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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump, Mike Pence and other GOP leaders pulled out all the stops yesterday in attempts to persuade 20 or so Republican lawmakers to vote for the repeal and replace plan on Thursday, NYT reports. Trump even promised to consider reversing Obama's opening with Cuba if Representative Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida voted for the bill.

In a private meeting, Trump threatened congressmen would lose their seats if they didn't vote "yes," but as of today, he still hasn't locked down the votes in the House.

Why it matters: Both parties almost always cut deals to get those last few votes, but Democrats got hammered for the deals they made to pass Obamacare. Now the GOP dealmaking is on display -- and there's probably going to be more leading up to tomorrow's Trumpcare vote.

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Biden seeks to reboot U.S. sanctions policy

Sanctions increased under Obama and dramatically under Trump. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Biden administration is rethinking the U.S. approach to sanctions after four years of Donald Trump imposing and escalating them.

The big picture: Sanctions are among the most powerful tools the U.S. has to influence its adversaries’ behavior without using force. But they frequently fail to bring down regimes or moderate their behavior, and they can increase the suffering of civilians and resentment of the U.S.

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Merkel's farewell spoiled by Poland crisis at EU summit

One last awkward EU "family photo." Photo: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Angela Merkel took up her vaunted mantle as Europe's crisis manager for what could be the last time tonight, as she urged the EU to find compromise in its showdown with Poland.

Why it matters: The European Commission has threatened to withhold over $40 billion in pandemic recovery funds after Poland's constitutional tribunal — stacked with loyalists from the ruling right-wing populist party — rejected the principle that EU law has primacy over national law.

Republicans who put it all on the line

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks with reporters after voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A small contingent of House Republicans risked their political futures on Thursday, they say, in the name of constitutional responsibility.

Why it matters: The nine Republicans who voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress are now in peril of becoming political pariahs. They've opened themselves up to potential primary challengers and public attacks from their party's kingmaker — former President Trump.