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The Daily 202: Bannon will be the id, Priebus the super-ego in Trump’s White House

Donald Trump announced that Reince Priebus will be his White House Chief of Staff, and Stephen K. Bannon will be his chief strategist and senior counselor. (AFP/Getty)
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With Breanne Deppisch and Elise Viebeck

THE BIG IDEA: Reince Priebus will be chief of staff, but Stephen Bannon may be the one calling the shots in Donald Trump’s White House.

The pugilistic and polarizing former head of Breitbart News will be chief strategist and senior counselor for President Donald Trump, a role held in previous administrations by the likes of David Axelrod, Karl Rove, John Podesta and Ed Meese.

Trump is said to have preferred Bannon for the chief job. But he was reportedly  persuaded in recent days to go a more conventional route by everyone from the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The 275-word press release announcing the hires said Bannon and Priebus will be “equal partners,” but Bannon got top billing. “I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to work with Reince in driving the agenda of the Trump Administration,” Bannon said in the statement. “We had a very successful partnership on the campaign, one that led to victory. We will have that same partnership in working to help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”

-- If the campaign is indeed the model for their White House partnership, Bannon will hold more sway over Trump than Priebus. The chairman brought in money and ran interference, helping to keep wobbly GOP politicians in line. But he certainly did not set the candidate’s direction and was more often than not troubled by it.

For example, Bannon, 62, a former naval officer and investment banker, was the brains behind inviting the women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct to be Trump’s guests at the second debate. He was seen smiling broadly when the GOP nominee held a surprise press conference with them. Priebus never in a million years would have come up with this — or signed off on it, had it been up to him.

After the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape emerged, Priebus quickly distanced himself. “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” he said. Bannon’s Breitbart, meanwhile, is reportedly in talks to hire Billy Bush, who got fired from the “Today” show for his part in the repugnant conversation.


-- With the biggest decision he’s made during his first week as president-elect, Trump has made clear that he wants rival power centers. The likely result is that the same internal tensions that defined Trump’s campaign will continue to exist in his West Wing.

Remember Corey Lewandowski’s perennial battles with Paul Manafort? Manafort never actually had the title of “campaign manager,” but he was in effect running the campaign as “chairman.” Corey, pushed out as manager, tweeted out a damning story about his rival’s Ukraine connections and then seemed to celebrate on social media when Manafort got ousted later on.

-- His management style has long been to have rivals underneath him duking it out. Even when you think back to his reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” there were competing teams pursuing the same objective.

-- White House veterans say power in the West Wing derives less from title and more from proximity. More than most, Trump has also shown that he can be heavily influenced by the last person he speaks with before making a decision. Trump has a deeper relationship with Bannon, which could be significant early on. Priebus, on the other hand, will have an office that’s closer to the Oval.

-- Trump likes to be in charge, and he tends to feel threatened when underlings accrue too much power.

-- Some Bannon critics worry that he will wind up being Trump’s Rasputin. The mystic maintained immense influence over Czar Nicholas after he stopped his son’s bleeding from hemophilia. This caused countless problems and eventually hastened the fall of the monarchy in Russia. Does Trump credit Bannon’s scorched-earth strategy with stopping his political bleeding this fall? Will he keep him close despite the backlash?


-- Every White House has a bogeyman that the opposition singles out, but Bannon will take the job as a much bigger lightning rod than anyone in memory. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations were among the groups that put out statements decrying Bannon last night. “President-elect Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House,” outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman said in a statement. (Jose A. DelReal rounds up more of the rebukes here.)

-- To give you a flavor, these are the words that people online are searching for the definitions to in the wake of the Bannon news:

-- Here is just a taste of the backlash on social media:

The Southern Poverty Law Center:

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League:

The CNN anchor: 

And many more:

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee:

Many Trump critics challenged David Axelrod over this tweet:

Including at least three of his former colleagues in the Obama White House:


-- There’s a pattern with Trump: Establishment Republicans hear what they want to hear and try to disregard what they do not want to hear. Many members of Congress praised Trump for hiring Priebus last night and completely ignored the controversial Bannon selection. Some examples:

-- To be sure, some Republicans blasted Bannon  but none who hold elected office. At least not yet:

Evan McMullin, the independent presidential candidate, called on GOP leaders to take a stand against Bannon:

From the chief strategist to John Kasich:

From a writer for the very conservative RedState:

-- From Day One, part of Priebus’s portfolio will surely include getting Trump reelected in 2020. He’s a Republican apparatchik who cares first and foremost about winning elections. Surely more than Bannon, he will be thinking about winning the Virginia gubernatorial race in 2017 and protecting GOP candidates up for reelection in 2018, when anti-Trump headwinds will be strong (if history is any guide). That will mean urging Trump to be as conventional as possible while also building up a fundraising apparatus to support his future endeavors.

-- The extent of the 44-year-old’s legislative experience is that he was a clerk for the Wisconsin State Assembly’s Education Committee between college and law school. (The son of an electrician went to the University of Wisconsin campus in Whitewater, and he earned a law degree from the University of Miami.)

