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Donald Trump expressed support for restricting early voting, Politico reports.
Said Trump: “They had that long early voting in Florida. It’s so long, and so many things can go wrong when you have that long period of time, right? That long, long, long period. Used to be you’d have a day, you vote. Now you’re going forever. Weeks and weeks.”
He added: “I wonder what happens during the evenings when those places are ‘locked,’ right?”
Rudy Giuliani, a longtime Donald Trump ally, will not be serving in the president-elect’s administration, The Hill reports.
“Giuliani has removed himself from consideration for any position in the new administration, the Trump transition team announced Friday. He was rumored to be in the mix to be secretary of State.”
Politico: “Giuliani had previously publicly campaigned for the post and it was not immediately clear why he had withdrawn. The transition team said that he withdrew on November 29.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) this week to discuss a potential open Senate seat, Politico reports.
The Tuesday meeting comes as President-elect Trump is considering Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for a Cabinet position, possibly at the Energy Department or the Agriculture Department.
President Obama has ordered a “full review” of Russian hacking during the November election, as pressure from Congress has grown for greater public understanding of exactly what Moscow did to interfere in the electoral process, the Washington Post reports.
Said homeland-security adviser Lisa Monaco: “We may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned.”
Obama wants the report before he leaves office on January 20.
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Gary Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs, to direct the National Economic Council, the New York Times reports.
“Adding Mr. Cohn to the economic team was a favorite idea of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. And he does not break the streak of wealthy Trump teammates. His most recent total compensation package made public at Goldman exceeded $20.5 million.”
“Goldman Sachs shares, by the way, are up 33 percent since Election Day.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the highest-ranking woman in the House Republican leadership, is expected to be announced as Donald Trump’s secretary of the interior, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Ms. McMorris Rodgers, a senior member of the House of Representatives, if confirmed by the Senate, would lead Mr. Trump’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development and reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued over the past eight years.”
Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are trying to identify staff in the Energy Department who played a role in promoting President Obama’s climate agenda, Bloomberg reports.
“The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules.”
Kellyanne Conway defended President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to remain an executive producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” even as he takes office, arguing that “presidents have a right to do things in their spare time,” CNN reports.
Said Conway: “He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing, and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts who tell him what he can do and not do as president of the United States. If this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he will consider staying on.”
President-elect Donald Trump “is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter, far fewer than most of his recent predecessors,” Reuters reports.
“Although they are not required to, presidents-elect have in the past generally welcomed the opportunity to receive the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), the most highly classified and closely held document in the government, on a regular basis.”
NBC News: “There’s not a Bush or Romney (at least not yet) — nor are there key members of past GOP administrations or campaigns (except for Elaine Chao, who served as George W. Bush’s Labor secretary). Indeed, outside of Chao and U.N. ambassador pick Nikki Haley, it’s hard to see how any of these names so far would have surfaced in, say, a Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio administration. Even the one U.S. senator Trump has selected so far, Jeff Sessions, isn’t exactly a card-carrying member of the GOP establishment club. Now this theme could change if Trump chooses Romney to be his secretary of state. But right now, there are more outsiders than insiders.”
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“For the thousands hoping to echo the civil rights and anti-Vietnam rallies at Lincoln Memorial by joining the women’s march on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration: time to readjust your expectations. The Women’s March won’t be held at the Lincoln Memorial,” the Guardian reports.
“That’s because the National Park Service, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, filed documents securing large swaths of the national mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial for the inauguration festivities. None of these spots will be open for protesters.”