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Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross confirm nominations for Trump's Cabinet

Jack heretik (WashingtonFreeBeacon) is reporting that Steve Mnuchin confirmed Wednesday that Donald Trump has nominated him to be secretary of the Treasury, and Wilbur Ross said the president-elect has tapped him to head the Commerce Department.

Host Joe Kernen asked Mnuchin and Ross if they could confirm their nominations on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

“We can, indeed,” Mnuchin said. “We’re thrilled to be here and we’re thrilled to work for the president-elect and honored to have these positions.”

Mnuchin was Trump’s campaign finance chairman and has been an adviser to Trump during the campaign on business and economics. A long-time Wall Street banker, Mnuchin is the CEO of the hedge fund Dune Capital Management and has been an executive producer on hit films, such as American Sniper and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Ross is a turnaround specialist and has been involved in reviving struggling textiles, auto parts, coal, and steel companies by buying and restructuring them. The billionaire investor is estimated to be worth nearly $3 billion. Ross is a former Democrat but has been a long time Trump supporter. He was involved with the Sago Mine in West Virginia when 12 miners died in an explosion in 2006.

Mnuchin has donated to both Republican and Democratic political candidates in the past while Ross used to be a Democrat.


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Elaine Chao gets transportation post

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S. noble (IndependentSentinel) is reporting that Elaine Chao, the former Labor secretary under George H.W. Bush, is expected to be named transportation secretary.

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao, the former labor secretary, to be his choice for transportation secretary, according to a report on CNN.com.

The report cites an official briefed on the matter.

Trump is meeting later today with Rep. Barletta who was believed to be his choice for transportation secretary.

The wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chao is the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet-level position. She also served as deputy secretary of transportation under President George H.W. Bush. Chao was also a member of Trump's Asian Pacific American Advisory Council during the campaign.

Trump appears to be embracing all factions of the Republican Party with his appointments.

Chao is a Taiwanese-American who has received 36 honorary doctorates. She received a White House Fellowship in 1983 during the Reagan administration in cooperation with Citicorp.

Citicorp is the company whose CEO at the time picked Barack Obama's cabinet. It's just as well. If they didn't, he would have probably asked the CPUSA to give him recommendations [kidding].

Chao has been around a long time. Though she looks very young, she is 63 years of age.

Chao worked for four years as President and CEO of United Way of America. She is credited with returning credibility and public trust in the organization after a financial mismanagement scandal involving former president William Aramony. From 1996 until her appointment as Secretary of Labor, Chao was a Distinguished Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. She was also a board member of the Independent Women's Forum.

Mr. Trump, a real estate magnate, has said infrastructure redevelopment is a priority. And Ms. Chao has experience -- politically and personally -- in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital.

Mr. Trump has to fill 4,000 positions and about 1200 need Senate confirmation. He wants to see $1 trillion spent on revitalizing the nation's roads, bridges, ports and other systems of public transit.

As labor secretary, her job was to protect the nation's workforce, including setting safety standards and addressing issues related to wages and retirement. She updated overtime regulations for "white-collar" workers and rules intended to force unions to disclose more details on their financial condition to members, the Associated Press reported.

Chao had been on the board of directors for Bloomberg Philanthropies, run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She resigned last year after learning the organization planned to expand an environmental initiative to shutter coal-fired power plants. Almost 90 percent of Kentucky's electricity comes from coal, and her ties to the organization were used against McConnell in his Senate rate.


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Trump to nominate Georgia Rep. Tom Price as health secretary

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Julie Pace (AP) is reporting that president-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a person familiar with the decision.

If confirmed by the Senate, Price would play a central role in Republican efforts to repeal and replace the current health care law. Trump has pledged to move quickly on overhauling the landmark measure, but has been vague about what he hopes to see in a replacement bill.

The president-elect has said he favors keeping provisions that allow young people to stay on their parents' health insurance and which prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Trump is expected to announce Price's nomination as early as Tuesday morning. The person familiar with decision insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of the official announcement.

