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This is from the Pew Research Center poll that came out yesterday: Democrats now have a 19-point advantage over Republicans on who does the best job on health care. They've always had a bit of an advantage, except for the rockiest period right before the full implementation of Obamacare. But this is easily the biggest gap since Obamacare was passed.

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Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: Republicans are feeling a lot of pressure to reach an agreement so they can repeal Obamacare — mostly to fulfill their campaign promises — but it's not going to get any easier for them if the polling doesn't get better.

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

Customer at a supermarket chain in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.