There was so much going on today that I still have a dozen articles saved to read later, and it’s nearing 11pm. It’s impossible to keep up with everything. Nevertheless, here is my attempt…
Today, Trump took Boeing to task for cost overruns on the new Air Force One… which hasn’t been built yet… causing a sharp stock drop that quickly recovered. A spokesperson says he sold all his stocks in June, but provides no evidence.
The Carrier deal doesn’t save as many jobs as Trump claimed. “He got up there and lied his a– off,” according to the president of the union representing Carrier employees. The company is raising prices next year.
Real estate agents for Trump Tower properties are advertising the Secret Service’s presence as a new amenity.
The State Department is appalled at the Trump children’s involvement in foreign affairs. “This is not the way that grown-up nations do things.”
China’s state media tells Trump to “stop acting like a diplomatic rookie.” “But he should first come to terms with the real, not imagined, reality of international relations before wielding the scalpel, because a misstep as president will be far more damaging than one as president-elect.”
Not only was the Taiwan phone call not an impromptu congratulatory message, but Bob Dole’s firm got $140K to spend six months setting it up.
Megyn Kelly blames threats on Trump and his social media director (he has a social media director?!). “I’ve been under armed guard for 16 months and my children have been under armed guard and it’s not an appropriate price to pay for hard-hitting journalism.”
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
After initially denying it, the Trump campaign admitted that Mike Flynn’s son, who helped spread the pizzeria child sex ring rumor, had been involved in the transition team. Flynn himself is, of course, still around.
Betsy DeVos, our new Secretary of Education, is “impervious to data,” according to this piece on her policies’ effects in Detroit.
The Michigan recount is chaos thanks to broken polling machines.
Jill Stein’s Pennsylvania recount suit has moved from state courts to federal due to a “labyrinthine, incomprehensible, and impossibly burdensome election regime.”
Protests led police to close the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University after Richard Spencer’s speech. A University-sponsored rally was held across the street at Kyle Field at the same time.