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Morning Brief: January 4

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Lawmakers are laying the groundwork for the repeal of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Republican Senator Mike Enzi introduced a resolution just hours after the 115th Congress convened for the first time yesterday. "Today, we take the first steps to repair the nation's broken health care system, removing Washington from the equation and putting control back where it belongs: with patients, their families, and their doctors," said Enzi in a statement. Republicans are planning to phase out the Affordable Care Act over time while putting together an alternative healthcare plan. Currently twenty million people are covered under the Affordable Care Act.

NEED TO KNOW 

House Republicans Reverse Decision To Gut Independent Ethics Office [NY Times]

Ford Announces It Will Not Build Its Next Small Car Factory In Mexico [NBC News]

Megyn Kelly Is Leaving FOX To Join NBC News [LA Times]

More Than 100,000 Registered For Women's March Protest On Inauguration Day [Washington Post]

East Midtown Rezoning Plan Enters Public Review [DNAinfo]

NYC Councilman Wants To Track City Garbage Trucks To Cut Down On Congestion [NY Daily News]

SPORTS

Yesterday: The Buffalo Sabres beat the Rangers, 4 to 1. And the Devils won against the Carolina Panthers, 3 to 1.

Today: The Knicks are at home tonight playing the Milwaukee Bucks. Tip off is at 7:30.

WEATHER

Finally: some relief from the rain. Partly sunny today with a high of 53 degrees. Tonight it'll be mostly clear with a low of 27.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On this day in 1999, many countries in Europe adopted the Euro. It was the first time since Charlemagne's reign in the ninth century that Europe was united under a common currency. At the outset, eleven countries in total adopted the Euro, representing about 290 million people. The Euro was intended to increase European integration and spur economic growth. The Euro closed out its first day worth $1.17, setting the tone for a robust new currency in Europe.