In January 2011, Priebus toppled Michael Steele — who had previously been an ally — by promising to focus more on fundraising than Sunday show appearances. The committee was in debt, and Steele had committed a stream of gaffes. Priebus’s pitch to the 168 members of the party’s governing body was built around the message that he would be “no drama.”

-- Priebus proved to be a voracious fundraiser, and major RNC contributors are relieved that they will have suction in the Trump White House. Priebus’s selection ensures that Republican lobbyists will have an open door and suggests that the new administration will be more transactional than it might have been otherwise. Watch to see who gets the ambassadorships…

-- But, but, but: The Priebus-Bannon duo signals that Trump does not think he’ll need to actually work that much with Democrats. Reince spent the past five years traveling the country assailing people like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Howard Baker he is not …

This could be a strategic mistake. While Republicans have majorities in both chambers, the GOP only has 52 seats in the Senate. Unless Mitch McConnell invokes the nuclear option, and it’s not clear there is enough appetite in his caucus to do so, that means that Trump will need to find eight Democratic votes to get the 60 votes needed to pass any big ticket piece of legislation. Who is the White House going to send over to the Capitol to negotiate?


-- What role will Kellyanne Conway play? Will she be the Valerie Jarrett of the Trump administration? Ronald Reagan had a troika running his White House, and the model (mostly) worked. James Baker was the chief of staff despite having worked against the new president in the 1976 and 1980 Republican primaries, and longtime loyalist Meese (who had served Reagan in Sacramento) had more of the strategic role.

Historian Michael Bechloss posts the breakdown of responsibilities both men agreed to 36 years ago yesterday:

The third member of the so-called troika was Mike Deaver, who as deputy chief of staff focused mostly on the president’s public image. Conway, who was campaign manager, said last week that Trump offered her a White House job. But we don’t know which job. Perhaps she will play a role akin to Deaver’s?

-- Where do the kids fit in? The New York Times reports that Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, were the ones who convinced Donald not to give Bannon the chief of staff title. “Mr. Kushner is likely to wield great influence over the new president regardless of whether he holds a formal title. Mr. Kushner, who has no experience in politics or government, often has the final word in advising Mr. Trump,” Mike Shear, Maggie Haberman and Allan Rappeport write.

“The often undefined nature of the ‘senior counselor’ and ‘chief strategist’ job can be a blessing and a curse,” Damian Paletta explains in the Wall Street Journal. “The job will allow Mr. Bannon to weigh in on virtually any decision Mr. Trump seeks his advice on, but could also open him up to internal jostling if other advisers — or family members — try to marginalize his input. Mr. Axelrod’s title in the Obama administration was ‘senior advisor’ and he said in an email that Mr. Bannon’s impact could be unclear at first because ‘every White House is different.’ … John Sununu, chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, said there is only one person who really knows what role Mr. Bannon will play. ‘Only Trump knows what he wants Bannon’s job to be,’ he said.”

-- How centralized will the Trump administration be? Are Cabinet secretaries going to get empowered to a greater degree than in the Obama years? Who actually makes decisions about policy? “It’s like the dog chasing the bus and we’ve finally caught it,” one Trump adviser told Phil Rucker this weekend. “So now we have to figure out what to do.”

-- Who will Trump choose to replace Priebus as RNC chair? The president gets to pick the party leader, by custom, but his choice must be ratified by the 168 members of the committee. “One senior Trump aide said Lewandowski is among those being considered for the post. Another possibility is David Bossie, a Trump adviser who also serves as an RNC committeeman,” per Politico’s Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo.

-- How many women will be in Trump’s Cabinet? Hillary Clinton promised that half her cabinet would be women and said her administration would look like America. Trump has made no such promises. Only white men have ever served as White House chief of staff. That tradition will continue. (See a list of the 28 white guys who have held the job since Harry Truman created it here.)

THE MEDIA ANGLE: Bannon’s appointment is a boon for Breitbart News.

-- “It will be as close as we are ever going to have — hopefully — to a state-run media enterprise,” former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella, who quit after saying the site had turned into a de facto Trump “super PAC,” tells the Times.

-- "We're the platform for the alt-right," Bannon told Mother Jones at the Republican National Convention in July. (Flashback to Oct. 2015: “This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America,” by Joshua Green for Bloomberg Businessweek.)

-- Here are some headlines that have run on Breitbart:

-- Reuters reports that Breitbart has ambitious plans to dramatically expand U.S. operations and launch sites in both Germany and France: “Breitbart's U.S. technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos is meeting with producers outside of Breitbart to explore launching a new television show. … [Bannon] launched Breitbart London in 2013 after seeing a ‘business opportunity’ in the campaign to leave the European Union.… Breitbart London's political and business aims were so closely integrated that [the editor of the U.K. vertical] took a brief leave of absence from the site to advise Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit movement.… Bannon's bet paid off: the June 23 vote to leave the EU was Breitbart's most heavily trafficked day up to that point — both in London and the United States.”

-- A cautionary tale: Remember Michelle Fields? “Even when one of its own reporters said Lewandowski had grabbed her at a campaign event, the campaign denied it — and Breitbart (then being run day-to-day by Bannon) tried to prove that the campaign was right and its own reporter was wrong. Video evidence later showed the campaign was wrong and Lewandowski did grab the reporter,” our Aaron Blake recalls.

