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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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You could call it “scoremeggedon” or you could call it #cbOMG!" Either way, the Congressional Budget Office dropped a giant, 24-million-person bomb on Republicans’ Obamacare repeal effort Monday.

The agency found that the GOP’s leading legislation, the House’s American Health Care Act, would prompt 14 million people to lose their coverage next year, and by 2026, there would 24 million more people uninsured compared to the current projections under the Affordable Care Act.

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The federal government would slash its funding on Medicaid by a quarter -- or $880 billion -- over the course of 10 years, if the GOP's overhaul of the program in the American Health Care Act is implemented, according to an analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.

The cuts would come from a phase out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and a transformation of the overall program into a block grant in the form of per capita caps. As a result, 14 million fewer people will be enrolled in Medicaid by 2026 than would be under current law, the CBO said, shrinking the projected enrollment in the program by 17 percent.

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Twenty-four million people would lose their insurance over the next 10 years under Republican legislation being pushed to repeal Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

"In 2026, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law," the CBO said.

Many of the provisions in the Republican bill, the American Health Care Act, would not take effect until 2020. But according to Monday's CBO score, its effects on coverage would be felt almost immediately. The agency projected that in 2018, just in time for mid-term elections, 14 million more people would be uninsured than under current law, if the GOP bill was implemented. The difference would grow to 21 million in 2020, which is when the Republicans' massive overhaul of Medicaid would kick in, and then to 24 million in 2026.

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A man was arrested in Florida Friday accused of attempting to set fire to a convenience store he thought was owned by Muslims, the Palm Beach Post reported. Richard Leslie Lloyd, a 64-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida, reportedly told investigators that he wanted to “run the Arabs out of our country” and that he was targeting Muslims “due to what they are doing in the Middle East," the Palm Beach Post reported based on the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies who had been called to the store, the Met Mart in Port St. Lucie, Florida, found a dumpster that had been rolled in front of the store's doors and set on fire. Lloyd was arrested on the scene and remains in custody on a $30,000 bond, according to the report.

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This story has been updated to reflect Preet Bharara's announcement that he had been fired.

A U.S. attorney in New York who had been previously promised by President Donald Trump that he'd be allowed to keep his post was fired Saturday, amidst confusion whether the broad call for Obama-era U.S. attorneys to step down applied to him.

President Obama's U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara said on Twitter Saturday that he'd been fired after reports surfaced that he had not submitted a letter of resignation as requested by Trump's Justice Department.

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Secret Service arrested a man Friday night who had breached security around the White House and had made it to the grounds just south of the executive residence, CNN reported. President DonaldTrump was in the White House at the time and was informed of the intrusion late Friday night, according to CNN.

The report was based off what CNN described as a "Secret Service source."

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After receiving numerous negative reviews from the health care industry, Republicans earned one notable supporter of their Obamacare replacement legislation this week. The insurer Anthem sent a letter Thursday to the GOP House chairmen shepherding the legislation, the American Health Care Act, praising some provisions in the bill, Morning Consult reported.

Anthem chief executive Joseph R. Swedish said, "The time to act is now," arguing that the "American Health Care Act addresses the challenges immediately facing the Individual market and will ensure more affordable health plan choices for consumers in the short term."

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A Republican governor who had to back down from his own vows to dismantle Obamacare in his state is siding with congressional conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who say GOP leadership is not going far enough in its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"Sen. Paul ... is not impressed with what has currently been offered," Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) told reporters Friday, according to the Associated Press. "Truth be told, I'm not either. So I'm with him."

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While trying to walk a line that suggested President Donald Trump was open to changes to the health care bill GOP leadership is pushing to repeal Obamacare, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaled the President has sided with House leaders in their fight with conservatives over whether to begin phasing out Medicaid expansion in 2020 or 2018.

"Right now the date that's in the bill is what the President supports," Spicer said at Friday's White House press conference. "He's willing to listen to individuals on different aspects of the bill that might achieve the goals that he set out, but it's not a question of negotiation. We have a date in the bill and that's the date in the bill."

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The Republican House leaders pushing the passage of the GOP's Obamacare repeal and replacement legislation shot down Friday the idea that they'd be open to negotiating how the bill handles Medicaid expansion. Conservatives are lobbying to speed up the process by which Republicans aim to phase out the program, by requesting that its enrollment be frozen in 2018 instead of 2020, as it is under the current plan.

"I think right now, that would be very difficult to do," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said at press conference, when asked it leadership was open to the idea.

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