Here’s what to expect for the Obamacare repeal process

With an early morning tweet on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump declared “The ‘Unaffordable Care Act’ will soon be history!”

His enthusiasm followed a Senate vote on Thursday to pass a budget bill gutting key provisions that tie together Obamacare, and puts the GOP on a path to move forward with a complete repeal once the inauguration takes place and Trump is in office.

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The Osama bin Laden manhunt will always be tied to Obama’s legacy

If one thinks about key moments in President Barack Obama’s first term, none may stand taller than the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, and the corresponding national briefing that followed.

Americans were able to breathe a collective sigh of relief and find moral clarity following a 10-year manhunt that was only finished when Obama, as commander in chief, took over the efforts of the previous president’s war that remained wildly unpopular at home in spite of growing threats of global terrorism.

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What responsibilities does the CIA actually have?

The CIA stands for the Central Intelligence Agency. Its stated mission is to collect, evaluate and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the president and senior United States government policymakers in making decisions about national security.

And while the agency is secretive by nature, there are some things we know of the actual Jason Bourne’s of the world.

Here are three things to know about America’s top spy agency:

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A look back at the steps Obama took to pass the Affordable Care Act

During the 2008 elections, there were 49 Republicans and 49 Democrats in the Senate with two Independents who caucused with the Democrats.

The Democrats picked up eight seats following the election and then, almost as soon as President Obama was sworn into office, Ted Kennedy died. The call from the president was loud and clear, though: We must pass comprehensive healthcare reform. And do it in honor of the late Sen. Kennedy.

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For better or worse, Obama’s legacy is tied to the influence of social media

When hope and change were in the air during 2008, it was a remarkable achievement that President-elect Barack Obama had accrued 2.5 millionFacebook supporters, 115,000 Twitter followers and 50 million viewers of his YouTube channel.

Fast forward to 2016, and the winner of the White House has 19.4 million Twitter followers, as the wiser and visibly grayer Obama warns that social media deepens political division, amidst an epidemic of so-called fake news whereby newsfeeds on Facebook create a “dust cloud of nonsense.”

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Three things you need to know about the job of U.S. Attorney General

With Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama set to take over as the nation’s attorney general, it’s worth noting what exactly the job entails for the “people’s lawyer” charged with ensuring justice according to the laws of the United States.

As a member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Sessions is set to become the chief law enforcement officer and will retain the power to issue formal demands to state agencies, while leading the Department of Justice as the top legal council to the president.

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Three things you need to know about the job of U.S. Secretary of State

As we prepare for U.S. Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson to leave the private sector and enter public life for the first time, let’s take a look at how the Department of State defines the role of its leader.

Often called the “nation’s top diplomat,” the secretary of state had a hand in the shape of Washington since the first man to assume its office, Thomas Jefferson, brought his foreign affairs experience and encouraged U.S. expansion.

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5 fascinating facts to know about Abraham Lincoln

Today’s bitter divisiveness and call-to-arms rhetoric may recall the tumult of Vietnam era 1960s, or we can look even further back to the 1860s when America’s deadliest war cost the lives of many Union and Rebel soldiers in a bitter battle over states’ rights, centralized power and slavery.

No, the country is not on the brink of Civil War, but we do need thoughtful leadership and principled legislation that reflects the will of Americans all over.

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