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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) office on Tuesday rejected three of the four outside lawyers that the state board of elections sought to hire to defend the board in a lawsuit regarding same-day registration.

The rejection from McCrory's general counsel will delay the trial originally set for Friday for a lawsuit from a conservative group demanding that the elections board delay certifying the vote until the board has completed a lengthy process to verify the registrations of voters who registered on the same day they voted.

The state elections board submitted a request to hire outside lawyers since state Attorney General Roy Cooper, who would typically defend the board, is locked in a contested race for governor with McCrory. McCrory has refused to concede the race and has alleged widespread voter fraud in the state, though the state election board effectively dismissed most of Republicans' complaints about alleged voter fraud on Monday.

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Donald Trump and Carrier Corp. on Tuesday evening announced that they had reached a deal to keep some of the company's jobs in Indiana.

Carrier, which is owned by United Technologies, a large federal defense contractor, had announced plans to move its Indiana plant to Mexico earlier this year, which would have eliminated about 1,400 jobs in the state. Trump and Mike Pence railed against Carrier's plans to relocate abroad on the campaign trail and began negotiations with the company to keep some positions in the United States.

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Mitt Romney on Tuesday night sat down to a nice dinner with Donald Trump and Reince Preibus, emerging from the meal to praise Trump's transition efforts and say that he has "increasing hope" that Trump will lead the United States to a "better future."

Romney, who is reportedly under consideration to be secretary of state, dined with Trump and Priebus at Jean Georges, a restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, where the trio noshed on young garlic soup with frog legs, scallops, steak, and lamb chops, according to the president-elect pool report.

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The gravity of how difficult it will be to fully repeal and replace Obamacare is settling in on Capitol Hill.

Republican senators who spent years railing against the president's signature health care law are now trying to find consensus on how they want to make good on their years-long campaign promise to dismantle it – and the growing consensus is that it is going to take time to find a replacement.

"Its gonna take us awhile to make that transition from the repeal to actually replacing it with more affordable health coverage, which provides people better access," Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate majority whip, told reporters Tuesday. "There is a lot to do so it's not going to happen overnight."

Republicans' inability to coalesce around a replacement plan in the six years after Obamacare was passed means they have no easy alternative to queue up with a repeal, which they have vowed to make the top of their agenda next year. Their current inability to settle on a clear repeal and replace plan also reflects the trade-offs that have been dogging the GOP in last half-decade. Within the Republican caucus are deep, philosophical rifts over basic questions about health care policy and the government's role in providing access to coverage.

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