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Clinton and Obama lead calls for unity as US braces for Trump presidency (30.99/31)

Americans woke to a divided country and fearful world on Wednesday as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton led calls to respect the shock election of Donald Trump but warned of a fight to protect constitutional values.
As final votes were tallied against all predictions, the president-elect was on track to record the largest electoral college lead of any Republican in nearly 30 years yet receive 1% fewer ballots than Clinton in the popular vote, behind the losing candidate for only the second time in over a century.
Underlining the immense power he is now afforded nonetheless, Trump will begin receiving the same daily intelligence briefing as the president and was immediately offered the support of both a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate.
Early on Wednesday, Trump delivered a victory speech in a Manhattan hotel in which he insisted he would “deal fairly with everyone”.
“Now it is time for Americans to bind the wounds of division,” he added. “It is time for us to become together as one united people … I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”
Later a sombre Obama spoke from the White House, where he will meet his successor on Thursday, and called on Trump to maintain the new-found inclusiveness of his victory speech .
“That’s what the country needs – a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other,” said Obama. “I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition, and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.”
Clinton also called for a “peaceful transition of power”, urging: “We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought but I sill believe in America and if you do then we must accept this result,” she added in an emotional concession speech . “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
Many Americans were in shock: unsure what to say to their children , greeting office colleagues in tears or stunned silence, or planning to head to a bar. A leading employment website reported a tenfold surge in US searches for jobs in Canada.
For many others, the result was a vindication. “He’s being given a mandate,” said Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. “And that mandate is going to be somewhat different than what we’ve had, it’s a repudiation of some of the things we’ve had.”
Stock markets recovered from initial losses , though the Wall Street Journal reported that shares in defence contractors were a bright spot.
World leaders also pledged to try to work with Trump. Britain’s Theresa May congratulated him and said: “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.”
Angela Merkel also pointed out that Germany and the US were still connected by values of “democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man independent of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views” but tempered her offer to work with the next president only “on the basis of these values”.
Vladimir Putin, who US intelligence agencies had accused of trying to manipulate the election in Trump’s favour, said Russia was now keen and “ready to restore fully fledged relations with the United States”.
Despite previous misgivings, US House speaker Paul Ryan also offered Trump a “unified Republican government” that would “work hand-in-hand” to help him deliver promises such as repealing Obama’s healthcare reforms.
“This is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime,” acknowledged Ryan, who credited the Trump effect with saving many vulnerable congressmen by their “coat-tails”. “Many American citizens have lost faith and feel alienated by our core institutions,” he said. “But Donald Trump heard a voice out in the country that no one else heard.
“There is no doubt that our democracy can be very messy and we do remain a sharply divided country but now we have to work to heal the divisions of the campaign,” added Ryan. “This needs to be a time of redemption, not a time of recrimination.”
For Democrats however, a collapse of some 6 million in their national vote since 2012 and a decisive swing toward Trump in Rust Belt states stirred an immediate debate about the party’s future direction.
Our Revolution, a campaign group set up Bernie Sanders after his defeat by Clinton in the Democratic primary, said the election demonstrated “what most Americans knew since the beginning of the primaries: the political elite of both parties, the economists, and the media are completely out of touch with the American electorate”.
“Those of us who want a more equitable and inclusive America need to chart a new course that represents the needs of middle income and working families,” it added in a statement.
Despite a small shift toward Trump in the finely balanced swing state of Florida, analysis of his victory showed it relied almost entirely on converting white working-class voters in five Rust Belt states previously won by Obama: Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Clinton focused her concession speech on the need for social rather than economy unity in the face of Trump’s unprecedented attacks on women, Muslims and immigrants.
“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” she said. “I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.”
Dressed in black rather than the white suit she wore through final stages of the campaign, her voice cracked as she turned to the missed opportunity to become the first female president of the United States.
“To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me,” she said. “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will.”
Her running mate Tim Kaine said the nation had made it “uniquely difficult” for a woman to be elected to federal office and quoted William Faulkner: “They killed us, but they ain’t whooped us yet.”

