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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn speaks with Sen. Lindsey Graham at a hearing. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

Senate Republicans are urging the president to back the bipartisan Alexander-Murray deal to stabilize insurance markets, Politico reports. The White House said Wednesday that Trump does not support the bill in its current form.

What they're saying:

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham told Trump, "You can't save Obamacare but you can keep the markets from collapsing until we get a replacement, which will be Graham-Cassidy ... I just don't see a transition to Obamacare to a block grant that doesn't require at least a couple years to implement." Trump has said his ultimate goal for health care reform will involve block grants to the states, like the Graham-Cassidy plan.
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander said he's spoken to the president four times in the last 10 days about his bill.
  • Sen. John Cornyn said, "I don't think there's any chance of passing it without the president's support."
  • Sen. John McCain said, "If there's a package that's supported by the majority of the American people and the Congress, then we will pass it," signaling he thinks the president's opposition shouldn't matter.

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Inside Patch's new local newsletter platform

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Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called "Patch Labs" that lets local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: It follows a growing trend of journalists going solo via newsletters at the national level.

Scoop: Politico stars plot new Playbook

Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me. 

Why it matters:  Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow. 

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Big Oil's big reckoning

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There doesn't seem to be an oil major that's got it all figured out between the pandemic, cloudy demand and price outlooks, and the unknown path through a world getting a bit more serious about climate.

Driving the news: ExxonMobil yesterday afternoon showed the latest signs of its struggle to position itself as it announced large write-offs and a big rethink of long-term spending.