party.

The next big political war: redistricting

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Democrats are preparing a mix of tech and legal strategies to combat expected gerrymandering by Republicans, who are planning to go on legal offense themselves.

Why it matters: Democrats failed to regain a single state legislature on Election Day, while Republicans upped their control to 30 states' Houses and Senates. In the majority of states, legislatures draw new congressional district lines, which can boost a party's candidates for the next decade.