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Major Hillary Clinton Donor Freaks Out Over Trump Win (29.99/31)

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist who hosted a $353,400-per-person fundraiser for Hillary Clinton earlier this year has launched a campaign for California to secede from the union to protest Donald Trump’s election victory.
Shervin Pishevar, the co-founder of Hyperloop One, announced the plan in a frenzied outburst on Twitter Tuesday night. He also tendered his resignation from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, to which he was appointed by President Obama last July.
Pishevar, who was born in Iran, was upset that Trump carried the Electoral College while Clinton appeared poised to win the popular vote. According to CNN, Trump has 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228. But Clinton leads Trump in the popular vote by more than 200,000.
The tech titan said that he would soon be launching a “legitimate campaign” for California secession. That would be part of a longer term plan to scrap the Electoral College.
Pishevar, who hosted a $353,400-per-person fundraiser in for Clinton at his home in the San Francisco area in April, made the case that California’s economy is large enough to sustain itself after secession.
“As 6th largest economy in world, economic engine of nation, provider of a large % of federal budget, California carries a lot of weight,” he wrote.
“Calling for a temporary withdrawal of support during the dark Trump Presidency. Re-entry after a constitutional convention convened.”
Other left-wingers upset by Clinton’s loss made similar proposals under the hashtag #Calexit on social media.
In announcing his resignation from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, also announced on Twitter, Pishevar wrote that “I cannot serve with a good conscious [sic] a President Trump in any capacity.
On Wednesday, Pishevar called on other Obama administration appointees to boycott the Trump presidency and renounce their political positions.
He also made comparisons to Adolf Hitler.
Emails hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account show that he was in touch with Pishevar during the campaign.
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Liberals, chill out about Trump victory (Opinion) (29.99/31)

Everyone should calm down. The last few hours have actually shown that the transition from Obama to Trump will be smoother than folks fear. Trump's victory speech was his best yet: gracious and even touching.
Hillary Clinton took awhile to concede, but when she did she urged the country to get behind its president-elect. And Obama committed himself to a fine transition. All of this is evidence that the office of the president is bigger than the occupant, and governing functions at a higher level than campaigning. Trump is on his way to the White House. Now the Constitution kicks in.
He will be shown respect. He will also be scrutinized. The media will be on his back 24/7, and he'll give them plenty to report. The Republicans will try to bend him to their will. Although Paul Ryan expressed his thanks to Trump for the GOP control of Congress, the reality is that they have subtly different agendas and will likely fight over much.
The courts will frustrate any overreach. The 2018 midterms will cast judgment. Those who compare this situation to Germany in 1933 are not only grossly exaggerating, to an offensive degree, but they misunderstand the nature of Germany at that time. It had barely tasted democracy, its institutions were weak. America's are strong.
That and Trump simply isn't Hitler. He is moderate on many areas of policy, such as gay rights, and flexible on others, such as the economy. And several of the issues he ran and won on are serious issues that he was right to address.
Finally, America has a presidency committed to tackling illegal immigration, to cutting taxes, repealing and replacing Obamacare and pushing back federal regulation. As a pro-life person, I am very happy about the prospect of Trump selecting a new Supreme Court justice. Pro-choice people will feel the opposite -- but that's the give and take of democracy. As Obama likes to say, if you disagree with something don't moan, vote. This time, however, not enough Democrats voted to make a difference.
Winning is what validates politicians. Trump has proven that he understands a forgotten, alienated America -- that he will seek to give them a voice. This is a good thing, too. If he had lost as narrowly as he won, Clinton and the liberals would have been unpleasantly triumphant. The Trumpites would've seethed and retreated into conspiracy theories. Now they have a chance to govern. That means that they are the rulers now, and they will have to match rhetoric with action.
Perhaps the most positive aspect of this election is what it has discredited. Old-fashioned retail politics is out. Massive ad buys won't win you an election. Pitching everything you say at specific constituencies -- as though we were all parts of groups rather than individuals -- doesn't work. And paying lip service to tired, politically correct clichés now seems irrelevant.
The unlikeliness of Trump's victory is oddly energizing. It shows anything is possible. If Trump can be president, so could a liberal radical like Bernie Sanders. Next time the Democrats should go with their gut and nominate a real fighter.

