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House Republican conservatives aren't the only ones saying they won't vote for an Obamacare repeal bill that's less sweeping than the 2015 version. A growing number of Senate Republicans are taking a hard line, too — including Sen. Rand Paul, who's joining Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in that camp. "I agree completely. I think that should be the minimum that we do, to repeal what we did in 2015. No less," Paul said this afternoon.

Why it matters: Senate Republicans can't afford to lose more than two votes if they want to repeal Obamacare through a budget "reconciliation" bill, which can pass with only 51 votes. But they also need to keep more moderate Republicans on board, who may want to be sure a repeal bill doesn't get rid of Medicaid expansion or the law's taxes.

So if Cruz, Lee and Paul actually vote against a repeal bill they don't think is strong enough — that sinks the bill.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

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The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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