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Iowa's insurance regulators have some ideas for how to rescue their state's Affordable Care Act exchange — namely, by restructuring the ACA's tax credits into something a lot more similar to the House's health care bill. But it's not clear whether the federal government has the technical capacity to implement these changes, even if wanted to, or how quickly it could do so.

The IRS systems would need to make eligibility determinations using different criteria than they're using now, and pay out a different type of subsidy, as well. All for just one state, and in short order.

"Could you change the subsidy structure six months before open enrollment? My instinct would be no," said Sean Mullin, a senior director at former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt's consulting firm.

Why it might get a hearing: Iowa's proposal is at least plausible, Mullin said — slimming down to one plan design would probably help, and these are the kinds of policy changes you'd think the Trump administration would be open to. But, he noted, other states are still waiting for answers on far more straightforward waiver requests.

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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.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

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.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.