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Molina Healthcare ousts CEO

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Health insurer Molina Healthcare has abruptly fired its candid CEO, Dr. J. Mario Molina, and his brother and chief financial officer, John Molina, because of the company's "disappointing financial performance," Molina Chairman Dale Wolf said Tuesday. Their dad, an emergency room doctor, started the Medicaid-based insurance company in 1980 as a network of clinics for the poor.

Why this matters: This comes out of nowhere. Molina, a major player on the Affordable Care Act's individual marketplaces, had a rough 2016 due to the ACA plans. But the company was still profitable overall. Molina has been one of the most outspoken health insurance CEOs and was particularly critical of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
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President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.