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What Trump's presidency means for Silicon Valley (27.99/31)

A collective shock spread through the tech industry on Tuesday night as founders, executives and investors realized that something they'd thought to be nearly impossible had happened: Donald Trump won the presidential election.
"You know those times where we watch other countries and are like 'oh man you guys are crazy'. Shit that's us now," Aaron Levie, CEO of Box and an active Hillary Clinton supporter, tweeted on Tuesday.
Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Expedia, echoed that sentiment in a tweet : "As tech leaders we have to admit that we are hugely disconnected with our nation. "
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This was supposed to be the year that the tech industry triumphantly flexed its political muscles in an unprecedented show of force to stop a candidate it perceived as uniquely unfit for office and bad for business.
Top execs from Amazon ( AMZN , Tech30 ) , Salesforce ( CRM , Tech30 ) , Netflix ( NFLX , Tech30 ) and numerous other tech companies openly criticized Trump during his campaign. They compared him to Hitler and designed a card game to make fun of him. Many actively raised money for his opponent.
The industry must now figure out how it can operate in a country run by a man who has threatened to boycott Apple , gone after Amazon for antitrust violations , called out Facebook's founder for his immigration policies and peddled a conspiracy theory that Google ( GOOGL , Tech30 ) 's search engine suppressed negative headlines about Clinton.
Apple ( AAPL , Tech30 ) , Google, Facebook and Amazon stock all ended the day in the red with Amazon down 2%. Trump has specifically claimed that "Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise," and could try to take action to change that.
Representatives for Apple, Google and Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment.
Trade groups representing several of these tech companies are reportedly planning to meet on Thursday to determine how to proceed with Trump.
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The one notable exception to the tech stock decline was Twitter, which jumped 4% thanks to Trump's love of the platform.
"It's all about how Twitter drove him to prominence, and fostered his image," said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush, about the reason for Twitter's sudden surge.
Worse still for Silicon Valley: key figures in the industry who loudly criticized Trump during the campaign may need to brace themselves for the prospect of a president who is known to hold a grudge.
"There isn't any worry about retaliation, rather a pervasive concern that there may not be an opportunity to collaborate to discuss and fix the country's real problems," says Chris Sacca, an early investor in Twitter ( TWTR , Tech30 ) and Uber and an outspoken Trump critic.
He added: "We are hopeful he will immediately reach out to the tech and startup sectors and start building relationships so we can all work together. "
Yet, other tech founders are now in despair and openly talking up plans to help California secede from Trump's America. "It's the most patriotic thing I can do," Shervin Pishevar, an early Uber investor and cofounder of Hyperloop, told CNNMoney.
Hours after the election results came in, Tusk Holdings, a group that advises tech companies on regulatory issues, sent a memo breaking down what Trump's victory could mean for these businesses.
The firm expects Trump's administration to be more lenient in approving big mergers (despite his comments to block AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner ). That could be good news for Silicon Valley deal making.
However, Tusk Holdings also expects that Trump and the Republican Congress may be less likely to provide tax incentives for clean energy and more likely to favor car manufacturers over tech companies when it comes to self-driving cars.
This would mark a shift for the tech industry, which spent years cultivating relationships with the Obama administration. Under Obama, the government took steps to advance much of the industry's wish list, including self-driving cars , commercial drones and net neutrality.
"Needless to say," according to the Tusk Holdings memo, "there is going to be a lot of uncertainty. "

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What Trump’s win and Brexit have in common (24.99/31)

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For voters who elected Trump, it was ‘rage against the machine’ (22.99/31)

