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Dems overhaul Senate leadership 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Democrats in the House have deferred their choice of leadership with a possible challenge to long-serving minority chief Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. In the Senate, departing Harry Reid of Nevada will be replaced by New York's Charles Schumer, who told reporters, "We needed a much sharper, bolder, stronger, economic message and we needed to let the American people understand what we all believe, that the system's not working for them and we're going to change it."

Burgess Everett, who reports on Congress for Politico, has more on today's changes.

Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)

Donald Trump and "the people's right to know" 32 MIN, 1 SEC

The first Amendment protects press freedom. It does not say there has to be a White House Press Corps. Last night, the President-elect defied protocol by slipping away to a restaurant without telling the small pool assigned to him "just in case something happens." Was that the beginning of something new? Throughout his career, Trump has been hostile to reporters — especially during his presidential campaign. Will daily press briefings be replaced by Breitbart News and tweets from the world’s most powerful public official? We look for some answers.

Adam Serwer, Atlantic (@AdamSerwer)
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist (@MZHemingway)
Alex Weprin, Politico (@alexweprin)
Stuart Karle, Columbia University School of Journalism (@columbiajourn)

Serwer on the US media being unprepared to cover a Trump Presidency
New York Times Company v. Sullivan

Sanctuary cities prepare against threat of deportations 11 MIN, 10 SEC

In Sunday's interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes, Donald Trump said he still hopes to round up undocumented people as he's promised since the beginning of his campaign. His advisors are reportedly drafting plans to ramp up pressure on local police and jailers to identify immigrants in the country illegally. That could mean direct conflict with "sanctuary cities," like Los Angeles, whose Police Chief Charlie Beck says he won't go along.

"We're going to maintain the same posture we always have. We don't make detentions or
arrests solely based on status. If the federal government takes a more aggressive role
in deportation, then they'll have to do it on their own."

-- LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

We hear more about what it would take for President Trump to carry out his plans from Brian Bennett, a national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and from Alan Berube, a senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times (@bybrianbennett)
Alan Berube, Brookings Institution (@berubea1)

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