-- Bannon sees Trumpism as part of a much larger global movement of populism and nationalism.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen — a rising star in France’s far-right National Front and the niece of the party’s leader, Marine Le Pen — wrote on Twitter Saturday that she would like to “work together” with Bannon. From our James McAuley in Paris: Le Pen, 26, became the youngest member of France’s Parliament in 2012. She was elected to represent Vaucluse, a region in southern France with heavy ties to the National Front, a party founded by her grandfather, the 88-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen. He once referred to the Nazi concentration camps as a “detail of history.”

-- Bannon has explained that Trump is more of a reactionary than a revolutionary. “This is not the French Revolution,” he told Businessweek for a cover story last month. “They destroyed the basic institutions of their society and changed their form of government. What Trump represents is a restoration — a restoration of true American capitalism and a revolution against state-sponsored socialism.”

A sign of what's to come? Breitbart last night tweeted out that Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) does not support retaining Ryan as speaker:

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-- Trump's first post-election interview aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes" last night. He doubled down on several of his campaign pledges while softening his rhetoric on immigration and same-sex marriage. Watch the segment here. Six highlights:

  • On marriage equality: “It’s done,” he told Lesley Stahl, seeking to assuage fears that a conservative Supreme Court would overturn the landmark 2015 decision. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled.… And I’m fine with that.”
  • On abortion, however, he reiterated his campaign pledge to nominate a pro-life Supreme Court justice: “I’m pro-life,” Trump said. “The judges will be pro-life.” If Roe v. Wade were overturned, Trump said, abortion rights issues “would be decided by individual states.”
  • On immigration, Trump pledged to deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records after his inauguration and “make a determination” on others later. “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” he said. After the border is secure, he said, his administration will make a “determination” on the others. (Amy B Wang)
  • On the wave of racial slurs and threats that have spiked since Tuesday’s election: “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it-- if it helps,” Trump said, turning from Stahl to face another camera. “I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.” (Politico)
  • Trump declined to say whether he would continue to investigate Clinton as commander in chief: “They’re good people,” he said of the Clintons. “I don’t want to hurt them.”
  • And he made clear he will keep using Twitter. “I’m not saying I love it, but it does get the word out,” he said, boasting that he gained 100,000 followers on Thursday alone.


  1. South Korean prosecutors said they will question President Park Geun-hye early this week over her role in a political corruption scandal, after hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Seoul this weekend to demand her resignation. (CNN)
  2. Four Americans were killed, and at least 17 others were injured, after a suicide bomber detonated his vest inside the largest NATO military base in Afghanistan this weekend. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which took place during a “fun run” on the base. Experts worried that the attack could reinforce U.S. safety concerns and might prompt a future Trump administration to pull out the remaining 10,000 U.S. service members in the country. (Thomas Gibbons-Neff)
  3. At least two are dead after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the south island of New Zealand, triggering six-foot-high waves and a temporary tsunami alert. (Anna Fifield)
  4. A U.S. task force issued new guidance for cholesterol-burning statin drugs, expanding the universe of people who should be considered for the medication to everyone over age 40. The recommendations largely corroborate the position of the American Heart Association, which warns people with no signs, symptoms or history of cardiovascular disease can still be at risk for a heart attack or stroke. (Ariana Eunjung Cha)
  5. A major 10-year study found that the drug Celebrex is “at least as safe” as widely used painkillers ibuprofen and naproxen, putting to rest fears that the commonly prescribed arthritis medicine could increase the risk of heart problems. More surprisingly, researchers found evidence that Celebrex is less likely than the other two pain relievers to cause kidney and gastrointestinal problems. (Lenny Bernstein)
  6. As backlash against the anti-vaccine movement rises, pediatricians say they are facing new pressures from parents — who insist they drop all non-vaccinating patients in order to keep the other children healthy. The new pressure comes as the anti-vaccine movement has, in recent years, triggered a resurgence of preventable childhood diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough. (Lena H. Sun)


-- Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is under consideration to serve as Trump’s White House press secretary. “Trump appreciated Ingraham's loyalty through the campaign,” The Hill’s Jonathan Swan reports. “A former white-collar defense attorney and Supreme Court law clerk, Ingraham helped Trump with debate preparation. She also campaigned on his behalf and offered occasional strategic advice.” Ingraham is reportedly in contact with people in Trump’s inner circle and has “expressed interest” in the role.

-- Irony alert: The House Freedom Caucus could find its influence crippled by the ascension of Trump. “While Mr. Trump and the few dozen members of the Freedom Caucus may share the anti-establishment mantle, the caucus has yet to forge a relationship with the president-elect, potentially squandering an opportunity to help shape the party’s agenda," the New York Times's Emmarie Huetteman notes. "In assembling his presidential transition team, Mr. Trump has, so far, turned instead to less hard-line members of Congress. [And] Mr. Trump’s victory defanged the Freedom Caucus’s most serious threat: a challenge to the speakership of [Ryan], which could have been used as leverage toward other goals.”