Price, a 62-year-old six-term congressman and orthopedic surgeon, has chaired the House Budget Committee for the past two years. A bookish conservative from the Atlanta suburbs, Price has worked closely with House Speaker Paul Ryan to assemble GOP budgets aimed at reducing the annual deficit.

Last week, Price said that whatever Republicans do to replace Obama's health care law will bear a "significant resemblance" to a 2015 measure that was vetoed by the president. That bill would have gutted some of the health care law's main features: Medicaid expansion, subsidies to help middle-class Americans buy private policies, the tax penalties for individuals who refused to get coverage and several taxes to support coverage expansion. The bill would have delayed implementation for two years.

Price insisted that Republicans can keep the protections for those with existing medical conditions without mandating that all individuals carry coverage or pay a penalty to support an expanded insurance pool. Price said Republicans want to address "the real cost drivers" of health care price spikes, which he said were not necessarily sicker patients, but a heavy regulatory burden, taxes and lawsuits against medical professionals.



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Trump names Donald McGahn as White House Counsel

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Gabby Morrongiello (WashingtonExaminer) is reporting that President-elect Trump has named former Federal Election Commission Chairman Don McGahn to be his White House counsel, transition officials announced Friday.
 
McGahn, a well-respected campaign finance attorney at Jones Day, served as the lawyer for Trump's presidential campaign and has continued in a similar capacity with the incoming Republican president's transition operation.
 
"Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law," Trump said in a statement about McGahn's appointment. "He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity."
 
McGahn was the second senior-level appointee be made public by Trump's team on Friday after the president-elect chose national security expert K.T. McFarland to serve as deputy national security adviser.

His appointment earned immediate praise from at least two conservative leaders familiar with his background: former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese and former White House counsel to President George H.W. Bush, C. Boyden Gray.
 
"Donald McGahn will make an excellent counsel to the president. Throughout his distinguished career as a lawyer and government official, he has dealt ably with the intersection between politics, government ethics and the rule of law," Meese said in a statement.
 
Gray said McGahn possesses three key attributes needed to serve as counsel to the president: "solid Washington experience … a serious prior relationship with the president that allows for candor, and a practical understanding of how government agencies function."
 
"I am honored to continue advising President-elect Trump in the Trump-Pence administration," McGahn said. "President-elect Trump is a bold leader committed to draining the swamp in Washington and restoring economic prosperity and security."
 
"I look forward to serving the American public in this role," he added.



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Donald Trump selects Kathleen "KT" McFarland as Deputy National Security Advisor

Charlie Spiering (Breitbart) is reporting that Ms. McFarland, a former spokeswoman in the Pentagon during the Reagan era, lives in New York and currently serves as a Fox News National Security Analyst. She also served in the Nixon and Ford administrations and was an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger, according to her Fox News profile.

She also ran for the New York United States Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton in 2006, but was defeated by her Republican rival John Spencer.

McFarland signaled on Fox News after the election that she would be happy to join the Trump administration if asked.

President-elect Trump said:

"I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team. She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe."

Ms. McFarland replied:

"The American people chose Donald J. Trump to lead them for a reason. He has the courage, brilliance and energy to Make America Great Again, and nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it. I'm honored and humbled that he has asked me to be part of his team."

"I put him smack dab in the middle of where Ronald Reagan was," she said, speaking about the president-elect's foreign policy. "Have a strong military, but you don't use it. And you have such a strong military that nobody picks a fight with you. But then if they are dumb enough to do it, then you respond."

As Deputy National Security adviser, McFarland would work with Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to advise Trump on matters of foreign policy.


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Dr. Ben Carson accepts offer to head Housing and Urban Development

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Reuters is reporting that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a former presidential rival, on Wednesday accepted an offer from President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Carson spokesman.

As recently as last week, Carson had told The Washington Post he was not interested in a Cabinet job, saying, "Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water."

But he and Trump met on Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York, and earlier on Wednesday Carson posted on Facebook that after the talks he felt "that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone."

The spokesman, Armstrong Williams, said Carson was offered the position of HUD secretary and had accepted it, the Journal reported.

