Despite what he says, Donald Trump did not ‘do great with everybody’

Donald Trump kisses a “Women for Trump” placard during a rally at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla. on Oct. 12. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Much of what happened on the first stop of Donald Trump’s victory tour Thursday night, a big rally in Cincinnati, was indistinguishable from the events that occurred before that victory occurred. There was plenty of media-bashing, for example, and some bashing of the current administration and Trump’s former opponent, Hillary Clinton. About the only sign that things had changed were Trump’s self-conscious interjections that he didn’t need to bash Clinton anymore — and his celebration of how the pundits that he used to predict would get everything wrong actually did. Trump’s obvious and continuing glee at having won — glee that’s totally justified, of course — is clearly tempered by the asterisks that apply. The biggest of those asterisks is that he trails […]

Yes, you can blame millennials for Hillary Clinton’s loss

A group of women react as voting results come in on election night. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Hillary Clinton’s campaign has lots of excuses for losing. There’s the electoral college , James Comey , the media’s alleged over-exuberance in digging into Clinton’s email server , etc. But Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Thursday that one particular group is especially to blame: millennials. As Karen Tumulty and Philip Rucker reported from the big election postmortem at Harvard on Thursday night: Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook also acknowledged that her operation had made a number of mistakes and miscalculations, while being buffeted by what he repeatedly described as a “headwind” of being an establishment candidate in a season where voters were anxious for change. He noted, for example, that younger voters, perhaps assuming that Clinton was going to win, migrated to third-party candidates in the final days of the race. Where […]

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Is Still Questioning Election Results, For No Apparent Reason

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is continuing to question the integrity of elections , telling state lawmakers that he “cannot attest” to results that the Maine Secretary of State certified. LePage questioned the election results in a routine letter that state law requires to lawmakers summoning them to the capitol for a legislative session. “I am issuing this summons and signing this election certificate despite the fact that I maintain strong concerns regarding the integrity of Maine’s ballot and accuracy of Maine’s election results and I cannot attest to the accuracy of the tabulation certified by the secretary of state,” LePage wrote in the letter sent Wednesday. Kristen Muszynski, a spokesperson for Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D), said that her office did not have any evidence that suggested the integrity of the state’s election could be compromised. She said the office had not heard from LePage regarding […]

Trump inherits Obama boom

NEW YORK — On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly described the U.S. economy as a hollowed-out disaster of high unemployment and stagnant growth. But the latest numbers show the president-elect will in fact inherit a fairly robust economy with the lowest jobless rate in nearly a decade, record home and stock prices and a healthy growth rate. It’s a radically different position from the one President-Elect Barack Obama found himself in 2008 with markets crashing, the financial crisis spinning out of control and joblessness headed toward 10 percent. Trump instead will take office with an economy near full employment and wages and spending rising. The economy is in such strong shape that the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates again later this month to try and cool things off. “President-elect Trump will inherit a much stronger economy than his predecessor did,” Standard & Poor’s economists said […]

The Latest: Federal lawsuit filed to block Wisconsin recount

A worker looks over results during a statewide presidential election recount Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Milwaukee. The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began Thursday in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory. (Morry Gash/Associated Press) LANSING, Mich. — The Latest on presidential recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop Wisconsin’s ongoing presidential election recount. The lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order was filed late Thursday in federal court in Madison. It was filed by the Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary PAC and Wisconsin voter Ronald R. Johnson. The lawsuit contends that the recount that started Thursday threatens the due process rights of Johnson and others […]

Donald Trump deserves more credit than he’s getting for his Cabinet picks

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) When Donald Trump was elected president three weeks ago, many Democrats — and even some Republicans — openly fretted about who he might pick to be in his Cabinet. Would he appoint only loyalists who affirmed his views? People with zero experience? People no one had ever heard of? With the announcement Thursday of Gen. James Mattis as his pick for Secretary of Defense , Trump continues to demonstrate that those early worries were way off base. In fact, Trump’s picks — and some of his potential picks — reflect a political savviness that many people haven’t been willing to grant the president-elect. Let’s break it down. Trump has, without doubt, installed a handful of trusted allies in both senior staff roles and Cabinet positions. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General is one obvious example. But, whether […]

Statehouse Republicans Block a Key Appointment by GOP Gov. John Kasich

Faber says his opposition to Kasich’s appointment is nothing personal. The Ohio Senate has rejected a major appointment by Gov. John Kasich. As statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, this could be a sign of friction among Ohio’s top Republicans. Months of tension between the Senate and Gov. Kasich over his nomination of Columbus lawyer Howard Petricoff to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio culminated this week when a committee voted to reject Petricoff. The Senate is called to advise and consent on gubernatorial nominations. Usually these committee votes are just a formality. But Republican Senate President Keith Faber of Celina has said Petricoff would have too many conflicts of interest as a commissioner because of his time advocating for different energy groups. ‘How else do you develop the kind of expertise and experience needed?’ Fellow Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati echoed that sentiment during the committee meeting. “There […]

Conway: I take ‘personally’ accusations that campaign gave platform to white supremacists

It’s “unfortunate” that one of Hillary Clinton’s aides thinks Kellyanne Conway managed a campaign that provided a platform for white supremacists, the former Trump campaign manager said Friday, adding that she took the cutting remark personally. “Well, it’s not a fact. It’s just completely false,” Conway said Friday in an interview with “CBS This Morning.” “And that’s why I asked Jen Palmieri, communications director for Hillary Clinton, if she would look me in the eye and tell me that I ran a campaign that would allow that.” Indeed, during one of several heated exchanges between Trump and Clinton strategists at Harvard University on Thursday, Palmieri suggested Trump’s campaign was “a platform for white supremacists” and that Clinton’s camp “would rather lose than win the way you guys did.” The sharp comment prompted Conway to ask Palmieri if she thinks she “ran a campaign where white supremacists have had a […]

Morning Digest: In a surprise, Jerry Brown taps Xavier Becerra as California’s next attorney general

California Rep. Xavier Becerra (D) Leading Off : ● CA-34, CA-AG : In a huge shocker, California Gov. Jerry Brown said on Thursday that he’d name Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra as the state’s next attorney general , filling the vacancy soon to be created by Kamala Harris, who won election to the Senate last month. Becerra is the fourth highest-ranking Democrat in the House and also the most senior Latino in the chamber, and he’d never been discussed as a possible replacement for Harris, hence everyone’s surprise. But with House Democrats in the minority for the foreseeable future, and with the party’s top three leaders all winning another term this week, Becerra’s move makes sense. And while he could run for a full term as attorney general in 2018, he could also use the highly visible post as a springboard for another office such as Senate or governor somewhere […]

‘Shameful and embarrassing’

When President-elect Donald Trump made his acceptance speech, he said something “Presidential.” He said he wanted to bring the nation together. He said he wanted to be the President of All People. Despite his past divisive rhetoric, I was relieved to hear his change in tone. I wanted to believe he meant what he said.Then he appointed Steve Bannon as his White House Chief Strategist. Bannon is a known white supremacist, anti-Semite and domestic abuser. President-elect Trump wants this man to become his chief advisor. What kind of a message does that send to the people of this nation who happened to be born of non-European decent? What message does it send to Jews? What message does it send to young girls and women across the country? What kind of a message does it send to nations around the world that are watching us? How can we, a nation […]