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Sen. Michael Bennet at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is out with a new Iowa ad for his presidential campaign that argues the best way to beat President Trump is fighting for a public option to be included in the Affordable Care Act — not Medicare for All.

  • His team has spent over $1 million on 3 ads about Medicare's public option, arguing that's a winning alternative to Medicare for All.
  • This latest ad is out on the same day that President Trump will be giving a speech in Florida to reportedly unveil his own Medicare plan.

Why it matters: As Bennet struggles to break 1% in the polls and Democrats' divide over health care grows larger, his campaign hopes he can emerge as a leader on this issue by highlighting his decade-long fight for a public option.

  • Sen. Bennet wrote legislation, called Medicare-X, that would add a public option in some of the ACA's insurance markets.
  • His last ad specifically focused on "the hard truth" of Medicare for All and why he thinks that's not the best solution.

"I didn't win two swing state elections by apologizing for Obamacare or making empty promises," he says in the ad. "I did it by going everywhere, offering ideas that can win broad support — even the places that don't vote for me. You want to beat Trump? That's how."

Watch the full ad.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that Bennet is pushing to add a public option to the Affordable Care Act (not that the option he wrote is already in the ACA).

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Stacey Abrams launches second campaign for Georgia governor

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Stacey Abrams, voting rights activist and former 2018 candidate for Georgia governor, is running for the position again in 2022. Abrams would be the first Black female governor in the country.

Why it matters: Abrams caught national attention in 2018 by narrowly losing an election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in a state held firmly by the GOP for nearly two decades.

First known U.S. case of Omicron variant identified in California

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, according to the CDC.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.