-- Economists say Trump’s presidency will usher in a new era for the U.S. economy — forecasting faster economic growth and higher inflation. From the Wall Street Journal’s Josh Zumbrun on A1: “The forecasts were collected from 57 academic, business and financial economists from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11. Their average forecasts for growth, inflation and interest rates in both 2017 and 2018 all rose, at least slightly, from a survey conducted before the election in October.” Meanwhile, the potential for a trade war topped the list of economic concerns, with 43 percent of economists citing it as the biggest risk.

-- Chris Christie, who was replaced Friday night as leader of the Trump transition effort by Mike Pence, has lost lots of influence. The New York Post reports that Trump is so “disgusted” by Christie’s handling of the Bridgegate scandal that the New Jersey governor is being removed from his inner circle. “Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” a source close to the transition team said. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.” Both former aides could face more than 20 years in jail.

-- Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said he has no desire to serve in the president-elect’s future administration, despite Trump’s insistence that they could “use somebody like him in the White House.” "I'm not gonna go to Washington," Icahn said. "My personality is such I've never worked for anyone in my life and I'm not gonna start now at my age." (CNN Money)

-- Trump’s ex-wife Ivana expressed a desire to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic: “It is where I’m from and my language and everybody knows me,” she told the New York Post in an interview. “I’m quite known all around the world.… I have written three books, and they were translated in 40 countries in 25 languages. I’m known by the name Ivana. I really did not need the name Trump.”

-- Melania, Trump's current wife, is suing both the Daily Mail and a 70-year-old Maryland blogger for defamation, saying both sites published false stories about her involvement with an escort agency. Both sites have since issued retractions on the claim, and attorneys for blogger Webster Tarpley have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying he wasn’t necessarily advancing the assertions as truth. (Dan Morse)


-- President Obama begins his final world tour under a “cloud of uncertainty” about the future of America’s role on the international stage, an outcome he repeatedly told nervous foreign leaders wouldn’t happen. From Carol E. Lee and Marcus Walker in the Wall Street Journal: “It isn’t the curtain call that Mr. Obama expected after eight years of crisscrossing the globe to try to shape a new era of American foreign policy. In addition to … individual meetings with [Angela] Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, [Obama] will also hold an expanded meeting with the leaders of Germany, France, the U.K., Italy and Spain while in Berlin. European leaders had hoped these meetings would focus on the economy, Russia, Syria and trans-Atlantic trade. But discussions now are likely to be dominated by what Europe might expect under Mr. Trump. ‘In a moment of deep shock and depression in Europe … this visit has become a kind of group therapy by which European leaders will try to reassure themselves that the America we know won’t disappear,’ said Stanford international studies scholar Josef Joffe."

-- A group of E.U. foreign ministers gathered to discuss the potential ramifications of a Trump presidency in Brussels on Sunday, vowing to hold firm on global issues  including the Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris climate-change agreement  while also signaling their commitment to work with the new administration. E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the United States is, for Europe, a “key, indispensable partner” and cited the necessity of strengthening ties with members of Trump’s transition team. The session proved to be a contentious affair within the bloc, with leaders from Britain, France and Hungary each declining to attend. (Wall Street Journal)

-- “After Trump’s coup, a worldwide populist deluge?” by Griff Witte, Emily Rauhala and Dom Phillips: “The populist wave of 2016 that carried Trump to the pinnacle of international power and influence didn’t start in the United States. And it certainly won’t end there. Instead, the biggest prize yet for a global movement built on a seemingly bottomless reserve of political, economic and cultural grievance is likely to be an accelerant to even more victories for people and causes bent on upending the existing world order. And unless something dramatic changes to curb the populist appeal, a scattering of surprise victories this year could soon turn into a worldwide rout — the triumph of those who preach strong action over rule of law, unilateralism instead of cooperation and the interests of the majority above the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. ‘Their world is collapsing,’ tweeted an [adviser to] far-right leader Marine le Pen, following Trump’s victory. ‘Ours is being built.’”

-- Will a President Trump drive the world deeper into chaos and start a global trade war — or will his radical instincts be tamed once he takes office? Two tests are likely to give us a better idea, Jackson Diehl writes. The first: appointments. Trump-tamers are hoping he will staff top national security posts with seasoned hands: Sen. Bob Corker; former national security adviser Stephen Hadley; David Petraeus. “To do that they must overcome his strong inclination to install eccentric cronies.... The top appointments matter because they will determine whether scores of Republican foreign policy professionals join or shun the new administration.” The other big test will be Trump’s handling of Putin: “ … If he follows up on his suggestion of an early meeting with Putin, we will start to see if the new president is different from Obama and [Bush], both of whom started by trying to cultivate the Putin regime. Putin will ask for the lifting of U.S. sanctions … and for a U.S.-Russia alliance behind the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Will Trump comply? If he does, we will know that the global order is shifting.”

-- Chinese President President Xi Jinping called Trump on Sunday to congratulate him. The two "established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another," according to a short statement from Trump's transition team. "President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward," it added. (CNN)

President-elect Trump's campaign surrogate Newt Gingrich, said Sunday, Nov. 13, that there will likely be "substantial deportations" of undocumented aliens under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. (Video: Reuters)


-- Newt Gingrich said on CBS that Trump needs to be “aggressive” on immigration: “They’re called criminals. I mean, 2 million people would be a lot of people to deport,” he said. “And if, at the same time, you gain control of the border, and if you pass a guest worker program, you’d be a long way toward then three, or four, or five years from now dealing with the rest of the folks who are here without legal permission.”

