Swedish has presided over a failed merger attempt with Cigna and a pullback from ACA markets. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish is expected to step down, and former UnitedHealth Group executive Gail Boudreaux will be named to replace him, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move could be announced as early as next week.

Why it matters: His last couple of years as the head of Anthem will be remembered for two things: a failed attempt to buy Cigna and a pullback from many Affordable Care Act markets. Overall, though, he’ll leave Anthem in good shape. Its ACA enrollment for next year is expected to be way down, but it predicts increased enrollment in big businesses like Medicare, Medicaid and self-insured employer plans.

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Trump's next moves in Supreme Court fight

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President Trump's choices to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are down to two women, both federal appeals court judges.

The frontrunners are Amy Coney Barrett of Chicago, the early favorite, and Barbara Lagoa, who is viewed as easier to confirm. The Senate confirmed Lagoa 80-15 last year, so many Democrats have already voted for her.

The TikTok deal's for-show provisions and flimsy foundations

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The new deal to rescue TikTok from a threatened U.S. ban — full of provisions aimed at creating the temporary appearance of a presidential win — looks like a sort of Potemkin village agreement.

How it works: Potemkin villages were fake-storefront towns stood up to impress a visiting czar and dignitaries. When the visitors left, the stage set got struck.

  • Similarly, many elements of this plan look hastily erected and easily abandoned once the spotlight moves on.
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Over 3 million U.S. voters have already registered on social media

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An estimated 2.5 million+ Americans have registered to vote on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, Facebook announced Monday. More than 733,000 Americans have registered to vote so far via Snapchat.

Why it matters: The broad reach of social media platforms makes them uniquely effective at engaging voters — especially younger voters who may not know how to register to vote or be civically engaged.