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No one is currently engaging with the White House on its health care demands. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

The Trump administration listed its demands for the Senate's health care bill over the weekend, but that doesn't appear to have reopened negotiations in the Senate — at least among the bill's existing supporters. As it stands, the bill has enough votes to pass the upper chamber.

Sound smart: This is a result of President Trump flip-flopping on the issue so often that members of his own party use it as the punchline of a joke.

"I'm not aware of any Dems negotiating with the White House. We have a bill that has the votes to pass the Senate. A bill that his administration was involved in negotiating. Time to get it done," a senior Senate Democratic aide told me.

Yes, but: The bill, negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, is most likely in a holding pattern until December, when it could get attached to a must-pass spending bill. In that case, negotiations would get more serious closer to the end of the year.

  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} "At some point there will be a negotiation between" Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul Ryan, a senior GOP aide told me. "Just because it isn't happening now doesn't mean it won't be happening when it's needed."
  • Murray is still pushing for a quicker timeline. "I certainly hope the Majority Leader will listen to the members on both sides of the aisle who want to see this bill move forward and bring it up for a vote as quickly as possible," she said in a statement.

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In photos: Protests outside fortified capitols draw only small groups

Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters rallied outside fortified statehouses over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

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Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.