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Protesters hold a small peaceful demonstration in support of health care. Photo: William Campbell-Corbis via Getty Images

The Washington Post reports that "[f]or the first time in nearly a decade," the GOP isn't touting its attack plan of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The big picture: Per the Post, for four election cycles, Republicans used their fight against the ACA as a centerpiece to their campaigns. That promise also brought in loads of money from conservative groups. But after winning the White House and taking majority in Congress, they were unable to follow through.

What's next: As health insurance takes a front seat in the midterm election, Republicans are focusing on individual pieces of the ACA instead of repealing it in its entirety, the Post reports.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, who played a key role in the ACA rollback bill that passed the House, told the Post that Republicans "probably can't talk credibly about repeal and replace anymore."

  • But some Republicans are still focused on it. Per the Post, Sen. Ted Cruz said repeal and replace is "a promise virtually every Republican made to voters," and that they need to "finish the job."

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The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

Pay TV's bleak post-pandemic outlook

Data: eMarketer; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Pay-TV industry, and with the near-term future of live sports in question, there are no signs of it getting better in 2021.

Why it matters: The fraught Pay-TV landscape is forcing some smaller, niche cable channels out of business altogether.

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Biden sets his sights on China

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images  

The new administration's first few moves and statements on China suggest that President Biden may continue some of the Trump era's most assertive policies.

Why it matters: China's severe domestic repression, its dramatic rise as a technological superpower, and its increasingly aggressive actions around the globe mean that the world expects the American president to take action.

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