-- Meanwhile, Paul Ryan sought to assuage fears about Trump’s immigration plan on CNN, stressing that the president-elect is not actually planning to have a roving “deportation force”: “We’re focused on securing the border. We believe a security enforcement bill is our top priority. We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. [Trump] is not planning on that.” (Cleve R. Wootson Jr.)

-- Rudy Giuliani said “there will be a wall” between Trump’s decisions as president and his financial interests, encouraging the real estate developer to put his money in a blind trust on ABC’s “This Week.” “For the good of the country, and the fact you don't want a question coming up every time there's a decision made, he should basically take himself out of it and just be a passive participant in the sense that he has no decision-making, no involvement,” the former New York mayor said. “And those decisions get made separate from him, which is the way it's done for most Cabinet offices.”  (Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Kristine Guerra)

-- Kellyanne Conway called on Clinton and Obama to come forward and calm their supporters, putting the onus on the Democrats to quell the wave of anti-Trump protests that have swept across the country. Trump is “there for them. And he is going to be a president that listens and takes the counsel of many different people, including those from the other side of the aisle,” Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It's time really for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to say to these protesters, 'This man is our president.'” (Both Clinton and Obama said exactly that in their speeches following Trump’s victory on Tuesday night, Amy B Wang notes. (Watch the video here.)


-- Three in four Americans accept Trump’s election as legitimate, according to a fresh Washington Post-ABC News survey. Among Clinton supporters, 58 percent say they accept the election results as legitimate, compared to 33 percent who do not. Other highlights, via pollster Scott Clement:

  • There are sharp racial and gender differences among the dissenters: While just 18 percent of Clinton-supporting whites say Trump is not the legitimate winner, 51 percent of black, Hispanic and other nonwhite Clinton supporters say Trump’s victory was illegitimate.
  • Women who backed the Democratic nominee are twice as likely to question Trump’s win as legitimate (42-21).

-- Reports of hate-based intimidation and harassment have spiked in the United States since Election Day, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center: The civil rights organization has counted more than 200 incidents nationwide since Tuesday night’s election, reporting that many  while not all  of the incidents directly referenced Trump’s campaign. "It's way outside of the norm," a spokesperson for the organization told ABC News. "We do not see hundreds of incidents over a couple days ever. The only thing that is really analogous is the rash of hate crimes that occurred after the Brexit vote."

-- A University of Michigan student was approached by a stranger who threatened to set her on fire if she didn’t remove her hijab, police said. They are investigating the incident as a hate crime. (Kristine Guerra)

-- A Muslim high school teacher in Georgia said she received an anonymous note in her classroom telling her that her “headscarf isn’t allowed anymore” and instructing her to “hang herself with it.” (Kristine Guerra)

-- Congregants at a predominantly Latino Episcopal Church in Silver Spring were greeted by hateful graffiti outside the sanctuary, with “Trump Nation” and “Whites Only” printed on a brick wall and church sign. (Michael Alison Chandler and Paul Duggan)

-- A high school teacher and Holocaust scholar in California was placed on leave after drawing parallels between President-elect Trump and Adolf Hitler in his class. The Silicon Valley-area teacher reportedly drew parent complaints after citing rhetorical similarities between the two leaders, including racially charged statements and promises to make their countries “great again.” (Kristine Guerra)

-- Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) tweeted a picture of three young men waving Confederate flags at passersby during his town’s Veterans Day parade. Two of them, he noted, were wearing Trump T-shirts. (Kristine Guerra)

-- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) wrote a Facebook post declaring that his state of New York is a “refuge” for those who feel unsafe. “Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York,” Cuomo wrote. “It's the very core of what we believe and who we are.… We don't allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state.” (Kristine Guerra)

-- Chicago pledged to continue to be “a sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants, joining other cities in defying Trump’s campaign promise to cut off federal funding if they do not turn over undocumented immigrants to ICE. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected today to join other elected officials for a news conference to discuss how they will retain sanctuary status. Aldermen are expected to call on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to pressure Trump to back off his vow to interfere with funding, Politico reports.

-- Rev. Al Sharpton said he is planning to lead a protest in D.C. six days before Trump’s inauguration, vowing to “pressure” senators before they vote to confirm Trump’s Cabinet nominees. “Saddle up your horse and fight for the future of this country,” Sharpton said during his weekly broadcast in Harlem. “You think you’re going to take away our health care? Saddle up your horse. We’re going to fight every step of the way. … We lost a round but the fight ain’t over." (Politico)


-- Harry Reid endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for DNC chairman on Sunday, becoming the latest high-profile Democrat to throw his support behind the Bernie Sanders supporter. Ellison, who has emerged as a favorite for the position among liberal advocacy groups and lawmakers, has enjoyed broad support from Sens. Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer. Meanwhile, other potential contenders for the position are former Vermont governor Howard Dean, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, South Carolina party chairman Jaime Harrison and DNC national finance chairman Henry Muñoz III. (John Wagner)

