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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: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS

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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia would be the biggest regional player to sign onto the "Abraham Accords" peace agreement with Israel, and such a major breakthrough would likely convince other Arab and Muslim countries to follow suit.

Tech's leaky world

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Tech companies are learning what everyone in Washington already knows: Leaks of confidential info are inevitable, and "plumbing" operations to close them rarely work.

Why it matters: Most tech firms talk up the power of transparency but prefer to keep details of their operations secret from competitors and the public. Researchers, regulators and the media are increasingly relying on information provided by dissident employees and whistleblowers to see inside companies' workings.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

First look: Harris wants more union membership in fed workforce

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a virtual town hall with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Oct. 14. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will today announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions, according to a White House official.

Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.