Having provoked China by chatting with the president of Taiwan on the phone, Trump has taken to needling them on Twitter. Saints preserve us.
Ivanka and Jared are moving to DC. Still not elected or appointed officials. Still illegal for them to hold government positions.
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
Michigan’s new voter suppression bill “has a provision tucked into it that would make it impossible to repeal via a popular referendum.” Charming. New laws are being pushed in Texas and New Hampshire as well.
The Michigan recount is on… immediately. Hope they had plenty of volunteers ready and waiting.
The Supreme Court is hearing gerrymandering cases from North Carolina and Virginia today.
…the Supreme Court has generally tolerated legislative maps that are drawn to advantage one party or the other, while simultaneously treating racial gerrymanders with much greater skepticism. As a result, North Carolina’s brief defending its maps is an odd spectacle. It openly admits that the consultant hired by Republican lawmakers to draw the states congressional maps was instructed “to draw maps that were more favorable to Republican candidates.” And brags that “Republicans turned a 7–6 Democratic advantage” in the state’s congressional delegation “into a 9–4 Republican advantage” with the maps at issue in McCrory. The state, and its attorneys, apparently believe that the Court is so unconcerned about partisan gerrymanders that litigants can safely make such admissions in their briefs.
Energy Transfer Partners says they plan to continue building the DAPL and calls the Native American owners of the land “a narrow and extreme political constituency.”