With the Democratic Party lost in the post-election wilderness, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is aggressively reasserting himself, offering his vision for the path out as he takes on a leadership role in his caucus as the chair of outreach…Meanwhile Trump Keeps Picking Dangerous White Extremists to Top Post, America


This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump’s transition and the outgoing Obama administration. Here’s what’s happening in Washington right now:

  • Trump names conservative hard-liner Jeff Sessions as his choice for attorney general
  • Kansas congressman chosen for CIA director
  • Mike Pence helps reassure lawmakers concerned about Trump
  • How Trump really won the election

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NOV. 16, 2016, 5:01 P.M.

Bernie Sanders is ready to negotiate with Donald Trump

 (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

Sen. Bernie Sanders traveled the country campaigning against Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t see some areas where they can work together.

In a speech on Wednesday at George Washington University, the former presidential candidate ran through a list of campaign promises he hopes Trump will fulfill.

Reinstating the Glass-Steagall banking rules? “I look forward to working with him,” Sanders said.

How about new investment in infrastructure? “That’s what we look forward to seeing from you,” he said.

Sanders, a longtime independent, was elevated to the Democrats’ leadership team in the U.S. Senate this week.

“If those promises turn out to be hollow …. we will not only oppose his economic policies, we will expose the hypocrisy,” he said.

Sanders also demanded that Trump reverse his decision to hire Stephen K. Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House. The appointment of Bannon has drawn criticism from Jewish and Muslim groups and praise from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and neo-Nazis.

“The president of the United States should not have a racist by his side,” Sanders said.

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NOV. 18, 2016, 7:03 A.M.

Trump picks a Kansas congressman who was a Benghazi bulldog for CIA director

Rep. Mike Pompeo. (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)
Rep. Mike Pompeo. (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump selected a firebrand Republican congressman and harsh critic of the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi, Libya, attacks to be the head of the CIA, according to an official close to Trump’s transition team.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), a former Army officer and a Harvard Law School graduate, would take over an agency that has been revamped to focus on fighting terrorism in the years since the 9/11 attacks. The choice requires confirmation from the Senate, where Republicans will hold a narrow majority in the session that begins next year.

Trump has said he would bring back some of the CIA’s harshest tactics used in the years following Al Qaeda’s jetliner attacks, including waterboarding.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, called Pompeo “very bright and hard-working” even though the two clashed on the Obama administration’s handling of the 2012 attacks against an American diplomatic compound and a CIA safehouse in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

“While we have had our share of strong differences – principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi – I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA director,” Schiff said in a statement Friday.

NOV. 18, 2016, 5:21 A.M.

Sen. Jeff Sessions tapped to be next attorney general

President-elect Donald Trump has asked Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of the business mogul’s earliest and most enthusiastic backers, to be the next attorney general, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

Elected in 1996, Sessions, 69, is considered one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate. Previously he served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and as the state’s attorney general.

He has been a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will handle his confirmation hearings, since the late 1990s.

But the choice of Sessions is sure to be criticized due to his conservative views, especially surrounding immigration, and allegations that he made racially offensive remarks. That controversy derailed his nomination by President Reagan to become a federal judge in 1986.

During those confirmation hearings, four Justice Department lawyers testified that Sessions had expressed racist views or endorsed them. He acknowledged in testimony that he called the NAACP and ACLU “un-American,” though he denied believing such statements.

NOV. 18, 2016, 5:18 A.M.

Trump’s victory could spell the end of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, shown in 2014, said he hasn't decided on a departure date. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, shown in 2014, said he hasn’t decided on a departure date. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s victory means that Republicans soon will take control of the Federal Communications Commission. That could spell the end for net neutrality regulations and other initiatives of the agency’s hard-charging Democratic chairman.

The regulations imposed utility-like oversight of broadband providers in an attempt to ensure the free flow of online content. President Obama and liberal activists strongly backed the tough regulations over intense objections of the industry and many Republicans — including Trump.

