The GOP Is Still Playing With Fire On Delayed O’care Repeal, GOP Rep To Head HHS, And White House North

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November 29th, 2016

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Why The GOP Is Still Playing With Fire With Obamacare Repeal And Delay

The Gist: Health care policy experts across the ideological spectrum have warned that even a delayed repeal, if passed without a replacement bill queued up, could wreak havoc.

Trump’s DC Hotel Is Weeks Away From Violating Its Government Lease

The Gist: The Trump International Hotel will present an immediate conflict of interest when the President-elect is sworn into office.

Trump Announces He’ll Nominate GOP Rep. Tom Price To Head HHS

The Gist: Trump’s transition team said he will nominate Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Donald Trump’s transition spokesman Jason Miller deflected questions on Monday about the President-elect’s false claims that “millions” of undocumented voters cost him the popular vote, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. Instead he criticized the recount effort that Jill Stein is pushing in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. “I really do think that it’s been ridiculous that so much oxygen has been given to the recount effort where there’s absolutely no chance of any election results changing,” Miller said on a call with reporters. “This election has been decided.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “Mitt is the widely respected elite who looked at Trump, regarded him as trash and told him so. For all the difference, for all the non-New York-ness of Mitt, it’s the kind of rejection and insult that we can see as formative and driving influence on Trump’s life. Mitt is the real thing. Many of us see him as a touch dorky or square. But Mitt is widely respected even among political opponents. He has political pedigree, great success in business. I think there’s part of Trump—a big part—that, as much as he’d like to humiliate Romney, would really like him to join him, join his team, accept him.”

Say What?!

“I think there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets.”

– Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that with Republicans set to control the executive and legislative branches, lawmakers must “deliver.”

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “Each and every appointment to Trump’s administration is a potential disaster in waiting. I know that, but DeVoss and the school voucher privatization of our education system could change the future culture of our nation and truly roll the clock back 150 years. Keep in mind, these people are fighting a culture war for God. They’re serious, and playing for keeps.”

Related: Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services supports House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposal to privatize Medicare.

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What We’re Reading

A guide to White House North. (The New York Times)

How tech and media can fight fake news. (CJR)