Photo: President-elect Donald Trump's Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, November 1, 2016. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
CNN reports that Donald Trump was surprised to learn he'll have to appoint an entirely new White House staff. There's passionate conflict over his choice of two top leaders. Where Trump sees unity, others see confusion and a recipe for continued internal conflict. Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus is deeply tied to the Republican establishment. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon wants to shake it to its foundations. GOP critics — as well as Democrats -- are alarmed by Bannon's exploitation of misogyny, racism and anti-Semitism as head of Breitbart — the online "Alt-Right" news site. In the meantime, is Trump compromising on his "beautiful wall?"
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies (@JessicaV_CIS)
Philip Bump, Washington Post (@pbump)
Julie Bykowicz, Wall Street Journal (@bykowicz)
Lisa De Pasquale, conservative journalist and autho (@LisaDeP)
Marielena Hincapié, National Immigration Law Center (@MarielenaNILC)
Despite winning a majority of the popular vote, the Democrats lost the presidency in the Electoral College. But that's not all. Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress and — since the Obama Administration took office — 900 Democratic state legislators have been ousted. The number of Democratic governors has dropped from 29 to 15. The Party's next big decision: who will Chair the Democratic National Committee? One leading candidate is Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, an African American and a practicing Muslim.
(L-R) Martin O'Malley, Keith Ellison and Howard Dean are
three of the people being considered to head the DNC
We hear two very different perspectives from Matt Bennett, Co-founder of Third Way, a strategy center for Centrist Democrats, and Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America, a PAC with members allied with Senator Bernie Sanders.
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