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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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Court rejects Trump campaign's appeal in Pennsylvania case

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A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign's emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania's election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign's "claims have no merit."

Why it matters: It's another devastating blow to President Trump's sinking efforts to overturn the results of the election. Pennsylvania, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, certified its results last week and is expected to award 20 electoral votes to Biden on Dec. 12.

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Belarus dictator Lukashenko says he'll leave post after new constitution

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Longtime Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has said he will step down after a new constitution comes into force, according to Belarusian state media.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has faced three months of protests following a rigged election in August. He has promised to reform the constitution to reduce the near-absolute powers of the president, but has insisted that his strong hand is needed to see that process through.

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Iran confirms assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadhe

The Iranian ministry of defense issued a statement on Friday confirming the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadhe, an Iranian scientist and the architect behind the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program.

Why it matters: Fakhrizadhe was the head of the Amad project in the Iranian ministry of defense, which focused on developing a nuclear bomb until 2003.

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