Photo: President-elect Donald Trump gestures as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney exits their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, November 19, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
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Green Party candidate Jill Stein is launching recount campaigns in several states, as Donald Trump now claims — without providing evidence — that he won the popular vote in addition to the Electoral College. He's claiming "serious voter fraud" in Virginia, New Hampshire and California. Aaron Blake, senior reporter on The Fix at the Washington Post, says Trump is making a strong case for a recount of his own election win.
Despite the flap over recounts and Donald Trump's unproven allegations of voter fraud, his transition team continues the interview process for some 4000 presidential appointees. But the team is leaking contradictory stories. The President-elect is tweeting unpredictably just like he did in his campaign. Some early appointments may not have been vetted deeply enough to survive the brutal confirmation demands of Democrats in the Senate. Others are well-known members of the moneyed elite savaged for months by Trump and his top advisor, Steve Bannon. We hear about those and other challenges facing Trump's promise to change the ways of Washington in his first 100 days.
After Fidel Castro's death on Friday night, President Obama expressed hope that the warming of relations between Cuba and the United States could continue. Donald Trump and members of his transition team issued statements reflecting what Trump said on the campaign trail. "All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order which means the next president can reverse them, which I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands -- not my demands, our demands. Those demands will include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners."
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We hear more about Fidel Castro's complex legacy from Nick Miroff, who reports for the Washington Post in Havana, and Ann Louis Bardach, a former journalist for the Daily Beast and the author of several books, including Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana, and Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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