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‘Mic Dispatch’: CBD and the science behind it; Christine Hallquist’s historic Vermont primary win

On this edition of 'Mic Dispatch,' we meet Christine Hallquist, the first out transgender person nominated for governor by a major U.S. party, and investigate the health effects of CBD.

The GOP has a major millennial issue, new poll shows

Millennials polled believe Republicans don’t care about them or issues they see as relevant.

With unpopular tax bill, experts say GOP has learned nothing from Obamacare missteps

One Democratic aide said Republicans' argument that the tax bill will grow more popular with time is “the triumph of hope over evidence and experience.”

Strategists believe — win or lose — Roy Moore will leave a stain on the GOP

"It's a Lady Macbeth kind of stain," one nonpartisan analyst said of Roy Moore's impact on the GOP.
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Mic Wakeup: DOJ cuts transgender protections, GOP takes hit in poll and a surprise from the NRA

It's Friday. Here's what you need to know to start your day.

Republican Party popularity “is in free fall,” new poll finds

A whopping 62% of voters now say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP.

GOP passes a resolution condemning the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

The resolution says white supremacist beliefs and groups are "completely inconsistent with the Republican Party’s platform."

Trump’s attacks on his own party threaten to derail his entire agenda and put GOP at risk

Without legislative wins, Trump's approval could continue to slide, hurting congressional Republicans' prospects in the 2018 midterms.

Mic Investigation: About 90% of US House members don’t pay their interns

Only about 10% of GOP House members and 4% of Democrat House members regularly offer paid internships, with a salary or stipend to cover living expenses.

Here are 4 reasons Tuesday’s health care vote will be different than the ones before it

We don't actually know what Republicans will be voting on.

GOP congressman blames “some female senators” for tanking the health care bill

Rep. Blake Farenthold says if the senators were men he would challenge them to a duel.

GOP Sen. Capito won’t vote on strict Obamacare repeal: “I did not come to Washington to hurt people”

Capito voted for a straight Obamacare repeal with no replacement in 2015. Two years later, Capito says she won't vote for that again.

3 key things to know about the new Republican budget plan

The plan makes deep cuts to entitlements while increasing defense spending.

Here is what will happen next with health care in the Senate

While Mitch McConnell is pushing repeal, some fellow Republicans are calling for a fresh start.

Straight Obamacare repeal vote could expose GOP senators’ true feelings about the health care law

Without President Barack Obama to save them with a veto, Senate Republicans will show whether their Obamacare repeal vote was for real, or just a political ploy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announces plan for Senate vote to repeal Obamacare

McConnell said the vote will happen "in the coming days."

Two more GOP senators just said they won’t vote for the Republican health care bill

Is this the end for the GOP health care bill?

Senate health care bill: The five forces killing Trumpcare

The bill faces stiff opposition on all fronts.

Under siege on Russia and health care, Trump’s White House plans more “theme weeks”

The White House will stage three weeks of events around "Made in America," "American Heroes" and "American Dreams."
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Senate delays health care vote until John McCain recovers from surgery

The vote on the controversial bill will wait until Sen. McCain has recovered from his recent surgery.

Mitch McConnell has $200 billion to convince wary senators to repeal Obamacare

At least six states are slated for favorable treatment.

How can Republicans vote for the new health care bill if they opposed the old one?

Senators said they could not support cuts to Medicaid two weeks ago. Will that change now?

GOP operative who said he looked for Clinton emails on Flynn’s behalf reportedly died by suicide

Peter W. Smith, a political operative who reportedly sought out Russian hackers on Flynn's behalf, killed himself, according to the 'Chicago Tribune.'

Senate Republicans exempt themselves from one of the most limiting parts of new health care bill

Republican's don't want to subject themselves to the bill they want to force on the rest of the country.

Revised GOP health plan slammed by Democrats, faces uncertainty from Republicans

The revised Better Care Reconciliation Act faces an uncertain path forward.

Senate health care bill already on the brink of collapse

Republicans are one vote away from seeing their revised health care bill go down in flames.

4 key ways the revised GOP health plan is different than the original

It includes a version of the controversial "Cruz Amendment" allowing insurers to sell cheap, minimal-coverage plans.

Senate GOP releases revised health care plan that removes the tax cuts but still slashes Medicaid

The new bill makes small tweaks to the old bill, which didn't have enough Republican support to pass.

The GOP demanded to see Democrats’ health care plan, so House Dems took them up on that dare

Republicans wanted Democrats to release their plan. Here it is.