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A top White House official suggested the Trump administration supports Sen. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's proposal to add more health insurance choices to the Senate health care bill — including plans that might not include all of the Affordable Care Act's protections for pre-existing conditions. "We hope it's part of the process of bringing everybody together," White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Fox News Sunday.

Between the lines: Cruz's "Consumer Choice" proposal is divisive within the GOP — some say Senate Republicans had already agreed not to waive any of the ACA's pre-existing condition rules. But Short's statement suggests that the White House sees it as a positive, not a negative. He compared the Cruz-Lee efforts to the negotiations between conservative and moderate Republicans that helped the House pass its bill.

Why it matters: Experts worry that Cruz's proposal would split the market and undermine protections for sick people. But Cruz says his proposal would help bring down premiums for other people, and that it would be better to pay for sick people through the subsidies they'd get.

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. He later told reporters that the announcement will come at 5 p.m.

Why it matters: Republicans are moving fast to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which would tilt the balance of the high court in conservatives' favor and have lasting impact on climate policy, immigration and the Affordable Care Act.

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The big picture: Since the onset of pandemic-induced telework, companies have oscillated between can't-wait-to-go-back and work-from-home-forever. Now, it's becoming increasingly clear that the future of work will land somewhere in the middle — a remote/in-person hybrid.

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The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a public service announcement on Tuesday warning that mail-in ballots "could leave officials with incomplete results on election night," and that foreign actors are likely to spread disinformation about the delays.

The bottom line: The agencies called on the public to "critically evaluate the sources of the information they consume and to seek out reliable and verified information from trusted sources," including state and local election officials.

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