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House Republicans Plot Quick Obamacare Repeal

The story also notes “Aides … said Republicans are committed to using what is known as “regular order,” in which legislation is passed through committees instead of being crafted at the last minute behind closed doors” (Washington Examiner).  From Ed Morrissey on Democrats:  Facing perhaps the most daunting election in decades, at least a few of them have finally figured out that ObamaCare kicked off their long trek into the wilderness. Now that many of them will have to answer for it in 2018, they’re suddenly a lot more open about working with Republicans on an alternative — after the GOP kills ObamaCare for them first (Hot Air).  From another story on the subject:  Twenty-five Democrats are on the ballot in 2018, including 10 in states that Donald Trump just won. The GOP is betting that many or most in the latter group will be under irresistible pressure to back an Obamacare replacement, if the alternative is leaving millions of people in the lurch without insurance (Politico).  They must hurry, costs continue to skyrocket (Washington Times).

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DeVos: You Can Kiss Common Core Goodbye

The likely future secretary of education Betsy DeVos said making education great again “means expanding choices and options to give every child the opportunity for a quality education regardless of their zip code or family circumstances. This means letting states set their own standards and finally putting an end to the federal Common Core” (Washington Examiner).  More on the mess that is Common Core (Weekly Standard).

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Christian Artists Face Prison Time for Refusing to Work on Gay Wedding

From their lawyer:  The issue here is whether the government can force artists to create art in violation of their convictions and this ordinance actually imposes jail time potentially on artists as well as fines (Christian Post).  Again, the media has no issue with discrimination against someone based upon conviction as long as she is Republican (Time).

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Biden Blames Press for Hillary Loss

The same press that blistered Trump non stop.  Biden insists “Hillary Clinton was the single most qualified on the fact of it to run for president of the United States that we’ve had, period. It wasn’t that she didn’t have all these ideas. She did. But the press, you didn’t cover it” (CNN).  He also claims President-elect Donald Trump won the election by diverting the media’s attention away from serious issues to scandals (Washington Times).

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Conservatives Increasingly See Hope and Opportunities with Trump

From the story:  Trump could come into office with around 117 judicial vacancies to fill, and unlike Obama in his first term, will need only 51 votes in the Senate to confirm his nominees. Democrats eliminated filibusters for most federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments in 2013. Now only a simple majority, rather than 60 votes, is required to advance a nominee (The Hill). Harry Reid inadvertently helped (Washington Times).    Meanwhile, conservatives continue to see hope in the Trump cabinet.  From John Fund:  …perhaps the biggest role is being played by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that played a major role in Ronald Reagan’s transition in 1981. Back then, its 1,100-page book of policy analysis, Mandate for Leadership, offered specific recommendations on policy, budget, and administrative action for all Cabinet departments, as well as advice on agencies staffed by political appointees. Reagan gave a copy of the book to each member of his Cabinet at their first meeting. Heritage boasts the 60 percent of its recommendations became reality in some form during Reagan’s tenure (National Review).

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Mexico: Wall is Bad for the Environment

When all your excuses fail, go environmental.  But even with this nifty new objection, they struggled to stay on message.  From the story: “We fear that there is going to be consequences regarding environmental issues,” Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., said in an interview with the Arizona Republic. “It’s also going to be sending a very negative message. What we say is we like to build bridges.”  Wait, is this environmental or philosophical?

Washington Examiner

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Conservatives Thrilled as Trump Taps General Mattis for Secretary of Defense

From David French:  Donald Trump has picked an honorable, thoughtful, and courageous warrior to lead the Pentagon. He knows how to lead men in battle. He’s an outstanding strategic thinker, and he’s unencumbered by politically correct nonsense. Trump’s cabinet is shaping up very well indeed, but this choice is his best and most crucial personnel decision yet (National Review). Ah, but lurking in the background, Dems have a plan:  The law specifically prohibits a person from serving as chief of the Defense Department “within seven years after relief from active duty as a commissioned officer of a regular component of an armed force.” Mattis retired in 2013. The Trump administration will have to seek a congressional waiver for the appointment, allowing Mattis to serve. That exception has been sought just once since 1947, when the defense secretary position was first established. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, who serves on the committee with jurisdiction over his nomination, Senate Armed Services, says that she’ll oppose the waiver (CBS News).  Meanwhile, Pence had a meeting with Condoleezza Rice (Townhall).  But for what?

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