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Evan Vucci / AP

The GOP is scrambling to respond to a new CBO report on the House health care plan which, as Democrats have been anxious to point out, estimates that 23 million fewer Americans would have health insurance over 10 years, that some older Americans would pay far more, and that those with pre-existing conditions may have difficulty getting on plans. The GOP messaging:

  1. The CBO report affirms our goals: Per Paul Ryan, "This CBO report...achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit."
  2. The CBO report is wrong: HHS Secretary Tom Price said, "The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect...and they are wrong again."
  3. We're starting fresh anyways: HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander said, "It's informative to know the estimated impact of the House health care bill — but the Senate is writing its own bill..."

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.