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They want us to believe Trumpcare is dead — but if that's true, why do we keep hearing talk about a bill that BEARS AN UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO TRUMPCARE????

  • Bloomberg got the Twitters all worked up yesterday with a report that the House could try to vote on the bill again next week. It cited two Republican lawmakers, but House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady said: "I don't think there's any truth to that. None." AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, tweeted: "Now seems like an appropriate time to remind folks to be careful what they read."
  • There's also a members-only meeting among Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, but I'm told it's not anything to get too excited about.

Bottom line: Maybe we will find out sometime soon that there's been a breakthrough and Trumpcare is alive again, because either conservatives or moderates caved or both. But now is not the time to freak out, because nothing has changed. We'll tell you when it's time to freak out.

Watch the smaller bills: Now Sen. Lamar Alexander is pushing a bill to let people buy any state-approved health insurance if all of the Obamacare insurers left.

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Scoop: CIA director Gina Haspel almost resigned over plan to install Kash Patel as deputy

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CIA Director Gina Haspel almost resigned in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelations stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.

NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.