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Count Scott Walker as one of the governors who might apply for a waiver from Affordable Care Act pre-existing condition rules if the House-passed health care bill becomes law.

"That's something we would certainly consider. It depends on the conditions," Walker said today, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — though he noted that "what's in the House bill could be very different than what's in the Senate bill and what finally comes to the president."

Why it matters: There's a lot of uncertainty about how many states might actually apply for the waivers, which would let insurers in those states charge higher premiums to sick people under certain conditions. House Republicans predicted that not many states would apply, but Walker's quick response suggests that it might not be that rare.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.

Biden is highest-spending political candidate on TV ads

Joe Biden. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

After spending an additional $45.2 million on political ads this week, former Vice President Joe Biden has become the highest-spending political candidate on TV ads ever, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

By the numbers: In total, the Biden campaign has spent $582.7 million on TV ads between 2019 and 2020, officially surpassing Michael Bloomberg's record spend of roughly $582 million. Biden's spend includes his primary and general election advertising.

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