Mar 24, 2017

Trumpcare becomes a White House/Congress tug of war

Andrew Harnik/AP

Here's the basic dynamic in the healthcare fight: the White House wants to force a vote on the floor, and House GOP leaders want to pull the bill.

Asked what message the White House gave to GOP leaders today, a senior administration official gave Axios a one word response: "vote."

Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy know they're short on the vote count and would rather pull the bill than face a potentially humiliating legislative defeat, according to multiple sources familiar with their thinking. Referring to the White House's demands, a source close to leadership said, "Is Trump Speaker?"

Go deeper

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 5 hours ago - Health

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.