Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus may be shifting their uncompromising, tough budget stance under President-elect Donald Trump, according to a report in the National Review.

According to the piece, there is discussion underway to accept that just 50 percent of Trump's infrastructure bill would have to be offset with spending cuts elsewhere– a precedent that they never would have accepted under President Barack Obama.

After Trump was first elected, members of the House Freedom Caucus were vocal about their opposition to some of Trump's costly legislative priorities like a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

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Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he's on board with Trump's proposal for a massive $1 trillion infrastructure bill, according to a report from Politico.

Schumer might be more aligned with Trump on the infrastructure plan than Republican leaders who have warned against the infrastructure bill's price tag – and appears eager to exploit those tensions.

Schumer made the comments during an interview on Jon Karl's and Rick Klein's "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.

“We think it should be large,” Schumer said according to a write up from Politico. “He’s mentioned a trillion dollars. I told him that sounded good to me.”

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A team of independent researchers is working to download Obamacare data and preserve it before Trump takes office in January.

According to a Wednesday report from Politico, the effort started independently, but Jeanne Lambrew, the White House's top health reform official, has also been encouraging the effort.

Lambrew declined to comment to Politco.

"We are not going to speculate on what sort of policies President-elect Trump may choose to prioritize or pursue," a representative of the Department of Health and Human Services told Politico.

The fear is that Trump – who campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare and has expressed skepticism over government data– may do away with or just ignore important information that shows how people use the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is opposed to forming a select committee to investigate reports that Russia meddled in the U.S. election.

In an interview with Kentucky Educational Television that was flagged by the Huffington Post, McConnell said that it was "a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated," but he argued the investigation would be best handled through the existing committee structure.

McConnell said in the interview he was confident that the Senate Intelligence Committee led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) was "fully capable" of handling the investigation.

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During his final press conference of 2016, President Barack Obama defended his administration's response to the hacking of the DNC, arguing that the politics of the election had a significant impact in the administration's decision to let the intelligence community lead the the charge and not to make any conclusions about the motives.

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