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Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested the administration will keep appealing the House lawsuit on the legality of Obamacare insurer subsides in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday.

When asked by an interviewer whether he would "continue to allow the legal process to continue for another judge to take a look at this case," or whether he'll take a "step back from it," Sessions chose the former. "The legal process will continue," he said, indicating the administration will continue to challenge a district court ruling saying the payments are illegal.

Why this matters: The subsidies have become a huge issue as insurers make decisions about the 2018 enrollment period. This doesn't give them much new certainty about what will happen long-term, but it seems to suggest the payments will at least continue while the appeal plays out.

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U.S. coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are surging, with cold weather arriving before even the best-case scenario for a widely distributed vaccine. Now we're also beginning to see an increase in coronavirus-related startup funding, focused on both testing and pharma.

Driving the news: Gauss, a Silicon Valley computer vision startup focused on health care, tells Axios that it's raised $10 million to accelerate development and commercialization of an at-home rapid antigen test for COVID-19.

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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.