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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.

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’

Trump Person Of The Year

In the end, there was no other logical choice.

Ben Carson Picked For HUD Secretary

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An odd choice for HUD Secretary.

Jon Huntsman For Secretary Of State?

Jon Huntsman

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

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 […]

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.

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.

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!

Democrat-Donkey

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Senate Over Merrick Garland Nomination

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

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.

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.

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.

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo Selected As Trump’s C.I.A. Director

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Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo has been selected to be the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President-Elect Donald Trump: WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Mike Pompeo, a hawkish Republican from Kansas and a former Army officer, to lead the C.I.A., according to officials close to Mr. Trump’s transition team. […]

Retired General Michael Flynn Tapped For Trump’s National Security Adviser

Michael Flynn

A controversial retired General has been tapped to be President-Elect Trump’s top White House foreign policy voice.

Team of rivals? Kitchen cabinet? Or Waylon Smithers clones?

The real model for Trump’s team is neither Abraham Lincoln nor Andrew Jackson but The Simpson’s Mr. Burns with a room full of Waylon Smithers-types.

Was Bernie Sanders The Ralph Nader Of 2016?

Bernie Sanders Ralph Nader

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.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

Trump And GOP Elephant

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 […]

Secretary Of State Rudy Giuliani?

Richard Branson & Rudy Giuliani Visit "Cavuto" On FOX Business Network

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.

Hillary Bored

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

No, The Democratic Party Is Not ‘Decimated’

Democrat-Donkey

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

Would Trump Nominate Ted Cruz To Fill Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat?

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Future Supreme Court Justice?

Hillary Clinton Supporters Have A Foolish And Unworkable Idea To Overturn The Election Result

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Some Hillary Clinton supporters have a foolish and unworkable “plan” to steal Trump’s victory in the Electoral College. They should abandon it.

Trump And Obama Continue A Long And Important Tradition

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Despite resentments, power will transition peacefully from President Obama to President Trump. We should be thankful for that rather than protesting it.

Richard And Pat Nixon Predicted The Trump Presidency

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Did Richard Nixon have knowledge of the future?

California, Two Other States, Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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The fight for marijuana legalization advances in California.

Donald Trump Defies Pollsters, Pundits, And The Odds To Become 45th U.S. President

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Defying the odds and the polls, Donald Trump triumphed over Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States.

What To Watch For While You’re Watching Election Returns

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What to watch for tonight.

Poll Closing Times For Election 2016

Poll Closing Times

Politico has a great summary of the poll closing times for the entire United States, summarized in the chart above (click map to enlarge), that should give you a fairly good idea of how the night will unfold. By 9pm Eastern, most of the states will have closed their polls and we should already have […]

Clinton Wins Dixville Notch And Guam

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While most of America was sleeping, Hillary Clinton took an early lead in New Hampshire thanks to the hamlet of Dixville Notch: Dixville Notch, the quirky northern New Hampshire town that traditionally votes early on Election Day, has tallied this year’s results — and Hillary Clinton is the local winner. Clinton won four votes, while […]

2016 Congressional Election Predictions

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My predictions for the House and Senate.

2016 Presidential Election Prediction

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And the winner is……

A Final Look At The Polls

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With just one day to go, Clinton’s paths to victory continue to look far more realistic than Donald Trump’s.

F.B.I. To Congress: Never Mind

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F.B.I. Director Comey tells Congress that it’s investigation into new emails revealed no information to change its conclusions about Hillary Clinton and her email server.

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