Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) seemed to be leaning toward a strategy to repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously Tuesday, something that is being pushed by House conservatives in the Freedom Caucus.

"Why would we put off for three years doing what we know we have to do?" Corker told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

While Corker said he still wanted to hear from Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was scheduled to meet with senators shortly after Corker spoke to reporters, he openly wondered whether waiting three years to replace Obamacare could create political problems down the line.

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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), the defeated Democratic nominee for vice president, said he wasn't surprised by President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's president – a move that disregarded nearly four decades of foreign policy precedent.

"It's kind of amateur hourish is what I would say," Kaine told reporters Monday on Capitol Hill.

But despite all the criticism of the the Taiwan call, Kaine said it's not anywhere close to the top of his list of concerns with Donald Trump.

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A federal appeals court will delay action on a House GOP lawsuit that aimed to take away subsidies the federal government grants to insurance companies to provide coverage to low-income Americans.

House Republicans asked for the delay after they won the House, the Senate and the White House in the November election and repealing the Affordable Care Act legislatively appeared to be within reach.

As TPM has previously reported, how the Trump administration and House Republicans work out the cost-sharing payments that are the focus of the lawsuit could be an early tell of how aggressive the administration will be in dismantling Obamacare.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refused Monday to outright endorse Donald Trump's proposal to tax U.S. companies that move jobs overseas.

McCarthy tried to avoid answering the question in a meeting with reporters, according to multiple accounts, but eventually warned that the U.S. should be careful not to get into a trade war over tariffs.

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Senate Democrats are prepared to throw a wrench in the process to approve President-elect Trump's cabinet nominees, Politico is reporting.

With Senate Democrats concerned that many of Trump's picks may be inexperienced and that others have controversial records – and with the memory of Republicans' blockade of Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland still very fresh – their approach will be to slow things way down.

While Politico points out that many of President Barack Obama's cabinet picks were approved on his first day in office, Democrats are likely to force a drawn-out process through parliamentary maneuvering, something that could take far longer in the Senate and interrupt Republicans' ability to jump start their agenda in January. Democrats cannot keep Trump's nominees out of office. After a rules change, Trump's nominees only need 51 votes to be approved now. However, Democrats can bring the process to a crawl.

“There should be recorded votes, in my view, on every one of the president’s Cabinet nominees,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told Politico. “Having all of these hearings before the inaugural in a thorough and fair fashion seems very difficult to do.”

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