Carson, 65, reportedly also had been considered for the posts of surgeon general and head of Health and Human Services Department, which would have been more likely posts for someone who became a highly respected neurosurgeon during more than 30 years at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.


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Trump picks school choice advocate Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

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Jim Hoft (GatewayPundit) is reporting that President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the United States Department of Education. A leader in the national school reform movement for more than two decades, Betsy DeVos is a highly successful education advocate, businesswoman, and philanthropist.

"Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate," said President-elect Donald J. Trump. "Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families. I am pleased to nominate Betsy as Secretary of the Department of Education."

"I am honored to accept this responsibility to work with the President-elect on his vision to make American education great again," said Ms. DeVos. "The status quo in education is not acceptable. Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential."

A native of Michigan, Betsy DeVos has spent decades advocating for school choice reforms and helping underserved children gain access to quality education. Ms. DeVos is chairman of the American Federation for Children whose mission is to "improve our nation's K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children."


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A Thanksgiving message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump

President-elect Donald J. Trump asks everyone to join together under the shared resolve to Make America Great Again for all people.


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Trump chooses Governor Nikki Haley to be U.N. ambassador

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USAToday is reporting that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a daughter of immigrants from India who has little international experience, to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Post and Courier newspaper and other media reported on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old governor has accepted the offer, the Charleston, South Carolina, newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources.

While she and Trump have differences, "people forget Haley rose to stardom as an anti establishment candidate, a young state Senator who beat older more experienced Republican candidates to become Governor," said Haynes, founding partner of Washington-based Purple Strategies. "So while she has been critical of Trump at times, she's a fellow political outsider."

Haynes also noted that Trump's latest appointment "signals a step toward diversity in age, gender, race and points of view."

As a woman and daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley would bring a dash of diversity to Trump's appointments, which so far have uniformly consisted of white males.

Trump had interviewed Haley for secretary of State. Among other candidates for the top diplomatic post: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Haley has little foreign policy experience, but supporters noted she traveled abroad at least eight times during her two terms as South Carolina governor. Her husband was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 as a member of the S.C. National Guard, the Post and Courier reported.

If the Senate confirms Haley as U.N. ambassador, she would be replaced as South Carolina governor by Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster -- a prominent supporter of Trump.


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A message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump

The President-elect shares an update on the Presidential Transition, an outline of some of his policy plans for the first 100 days, and his day one executive actions.


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Leaked document from Trump's Sunday meeting shows plans for 1,989 mile wall

Jim Hoft (GatewayPundit) is reporting that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach met with Donald Trump on Sunday in New Jersey. A mainstream media photographer caught the moment.

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Kobach is an expert on border security and legal immigration.

The photographer also caught a piece of paper outlining a potential Trump immigration reform agenda.

Reporters zoomed in on the paper and this is what they saw.

The Kobach notes include a 1,989 Trump wall in addition to the 386 miles of existing wall.

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Obama demands political appointee resignations by December 7th

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Pete Kasperowicz (WashingtonExaminer) is reporting that Barack Obama has given most presidential appointees until Dec. 7 to hand in their resignation in order to make room for new appointees under the Trump administration.

The Office of Personnel Management explained the process in a Friday memo to agencies.

"On November 7, 2016, President Barack Obama requested letters of resignation from all non-termed presidential appointees by December 7, 2016," the memo said. "This was done to provide the maximum flexibility to the President-elect in assembling his/her administration."

On Nov. 7, it wasn't clear yet who would win, but Trump ended up surprising almost everyone by defeating Hillary Clinton.

As a result of Obama's memo, the OPM will halt the processing of senior executive service reviews on Dec. 7.

However, OPM said it would "consider requests for exceptions" to that moratorium. Those exceptions have to be approved by agency chiefs, and must explain "the potential for adverse impact on national security, homeland security, or a critical agency mission, program, or function" if the candidate isn't processed.



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Cabinet maker

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Mattis sent this message to the Iraqi leaders in every area his men served in

Stilton Jarlsberg (HopeNChange) says Donald Trump continues to interview everyone under the sun for potential cabinet appointments, and Hope n' Change is enjoying the torment each new name causes those on the Left.

