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Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) hopes to hold confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), before Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.

Grassley's desire to expedite confirmation for Sessions, whose selection has prompted concern due to his hostility towards civil rights laws, was news to the senator who will be the top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who told TPM Tuesday she was unaware of the plan.

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Those worried that Donald Trump would waffle on his promise to repeal Obamacare will find some of those concerns quelled with his nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Price, a doctor who chairs the House Budget Committee, has been one of the most vocal critics of Obamacare and has offered multiple replacement plans over the years.

Just last month, he called the Affordable Care Act a “ridiculous” law with “failures” that “have been piling up.”

He promised a "a clean break with the past," including "a plan to repeal Obamacare and start over with real, patient-centered solutions – that puts patients and families and doctors in charge – not Washington DC."

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The video was chilling. Footage from a conference in Washington, D.C. over the weekend of the innocuously named National Policy Institute showed attendees thrusting their arms in the air in a Nazi salute as the man at the front of the room yelled “hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”

The Trump transition team responded with a vague statement about the white nationalist conference, distancing the President-elect broadly from racism. There was no specific denouncement of the meeting, however, or its leader, Richard Spencer, a young man who has spent the last few years laying the groundwork to modernize the white nationalist movement.

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A procedural step taken by the House GOP in its lawsuit targeting Obamacare is an early but revealing signal of the choices congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump will face in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan filed a court document Monday evening asking an appeals court to pause the proceedings in the case, known as House v. Burwell. A senior GOP aide said the move was made to give the new administration the opportunity to weigh how to handle the lawsuit. What happens next (assuming the court grants Republicans the delay) could be an important indication of how the Trump administration and his congressional counterparts will work together moving forward on the larger repeal effort, and whether they are willing to wreak chaos on consumers in order to dismantle Obamacare.

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Donald Trump has long dreamed of expanding his real estate empire in South America, but the business climate in one of the continent's wealthiest countries only became favorable for the mogul-turned-President-elect in the past year.

Just a few months after the November 2015 election of Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri, the Trump family entered discussions with YY Development Group, an Argentine developer, to license its name for “Trump Office Buenos Aires,” a luxury office building in the heart of the nation’s capital. Macri, a neoliberal former civil engineer and mayor of Buenos Aires, came to office with the promise of revitalizing Argentina’s foundering economy, and he immediately moved to roll back the strict import and currency controls enforced by his predecessor, Cristina Kirchner.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach -- a far-right Republican known for championing anti-immigration measures and voting restrictions -- was photographed with President-elect Donald Trump Sunday holding Kobach's "strategic plan" for the Department of Homeland Security, the Topeka-Capital Journal reported. The plan appears from the photograph to include some of Kobach's most extreme anti-immigration proposals and even alludes to election law, another area where the secretary of state is known for taking hard right positions.

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Republicans can repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as January now that they have the House, the Senate and the White House at their fingertips, but Senate Democrats aren't so sure they can actually follow through.

After years of Republican campaign ads railing against Obama's signature health care law, rumors of death panels and fear mongering over government-controlled health care, Democrats are waiting for Republicans to unveil their big repeal and replace plan.

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The announcement that Donald Trump will nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be his attorney general has produced a panic among civil rights groups.

The NAACP called his selection “deeply troubling” and said Sessions “supports an old, ugly history where Civil Rights were not regarded as core American values.” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said Sessions had “no place leading our nation’s enforcement of civil rights and voting rights laws.” The NAACP-Legal Defense Fund said it was “unimaginable that he could be entrusted to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for this nation's civil rights laws.”

Of particular concern is Sessions’ history on voting rights, which the Leadership Conference described as a “record of hostility.” Over the course of 30 years, Sessions has shown a skepticism toward the Voting Rights Act, while being quick to inflame concerns over alleged election fraud. With Sessions at the helm of the Department of Justice, its recent efforts to curb discriminatory voting restrictions look to be very much in jeopardy.

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For six years, Republicans have gleefully campaigned on repealing Obamacare if only voters gave them the power to do so.

Now that the opportunity has come -- with the election of Donald Trump as president and the continued GOP control of both chambers of Congress -- lawmakers aren’t so verbose when it comes to explaining how exactly they are going to do it.

“We’re going to repeal Obamacare. I can’t tell you about the sequence in terms of replace, but it’s been a failure,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in Senate GOP leadership.

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