Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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On Friday, Trump's transition team blasted out a Christmas letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path," President-elect Trump said of the letter.

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New Mexico's health care exchange is apologizing after a draft letter it wrote to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on behalf of the governor was leaked. The letter – in which Republican Gov. Susana Martinez purportedly warned against GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act right away without a replacement – was apparently never seen by the governor, and she never even knew it existed.

The state's Obamacare exchange is now conceding to TPM that it drafted the letter for the governor's review and that the draft was somehow leaked.

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Senate Democrats released a statement Thursday morning calling on Trump's nominees to offer full financial disclosures and ethics statements if they want the confirmation processes to run smoothly.

In the statement, 16 Democrats – all ranking members on the relevant committees vetting Trump's nominees– asked that Trump's cabinet nominees submit more information ahead of hearings, which Republicans want to move on as soon as possible.

“The United States Senate has a rich, bipartisan tradition of vetting nominees to the President’s Cabinet. We hope to continue that tradition with our colleagues in the Republican Majority because the American people are entitled to a fair and open consideration process for all executive nominations," the committee said.

The statement appeared to draw a line against Trump's nominees skipping over steps that have traditionally been completed before a nominee moves on to a confirmation hearing. Those steps include a nominee clearing an FBI background check, turning over a "completed financial disclosure statement and ethics agreement signed by the Office of Government Ethics" and satisfying "reasonable requests for additional information and Members have time to review that material.”

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