Mar 1, 2017

The GOP has a top secret repeal and replace bill

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The Washington Examiner reports that a copy of a top secret GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will be made available to Republican lawmakers in the basement of a House office building tomorrow. No one will be allowed to take a copy.

And, per The Hill, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to hold a markup on the legislation sometime next week, though committee member Chris Collins noted that "plans do change." Collins also added that it's likely that the bill won't have a Congressional Budget Office score by the time of the markup.

Why it matters: The GOP is still massively divided on some aspects of what replacement might look like, including tax credits and Medicaid expansion, but this breakneck pace might force the party to coalesce around a solution sooner rather than later.

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Trump lashes out at governors, urges them to "dominate" protestors

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President Trump berated the nation’s governors in a video teleconference call Monday, calling many of them "weak" and demanding tougher crackdowns on the protests that erupted throughout the country following the killing of George Floyd, according to multiple reports.

The big picture: Trump blamed violence on the "the radical left" and told the governors, who were joined by law enforcement and national security officials, that they have to "dominate" protestors and "arrest people" in order to bring an end to the unrest.

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Putin sets referendum that could allow him to rule until 2036 for July 1

Putin has not seemed to enjoy governing by video conference. Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set July 1 as the new date for a constitutional referendum that could allow him to remain in power through 2036.

Why it matters: Putin was forced to delay the referendum from April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has set the date despite Russia's continued struggles to contain its outbreak. Putin's popularity has fallen in recent weeks amid his response to the pandemic and its economic repercussions.

A busy week for IPOs despite upheaval from protests and pandemic

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This week is expected to be the busiest for U.S. IPOs since February, with Warner Music leading a group of four companies that could raise over $3 billion.

Why it matters: This shouldn't be happening, under any traditional rubric for how markets work.