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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) confirmed on Monday that he will testify against his Senate colleague Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) during his confirmation hearing to be attorney general.

By testifying against his colleague, Booker would be breaking a long tradition of senators refraining from testifying against their colleagues. Booker's office told NBC News that the Senate historian was unable to find a previous instance of a senator testifying against another senator.

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Monday evening announced that it would delay the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Education Department, Betsy DeVos, from Wednesday Jan. 11 to Tuesday Jan. 17.

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Senate Democrats are pushing Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to let members of the Congressional Black Caucus testify at the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Politico reported Monday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the Judiciary Committee, told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the committee's ranking member, that he was willing to let members of the CBC testify at the hearing, according to Politico. However, Grassley said that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and other black lawmakers would only be able to speak after a panel of outside witnesses testifies at the hearing, per Politico.

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Secretary of Health of Human Services Sylvia Burwell will deliver a speech Monday in which she will list the main considerations for Republicans if they repeal and replace Obamacare.

In her speech, Burwell will urge Republicans to make sure that any new law ensures that health care is accessible and affordable, and that plans to not drop in quality, according to excerpts from her prepared remarks provided to reporters on Monday.

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During an interview that aired Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week," President Obama said that he takes "some responsibility" for the Democratic losses in elections over the past few years.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Obama if he should take some blame for the Democratic party becoming "hollowed out."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday brushed off concerns from the Office of Government Ethics that Republicans were holding confirmation hearings for some of Donald Trump's nominees before their ethics reviews have been completed.

"Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election. I was in Sen. Schumer’s situation eight years ago. I know how it feels when you’re coming into a new situation, that the other guys won the election. What did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn’t like most of them either, but he won the election," McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked about concerns over the confirmation schedule. "So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that. But we need to, sort of, grow up here and get past that.”

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As Donald Trump won the White House in November, Republicans also gained power in state legislatures and won governorships, giving GOP state lawmakers the power and momentum to start the year by introducing a slew of conservative legislation.

In 25 states, Republicans control both the legislature and the governorship, allowing GOP lawmakers to easily push through their agendas.

In particular, four states swung to complete Republican control in the November election, with the GOP winning the Kentucky and Iowa legislatures and the governorships in Missouri and New Hampshire. With their newfound control of state government and the momentum of Trump's election to the White House, Republican lawmakers in those states have already gotten started on legislation pushing pet conservative issues.

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Donald Trump's transition team will not let any ambassadors who were political appointees stay on their posts abroad past Inauguration Day, breaking from the tradition of giving some diplomats a grace period before a new ambassador is appointed, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing several unnamed diplomats.

Politico confirmed that the Trump team issued the mandate ordering all political appointees to leave their diplomatic posts on Inauguration Day, citing an unnamed State Department official.

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