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Paul Ryan had a big fundraising month in January. He transferred $3.4 million to the House Republicans' campaign committee — the NRCC. That's impressive for an off year, and well exceeds the $2.5 million he transferred in January 2016 to kick off the election year.

The $3.4 million transfer does not include the nearly $200,000 raised from Paul Ryan-signed direct mail pieces for the NRCC, says a Ryan political operative.

Why this matters: While Ryan & co. hope for thumping victories in the 2018 House and Senate races, they count nothing as certain in the age of Trump. Ryan's formidable fundraising achieves two objectives: Gives Republicans added juice for increasingly expensive House races, and buys him loyalty from members who might be tempted to defy him.

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

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