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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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Just a few days after taking office, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Rory Cooper on Wednesday said that he will seek to expand Medicaid even though a 2013 state law bars him from doing so, the News and Observer reported.

While speaking at an economic forum in Durham, Cooper said he would file a request for the federal government to change the state's Medicaid plan by Friday, according to the News and Observer.

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Following a meeting with President Obama about plans to defend his signature health care law, Hill Democrats on Wednesday morning said that they are prepared to fight for Obamacare as Republicans push to repeal the law.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters that in the meeting Obama emphasized the importance of keeping the Affordable Care Act, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Schumer also said that he is confident that three of the most popular aspects of Obamacare — banning insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26, and ensuring equal treatment for women — will remain.

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In a Tuesday letter to congressional leaders, the American Medical Association (AMA) came out against plans floated by Republicans to quickly repeal Obamacare but delay fully replacing the law.

The AMA told congressional leaders that they must reveal their plans to replace the Affordable Care Act before repealing the legislation.

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The Republican-led House on Tuesday passed a new rule putting in place a fine for taking photos or recording video from the House floor, a retaliation against House Democrats who staged a sit-in on the House floor in June.

Under the new rules, members of the House will be fined $500 for their first offense and $2,500 for any additional instances of taking photos on the House floor. The rules also ban "disorderly or disruptive conduct" and prohibit members from keeping their colleagues from the microphones at the front of the House chamber. Republicans did tweak the rules on Monday to allow members to appeal a $2,500 fine to the House Ethics Committee.

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Senare Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday night said that if Donald Trump does not select a "mainstream" Supreme Court nominee, Democrats in the Senate will do their best to keep the seat open.

"We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee. If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail," Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "They won’t have 60 votes to put in an out-of-the-mainstream nominee and then they’ll have to make a choice: change the rules. It’s gonna be very hard for them to change the rules because there are a handful of Republicans who believe in the institution of the Senate."

"We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice," he added.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday night claimed that his planned briefing with intelligence officials on cyber attacks carried out by Russians was delayed until Friday and attempted to cast doubt on the intelligence community's conclusion about the hacking.

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In his first speech as Senate minority leader Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised that Senate Democrats will hold Donald Trump and his Republicans accountable to the rule of law and campaign promises.

"It is not our job to be a rubber stamp. It's our job to do what's best for the American people, the middle class, and those struggling to get there," Schumer said.

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Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist whose sprawling corruption case helped prompt the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics, on Tuesday bashed House Republicans' short-lived attempt to weaken the office.

"While there seems to be little question that some of the procedures of the Office of Congressional Ethics can and probably have created collateral political problems for innocent Members of Congress, moving to diminish oversight is exactly the opposite of what Congress should be doing," Abramoff told Politico before House Republicans pulled the measure.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning released a statement attempting to downplay the vote by House Republicans on Monday night to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics.

"After eight years of operation, many members believe the Office of Congressional Ethics is in need of reform to protect due process and ensure it is operating according to its stated mission. I want to make clear that this House will hold its members to the highest ethical standards and the Office will continue to operate independently to provide public accountability to Congress," Ryan said in a statement.

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Mike Pence will meet with members of the House Republican caucus on Wednesday to discuss plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to Politico and The Hill.

He will attend the Republican conference meeting Wednesday morning, the first meeting of the conference with the new Congress.

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