In the 2008 U. S. election, Carrie Sheridan slept in her Honda Element as she campaigned across the country for Democrat Barack Obama. On Tuesday, the self-described community activist from the Washington, D. C. area spent $864 of the last $1,000 in her checking account on a room in Republican Donald Trump’s $200 million luxury hotel three blocks from the White House.
“I had to be here,” Sheridan said, as Trump supporters lounging on velvet sofas poured champagne on each other early Wednesday morning to celebrate their candidate’s shock presidential election victory.
“This is rage against the machine.”
Voters in Tuesday’s presidential election were split nearly evenly between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who as of late Wednesday morning was leading in media tallies of the popular vote count despite failing to win enough states to secure the White House.
But by overwhelming margins, voters told a Reuters/Ipsos exit poll they felt the United States’ economic and political systems were tilted against them.
The poll found an electorate burning with resentment against Wall Street, politicians and the news media, increasingly alienated from a country it saw changing in ways it didn’t like. Some 75 percent of poll respondents agreed that “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful.”
By a similar margin, voters agreed that the economy is “rigged” to benefit the wealthy, and that traditional politicians and parties “don’t care about people like me.”
Even more — 77 percent — agreed that “mainstream media is more interested in making money than telling the truth.”
A wealthy Manhattan real-estate mogul who travels in his own gold-plated 757 airplane might seem like an unlikely candidate to benefit from this anti-elite sentiment.
But lines had formed at the velvet ropes by 8 p.m. Eastern time outside Trump’s new hotel in between the White House and the U. S. Capitol. A steak at the hotel costs $60 and wine is sold by the spoonful.
“These are shadow voters, voters who have never voted before,” said Preston Parry, 20, who was watching the results with a throng of friends, all of them wearing suits and Trump campaign trucker hats.
Despite his gilded lifestyle, Trump capitalized on working-class fears of a rapidly changing country. Styling himself as a “blue-collar billionaire,” he promised to “Make America Great Again” by bringing manufacturing jobs back to forgotten factory towns and sharply curtailing immigration.
He won a swath of battleground states on Tuesday, drawing overwhelming support from white working-class voters in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Trump’s scathing characterization of Clinton as a corrupt career politician also resonated with supporters who chanted “lock her up” at rallies.
Many voters said they were primarily voting against one of the candidates. Some 46 percent of Trump supporters said they backed him because they didn’t want Clinton to win, while 40 percent of Clinton supporters said they were motivated primarily to stop Trump from reaching the White House.
Those who made up their minds in the last week of the campaign were more likely to cite opposition to one of the candidates as their main reason for voting.
“I want somebody that’s going to fight for America instead of other countries,” said John Scherer, a 57-year-old former maintenance worker in Portsmouth, Ohio, who voted for Trump.
Politicians like Clinton are “taking away from what we were as a country and saying we should change because of the people coming in, the immigrants and refugees,” he said.
The Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states, including more than 45,000 people who already voted in the presidential election.
Voter dissatisfaction isn’t exactly new. Surveys have consistently found since 2002 that most people believe the country is on the wrong track, a period that encompasses a Republican and Democratic president, two wars, a deep recession and a slow recovery.
Trump supporters were more likely to share this frustration. Some 70 percent who backed the Republican real-estate mogul said they felt the country was on the wrong track, while only 23 percent of Clinton supporters agreed, according to the Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll.
Those figures could quickly turn on their head as the reality of a Trump presidency sinks in. Across the country, Clinton supporters used unusually harsh language when describing the election result.
In Washington, D. C., non-profit manager Trisha Postyuk said she saw her vote for Clinton as “a triumph over evil.”
In St. Petersburg, Florida, cafe owner Amanda Keyes, 33, said the country can only move past racist and sexist attitudes when the people who hold them are no longer alive.
“Misogyny will continue to bubble through the country but I can only hope that the old people will die,” she said.
At Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington, a couple from Atlanta looked at a text message from a friend who had bet them $100 that Trump would lose.
“Please don’t ever text me again,” the message said.

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U. S. arms export boom under Obama seen continuing with Trump (21.99/31)

By Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U. S. defense contractors, which saw international sales rise strongly under President Barack Obama's administration, can expect a continued boom in arms exports under Donald Trump, aided by persistent security risks in the Middle East and rising tensions in Asia and Europe. Shares of major defense contractors, including Raytheon Co. , Northrop Grumman Corp and General Dynamics hit lifetime highs, on Wednesday as investors bet on higher Pentagon spending under Trump, who has vowed a massive build-up of the U. S. military even as he pledges to reduce foreign entanglements. While Trump has frequently made contradictory statements when it comes to foreign policy, he has repeatedly called on allies in Europe and East Asia to pay more for their own defense. Defense experts say that could benefit the domestic industry as Trump is expected to keep supporting the supply of U. S. arms exports to allies to help them build up their own defense capabilities. "From the U. S. side it would be us equipping them to do that," said Roman Schweizer an analyst at Cowan & Co. That would also fit with Trump's plan to stimulate the domestic economy by boosting U. S. manufacturing jobs. A Trump administration will have "more openness to selling weapons to our allies and partners. It's business friendly, it plays to the U. S. manufacturing base," said Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. U. S. arms exports, measured by production costs, grew 54 percent in 2015 from 2008, the year before President Barack Obama took office, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. That represents the highest growth for any administration since the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies following World War Two. The boom was fueled by consistent lobbying by the Obama administration for arms deals, its policy of arming and training proxy groups in conflicts, and by budget constraints at home that prompted arms makers to look abroad for sales. In 2015, the U. S. accounted for 36 percent of worlds arms exports, the Stockholm Institute's data shows, followed by Russia at 12 percent. That marked an increase in the U. S. share from 28 percent in 2008. In fiscal 2015, U. S. arms sales to foreign governments exceeded $47 billion, up 36 percent from around $34 billion a year earlier, according to the Department of Defense. Saudi Arabia, Australia, Iraq, Korea and Taiwan -- all considered U. S. allies -- were the top five recipients of U. S. weapons in the year ended September 2015. GLOBAL CONFLICTS Trump has never spelled out how he would deploy additional manpower for the U. S. military, such as 60,000 more Army troops, as many as 10,000 more Marines, and dozens of new Navy ships and fighter jets. Independent cost estimates for his plan range from $150 billion to $900 billion in additional spending over 10 years, which could be achieved only by raising the federal budget deficit, raising taxes or making large cuts in spending programs such as healthcare benefits for older Americans. None of these is politically popular, and raising the deficit would face fierce resistance from the deficit-fighting Freedom Caucus wing of the Republican Party. Trump's lack of national security credentials and scarce detail about his possible advisors also make it difficult to assess his impact on foreign policy. Nevertheless, analysts say his call for a stronger U. S. military against the backdrop of rising global conflicts, bodes well for strong revenues. "I think that foreign military sales would absolutely go up, or at the very least stay at its current level," said Franklin Turner, co-leader of law firm McCarter English's government contracts & export controls practice. "I can't imagine that the world becomes a less violent place. " Raytheon Co, the maker of Tomahawk missiles, said its international business will continue to grow regardless of the change of administration. During the 2008-2015 period, its international sales grew 55 percent to $7.15 billion. "Raytheon has been in business for over 90 years, over the time we have obviously worked with presidents from both parties," Chief Financial Officer Toby O'Brien told Reuters in an interview. Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's No.1 contractor known for its Hellfire missiles and F-35 fighter jets, increased international sales by 74 percent during Obama's presidency to $9.5 billion in 2015. Boeing Co's international defense sales rose 28 percent in the last five years to $9.4 billion in 2015, while Northrop Grumman Corp's foreign sales grew 60 percent over the same period to $3.3 billion. There are two major ways foreign governments purchase arms from U. S. companies. Direct commercial sales, negotiated between a government and a company; and foreign military sales, where a foreign government typically contacts a Department of Defense official at the U. S. embassy in their capital. Both require approval by the U. S. government. Some major sales have been held up by members of Congress, who fear U. S. arms could be used to fuel foreign conflicts, quell popular unrest or facilitate human rights violations. Congress has oversight over major weapons sales, including those that are completely or partly financed by the U. S. government, and it is highly unusual for sales to go ahead if there are strong objections from lawmakers. "Congress has never been a rubber stamp on arms transfers. We exercise close oversight and will continue to do so under the next president," said Representative Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association in Washington, said the government and companies often are not "paying sufficient attention to the long-term impact of weaponizing key regions" while trying to sell to "win friends and allies. " "When several warring states in a region are being amply supplied with new weapons, they are more tempted to use those weapons," Kimball said. (Editing by Soyoung Kim and Stuart Grudgings)

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ANALYSIS: Trump and Israel, now what? (17.99/31)