As of this writing, the President-elect is said to be considering General James "Mad Dog" Mattis for Secretary of Defense, which we're enthusiastically in favor of if only to watch liberal heads explode after hearing that Trump has appointed someone nicknamed "Mad Dog."

Much like Trump, the General isn't shy about generating attention-grabbing quotes. Among our favorites is "be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."  Granted, there are rumors that the phrase was originated by Hillary Clinton, but we find it unlikely owing to her inability to be either polite or professional.

We don't have much to add just now, other than that we're pleased to see the outreach that Trump is making, and delighted with the quality of the people he's putting in important roles. The next four years are looking better and better.

Also, in case the position of Secretary of Smart-Assery is still available, our phone lines are open.

Here are a dozen quotes from Gen Mattis. They'll give you some idea who this man is.



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How Harry Reid screwed the Democrats

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The Gazette (CO) is reporting that Senate Democrats are not going to be able to block Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions bid to become attorney general. And they can't do much to stop Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo from assuming the helm of the CIA.

And they have only themselves to thank for it.

That's because exactly three years ago, the Democratic Senate majority -- led by Harry Reid (Nev.) -- rammed through controversial rules fundamentally changing the way the Senate does business. They unleashed in November 2013 what's called the "nuclear option" allowing senators to approve by a simple majority all presidential appointments to the executive branch and the judiciary, with a big exception for Supreme Court justices.

Democrats took the controversial step because they were so frustrated by what they saw as Republican foot-dragging on Barack Obama's choices for his administration and federal judgeships. Under the new rules, it takes only a simple majority of senators to confirm such appointments instead of the 60 typically needed to force Senate action.

But now that Trump is in the White House and Republicans control the Senate, Democrats have lost their most powerful weapon to block his appointments. Democrats will have 48 seats in the new Senate.

The architect of the rules change, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Reid (D-Nev.), says he doesn't regret his decision to go nuclear.

"Sen. Reid has no regrets on invoking the nuclear option because of Republicans' unprecedented obstruction," said Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman. "The nuclear option lets presidents show their true colors and guarantees a nominee a fair up-or-down vote. If Republicans want to go on record supporting radicals, that's their decision and they will have to live with it.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) noted that he opposed the rules change in the first place.

"I wanted 60 for Supreme Court and Cabinet, but I didn't prevail," Schumer said in an interview Friday, in which he also expressed hope that Trump would nominate "mainstream" candidates.

"If it's somebody who is out of the mainstream," he added, "we'll fight tooth and nail and use every tool we have."

The problem is, those tools are now severely limited. It would fall to Republicans to join Democrats to stand in the way of any Trump appointment deemed objectionable.

"The most controversial nominees should attract Republican opposition as well as Democratic," said Thomas Mann, a congressional expert with the Brookings Institution. "If they don't, it's speaking volumes about the Republican Party, and Democrats are relatively powerless to do anything about that."

Republicans warned at the time that Democrats were making a mistake with what they called a "power grab," warning they would be sorry about the change when they eventually found themselves in the minority.

Democrats defended the decision crucial to forcing action in a Washington gripped by partisan warfare. "The important distinction is not between Republicans and Democrats, it is between those who are willing to help break the gridlock in Washington and those who defend the status quo," Reid said in 2013.

In 2013, then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned the GOP could easily seize power back in the 2014 elections -- which they did, securing the majority in the Senate.

And that's now what's happened.

Republican senators generally rallied around Sessions on Friday after his appointment to lead the Justice Department was announced.

"Jeff is principled, forthright, and hardworking," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement Friday. "I look forward to the Senate's fair and expeditious treatment of our colleague's forthcoming nomination, just as it promptly processed President Obama's first Attorney General nomination."

But Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had harsh words for his colleague.

"Senator Sessions and I have had significant disagreements over the years, particularly on civil rights, voting rights, immigration and criminal justice issues. But unlike Republicans' practice of unprecedented obstruction of President Obama's nominees, I believe nominees deserve a full and fair process before the Senate," Leahy said in a statement. "The American people deserve to learn about Senator Sessions' record at the public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing."