-- Ellison demurred on whether he would be willing to resign from his congressional seat to serve as DNC chairman, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that the most important quality for the next party leader will be “vision.” “It’s not about one person. It’s about millions of people all working together to protect and advance the interests of working Americans,” he said. His remarks come as some have argued that the party needs a full-time chairman at the helm as Democrats work to chart their path forward during a Trump administration. (John Wagner)

-- A small group of House Democrats requested a delay in leadership elections scheduled for this Thursday, when Nancy Pelosi is expected to easily win another term as minority leader. The letter was signed by at least 20 rank-and-file members and comes as some Democrats are privately complaining that the party has struggled to regain power since the GOP gained control in 2010. Rep. Doris Matsui (Calif.) circulated a separate letter to members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus celebrating Pelosi’s leadership. As of Friday afternoon 40 of the 54 women had signed the letter urging Pelosi to remain as leader. (Kelsey Snell and Karoun Demirjian)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday, Nov. 13, that he is prepared to "work with" President-elect Donald Trump provided he champions working families, and vowed to "oppose him vigorously" if Trump resorts to "discrimination" and "xenophobia." (Video: Reuters)

-- Bernie said this year’s presidential race was largely devoid of issues that matter to voters, urging the Democratic Party to “pound away” on real problems facing America’s working-class voters. “I am tired of watching television where you have a campaign which is about Mr. Trump’s attitude toward women versus Hillary Clinton’s emails,” Sanders said on CBS. “You know what? Those are not the major issues facing America. … [And] on virtually every major issue — raising the minimum wage, climate change, pay equity for women, rebuilding our infrastructure, making public colleges and universities tuition-free — we are the majority,” he said. “That is what the American people want. And the Democrats will win elections by pounding away on those issues.” (John Wagner)

-- Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore said Democrats would do well to nominate celebrity candidates for office, suggesting Oprah and Tom Hanks as 2020 contenders. "We have so many of them," he said on CNN. "The Republicans do this  they run Reagan and the Terminator and other people.” He added: "Why don't we run somebody that the American people love and are really drawn to, and that are smart and have good politics and all that?"

-- “Soros bands with donors to resist Trump, 'take back power,’” by Politico's Kenneth P. Vogel: “George Soros and other rich liberals who spent tens of millions of dollars trying to elect [Clinton] are gathering in Washington for a three-day, closed door meeting to retool the big-money left to fight back against Trump. Yet the meeting also comes as many liberals are reassessing their approach to politics — and the role of the Democracy Alliance, or DA, as the club is known in Democratic finance circles. The DA … over the last decade [has] had a major hand in shaping the institutions of the left, including by orienting some of its key organizations around Clinton, and by basing their strategy around the idea that minorities and women constituted a so-called ‘rising American electorate’ that could tip elections to Democrats. ‘The DA itself should be called into question’ said one Democratic strategist who has been active in the group … ‘You can make a very good case it’s nothing more than a social club for a handful wealthy white donors and labor union officials to drink wine and read memos, as the Democratic Party burns down around them.’”


-- On a conference call for major donors Saturday afternoon, Hillary laid the blame squarely at the feet of James Comey, arguing that the FBI director’s first letter stopped her momentum — and his second one the Sunday before the election only exacerbated the damage. “There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful. But our analysis is that Jim Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum,” she told those who bundled at least $100,000. “Just as we were back up on the upward trajectory, the second letter from Comey essentially doing what we knew it would — saying there was no there there — was a real motivator” for angry or disappointed Trump voters to turn out, she added.

-- “Clinton’s failure to attract enough supporters in Michigan and its Rust Belt neighbors Wisconsin and Pennsylvania cost her the election,” Abby Phillip, John Wagner and Anne Gearan report. “And while many reasons have been offered up, both inside and outside the campaign, one reality has emerged in the days since Clinton’s stunning loss … a series of strategic mistakes, including some made in the final two weeks, probably sealed the deal." Three examples:

  • One error was to stick with the one-dimensional campaign strategy of attacking Trump, despite overwhelming evidence that the electorate was seeking a change candidate. “There was an assumption that antipathy toward Trump would be enough to mobilize the base,” said former Obama strategist David Axelrod. “… [But] a certain lethargy … sets in when you’ve had the White House for eight years. Your troops are just not as hungry.” Exit polls found that voters were aware of and repulsed by Trump’s brashness, but it was not enough to compel them to vote against him.
  • Another problem was devoting resources to states Clinton did not need, instead of shoring up support in critical Rust Belt states: “Why go to Arizona? Who the hell needs Arizona?” said Lou D’Allesandro, a New Hampshire state senator. “You go to Michigan. You go to Pennsylvania. You play to your strengths in this business.”
  • Clinton’s lack of a simple or overarching economic message likely depressed voter turnout among her base.

-- “Cracks, and not the ceiling kind, were evident on Clinton’s last day on the trail,” Anne Gearan recalls, looking back: “It was somewhat jarring when the campaign added a hastily arranged midnight rally in Raleigh to the schedule. The slapdash affair in a gymnasium at North Carolina State University was a happy occasion. Trouble might have been in the air, though. Clinton badly needed black voters in North Carolina, and the crowd was overwhelmingly white.”