“I think it’s an important thing to remember that taking a fast, fair and open Internet away from the public and away from those who use it to offer innovative new services to the public would be a real mistake,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler warned Thursday about net neutrality, his signature accomplishment since taking office three years ago.

A new Republican-led FCC is expected to try to reverse the regulations. Congressional Republicans also could attempt to override the rules with legislation, an effort that stalled in 2013 because of a sure Obama veto.

NOV. 17, 2016, 8:01 P.M.

Donald Trump already saving jobs? Not so fast.

Donald Trump may not be in the White House yet, but he’s already claiming that he’s saving American jobs. The problem is, the president-elect seems to have his facts mixed up.

Here is what Trump tweeted Thursday night.

Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky – no Mexico

I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!

Trump had promised on the campaign trail to stop the tide of jobs moving south of the border. But it doesn’t appear as though Ford had ever intended to shift production from its Kentucky facilities to Mexico.

Instead, the car company had announced it was moving some of its Michigan production to Mexico. As of Tuesday, those plans had not changed.

A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Ford said the conversation included a confirmation that a certain vehicle model would still be made in Kentucky.

NOV. 17, 2016, 4:37 P.M.

Trump offers retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn national security advisor job

Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security advisor.

That’s according to a senior Trump official.

The official wouldn’t say whether Flynn has officially accepted the job. Flynn has been a close advisor to Trump throughout the presidential campaign and has worked with him on national security issues during the transition.

The national security advisor does not require Senate confirmation. The job is based in the White House and its occupant has frequent access to the president.

The official was not authorized to discuss the offer publicly so insisted on anonymity.

NOV. 17, 2016, 4:00 P.M.

On Capitol Hill, Pence’s high-profile role in Trump transition assures lawmakers

 (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
(Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Vice President-elect Mike Pence stood before a roomful of House Republicans on Thursday and asked how many had his cellphone number.

Chuckles of laughter rippled through the private meeting in the Capitol basement.

“A lot of you do,” Pence said, according to those in attendance.

The former congressman is proving to be an effective envoy for President-elect Donald Trump, and his Capitol Hill visit offered a preview of the crucial role many believe the outgoing Indiana governor will play as liaison between lawmakers and the Trump White House.

NOV. 17, 2016, 3:58 P.M.

In Donald Trump’s America, is California the new Texas?

 (Los Angeles Times)
(Los Angeles Times)

In the early morning hours after Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, California Senate leader Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon were on the phone grappling with what comes next.

Trump’s upset victory left the two Democrats reeling.  They saw the incoming administration as an existential threat to the progressive work they accomplished in the nation’s most populous state. By midday Wednesday, they released a combative statement vowing to defend those strides.

“We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress,” they said.

Other California leaders rushed to join Rendon and De León in setting up the state as a liberal counterweight to Trump, laying the groundwork for four years of battles with Washington.

Now, the circumstance in which California finds itself recalls that of a perennial rival: Texas playing the role of chief antagonist to President Obama.

NOV. 17, 2016, 3:56 P.M.

Trump’s victory could spell the end of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s victory means that Republicans soon will take control of the Federal Communications Commission. That could spell the end for net neutrality regulations and other initiatives of the agency’s hard-charging Democratic chairman.

The regulations imposed utility-like oversight of broadband providers in an attempt to ensure the free flow of online content. President Obama and liberal activists strongly backed the tough regulations over intense objections of the industry and many Republicans — including Trump.

NOV. 17, 2016, 12:49 P.M.

This is Bernie Sanders’ plan to lead Democrats out of the wilderness

 (Brian Dozier / Christian Science Monitor)
(Brian Dozier / Christian Science Monitor)

With the Democratic Party lost in the post-election wilderness, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is aggressively reasserting himself, offering his vision for the path out as he takes on a leadership role in his caucus as the chair of outreach.

In a wide-ranging conversation Thursday with reporters, Sanders — who plans to continue to serve as an independent, not a Democrat — offered a preview for where his progressive wing wants to take the Democratic Party. He also had some choice words about President-elect Donald Trump, particularly when the conversation turned to his threat to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

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