Leading Democrats have also been voicing grave concerns about Pompeo, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and one of the more vocal members of the House's Benghazi panel investigating Clinton.

Pompeo was also one of the more outspoken opponents of the Iran nuclear deal, leading a campaign to publicize the "secret side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Kansas Republican has drawn sharp rebukes from U.S.-based Muslim organizations for saying faith leaders who don't denounce terrorist acts done in the name of Islam are "potentially complicit" in the attacks.

"Congressman Mike Pompeo, a leading cheerleader of the Benghazi witch hunt, is now being asked to fill one of the most serious and sober national security positions there is," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement Friday.

Republicans could go even further in trying to expand the Democratic rules change, requiring a simple majority to approve Supreme Court nominations, of which Trump stands ready to make at least one.

Democrats are hoping they don't go that far.

"We deliberately said, I said at the time, the Supreme Court is different than the lower courts," Schumer said in an interview Friday. "They understand we didn't change the rules and they didn't treat [Obama Supreme Court nominee] Merrick Garland well. They shouldn't be so extreme. We'll see what happens after that."

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Trump to move U. S. Embassy to Jerusalem

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The Daily Mail is reporting that an official serving with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said Friday that Mike Huckabee will be headed back to the Holy Land as America’s ambassador to Israel.

The stunning claim would put the two-time White House hopeful, former Fox News Channel weekend host and former governor of Arkansas in the center of Middle East politics.

And, the official said, his first order of business as the tip of Trump's spear in the region would be moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"That's going to happen," the transition official said. "Governor Huckabee is going to see it through."

David Friedman, an attorney who has served as Trump's chief Israel adviser, did not respond to a request for comment on Friday afternoon.

Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., could not be reached for comment. Dermer reportedly met Thursday with several candidates for the ambassadorial post and offered Trump his advice afterward.

Despite congressional approval for moving the U.S. embassy, American leaders have historically tap-danced around the issue of where in Israel America's diplomatic footprint should fall.

No other nation has its embassy in Jerusalem.

But Israel’s Knesset and Supreme Court are located in West Jerusalem. The nation captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 "Six-Day War," taking control of it from Jordan.

Breaking Israeli News is reporting that the Palestinians promised to "make life miserable" for President-elect Donald Trump if he decides to follow through on a campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative to the United Nations, said on November 11th:

"If people attack us by moving the embassy to Jerusalem…it is a violation of Resolution 181 of the U.N. General Assembly that was drafted by the U.S.…it means they are showing belligerency towards us…If they do that nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the U.N. to defend ourselves, and we have a lot of weapons in the U.N."

Mansour acknowledged that his response could not be a Security Council resolution because the U.S. would veto that move. He suggested there could be other ways the Palestinians could undermine American efforts in the world body.

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Trump asks Rep. Mike Pompeo to be CIA director

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CNN Politics is reporting that Donald Trump has asked Rep. Mike Pompeo to be his CIA director and the Kansas congressman has accepted the job, the President-elect's transition team announced Friday.

Pompeo backed Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary and criticized Trump from the right, but later joined a group of House members backing Trump.

The Kansas Republican becomes the first member of the House tapped by Trump, although Republican Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Tom Price both met with the President-elect this week and are being mentioned for other Cabinet positions.

Pompeo met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the leader of Trump's transition, at the Capitol Thursday. He declined to comment on their meeting as he left.

Pompeo built a reputation as a stalwart conservative in just two terms in the House -- opposing ObamaCare, supporting the federal government shutdown and serving as a member of the House panel that investigated the Benghazi attack. He staked a tougher line on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than some other Republicans. Pompeo was one of a handful of conservatives who argued House Benghazi committee chairman Trey Gowdy did not go far enough in his report on Clinton earlier this year.

Before joining Congress, Pompeo graduated first in his class from the US Military Academy at West Point. Pompeo was a classmate of Sen. Ted Cruz's at Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review -- although he declined to support Cruz in the Republican primaries.

