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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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President-elect Donald Trump issued a statement Monday condemning the gunning down of the Russian ambassador to Turkey.

“Today we offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was assassinated by a radical Islamic terrorist," Trump said. "The murder of an ambassador is a violation of all rules of civilized order and must be universally condemned.”

A Republican congressman outlined the way he would like to see the health care system operate if Obamacare is repealed, as GOP lawmakers are promising. It is a brave new world in which parents would wait and think about it before bringing in their sick or injured kids for costly treatments.

The example Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) gave in an interview with MLive.com was from his own experience when he waited until the morning after to take his youngest son to the doctor with an injured arm, because he did not want to waste money on an expensive emergency room visit. The arm, it turned out, was broken.

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A Wall Street Journal analysis of counties that have seen the biggest coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act found that those that supported Donald Trump were among those that benefited most.

Using Gallup data alongside the county typology from the American Communities Project, the Journal zeroed in on the eight county types where the level of insurance coverage had seen a bigger increase than the national levels.

"Six of those types — representing about 77 million people or 33 million votes, a quarter of the total cast — sided with Mr. Trump, some by very large margins," the Journal said.

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A New York Times survey that found very few instances of voter fraud in the 2016 election received the input of every state but one: Kansas, where the top elections official is Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kobach has been an ardent supporter of voter restrictions, which he champions on the claim that they're needed to prevent voter fraud. He has also been an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, who has argued, without any evidence, that "millions" of people voted illegally in the November's election.

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President Barack Obama called upon President-elect Donald Trump to support a bipartisan, independent investigation in foreign influence in the U.S. election.

"One way I do believe that the President-elect can approach this that would be unifying is to say that, we welcome a bipartisan, independent, process that gives the American people an assurance not only that votes are counted properly, that the elections are fair and free, but that we have learned lessons about how internet propaganda from foreign countries can be released into the political bloodstream and that we got strategies to deal with it for the future," President Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference Friday. "The more this can be non-partisan, the better served the American people are going to be."

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President Obama announced that the Obamacare marketplace saw 670,000 people sign up for coverage Thursday, its biggest open enrollment day ever.

"Yesterday was the biggest day ever for Healthcare.gov. More than 670,000 people signed up to get covered, and more are signing up by the day," Obama said Friday during his introductory remarks at his year-end press conference.

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NARAL, a major advocacy group for abortion rights and contraceptive access, warned Democrats against supporting a GOP Obamacare replacement plan if Republicans repeal Obamacare, arguing that Republicans are unlikely to offer "a meaningful plan to 'replace' this historic expansion of Americans’ health care."

"Democrats should not learn the wrong lessons from 2016. If they do, they will be without our support in 2018," NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement Thursday.

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday evening that it was extending by two business days the deadline for open enrollment for Obamacare coverage, which was scheduled to close at midnight last night.

Consumers will now have until midnight Monday, Dec. 19, to sign up for coverage that begins Jan. 1 and avoid paying a tax penalty for not having coverage. The marketplaces remain open for weeks beyond that for consumers to continue to shop, but for coverage dates that start later in the year.

"Millions of Americans have already signed up for coverage and tens of thousands more are in the process of getting coverage today," Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplace, said in a statement, adding that the marketplace had seen an "extraordinary volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov."

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A new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center breaks down who would benefit most and least from the tax cuts that would come with Obamacare repeal, assuming Republicans follow the model of their 2015 repeal legislation. It found that those in the top quintile would see their after-tax income rise by 0.8 percent due to the various cuts in the law, while those on the lower end of the earning scale would see their after-tax income decrease, mainly because of the loss of the law's tax credits to subsidize buying insurance.

As the TPC explains, the multiple moving parts of an Obamacare repeal affect taxpayers in different ways and the variation is wide even within each income group. The ACA tax credits play a major role in determining the losers, but even if they are excluded from consideration, those on the bottom and the middle benefit from the tax cuts far less than those on the top.

For instance, a vast majority (94 percent) of middle-income households (making between $52,000 and $89,000) do see a small tax cut that averages around $110, but three percent of middle-income earners would see a massive tax hike, averaging $6,200, because of the elimination of the tax credits for insurance plans purchased through the individual exchanges.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch previewed the final actions she and the Department of Justice would be taking before the end of President Obama’s term, while stressing the importance of career professionals in the department once President-elect Donald Trump's administration takes over.

Here are five points she made at the breakfast interview with Politico:

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