In it, but not of it. TPM DC

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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Republicans have the House, the Senate and the White House. It is the magic political trifecta the party has been waiting for – with one small hitch.

Everyone is holding their breath to see what version of President-elect Trump is sworn in. Is it the "build the wall," "drain the swamp," bad trade deal Trump many members made conscious decisions to run away from in their own elections? Or is a more pragmatic and malleable commander-in-chief about to emerge?

Republicans are about to find out.

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