The selection of Pompeo rounds out a trio of national security picks Trump has made -- including Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for National Security Advisor that were announced Friday.


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Donald Trump to pick Mike Huckabee as ambassador to Israel

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Alex Swoyer (Breitbart) is reporting that Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is reportedly President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel.

Yahoo News, citing The Jerusalem Post, reports several members on the President-elect’s transition team say Huckabee will take the post as ambassador to Israel for the Trump administration.

Hogan Gidley, who served as Huckabee’s communications director and is still close to the former Arkansas governor, previously told Breitbart News that Huckabee was under consideration for a number of possible positions in the new administration.

Gidley did not respond to Breitbart News’s inquiry about the ambassador to Israel position.

Huckabee is friends with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has visited Israel a number of times since he was 17-years-old.

Fox News reports Huckabee will meet with Trump on Friday.

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Trump picks Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

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Rachel Stoltzfoos (DailyCaller) is reporting that President-elect Donald Trump wants Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as attorney general of the United States.

The senator and lawyer is one of Trump’s closest advisers and one of the president-elect’s earliest backers, earning him his pick of positions in the new administration. Trump was considering appointing him secretary of defense, but has now selected him for the attorney general position, reports The New York Times.

Sessions is a former prosecutor who has represented Alabama in the Senate since 1996. He serves on the Judiciary Committee, and is known particularly for his hard-line views on immigration and trade, and a bipartisan proposal to cut mandatory minimum prison sentences.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who endorsed Trump very late in the race after challenging him in the primaries, was also on the short list for the position. A Trump aide called him Thursday night to tell him the job would go to Sessions, a source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Trump had praised Sessions earlier Thursday in a statement, saying he is "unbelievably impressed" with his work as attorney general in Alabama.

Continuing the trend of accusing people inside the Trump administration of racism, news outlets are drudging up old unsubstantiated accusations of racism Sessions faced when he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan for a federal judgeship in 1986. The accusations, one from a black lawyer who accused him of a racist comment Sessions denied, held up his nomination in the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, and he later withdrew himself from consideration.

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Trump plans victory tour rallies in swing-Trump states

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The Daily Mail is reporting that the Donald Trump Transition Team is planning Victory Tour rallies in swing states and Trump states to celebrate his historic victory this year over Hillary Clinton.

If you live in a swing state and you miss the controlled chaos of Donald Trump's campaign rallies, help is on the way.

An official with Trump's transition team said Thursday that "victory tour" events are in the planning stages and could begin as soon as ten days from now.

Republican sources in Ohio and Florida told DailyMail.com this week that the Trump transition had already made booking inquiries with past campaign rally venues in those key states.

Rumors swirled Thursday that Pennsylvanians were also likely to have a chance to celebrate personally with the president-elect.

George Gigicos, who served as the Trump campaign's advance team director, spoke to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower.

"We're working on a victory tour now," he said. "It will happen in the next couple of weeks."

When? "After Thanksgiving," he said.

Gigicos said "obviously" Trump would travel "to the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over."



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It would be an appropriate song.

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need

We need Donald Trump!
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Mick Jagger says everyone outside U. S. is mystified by Trump victory

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Katie Jerkovich (SmokeRoom) is reporting that members of the Rolling Stones said after Brexit they didn't think anything could shock them -- and then Donald Trump won the election.

"Everyone outside the U.S. is kind of mystified, I'd say," lead singer Mick Jagger said in an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday. "That's the polite word."

"Wow, that was quite mind-blowing watching from England as well," guitarist Ronnie Wood said. "Cause we were all just shocked and stunned with the Brexit thing and so I thought, ‘Nothing's going to shock me now. For all I know Trump's going to get in.' Sure enough, he did. OK, There will be some changes made. Hopefully they'll be good ones."

"I don't think he's gonna be as radical as he was coming into it," drummer Charlie Watts said. "So I think a lot of what he says is going to be tempered down. Because if it isn't, it's gonna be a hell of bloody ride for four years."

