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Donald Trump Asks Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay For His Border Wall

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Once again, Donald Trump has played his supporters for suckers.

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble Pays Off

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Just under a year ago, Senate Republicans took a big risk regarding the Supreme Court. Now, it’s paid off big time.

House GOP Votes To Gut Independent Congressional Ethics Board (Update: GOP Pulls Rules Change At Last Minute)

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On the eve of the 115th Congress, House Republicans voted to gut a key office charged with investigating Congressional ethics.

Today in Bad Ideas: a 5% Tariff

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A trial balloon hopefully made of lead.

Republicans Cower In Fear In The Face Of Trump And His Supporters

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Republicans are afraid to oppose Donald Trump for fear that his supporters will come after them.

Swamp Draining Update

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Via Politico, Trump sycophant, Newt Gingrich: “We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about the president-elect’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.” And should someone in the […]

Some Additional Thoughts on the Faithless

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The number of faithless electors was both historical and trivial.

Massive Faithlessness in the EC

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Via CNN: Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Seven “faithless” electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and Clinton four. Hawaii’s votes — three for Clinton and one breaking from the state’s results and supporting Bernie Sanders — were the last to be counted. I think I predicted 3, and […]

An Entry for “Dictatorship for Dummies”

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Trump will maintain some level of private security once in office.

The Ohio EC Ballot

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As tweeted by Secretary of State, John Husted: This is what an electoral college ballot looks like. pic.twitter.com/ZWsa7y8cEJ — Jon Husted (@JonHusted) December 19, 2016   It shouldn’t be too hard to see how this decreases the chances of faithless electors. And I am not being snarky or critical: the ballot structure reflects the prevailing […]

Yet Again: No Evidence of Voter Fraud

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Via the NYT:  All This Talk of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next to None After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they […]

What To Expect Today From The Electoral College

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Beginning late this morning, the Electors in each of the states will meet to carry out their Constitutional function. Despite the drama accompanying this year’s election, there’s likely to be far less drama than some people seem to be hoping for.

Trump’s EC win in Historical Perspective

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Some nice infographics at the NYT:  Trump’s Electoral College Victory Ranks 46th in 58 Elections

Visually Tracking the End of the Campaigns

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And interesting visual from Five Thirty-Eight:  The Last 10 Weeks Of 2016 Campaign Stops In One Handy Gif.

Today in Depressing Headlines

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Via The Monkey Cage:  A new poll shows an astonishing 52% of Republicans incorrectly think Trump won the popular vote Clinton’s lead now exceeds 2.8 million votes (more than 2.1 percent of the total vote) and continues to grow. Many Democrats hope this fact alone might persuade Republican electors to reject Trump in favor of some […]

North Carolina Legislature Strips Governor’s Office Of Power In Wake Of Democratic Victory

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In the wake of the Democratic victory in the North Carolina Governor’s race, the Republican-controlled legislature has stripped the Governor’s office of significant power.

More EC Fun

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Via The Hill:  Over 50 Dem electors now demanding intelligence briefing More than 50 Democratic voters in the Electoral College are now asking for an intelligence briefing from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper over reports of Russian meddling in the election, according to a report in Politico. Fifty-four of 232 Democratic electors have now signed […]

EC Fantasy (Yet Again)

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As we approach the vote, the fantasies keep coming.

Why Did Clinton Lose The Election? Perhaps The Blame Lies With Her Own Campaign

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Hillary Clinton’s national campaign wasn’t nearly as well-organized as we’d been led to believe.

Trump: “I’m like a smart person”; Doesn’t Need Daily Intel Briefings

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Good thing the world is a static, simple place…

Potential Trump Cabinet Pick Could Add To GOP Senate Majority

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Donald Trump is reportedly considering North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp to be Secretary of Agriculture and, if she accepted the offer it would likely add to the Republican majority in the Senate: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump’s leading choice for Agriculture secretary, sources close to the transition tell POLITICO. The first-term […]

Republican John Kennedy Wins Louisiana Senate Runoff

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An unsurprising win in the Pelican State.

CIA Report: Russia Acted To Help Trump Win The Election

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New information raises serious questions about the integrity of the 2016 elections, and about Donald Trump and his supporters.

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.

More EC Fantasties

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Another day, another EC fantasy,

Greater Deference to Generals Has Undermined Civilian Control of the Military

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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 […]

Texas Elector Resigns Rather than Vote for Trump

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His actions illustration how well the EC process is institutionalized.

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!

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.  

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

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Trump backs away from yet another campaign promise.

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

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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 […]

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.

Was Bernie Sanders The Ralph Nader Of 2016?

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One professor is suggesting that Bernie Sanders played a role in 2016 similar to the one that Ralph Nader did in 2000. It doesn’t pass even cursory examination.

Trump Team not Ready for Prime Time

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“Winning was easy, young man, govern’s harder.” — George Washington in Hamilton. Indeed, one of the easiest parts of winning is the transition portion before, you know, the governing starts. Via the NYT:  Trump Staff Shake-Up Slows Transition to Near Halt: President-elect Donald J. Trump‘s transition operation plunged into disarray on Tuesday with the abrupt departure of […]

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

Ben Carson Forgoes Cabinet Position Because He Believes He Lacks Experience

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Ben Carson has reportedly taken himself out of consideration for a Cabinet position because he doesn’t believe he has enough experience: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has told President-elect Donald Trump that he isn’t interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services, a Carson ally confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday. Business manager and […]

After Election Losses, Democrats Battle For Some Top Leadership Positions

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In what seems like a replay of the primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, some top Democratic Party leadership positions may be in jeopardy.

Secretary Of State Rudy Giuliani?

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A surprising name is emerging as the likely pick for the nation’s top diplomatic position.

Hillary Clinton Blames Her Loss On The Director Of The F.B.I.

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In a call to supporters, Hillary Clinton blames her loss on F.B.I. Director James Comey

No, The Democratic Party Is Not ‘Decimated’

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Reports of the demise of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.

Mitt Romney Expresses the Fears of Many

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Via CNN:  Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with ‘trickle-down racism’ “I don’t want to see trickle-down racism,” Romney said in an interview here in a suite overlooking the Wasatch Mountains, where he is hosting his yearly ideas conference. “I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which […]

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