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Trump To Remain Executive Producer Of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ After Becoming President

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Another conflict of interest for President-Elect Trump.

Support For Eliminating Electoral College Hits Two-Decade Low

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Notwithstanding the election results, support for eliminating the Electoral College is at a 20-year low.

Senate Democrats Look To Be On The Defensive In 2018

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As things stand, Democrats will have a hard time winning back control in the Senate in 2018.

Another General In Trump’s Cabinet

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Three of the top four national security positions in Donald Trump’s Cabinet will be filled by retired Generals. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Donald Trump Is Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’

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In the end, there was no other logical choice.

More EC Fantasties

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Another day, another EC fantasy,

Greater Deference to Generals Has Undermined Civilian Control of the Military

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington

I’m in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Duke’s Peter Feaver.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Concedes Defeat

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Nearly a month after Election Day, the Republican Governor of North Carolina has conceded defeat: Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that he’s conceded the election to Democrat Roy Cooper, the state’s attorney general, and will support transition efforts. McCrory made the concession in a video message posted around noon Monday as a recount he […]

Ben Carson to Head HUD

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Via CNN:  Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary Dr. Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday. “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” President-elect […]

Ben Carson Picked For HUD Secretary

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An odd choice for HUD Secretary.

Jon Huntsman For Secretary Of State?

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Another name may be on the short list for Secretary of State.

Washington Monument To Remain Closed Until 2019

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If you’re visiting Washington, D.C. anytime soon, don’t plan on getting to go up to the top of the Washington Monument: Billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein has agreed to fund an overhaul of the Washington Monument’s broken elevator system, but the beleaguered landmark will probably remain closed for the next 2 1/2  years, the National Park […]

Solid November Jobs Growth Seems To Guarantee Higher Interest Rates In December

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Another month of solid but not spectacular jobs growth seems to guarantee that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates this month.

Trump Selects Retired General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense

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President-Elect Trump has selected a retired Marine Corps General to lead the Defense Department: President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up […]

Nancy Pelosi Beats Back Challenge For Leadership Of House Democrats

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To the surprise of nobody who paid attention, Nancy Pelosi won re-election as leader of the House Democrats.

Trump Announces He Will ‘Leave His Business,’ But Provides Few Details

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Donald Trump says he will ‘leave his business,’ but is providing very few details and continuing to leave the impression that he will enter office with more conflicts of interest than any previous President in American history.

Texas Elector Resigns Rather than Vote for Trump

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His actions illustration how well the EC process is institutionalized.

Donald Trump Opposes Flag Burning, Supports Burning The Constitution

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Donald Trump resurrects an old debate and desecrates the Constitution in the process.

Jon Huntsman For Senate?

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Jon Huntsman, who served as Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China, and ran for President in 2012, is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said he’s weighing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, depending in part on whether fellow Republican Orrin Hatch decides […]

Obama And Biden Will Skip Castro’s Funeral

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Neither President Obama nor Vice-President Biden will attend Fidel Castro’s funeral.

Trump’s Tweet on “Illegal Voting” Encapsulates Serious Problems

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Those who voted for him thinking he would be guided or controlled by more sober individuals or that he would start acting presidential once elected: you were wrong.

Let’s Look At Potential Democratic Candidates For 2020!

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Just 1,436 days until Election Day 2020!

Donald Trump Falsely Claims He Won The Electoral Vote By A Landslide

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Donald Trump claims he won an Electoral College landslide. This is a bald-faced lie.

Donald Trump Claims ‘Illegal Voting’ In Three States He Lost

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Now Donald Trump is alleging that the 2016 Election was tainted by ‘illegal voting,’ even though he won!

Man Calls Out ‘Hillary Bitches’ on Airplane

An airline traveler wanted his fellow passengers to know that he was a supporter of the president-elect.

America’s Weird Recount Laws

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An irrelevant candidate is triggering a recount in three states Trump won by substantial margins.

Even More EC Fantasies

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Debunked!

