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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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Donald Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general on Tuesday declined to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to lead any probe into Russian election interference, including into alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any probe involving the Trump campaign, Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney in Maryland, would be tasked with leading such an investigation if confirmed. Democrats are pushing for Rosenstein to step aside from any probe into ties between Trump and his associates and Russia as well.

During his confirmation hearing, Rosenstein cautioned that he does not have enough information about the situation to determine whether his own recusal on such a probe would be appropriate. But he explained that he has no reason to believe he couldn't handle the investigation himself, if there was one.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday morning slammed House Republicans' draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the bill would reduce coverage and raise the costs of health care for Americans.

"After seven years of talking about the same thing over and over again, you'd think the Republicans would have been able to come up with a better plan than this. This plan is a mess," Schumer began in a floor speech. "Trumpcare will make health insurance in America measurably worse in just about every way and leave more Americans uninsured. It does, however, greatly benefit the very wealthy and special interests."

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After House Republicans on Monday evening unveiled legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was quick to predict on Tuesday morning that the bill would not pass in its current form

"This is Obamacare lite. It will not pass. Conservatives aren't going to take it," Paul told "Fox and Friends."

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Tuesday morning brushed off concerns about the access low-income Americans will have to health insurance with Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare, arguing that Americans will just have to choose between a new phone and health insurance.

"Americans have choices. And they've got to make a choice. And so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They've got to make those decisions themselves," Chaffetz said on CNN's "New Day" when pressed on insurance for low-income Americans under the latest draft legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told reporters on Monday evening that Congress should not launch a probe into President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that President Obama wiretapped his campaign unless there's reason to believe that the accusation may be true.

"If there’s no basis for it, then there’s no reason for an investigation,” McCain told reporters, referring to a Congressional probe into the claim, according to Roll Call.

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President Donald Trump on Monday morning signed a new executive order temporarily barring travelers from a list of predominantly Muslim countries, replacing the widely-criticized order that he signed in January and that sparked nationwide protests.

The previous travel ban had been stayed in the courts, prompting the Trump administration to issue a new order rather than continue to fight for its previous one in court.

This replacement includes several substantive changes, including eliminating Iraq from the list of countries from which travelers will be banned. But the rollout of the new order was also handled in a drastically different manner, suggesting a different public relations strategy for Trump's second swing at a travel ban.

Below are five key takeaways from the new order:

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Since the beginning of the school year in September, and particularly since January, college campuses across the country have seen an uptick in activity from white supremacist groups targeting students, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League out Monday.

The report found there have been 104 incidents involving white supremacists on college campuses since September, 63 of which have occurred since the beginning of 2017.

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Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will on Monday ask for more information about a report that the White House counsel asked the Justice Department for an order authorizing surveillance of the Trump campaign, although there's no evidence that such an order exists.

White House Counsel Don McGahn was reportedly acting on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that the Obama White House ordered a wire tap of Trump Tower.

"In our experience, it is highly unusual for the White House to seek access to a government application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In almost any circumstance, it would be inappropriate to ask for that information if the President and his associates are related to the underlying investigation," the Democrats wrote in a letter to McGahn to be sent on Monday.

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