In it, but not of it. TPM DC

It was the speech so familiar to President Donald Trump that he could have delivered it on the campaign trail.

As he took the podium Friday morning, Trump's inaugural address was short, but intense; a speech that darkly depicted his view of the country's shortcomings and sought in some ways to unify a country that is incredibly divided over him.

Standing among the members of the Washington establishment, Trump railed against D.C. and promised to restore the power to the people. With imagery of "carnage" and "blood," Trump showed no shift from the campaign rhetoric that got him to the White House.

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The new White House website for the Trump administration debuted soon after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. On its "top issues" page, the website highlights "America First Foreign Policy" and "America First Energy Plan." Health care -- and specifically the repeal and replace of Obamacare, which GOP lawmakers said would be a top priority -- was nowhere to be found.

Trump's "America First Energy Plan" promises to eliminate the "harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," while "reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long."

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WASHINGTON — This weekend is Fran Gianti's 27th visit to Washington, D.C. The self-described “Oath Keeper, retired insurance claims examiner, mom, grandma and full-time patriot" said she had come to the U.S. Capitol from her home in Long Island for over two dozen tea party protests, and knew she had to be here to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office.

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) wants Senate Democrats to approve of more of Trump's nominees on Inauguration Day or else.

In a tweet Friday morning, Cornyn threatened to keep members in the Capitol all weekend if that is what it took to get Trump's nominees approved.

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A group of Republican governors met with Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, and some expressed concerns about the number of people who could lose insurance once GOP lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act.

One of the top concerns is what will happen to individuals who became eligible for Medicaid with its expansion under Obamacare. The Senate's No. 2 Republican, however, promised that no one who got coverage under Medicaid expansion will lose it.

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A handful of Republicans governors met Thursday with GOP senators who will be overseeing the repeal of Obamacare to express their concerns and hopes about the process. The meeting came after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had asked governors across the country to weigh in on the effort to dismantle of the Affordable Care Act, including the Medicaid expansion, which some but not all red states had opted into.

Not surprisingly, many GOP governors said they supported repealing Obamacare, but some still warned against doing so swiftly without a replacement ready. Others highlighted the gains their states made under their Medicaid expansion.

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Darren Knowles never met with Mike Coffman in the seven years the congressman had been serving Colorado's 6th Congressional District. But Knowles and his wife, concerned about congressional Republicans’ imminent plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, made the decision to drive over to Coffman's town hall event Saturday at Aurora Central Library.

A special education teacher who said he voted for George W. Bush twice and cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton in the November election, Knowles was surprised to find the lobby filled beyond capacity with Coloradans from across the ideological spectrum hoping to get reassurance from Coffman that they would not lose health care coverage. He observed that many attendees were white and older, and that a number were physically disabled. The Knowleses waited two hours to speak to their congressman, who met with constituents in groups for four or five minutes apiece, but never got the chance. A local journalist called to the scene by the frustrated crowd eventually caught Coffman sneaking out the backdoor of the library before his scheduled time had expired.

Knowles left exasperated, and was further irritated by a statement Coffman released blaming “partisan activists” for trying to disrupt his event.

“That really got my blood boiling,” he told TPM in a phone interview. “He said he’d stand up to Trump and this is like Trump’s playbook right here: blame the people who stand up to you. I don’t know what representative Coffman wanted. If we’re concerned, are we not supposed to show up and voice our concerns?”

The August congressional recess prior to the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act was marked by testy town hall clashes between lawmakers and constituents who opposed the health care legislation. Now, more than seven years later, Republicans' attempted repeal of that legislation is unfolding in the same public, messy way.

Since Congress passed a budget resolution last week allowing repeal to proceed, voters who have personally benefited from the law have appealed to Republican members of Congress at town hall events in their districts. Others have linked up with members of local progressive groups formed since the election to pressure the incoming Trump administration, or participated in nationwide rallies organized by Democratic leadership.

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