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 In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, walks onstage as Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, points to him while Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., watches as they speak to reporters at the Capitol as the Republican-controlled Senate were unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" because of opposition and wavering within the GOP ranks, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. McCain says on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week. The Arizona Republican says he can't back the partisan GOP measure because "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats."  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

GOP pushing state-centric elements of last-ditch Obamacare repeal

- The Washington Times

The Senate's last-gasp Obamacare repeal spans 140 pages -- a beach read compared to the mammoth law it would replace -- as Republicans rush to hand policy choices to the states, letting governors decide whether to mandate coverage, redefine "essential benefits" or tap fixed grants to combat the opioids epidemic.

In this photo taken Dec. 8, 2016, the Capitol Building as seen in Washington. Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3, 2017.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Republican tax reform plan heartens small business owners

- The Washington Times

Small business owners are increasingly hopeful they won't get left out in the cold in tax reform, and say they feel encouraged by lawmakers' prioritizing relief both for larger corporations and for such smaller companies that are often subjected to even higher tax rates.