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Stephan Savoia / AP

Vice President Mike Pence made it clear today how the Trump administration hopes to win skeptical governors' support for the Senate health care bill: by promising them the freedom to run their health care programs the way they want.

Pence's pitch: "If you take nothing else from what I say today, know that the Senate healthcare bill gives states the freedom to redesign your health insurance markets," Pence told the National Governors Association conference in Providence. "[S]tates across the country will have an unprecedented level of flexibility to reform Medicaid and bring better coverage, better care, and better outcomes to the most vulnerable in your states."

One more thing: Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who introduced Pence, noted that the vice president actually expanded Medicaid when he was governor of Indiana — a major part of the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP is now trying to repeal. Pence acknowledged that, but said his experience showed him firsthand how difficult it is for a state to make changes under the ACA.

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Investors holding the ultra-popular Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 index funds have been hard hit over the last two weeks as tech shares have been roiled by rising U.S. Treasury yields.

Why it matters: Even though the economy is growing and many U.S. stocks are performing well, most investors are seeing their wealth decline because major indexes no longer reflect the overall economy or even a broad swath of public companies — they reflect the performance of a few of the country's biggest companies.

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UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

A Feb. 7 protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

Police and military officers in Myanmar have killed at least 54 people during anti-coup protests, while "arbitrarily" detaining over 1,700 people, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

Why it matters: Protesters have demonstrating across Myanmar for nearly a month, demanding the restoration of democracy after the country's military leaders overthrew its democratically elected government on Feb. 1.

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