In it, but not of it. TPM DC

In a sign that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress aren't prepared to burn down Obamacare just yet, they have jointly asked for a delay in a lawsuit that was originally intended to undermine the Affordable Care Act, back when President Obama would have had to handle the fallout.

Instead, with Republicans in control of all of Washington, the House of Representatives and the Justice Department have asked a federal appeals court to hold off on ruling on the fate of a key pillar of the Affordable Care Act—the subsidies paid to insurance companies to help keep out-of-pocket costs down for low-income patients.

Had the Trump administration dropped its appeal, the multi-billion dollar subsidies could have ceased, triggering chaos in the insurance market and likely pushing several companies to either sharply increase their premiums or cease participating in the exchanges altogether.

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As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke at an event for a local chamber of commerce on Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of protesters gathered outside holding signs and chanting.

Nearly 1,000 people stood outside the event, shouting chants like “No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call,” according to the Associated Press.

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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who narrowly unseated Republican Pat McCrory in November, announced Tuesday that he is reversing course in a major voting rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state will no longer defend a series of voting restrictions passed in 2013 by the GOP-controlled legislature and signed by McCrory that a federal appeals court has ruled constitute unconstitutional "race-based vote suppression."

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At a town hall event Monday night, freshman Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) faced a sometimes rowdy crowd of constituents confronting him about Republican plans to repeal Obamacare and white nationalist influences on President Donald Trump's administration.

The event, held in a high school auditorium, reached capacity with 750 poeple packed inside, leaving a few hundred more standing outside during the town hall, according to local television station WAVY.

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Following a new wave of threats to Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the United States, the White House on Monday issued a brief statement condemning the threatening phone calls.

"Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable," White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

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House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) on Thursday issued new subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts seeking documents related to their probes into ExxonMobil, reinvigorating the panel's investigation into those states' efforts.

But it looks like the stalemate between Smith and the attorneys general will continue, as both officials plan to ignore the chairman's demands for information on their efforts to determine whether Exxon misled investors regarding climate change.

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LATE UPDATE Feb. 17, 9:21 a.m.: After this story was published, Huntington Beach Police Information Officer Jennifer Marlatt amended her earlier statement, clarifying that Rohrabacher's staffer was later transferred to the hospital where injuries were discovered.

The female employee stated she did strike her head and other parts of her body during the fall. She declined to be transported by paramedics, but she was transported to the hospital by her friend. This was written in the report. It was unknown what injuries the female sustained at the time of the report. I’ve been advised after going to the hospital, injuries were discovered.

Original story below: Rep. Dan Rohrabacher (R-CA) and California police provided starkly different accounts of an altercation between a staffer and demonstrator at one of his district offices, with the GOP lawmaker charging that a "violent" assault occurred and police describing the incident as an honest mistake.

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