-- “The media narrative about the wretchedness of her political skills has obscured the fact that Hillary Clinton was a pretty great candidate for the presidency,” New York Magazine’s Rebecca Traister writes. “Not a magnetic or inspiring speaker, no. The bearer of way too much awkward baggage, yes. But also: steady and strong and strategic and smart. Despite being under investigation by Congress and the FBI and the media, despite having her State Department emails made public … and despite the rolling waves of sexism directed at her and the racism directed at her predecessor and political partner Obama, she literally won the popularity contest. And the fact that she tried to build a coalition of voters that brought together the marginalized groups that will one day be the majority in this country was inspired and forward-­thinking, even in its ultimate failure. We have gotten a clear view of how deeply this country is invested in keeping women and people of color on the sidelines. This divide does not disappear now that the election is over, and the venom spewed by our future president and his supporters during the campaign is unlikely to subside.”

-- One bright spot for Clinton: Hillary carried ORANGE COUNTY in California, the first time a Democrat has won there since FDR in 1936. ( WSJ)

-- Michael Dukakis called for an end to the electoral college, blaming what he calls an “anachronistic system” for Tuesday’s results. “Hillary won this election, and when the votes are all counted, by what will likely be more than a million votes. So how come she isn’t going to the White House in January? Because of an anachronistic Electoral College system which should have been abolished 150 years ago,” he told Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti in an email. “That should be at the top of the Democratic priority list while we wait to see what a Trump administration has in store for us. So far, all we know is that dozens of lobbyists are all over the Trump transition — a strange way to drain the swamp."

-- “To point out Clinton’s popular-vote advantage is not a form of liberal denial,” Post columnist E.J. Dionne argues. "It’s a way of beginning to build a barricade against right-wing triumphalism — and of reminding immigrants, Muslims, African Americans, Latinos and, yes, our daughters that most Americans stood with them on Election Day. It is also not true that the emerging political coalition that elected [Obama] died on Nov. 8. That alliance maintained its national advantage … despite an onslaught of partisan congressional investigations, Russian meddling and the last-minute political intervention of the FBI.… Obama and Clinton both did the expected thing in wishing Trump well, and Lord knows, nothing would make me happier than for Trump to surprise us by being a pragmatist who said a lot of stuff he didn’t believe to win the presidency. That wish, however, does not absolve us of the obligation to vigilance against the other possibility: that the real Trump is the man we actually watched, many of us in horror, month after month.”


-- “Fraternity, not hatred, is the answer for survivors of Paris attacks,” by James McAuley: “Nov. 13, 2015, has already gone down as the darkest day in French history since World War II, when 130 people were killed here in an Islamic State assault on daily life: a concert, a soccer game and cafes. These assaults by homegrown terrorists have created a backlash against Muslims … that views them as a threat to national security and strikes at the heart of one of the nation’s most sacred virtues: the ideal of fraternity. But one group in particular has mobilized to defend that sense of fraternity threatened by the young terrorists. As unlikely as it is diverse, that group is made up of those who survived the Nov. 13 attacks and family members of those who died. In the year since the attacks, a surprising number of them have published books and made art in response to their grief. While each tells a different personal story, all share the same general message: Hatred is unacceptable.”

Painful quote: “The only thing that matters is that she’s no longer here,” said Antoine Leiris, who lost his wife in last year’s attack. “Guns, bullets, violence — all of this is just background noise to the real tragedy now taking place: absence.”

-- “A giant reservoir that supplies a California county’s drinking water is nearly empty,” by Darryl Fears: “Lake Cachuma, a giant reservoir built to hold Santa Barbara County’s drinking water, has all but vanished in California’s historic drought. Under a sky that hardly ever delivers rain, the lake will only continue to fall, putting nearly a half-million county residents in an ugly situation. As early as January, the depth is expected to be too low to distribute water.  Barring a winter miracle of massive snows and rains extending into April, weather that has forsaken Southern California for more than five years, there will be ‘no water available next year from the reservoir’ … A soft drizzle had fallen twice in the previous week, but the bone-dry ground absorbed it before any reached the reservoir. ‘Sad little rains,’ said Snider, the marina mechanic, as he kicked dirt that should have been deep underwater. ‘We’ve had sad little rains for six years.’”

-- “A complicated past lies behind Portland’s violent protests,” by Leah Sottile: “Oregon’s largest city is often depicted as a progressive haven: a bastion of hippies and hipsters, feminists and vegans, bike commuters, urban farmers, backyard-chicken owners and coffee snobs. But Portland’s kumbaya image isn’t wholly reflective of its past — or its complicated present. Tension is high over soaring rents and gentrification that are forcing out creative types and low-income residents. And the roots of racial inequality and white supremacy simmer under the clean exterior of a growing city where just 6 percent of the population is black … When Oregon was admitted into the Union in 1859, it was founded as a white utopia, the only state with black exclusion laws written into its Constitution — language that voters didn’t take action to remove until 2000. [Now], the contentious presidential race and the election of Trump … seems to have provided an opportunity for Oregon’s racial tensions to surface. ‘Oregon is very rural and racist, even though we perpetuate progressiveness,’” said Black Lives Matter protester Teressa Raiford.