Trump Refusing To Take Intelligence Briefings

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For Donald Trump, it appears that ignorance is bliss.

Electoral College Fantasies

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No, the EC is not going to elect Clinton.

Two million votes and counting, but look at all the states Trump won!

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Clinton’s popular lead over Trump (thus far) is two million plus and rising.   Let’s put that in perspective.  Consider the number of Clinton voters (rounded up to the nearest thousand) in the following eleven states.    Wyoming (57,000) Alaska (93,000) North Dakota (94,000) South Dakota (118,000) Montana (175,000) Vermont (179,000) West Virginia (188,000) Idaho (190,000) […]

Gratitude for the Art of Losing Graciously

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Democracy produces good rulers, right?  Sometimes.  What good democracies actually produce best is good losers. Let us then be grateful for gracious losers, for our losers no less than our winners carry forward the American experiment in self-rule.  

India And Pakistan Exchange Fire In Kashmir

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As America prepares for a Presidential transition, an old conflict with a history of turning dangerous rears its head.

Mitt Romney Said To Be Top Contender For Secretary Of State

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Mitt Romney and Donald Trump became bitter rivals for the soul of the GOP in 2016, but Romney appears to be at the top of Trump’s list for the nation’s top diplomat.

Nikki Haley to Be UN Ambassador

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While it seems a strange choice at first blush, it’s a good one.

America To Trump: Delete Your Account

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Most Americans wish Donald Trump would stop tweeting. Good luck with that.

Trump Backs Away From Idea Of New Clinton Email Investigation, Prosecution

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Trump backs away from yet another campaign promise.

This is the alt-Right

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Calling it neo-fascist is not hyperbole.

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Coal Industry Facing Downturn With New EPA Rules And Alpha Natural Resources Bankruptcy

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

Mike Pence Not Offended By Statement By Hamilton Cast

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Vice-President-Elect Pence doesn’t seem nearly as offended as Donald Trump by Friday’s comments from the stage by the cast of Hamilton: Following Vice President-Elect Mike Pence’s trip to Hamilton November 18, he sat down with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday and said that he “really enjoyed” the show. At the end of Pence’s interview on […]

Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Potential Trump Nominees

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is speaking out against several of President-Elect Trump’s proposed Cabinet nominees.

The Whitelash Backlash

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So what’s wrong with the Whitelash Backlash thesis?  Not everything, actually.  But plenty.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Senate Over Merrick Garland Nomination

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A Federal Judge has dismissed a lawsuit that tried to make an end-run around the Senate and put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court.

Trump’s Wife and Child Won’t Live in White House

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President-Elect Donald Trump has signaled that his current wife and youngest child will continue to reside in their de-luxe apartment in the sky rather than move to the White House.

President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

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The incoming president’s business interests are a yuuuge problem.

Most Hilarious and Ill-Fated Boycott Attempt of all Time: #BoycottHamilton

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Via WaPo:  ’I will fall on the sword & take your tickets’: Calls to #BoycottHamilton met with mockery As Trump supporters continued to call for boycotts of “Hamilton,” many questioned if it was even possible to “boycott” a show for which tickets are notoriously expensive and difficult to obtain. Indeed. Also amusing if one is familiar […]

Vice President-Elect Pence Visits Broadway, Gets A Post-Performance Message

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Mike Pence’s night at the theater included a message from the cast. Good for them.

Trump, Hamilton, and the Presidency

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If one believes the electoral college is awesome, one cannot make an argument from the position of “the wisdom of the Founders” nor from a viewpoint based on original intent.

Politics and Polarization 24/7…

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…even getting coffee.  Via CNN:  Trump supporters launch #TrumpCup as a protest against Starbucks. Also:  what is it about certain Trump supporters who like to yell “Trump” to agitate people? I don’t recall this phenomenon with previous presidents.

Secretary Of State Mitt Romney?

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Team of Rivals?

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions Picked For Attorney General

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Alabama’s Jeff Sessions will become the nation’s top law enforcement officer. That’s not a good thing.

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