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Gerry Broome / AP

The issue:

President Trump and many Republicans in Congress say the Affordable Care Act is "imploding" due to some health insurer exits and higher premiums in the individual market.

The facts:

S&P Global Ratings analysts looked at financial data at Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, which serve as the anchors for most ACA marketplaces. S&P reported the Blues' gross profit margins for the individual market went up in 2016. The Kaiser Family Foundation also found that insurance companies improved the financial stability of their ACA plans in 2016, although a lot of uncertainty remains in the marketplaces.

Why it matters:

The ACA marketplaces had problems in the first two years, such as the technological meltdown of HealthCare.gov in the first year. And middle-class people who make too much to qualify for subsidies are feeling the pain of higher premiums and high deductibles in many areas. But the recent reports show the individual insurance market is not imploding. Enrollment has been stable, and insurers are not losing as much money after setting premium prices too low in the beginning.

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Japan to release Fukushima water into sea

People near storage tanks for radioactive water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, in 2020. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japan's government on Tuesday announced plans to release more than 1 million metric tons of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean following a treatment process.

Why it matters: While the Biden administration has said Japan appears to have met globally accepted nuclear safety standards, officials in South Korea, China and Taiwan, local residents, those in the fishing industry and green groups oppose the plans, due to begin in about two years, per the Guardian.

In photos: Twin Cities on edge after Daunte Wright shooting

Demonstrators shout "Don't shoot" at the police after curfew on April 12 as they protest the death of Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a day earlier. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

There were tense scenes in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center Monday night, after demonstrators defied a 7 p.m. curfew to protest for a second night the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

The big picture: The curfew was announced following a night of protests and unrest over the killing of Wright, 20, during a traffic stop Sunday. Following peaceful protests and a daytime vigil, police again deployed tear gas during clashes with protesters Monday night, according to reporters on the scene.

In photos: Life along the U.S.-Mexico border

Children at the border of the Puerto de Anapra colonia of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, hang on a border fence and look to Sunland Park, N.M. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

Axios traveled to McAllen and El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to see how the communities are responding to an increase of migrants from Central America.

Of note: The region in South and West Texas are among the poorest in the nation and rarely are the regions covered in depth beyond the soundbites and press conference. Axios reporters Stef Kight and Russell Contreras walked the streets of McAllen, El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez to record images that struck them.

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