An astute observation:

Trump continues to go after the media:

Here's how the Times responded:

Thoughts from the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza and Harry Reid aide Adam Jentleson:

Several photos of apparent hate crimes from Twitter:

The KKK will march in North Carolina to celebrate Trump's victory:

California congressman Jared Huffman came upon Confederate flags at a Veterans Day parade:

Protests took place in D.C. and elsewhere, including in front of Trump's hotel (click to watch):

Republicans complained about the protests:

Russia, which just successfully meddled in a U.S. presidential election and has been celebrating Trump's victory, stepped up its attacks on the Obama administration, specifically former ambassador Michael McFaul:

Trump said he received congratulations from Republicans who opposed his candidacy:

A joke? Check out this Daily News piece:

Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray made this joke about Facebook's "death glitch":

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama covered Vogue magazine:

Martin Heinrich snapped this selfie with students:

Scott and Tonette Walker met Chewbacca:

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Kevin McCarthy quoted the Steve Miller Band about hanging with Tim Allen:

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Lawmakers celebrated Veterans Day:


“2016 will be the hottest year on record, UN says,” from the Guardian: “2016 will very likely be the hottest year on record and a new high for the third year in a row, according to the UN. It means 16 of the 17 hottest years on record will have been this century. The scorching temperatures around the world, and the extreme weather they drive, mean the impacts of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected, according to scientists. The El Niño weather phenomenon helped push temperatures even higher in early 2016 but the global warming caused by the greenhouse gas emissions from human activities remains the strongest factor. The WMO said human-induced global warming had contributed to at least half the extreme weather events studied in recent years, with the risk of extreme heat increasing by 10 times in some cases. ‘It is almost as if mother nature is making a statement,’ said climate scientist Michael Mann, at Penn State University.”



“UCLA Poli Sci Department Calls For Emergency Meeting In Wake Of Trump Victory,” from the Daily Caller: “The University of California, Los Angeles political science department has called for an emergency meeting Monday in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, according to an email sent to the entire UCLA political science department by the department chair … College campuses around America have struggled to cope with Trump’s victory. Expulsions have been demanded for students at Babson College who celebrated Trump’s victory, and anti-Trump protests have occurred on multiple campuses, including UCLA. ‘At this meeting, we will come together to discuss and inventory the fears and circumstances that students are facing and the resources available to help those in crisis,’ [the department chair wrote]. Following Trump’s win … an email was sent to the UCLA student body that included the number for the school’s counseling and psychological services mental health center.”


At the White House: Obama and Biden meet over lunch. Later, Obama holds a press conference before departing for Athens.

On Capitol Hill: The House convenes in pro forma session. The House meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business, with eight suspension votes scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


"Do you think your husband would have had a better chance at beating Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton did?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked.

"Absolutely," Jane Sanders replied, "but it doesn't matter now." (Philip Bump)


-- The Redskins beat the Vikings 26-20.

-- Cloudy with a chance of rain, per today’s Capital Weather Gang forecast: “A weak coastal disturbance spreads clouds over the region from south to north between the morning and midday hours. By late in the afternoon, some light rain may start to break out, especially in our southern areas. The clouds keep it a bit cool, with highs mostly in the mid-50s.”


Anything can happen on any given Sunday. That's why you play the game. The New Orleans Saints battled back late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos yesterday, tying the game 23-23 after quarterback Drew Brees threw a 32-yard touchdown with a little over one minute left, leaving just the extra-point to put them over the top. BUT Broncos defense blocked the extra point attempt and then safety Will Parks ran 84 yards for the two-point conversion the other way. Neil Greenberg says the odds of that happening were 17,000 to 1. Watch the play:

To open SNL, Kate McKinnon (as Hillary Clinton) performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah":

Here's Dave Chappelle's opening monologue on the election and the shooting of unarmed black men (warning: adult language):

The cast imagined a group of liberal friends watching as Trump won:

Protests rocked Miami and Portland:

Anti-Trump protests gripped Miami adding to a third night of demonstrations across the country. (Video: Reuters)
Police in Portland, Ore., declared that protests against President-elect Donald Trump had turned into "a riot," on Nov. 10. (Video: Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

How the Trump administration could look like the swamp he promised to drain:

Trump repeatedly vowed to "drain the swamp" in D.C. but seems to be doing the exact opposite. (Video: Deirdra O'Regan/The Washington Post)

Prof. Allan Lichtman was one of the few professional prognosticators to call a Trump win – and now he predicts Trump will be impeached:

Professor predicts Trump will be impeached (Video: Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

Michael Moore left a note for Trump at Trump Tower:

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore left a note for President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Towers on Nov. 12. (Video: The Washington Post)

John Cleese and Eric Idle reacted to Trump's election:

Seth Meyers walked through his favorite jokes of the week:

Here's what the Obamas did this week:

On Veterans Day, Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

Watch a robot solve a Rubik's Cube in six-tenths of a second:

Stephen Colbert reflected on the meeting between Obama and Trump: