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President Obama met with Democrats Wednesday on driving home for voters the catastrophic cost of an Obamacare repeal without a replacement.

What they're saying: Democrats' best-case scenario, according to Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, is that:

"enough Senate Republicans will realize that simple repeal without replacement is irresponsible and will create chaos."

Some Republican members don't want to own that chaos, and all it takes is three no votes in the Senate to fall short of the 50-vote threshold. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recently wrote an op-ed against repeal without replace and has become Democrats' favorite example of a possible no vote. One senior GOP aide said he could currently only count 40 members, at most, who would vote yes on repeal without replace.

Many experts, both liberal and conservative, say such a repeal vote could wreak havoc on insurance markets while Republicans scramble to come up with and pass a replacement plan.

What's next: Obama also laid out for Democrats how to communicate the benefits of Obamacare to voters who don't understand the intricacies of health policy. Democrats plan to communicate these benefits, and the subsequent danger of removing them, to specific groups of people. Said Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat:

"I think we're going to name the victims."

Why it matters: This aligns with the second part of Democrats' strategy. If the GOP succeeds in getting the votes to pass a repeal without a replace, they're going to make sure voters understand exactly how the repeal hurt them, and who is responsible.

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Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.