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It might have been news to everyone else, but important Republican chairmen already know about the repeal plan Donald Trump said was coming soon.

They also didn't bat an eye at the promise to offer the plan almost immediately after Rep. Tom Price is confirmed as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, although when that will be is still TBD.

  • Sen. Mike Enzi, chairman of the Budget Committee, said he knew about the plan Trump referenced. While Enzi's working on a plan with a Senate team, he said that team was "probably" working with the transition team. Enzi said the plan will cover as many people as Obamacare and repeal the individual mandate.
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate health committee, said the transition team and both chambers of Congress are nearly on the same page. "I think we're all thinking alike," he said. "We're replacing pieces, we're not replacing the entire comprehensive Obamacare plan, and the replacements, as the replacements become effective, the repeal can become effective."

Our thought bubble: This really doesn't clear much up. Alexander offered a plan last night on how to go about repealing and replacing the health care law that's very different than what GOP leadership has been talking about. Various members of both chambers, including Tom Price, have offered up plans with significant differences. And being close to having a replacement bill ready to go can be vastly different than having legislation written and ready to be voted on.

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Google is investigating recent actions by Margaret Mitchell, who helps lead the company's ethical AI team, Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

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Scoop: Joe Biden's COVID-19 bubble

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The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

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The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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