U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: November 10, 2016



1. Trump turns to putting together his cabinet and transition team
President-elect Donald Trump’s aides said Wednesday that he was turning his attention to pulling together his cabinet and White House team. Leading prospects include Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has advised Trump on policy, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Trump also will begin the process of selecting a conservative judge to nominate to the late Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court, which Senate Republicans kept open by refusing to hold hearings on anyone appointed by President Obama. Trump spent much of Wednesday, the day after his election, taking calls from world leaders, many of whom were stunned by his upset of Hillary Clinton.

Source: The New York Times, Politico

2. Anti-Trump protests erupt across the U.S.
Opponents of President-elect Donald Trump held protests and vigils into early Thursday, shouting angry slogans and blocking roads as they vented their frustration over Tuesday’s election results. Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to give Trump a chance and accept her loss, but thousands marched in major cities such as New York, Chicago, and Boston, and smaller cities, as well. At least 13 were arrested when protesters blocked a freeway in Los Angeles. Students walked out of numerous high schools across California and other states on Wednesday, many of them shouting, “Not our president!” — echoing cries heard at the wider protests. Students chanted anti-Trump slogans in Spanish as they marched from a Los Angeles school to City Hall holding signs that read, “Not Supporting Racism,” and “Immigrants Make America Great.”

Source: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times

3. Clinton tells supporters to unite and give Trump ‘a chance to lead’
In her first public appearance since losing Tuesday’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton told a crowd of supporters on Wednesday that the nation is “more divided than we thought,” and she urged them to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance to deliver on his promise to bring people together. “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,” she said. Trump will have to reach out not only to Democrats, but to members of his own divided Republican Party. President Obama, who stumped for Clinton, made a plea for national unity and said he had invited Trump to meet at the White House on Thursday to plan a peaceful transition, saying, “We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team.”

Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times

4. Paul Ryan calls for backing Trump’s ‘mandate’
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that Donald Trump had a “mandate” to realize his vision for America, including repealing ObamaCare, after his surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’spresidential election. Ryan, moving swiftly to get behind Trump after clashing with him during the campaign, said Trump had tapped into the frustration of people who “don’t feel heard and don’t feel represented by the people in office.” Staffers are setting up a meeting between Ryan and Trump to start planning for the first unified government — with the House, Senate, and White House all under one party’s control — in nearly a decade.

Source: Politico, The New York Times

5. Markets rebound from brief panic over Trump win
U.S. stocks bounced back strongly on Wednesday after futures plummeted in the hours immediately following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election. Stocks and commodities futures pointed to further gains early Thursday, as investor confidence continued to rise. The Dow Industrial Average closed up 257 points, or 1.4 percent, after Dow futures fell by more than 750 points overnight. Trump appeared to have soothed markets with his conciliatory acceptance speech, in which he mentioned Keynesian-style spending and promised a business-friendly administration.

Source: MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal

6. Trump reportedly eyeing critic of climate change ‘alarmism’ to lead EPA
Donald Trump reportedly is strongly considering Myron Ebell, whose writings criticize what he calls climate change “alarmism,” to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell has been leading Trump’s EPA transition team. He has called the Paris Climate Agreement on reducing carbon emissions “unconstitutional,” and the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Power Plan, which demands that power companies lower greenhouse gas emissions, “illegal.” Other candidates include venture capitalist Robert Grady, and New Jersey environmental official Joe Aiello, among others. Trump has vowed to reduce energy-industry regulation; his opponent, Hillary Clinton, had promised to continue Obama administration initiatives.

Source: Politico, Fortune

7. Police step up Trump security in New York
New York City police on Wednesday helped the Secret Service step up security outside Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet standards for protecting President-elect Donald Trump. The building had been surrounded by Sanitation Department trucks parked end-to-end since Election Day, and on Wednesday police added heavy concrete barriers to “stop vehicles from ramming into the location and blowing it up with explosives,” a police spokesman said.

Source: Gothamist

8. French nationalists hope to repeat Trump’s success
Donald Trump’s surprise victory, coming on the heels of the U.K.’s Brexit vote, is fueling rising hopes for France’s far-right National Front party ahead of the country’s spring presidential election. The party’s leader, Marine Le Pen, said Wednesday that Trump’s victory was the latest sign of “a great movement across the world.” She said he would halt “wild globalization” and end “warlike interventions” that have driven a massive migration wave that is overwhelming Europe. National Front leaders said what happened in the U.S. could happen in France. Polls suggest Le Pen could easily make it into a runoff, but lacks the political allies she would need to win.

Source: The Guardian, NPR

9. U.S. anti-ISIS airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians
The Pentagon said Wednesday that U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria likely killed 59 civilians and injured five others in the first seven months of this year. The deaths brought the estimated toll since the air campaign began in August 2014 to 119 with another 37 injured. Human rights groups say the civilian toll is far higher, probably more than 1,000. The Pentagon’s figures do not include a July airstrike in the northern Syrian city of Manbij in which witnesses and rights groups said more than 50 civilians were killed, but the U.S. is still investigating.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Voice of America

10. Brad Pitt cleared of child abuse allegation
Brad Pitt reportedly has been cleared of child abuse allegations after an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The development was expected to help him in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie in the actors’ contentious divorce. The allegations stemmed from an alleged September incident on a private jet involving Pitt and Maddox, one of the couple’s children. Jolie said Pitt intentionally struck the child, which Pitt denied. Social workers interviewed Pitt, Jolie, their children, and witnesses before concluding no further action was justified.

Source: UPI, TMZ

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