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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.

Articles by Caitlin

Congressional leaders have warned that replacing Obamacare could take years and Republican lawmakers are considering repealing the law immediately while delaying its replacement for three years, but the incoming leader of the House Freedom Caucus is not on board.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the next chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Politico on Monday that a plan to replace Obamacare in three years "will meet with major resistance from Freedom Caucus members." Meadows said that the replacement should not be "left to a future Congress to deal with."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday finally conceded in the state's governor's race after dragging the election out for almost a month with complaints about alleged voter fraud.

In a video statement, McCrory said that it's "time to celebrate our democratic process and respect what I see to be the ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governor’s race in modern history."

"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper," he continued. "The McCrory administration team will assist in every way to help the new administration make a smooth transition."

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Still trailing nearly a month after Election Day in his drawn-out bid for re-election, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) over the weekend asked the State Bureau of Investigations to launch a criminal probe into GOP claims of "voting irregularities" that are at the center of McCrory's effort to close the vote gap with his Democratic challenger.

McCrory's request for a criminal investigation by the state – which came in a statement issued by the governor's office – came after the Republican-led state elections board rejected on Saturday a protest from Republicans alleging that absentee ballots in Bladen County were improperly filled out.

The complaint, which was filed by Republicans and promoted by the McCrory campaign, is one of several allegations of voter fraud claimed by McCrory as he has refused to concede in the governor's race, even though he is currently trailing Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper by more than 10,000 votes.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who is reportedly being considered by Donald Trump to be secretary of state, on Monday morning said that the President-elect's unprecedented phone call with the president of Taiwan was "terrific."

"It will demonstrate that by not just paying attention to the norms — and he didn't violate any treaties by doing that — but by doing that, by picking up that phone and for the first time having a conversation with the president, elected president, of Taiwan, he showed the dictators in Beijing that he's not a pushover," he said on "Fox and Friends."

"These people, you've got to remember, China has had an enormously aggressive foreign policy and by him actually going to Taiwan, he's showing the people in Beijing that they cannot have this aggressive foreign policy and expect to be treated just the same by an American president," Rohrabacher continued. "So I think it was a terrific message to them: We're no longer going to be pushovers, and there's going to be consequences for their hostile and aggressive actions."

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Donald Trump's advisers spent weeks planning an unprecedented call between the President-elect and the president of Taiwan as part of a new strategy toward Taiwan, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Per the Post:

The historic communication — the first between leaders of the United States and Taiwan since 1979 — was the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump’s advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the Republican presidential nominee, according to people involved in or briefed on the talks.

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Donald Trump on Monday morning announced that he will nominate former Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to be the secretary of housing and urban development.

"I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up."

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The North Carolina NAACP on Friday announced that it will ask a federal judge to deny a conservative group's request to delay the state elections board from certifying the results of the November election.

The NAACP chapter's move comes in case filed by the conservative Civitas Center in November. Civitas asked the judge for a preliminary injunction stopping certification of the results until officials have completed a lengthy process to verify the registrations of voters who registered on the same day that they voted. The judge set a hearing for Dec. 8.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee who has pledged to continue investigating Hillary Clinton, said on Thursday that it's not yet appropriate to investigate Donald Trump.

"I will when there is an allegation of wrongdoing. But he hasn't even been sworn in yet," Chaffetz told the Salt Lake Tribune when asked about a letter from Democrats pressuring the GOP congressman to look into Trump's business conflicts of interest.

"At least let the guy actually become a federal employee before you start screaming for investigations," Chaffetz added.

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