2016 Election

NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Files Second Results Challenge, Claims Fraudulent Absentee Voting

Over the weekend, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a challenge to the voting totals in Durham County, alleging “malfeasance” by local officials. Durham County officials today declared that no irregularities were found. Tonight McCrory is challenging a second county’s vote on different grounds. Via press release from his office: A formal protest has been filed with the Bladen County ...

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Newsweek Posts GOP Oppo Research On Bernie Sanders

This article by Newsweek investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald is full of fury for liberals who sat out the election or voted third party. But in the middle of the piece he drops a few paragraphs on what the GOP had planned for Bernie Sanders had he become the nominee. An excerpt: Here are a few tastes of what was in ...

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Dubya Laments Trump’s Temper Tantrums

CNN reports: Former President George W. Bush lamented the role of “anger” in politics after the grievance-fueled victory of Donald Trump, expressing a worry that the emotional response could unfortunately “drive policy.” Speaking in his hometown of Dallas and for the first time since Trump won a week ago, Bush did not directly critique his successor as a Republican president. ...

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Hillary’s Popular Vote Lead Passes One Million

And somehow there are still many votes yet to be counted: Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote over President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed 1 million, according to Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. As the final vote counts continue to trickle in a week after Election Day, Wasserman’s tally found that Clinton had 61,963,234 votes to Trump’s ...

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Manhattan’s Trump Place To Drop Name

Bloomberg reports: The Trump Place apartment complex on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is about to drop the president-elect’s name after an outcry by residents. The three rental buildings — at 140, 160 and 180 Riverside Blvd. — will be renamed for their street addresses, landlord Equity Residential said Tuesday in an e-mail. “We are assuming a more neutral building identity ...

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Potential Homeland Security Head Mocks “Coddled, Petulant Snowflakes” Who Protest Against Trump

“I’m a pretty tough cop but a country run by these entitled, coddled, petulant snowflakes makes me cringe. We saw what happens to this everyone-gets-a-trophy generation when the real world, in the form of a Donald Trump victory, makes them confront reality. They absolutely crumble. The simpering, whimpering kids we see protesting this election are indeed the future – and ...

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Sen. Barbara Boxer Files Bill To Abolish Electoral College

The Los Angeles Times reports: Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College in light of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but still losing the election. Such legislation makes a statement after an election that shocked Democrats, but is unlikely to gain traction with Republicans holding control of both chambers of Congress ...

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DRAIN THE SWAMP: Ivanka Trump Pitches Nation To Buy The $10,000 Bracelet She Wore On 60 Minutes

Next she’ll be selling White House dinner napkins. Trump-branded, of course. NBC News reports: Ivanka Trump’s company came under heavy criticism this week when it began promoting sales of a $10,000 bracelet that she wore on “60 Minutes.” And now, the future first daughter’s company is seemingly backtracking after being accused of conflating her father’s presidential interview with her own ...

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120+ US House Members Sign Letter Urging Trump To Rescind Steve Bannon’s White House Appointment

From the letter to Trump being circulated today by openly gay US House Rep. David Cicilline: Dear President-elect Trump: Immediately following your victory, many Americans were optimistic and hopeful that you would take the steps necessary to unify our country following the divisive and contentious election. In your election night speech you said, “Now it’s time for America to bind ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Election Officials Find No Evidence Of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Claim Of Counting “Malfeasance”

The Charlotte Observer reports: Durham County Board of Elections Chairman Bill Brian said Tuesday that officials have seen no evidence supporting questions raised about the accuracy of more than 94,000 votes that were counted manually on election night. “We have seen no evidence to that effect,” Brian said during a Tuesday morning press conference. “Mr. Stark may have some, but ...

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REPORT: More Than Half Of Those Arrested In Portland’s Anti-Trump Protest Didn’t Vote For Anyone At All

Idealism always fails. Always. Portland’s NBC affiliate reports: More than half of the anti-Trump protesters arrested in Portland didn’t vote in Oregon, according to state election records. At least sixty-nine demonstrators either didn’t turn in a ballot or weren’t registered to vote in the state. KGW compiled a list of the 112 people arrested by the Portland Police Bureau during ...

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Trump Flip-Flops On The Electoral College

Business Insider reports: President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed critics who point out that Hillary Clinton will likely win the overall popular vote despite losing the 2016 election. In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, Trump claimed that if the US did not adhere to its Electoral College system, which proportionally divvies out votes to states based on population, the ...

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AP: Giuliani Poised To Be Named Secretary Of State

The Associated Press reports: Rudy Giuliani is the favorite to be secretary of state in Donald Trump’s administration. That’s according to a senior Trump official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source isn’t authorized to speak on the record. The official says there’s no real competition for the job and that it’s the former New York mayor’s ...

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Donald Trump Seeks Top Secret Security Clearance For His Children (Who Are Also Running His Corporations)

The Daily Beast reports: Donald Trump wants top secret clearance for his children while he is president, CBS reports. The president-elect has reportedly begun asking how he could secure top-level clearance for his adult children and son-in-law, most of whom are currently helming his transition team. Only official government employees and contractors can receive security clearance. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and ...

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Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Sues To Hide His Emails

Politico reports: Vice President-elect Mike Pence is seeking to keep secret the contents of an email relating to Indiana’s participation, at his behest, in a lawsuit to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Pence’s administration brought in an outside law firm to join the litigation, which was spearheaded by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. The move prompted one Indianapolis ...

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Nancy Pelosi On Steve Bannon: A White Supremacist In The White House Will Fan The Flames Of Bigotry

Via press release from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “After winning the presidency but losing the popular vote, President-elect Trump must try to bring Americans together – not continue to fan the flames of division and bigotry. Bringing Steve Bannon into the White House is an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that ...

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CHINA: Government Threatens To Stifle Sales Of iPhones And US Goods If Trump Launches Trade War

The Guardian reports: US president-elect Donald Trump would be a “naive” fool to launch an all-out trade war against China, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has claimed. During the acrimonious race for the White House Trump repeatedly lashed out at China, vowing to punish Beijing with “defensive” 45% tariffs on Chinese imports and to officially declare it a currency manipulator. “When ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: State GOP Calls For Recount, Gov. Pat McCrory Accuses Election Officials Of “Malfeasance”

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Pat McCrory, trailing in a close race for re-election behind Attorney General Roy Cooper, claims there was “malfeasance” in tabulating votes in Durham County and “irregularities” reported around the state. Cooper’s campaign said nothing improper happened in Durham, and accused McCrory of trying to undermine the election. A formal protest filed Saturday with ...

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Obama To Tutor Trump On POTUS Duties

The Week reports: Donald Trump will be getting more help from the White House during the next several months than incoming presidents typically receive, The Wall Street Journal reports. People with knowledge of Trump’s meeting on Thursday with President Obama told the Journal Obama realized that Trump, who has no experience in government or the military, will need more guidance, ...

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Megyn Kelly: Donald Trump Tried To Bribe Me

The Hill reports: Fox News host Megyn Kelly says Trump unsuccessfully tried to give her gifts during the presidential campaign in what she called his attempt to influence journalists by “work the refs.” In her book, “Settle for More,” set for release on Tuesday, “The Kelly File” host says Trump even offered a free stay at one of his hotels. ...

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