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So much for running up the score on Obamacare enrollment. The Trump administration has halted Obamacare outreach and advertising for the open enrollment season that ends on Tuesday, Politico reports — and former Obama administration officials are sounding the alarms about what that will mean for the final round of signups. Kevin Counihan, the former CEO of, called the decision "sabotage," noting that young adults typically wait until the last minute to sign up and "need to be reminded of the January 31 deadline."

Why it matters: There usually is a last-minute surge of signups in every Obamacare enrollment season, and that could fizzle this year if the government isn't advertising anymore. It's not exactly shocking that a new administration that wants to repeal Obamacare would stop encouraging enrollment — but it won't help the smooth transition the administration and congressional Republicans have promised for insurers.

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17 mins ago - Technology

Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Oil's turbulent long-term future

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The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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