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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday morning slammed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, over his letter demanding that the director of the Office of Government Ethics sit for an interview with the committee.

"The Republicans are at it again, filling the swamp instead of draining it. First, House Republicans tried to gut the Office of Congressional ethics. Now they're trying to handcuff the Office of Government ethics. Mr. Chaffetz's attempt to bully Mr. Shaub out of doing his job are absolutely despicable," Schumer said in a statement.

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During an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," President Obama lamented that he sometimes failed to mobilize public opinion to back him in battles with Congressional Republicans.

"Part of the job description is also shaping public opinion. And we were very effective, and I was very effective, in shaping public opinion around my campaigns," Obama said in a preview clip published online on Thursday.

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Donald Trump on Friday morning continued to lash out against the media and the intelligence community over reports about a dossier containing information about alleged ties between the President-elect and Russia.

Trump appeared to reference reports that the dossier originated as an opposition research file for a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush, though the super PAC's attorney denies that the file originated with the group.

The President-elect also continued to blame the leaks about the dossier on the intelligence community even though Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that the leaks did not originate with the intelligence community.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the director of the Office of Government Ethics on Thursday demanding that he sit for an interview with the committee about his public statements on Donald Trump.

Chaffetz's letter follows public remarks from the office's director, Walter Shaub Jr., during which he criticized Trump's plans to separate himself from his business as inadequate. But the letter did not mention that speech. Chaffetz focused on a series of tweets published by the Office of Government Ethics in November praising Trump for divesting, even though the President-elect had not made any such announcement, and encouraging Trump to make a clean cut from his business when he takes office. The tweets also revealed that the ethics office had discussed divestiture with the Trump transition team.

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Earlier this week, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) did something few Republicans have dared to do since the election: go into some detail of how he would like to see lawmakers go about transitioning into a replacement for an Affordable Care Act.

His vision, which he outlined in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, is earning measured praise from some health care policy experts for at least acknowledging that Republicans may have to keep some aspects of Obamacare alive while they work on an alternative to avoid causing major chaos to the individual market.

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