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As Thursday's House vote on the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act looms, the pressure is ramping up on GOP lawmakers who remain undecided or opposed to the legislation. Even after threats to their careers, invitations to the White House, special carve-outs for their states, amendments on their pet issues, and other tactics, critics of the bill still say enough members are holding strong to ensure the bill will fail on the House floor.

As the clock ticked down on Wednesday, Republican leaders made a new promise to the dissenters: that the Senate will add a provision gutting Obamacare's Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule once the House passes the bill and sends it their way.

The EHB rule, which the current House GOP repeal bill retains, requires that insurance plans have to cover a basic minimum of health care services, including emergency room visits, hospitalization, outpatient services, maternity care, mental health and substance abuse services, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services, lab tests, preventive care like vaccines, and vision and dental care for children.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) tried very hard to get Neil Gorsuch to tip his hand on abortion. It didn’t work.

The two engaged in a lengthy back and forth Wednesday about what Gorsuch would and wouldn’t say about key Supreme Court decisions concerning personal privacy. Blumenthal attempted to lead Gorsuch down a path that would illuminate how the judge would rule on abortion, but Gorsuch resisted mightily -- reiterating his respect for the decisions as precedent but withholding deeper engagement with them.

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UPDATE 6:16 p.m.: Schiff addressed these new reports in a press briefing and CNN appearance later Wednesday.

In his second hastily called press briefing on Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) did little to quell a storm of speculation he kicked up hours earlier by divulging that the intelligence community “incidentally collected” information about President Donald Trump and his staff during the transition.

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