May 5, 2017

Walker considers waiving pre-existing condition rules

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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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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Contributor

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.

Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Feb. 16. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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