A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is leaving the group after it opposed a major bill to gut Obamacare. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, has left the group due to conflicts over the group’s strategy on the American Health Care Act, which was pulled right before a scheduled vote on Friday because of opposition from caucus members and moderates. In a prepared statement Monday, Poe said he resigned from the group will allow him to be a more effective member of Congress and advoicate for the poeple of Texas.

Trump team changes

President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team Friday as he plunged into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. The move, one of the first key decisions as Trump pivots from campaigning to governing, amounted to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running the Republican’s transition planning for months. On the heels of Trump’s upset victory this week, his team has begun to embark upon building a government,

terrorism on election day

Security is being tightened amid word that Al-Qaeda may be planning Election Day attacks in the U.S. Multiple media reports say New York City authorities have been warned about possible attacks by al-Qaeda. The warning lacks specifics, but NYPD is among the agencies working closely with the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Podesta knew better

Thursday’s Wikileaks dump shows that John Podesta was willing to discuss sensitive information with future boss Hillary Clinton while he worked for President Obama and she was a private citizen in August 2014 – but he knew better than to send the intel over Clinton’s private server from his Gmail account. In the exchange, Clinton, who had resigned as secretary of state 18 months earlier, asked then-Obama counselor Podesta if he knew who was responsible for an Aug. 18 airstrike in Tripoli, in which unidentified bombers blew up an Islamist-controlled arms depot in the Libyan capital. Podesta’s response was – quote – Yes, and interesting, but not for this channel. Podesta was responding directly to Clinton on her personal server at the address of hrod17@clintonemail.com.

Podesta vs FBI

The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign says FBI Director James Comey owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what his agents are now examining related to the Democratic nominee. John Podesta was responding Friday to a letter from Comey informing Congress that the FBI is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails that have emerged in its probe of Clinton’s private server. Podesta says he is confident the new information will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July, when the bureau closed its investigation without finding evidence to support criminal charges.

outside insurance plans

While premiums are set to rise by double digits on the ObamaCare exchanges, millions of Americans already have made the decision to abandon the markets altogether and shop for health care on their own – a trend the administration is fighting to reverse. Unclear is whether the bad headlines surrounding the health care program will prompt even more insurance-shoppers to bolt the state and federal exchanges, which are one-stop portals like HealthCare.gov where customers can pick from qualified health plans.

Clinton and Trump

With a dozen days left until Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both refused to work together AFTER the election, putting in question their abilities to heal the country’s wounds after a volatile presidential race. An ABC’s Good Morning America today, Trump said he wants to wait to make that decision at a later date. Clinton, meanwhile, dodged the question completely, about whether she would meet one on one with Trump after the election.

Suspects arrested after crash into Carlsbad Walmart

A brief police chase Tuesday ended with a vehicle crashing into the doors of Walmart in Carlsbad.

The sheriff’s office reports the arrests of Gabriel Munoz and Donald Busch in the incident.

It says deputies saw Munoz driving erratically along South Canal Street that morning.

The detective who spotted the car kept following it before deciding to stop it.

The men fled from Walmart to the Pilot station on Route 285 into Loving.

They they drove back to Walmart and crashed into the market entrance.

Trump Expected To Take Indiana

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another presidential primary… this time in Indiana. The Hoosier State is ever-important as a strong performance from Republican front-runner Donald Trump could all but seal the nomination for him. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may have something to say about that but for now, polls indicate Trump will have a good day. Katrina Pierson, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, says she is not worried about Trump’s high unfavorability ratings in polls…

Defense Secretary Speaks Out On Nato

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has told troops of the U-S European Command in Stuttgart, Germany that the NATO alliance is more relevant than ever. He says the alliance is adapting to address disparate threats like Russian aggression, cyberwarfare, and terrorism….