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Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday evening criticized Donald Trump for bashing the NATO alliance and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I thought, frankly, it was inappropriate for a President-elect of the United States be stepping in to the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN. "He’ll have to speak to that. As of Friday, he’s responsible for that relationship."

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As concerns escalate over the GOP’s plans to repeal Obamacare, and what it means for the millions with pre-existing conditions whose coverage has been guaranteed by the law, Republicans have pointed to so-called high-risk pools, as if they were magic bullet of sorts for covering seriously sick individuals.

However, using high-risk pools as a substitute for the Affordable Care Act would cost a boatload of money, health care policy experts tell TPM, and when states implemented it in the past, it was often consumers who were left picking up the tab or left out of the system entirely.

“It’s better than nothing, to help some people,” said Henry Aaron, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, “but it’s a massive step backward from the Affordable Care Act.

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The B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, has dropped a commitment to play at New Jersey’s inaugural gala in Washington this week, following public pressure.

"We felt that we had to make it known that we didn't want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band," band leader Will Forte told Rolling Stone in an interview published Monday.

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