Jan 4, 2017

Rand Paul becomes Democrats' favorite Republican after Obamacare op-ed

Democrats in Congress spent most of Wednesday quoting an op-ed Sen. Rand Paul wrote for Rare.

The former presidential candidate and former most interesting man in politics wrote that if Republicans don't replace the law at the same time that they repeal it, "the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare."

Why it matters: Paul may not have the kind of megaphone he used to have, but he might encourage other Republicans, and not just the establishment types, to think about the practical dangers of repeal and delay.

You will see an acceleration of adverse selection and ultimately mass bankruptcy of the healthcare insurance industry. - Rand Paul

He warned that crisis that "may eventually lead to calls for a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies."

What's next: Don't forget that Obamacare is popular in Kentucky, and even Trump voters don't necessarily want it to go away. Watch Mitch McConnell's next moves very closely.

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Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize Minnesota's full National Guard

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Saturday he is activating the full National Guard to respond to street violence in Minneapolis that broke out during protests of a police encounter that left a black man, George Floyd, dead.

Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. " The Minnesota National Guard told Axios in an email that up to 10,000 soldiers and airmen would be deployed after all activations and processing are complete.