In the early morning hours last Wednesday, lead singer Mick Jagger tweeted that maybe Trump would ask the band to play their song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at his inauguration.

"Just was watching the news… maybe they'll ask me to sing 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' at the inauguration, ha," Jagger tweeted.



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Team Trump preparing plans for wall -- mulling Muslim registry

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Mica Rosenberg and Julia Edwards Ainsley (Reuters) are reporting that An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump's policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.

Kobach, who media reports say is a key member of Trump's transition team, said he had participated in regular conference calls with about a dozen Trump immigration advisers for the past two to three months.

Trump's transition team did not respond to requests for confirmation of Kobach's role. The president-elect has not committed to following any specific recommendations from advisory groups.

Trump, who scored an upset victory last week over Democrat Hillary Clinton, made building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border a central issue of his campaign and has pledged to step up immigration enforcement against the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants. He has also said he supports "extreme vetting" of Muslims entering the United States as a national security measure.

Kobach told Reuters last Friday that the immigration group had discussed drafting executive orders for the president-elect's review "so that Trump and the Department of Homeland Security hit the ground running."

To implement Trump's call for "extreme vetting" of some Muslim immigrants, Kobach said the immigration policy group could recommend the reinstatement of a national registry of immigrants and visitors who enter the United States on visas from countries where extremist organizations are active.

Kobach helped design the program, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, while serving in Republican President George W. Bush's Department of Justice after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants.

Under NSEERS, people from countries deemed "higher risk" were required to undergo interrogations and fingerprinting on entering the United States. Some non-citizen male U.S. residents over the age of 16 from countries with active militant threats were required to register in person at government offices and periodically check in.

NSEERS was abandoned in 2011 after it was deemed redundant by the Department of Homeland Security and criticized by civil rights groups for unfairly targeting immigrants from Muslim- majority nations.

Kobach said the immigration advisers were also looking at how the Homeland Security Department could move rapidly on border wall construction without approval from Congress by reappropriating existing funds in the current budget. He acknowledged "that future fiscal years will require additional appropriations."

Congress, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, could object to redirecting DHS funds designated for other purposes.

Helped draft tough Arizona law

Kobach has worked with allies across the United States on drafting laws and pursuing legal actions to crack down on illegal immigration.

In 2010, he helped draft an Arizona law that required state and local officials to check the immigration status of individuals stopped by police. Parts of the law, which was fiercely opposed by Hispanic and civil rights groups, were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

Kobach was also the architect of a 2013 Kansas law requiring voters to provide proof-of-citizenship documents, such as birth certificates or U.S. passports, when registering for the first time. A U.S. appeals court blocked that law after challenges from civil rights groups.

Kobach said in the interview he believed that illegal immigrants in some cases should be deported before a conviction if they have been charged with a violent crime. Trump said in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired on Sunday that once he took office, he would remove immigrants with criminal records who are in the country illegally.

Kobach said the immigration group had also discussed ways of overturning Barack Obama's 2012 executive action that has granted temporary deportation relief and work permits to more than 700,000 undocumented people or "dreamers" who came to the United States as children of illegal immigrants.


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Trump, Pence tout congratulatory calls from 29 foreign leaders

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Sarah Westwood (WashingtonExaminer) is reporting that President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence have taken congratulatory calls from 29 foreign leaders in the week since Trump's upset victory in the presidential election, their transition team announced Wednesday.

The diverse group of leaders come from six continents and include the outgoing head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.

Transition officials did not provide a readout of the calls, although some foreign governments have offered them to journalists.

See the full list of leaders who have congratulated Trump below.

•  President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri
•  Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull
•  Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
•  President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping
•  President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon
•  President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
•  Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen
•  Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel
•  President of France, Francois Hollande
•  Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny
•  Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu
•  Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi
•  Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe
•  King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan
•  Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Al Hariri
•  President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto
•  Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key
•  His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar
•  Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Narendra Modi
•  President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye
•  President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
•  President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin
•  King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia
•  Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim
•  President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko
•  President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
•  Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
•  Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May
•  Secretary General to the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon


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