Jul 14, 2017

Sandoval hasn't killed the health bill — yet

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is sounding deeply skeptical of the Senate health care bill because of its tight Medicaid spending limits — but he's not absolutely opposing it yet.

  • "Anybody can do the rudimentary math" on the new bill's addition of $70 billion to help state insurance markets vs. more than $700 billion in Medicaid savings, he told reporters this morning at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, per the Nevada Independent.
  • But Politico reports that Sandoval wouldn't say he opposes the bill. He's supposed to talk with Vice President Mike Pence at the governors' meeting.

Why it matters: Whatever Sandoval says will probably have a big influence on whether Sen. Dean Heller votes for the bill. If he votes against it — or against the motion to take up the bill — that would be enough to kill it.

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.