SAN FRANCISCO - “I love Israel and honor and respect the Jewish tradition and it’s important we have a president who feels the same way,” US President-elect Donald Trump said in a pre-recorded video message to a rally held two weeks ago in a restaurant overseeing the Old City. “My administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis,” he said. “Together we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again,.”
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Now we will see. The unexpected, improbable, against-the-odds victory Tuesday of Trump over Hillary Clinton undoubtedly shocked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem as much as it shocked leaders in capitals throughout the world. Now Netanyahu and his aides will have to begin figuring out what exactly it means for Israel. And that will not be an easy chore, considering that Trump does not have any real practical record on Israel. While Netanyahu obviously had policy differences with Clinton, at least he knew where she stood and what to expect. Israeli policy-makers, in general, like the predictable; they like to know what they are getting, even if it is not everything they want, because at least in this regard they know how to prepare. Clinton was a known-commodity because she has been involved for so long at a policy level on Israel-related issues. There was a degree of predictability regarding how she would act, and who she could be expected to bring on board her national security team. No such predictability exists with regard to Trump. He is a blank slate; a wild card. While during the campaign Trump hit the right rhetorical buttons when it comes to Israel --, though he also raised some eyebrows by talking at one stage about US “neutrality” in the conflict with the Palestinians and at another about the need for US allies to pay more of their share of US military assistance – he has no track record. Being the grand marshall of the Israel Day Parade in Manhattan is commendable, but it is  not the same as having dealt over the years with the nitty-gritty of Mideast issues.. That being the case there are certain elements of a Trump presidency that had to have Netanyahu smiling on Wednesday morning. The first is Trump's running mate, Mike Pence. The former Indiana governor and congressman  is an Evangelical Christian and strong supporter of Israel. He stated at that rally in Jerusalem two weeks ago – shortly after UNESCO voted to expunge any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount – that Jerusalem is the “eternal undivided capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.” He called Israel America's  “most cherished ally,” and said that he and Trump stand with Israel because “Israel's fight is our fight, because Israel's cause is our cause.” And, unlike Trump, he has a long record of political support for Israel. Pence is not the only reason Netanyahu is smiling. He is also smiling because the Republicans retained control of both the House and the Senate. During the last eight rocky years of his relationship with Obama, Netanyahu  found some  solace in having an extremely supportive Congress on his side. And although there was pre-election talk that the Republicans might lose the Senate, that did not transpire. Netanyahu, who in his more than 10 years as Israeli prime minister has never had the opportunity to work alongside a Republican president, will now get the chance to work not only with a president whose worldview is much closer to his own, but also with a president who will be buttressed by a Republican-held Congress whose support for Israel remains extremely strong. Netanyahu also had to be smiling because as of January 20 there will be sitting in the White House a man who has trashed the Iranian nuclear deal. Though Trump never promised to scrap the deal,  as some other early Republican candidates did, he has been scathing in his criticism of the deal, and he obviously does not have any emotional investment in it that could possibly blind him to Iranian violations. It is not clear who will make up Trump's national security team, but it will surely not include those who pushed through the Iranian deal, and are so wedded to that they would do anything to ensure that it succeeds, including overlooking  any Iranian behavior that contravenes the agreement. The prime minister also had to be smiling because groups such as J Street, a Jewish obbying organization that has encouraged Administration pressure on Israel, will lose much of its impact and influence as a result of the election results. J Street's influence stems largely from its connections and access to the Administration, whose work if often did. Tellingly, its head Jeremy Ben-Ami borrowed a football metaphor in saying to the New York Times in 2009 that “our No. 1 agenda item is to do whatever we can in Congress to act as the president’s blocking back.” The job of the “blocking back” is to protect the quarterback. But now that the quarterback has changed, and the playbook will be completely different, the importance of that particular blocking back will be greatly diminished. Netanyahu has to be smiling as well at some of the names of candidates being bandied about to fill various high profile positions in a Trump administration, first and foremost as the new secretary of state. Among the names being discussed for secretary of state, for example, are former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a leading Trump supporter, and former ambassador to the UN John Bolton. The appointment of either would be loudly applauded in the Prime Minister's Office, as their outlooks on the region and its threats are very similar to those of Netanyahu. Another leading candidate, current chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), would also be applauded, as he was a leading opponent of the Iran deal. One of the biggest questions right now is how Trump's' election will impact Obama's decision on what he will do regarding the Mideast in his remaining two and a half months in office. Four options have been widely discussed: delivering a speech on the Mideast laying down how he sees the parameters of an eventual deal, or supporting one of three moves in the UN. The three UN options include supporting either a new UN Security Council resolution laying new foundations for peacemaking to essentially replace Security Council Resolution 242; not vetoing another attempt by the Palestinians to get the Security Council to approve their admission into the UN as a state; or supporting  an anti-settlement resolution. Netanyahu has said repeatedly that Israel hopes and expects that the US will abide by its long-standing commitment that peace must be reached in negotiations between the two sides, and will not do anything to support an outside imposition of a solution. But there are those who believe that the likelihood that Obama might do something dramatic on the Mideast in his wanting days in office are greater following a Trump victory, than had there been a Clinton one. Had Clinton won, this argument runs, Obama would have coordinated his final Mideast moves with her, not wanting to take any step that would complicate her relationship with Netanyahu. By the same token, according to this argument, a Trump victory might unleash an urge on Obama’s behalf to take some dramatic step that would tie the next administration's hands on the issue. Obama, in his speech Wednesday from the White House Rose Garden, spoke of the importance and need for an orderly transition of power. A dramatic move now on the Mideast, however, would run contrary to that goal, as it would set into stone policies that he knows the incoming administration would oppose. Finally, the election of Trmp is likely to lead to a continuation and even increased cooperation between Israel and some of its Sunni neighbors, such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. What Trump will do in the Mideast is an unknown not only for Israel, but for those countries as well. They, too, do not know the degree to which they can depend on Washington. One of the reasons for the enhanced cooperation between these disparate countries over the last few years has been uncertainty of the degree to which Washington could be relied upon, and  fear of a US withdrawal from the region. That insecurity will remain for the time being, at least until Trump’s direction in the region becomes clear.
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LDS church leaders congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump (17.99/31)

SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are congratulating Donald Trump on winning the presidential election.
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent Fox 13 this statement Tuesday:

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A look at Melania Trump's lavish $4,000 Election Night jumpsuit (16.99/31)

Looks like Melania Trump got the fashion fasion memo.
The First Lady-in-waiting whisked her way onto the stage Election Night at the Hilton Midtown, where she wowed the crowd while wearing a white Ralph Lauren silk crepe jumpsuit.
The outfit, which attracted attention for its unique one shoulder neckline and fabulously flowing hem, retails for a ritzy $4,000 at Fifth Avenue's Bergdorf Goodman department store.
The 46-year-old Slovene-American former model circulated publicity previously with her style choices, as she wore a Gucci blouse, called "Pussy Bow," to the second presidential debate.
Many questioned if Melania's fashion statement was intentional, as the garment was worn after her husband created an uproar when a 2004 video surfaced of him making lewd suggestions towards women.
The Novo Mesto born beauty respectfully stuck to her contestant's theme, sporting a pantsuit which has longtime been Hillary Clinton's iconic choice of attire.
Like Melania, the Democratic nominee unsuprisingly remained with her designer of choice Ralph Lauren, as she ravished in beige during last night's election.

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Hillary Clinton's concession speech in full – video (15.99/31)

Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters in New York on Wednesday morning after losing the presidential election to Donald Trump. Clinton, who had been widely believed to be the frontrunner in the race going into election day, thanked her family and campaign staff and encouraged supporters to press onward

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LGBT Groups, Celebrities React to Donald Trump Victory (15.99/31)

The LGBT community called upon the President-elect Donald Trump to rise above the often divisive rhetoric of his campaign, while urging its members to stay vigilant and fight for equal rights.
He pledged to “bind the wounds of division” in his victory speech , though he’s been criticized for promising to elect conservative justices to the Supreme Court — justices that could overturn marriage equality and other LGBT civil rights.
In his home state of Indiana, Vice President-elect Mike Pence signed numerous anti-gay legislation, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, which allowed individuals and businesses to deny service to LGBT people. In the 2000 election, Pence said money raised by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program should go to organizations “which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” So-called “conversion therapy” has been called emotionally and physically harmful by many members of the LGBT community.
The Human Rights Campaign — one of the most prominent LGBT advocacy groups — responded quickly after the results were announced. President Chad Griffin called the election a “crucial moment for our nation and for the LGBTQ movement.”
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“Over the last 18 months, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have intentionally sowed fear and division for cynical political purposes. They now face a decision about whether they will also govern that way,” Griffin wrote, before naming groups specifically targeted during the President-elect’s campaign. “We hope, for the sake of our nation and our diverse community — which includes women, people of color, those with disabilities, immigrants, and people of all faiths and traditions — they will choose a different path.”
Griffin also some victories from the election. “Today, we draw strength from the vast majority of Americans who believe that our lives and rights are worth fighting for,” referencing Clinton being ahead in the popular vote. “In North Carolina, it appears we have defeated the hateful Governor Pat McCrory and helped elect Roy Cooper to repeal HB2. We were proud to support Hillary Clinton, and she made history as the most pro-equality candidate to ever run for president of the United States.”
GLAAD echoed the HRC statements , calling for the President-elect to rise above the divisive politics.
“Donald Trump sits atop the most hateful Republican platform in history, one that sorely endangers the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality for all,” GLAAD said in a statement. “America stands tallest when it stands firmly in its founding principle that all people are created equal. With the election behind him, President-elect Trump must now rise above divisive politics and side with the vast majority of Americans who demand equality for their LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. While disappointed, we are certainly not defeated; the pursuit of full acceptance will continue until everyone, no matter who they are or who they love, can simply live the life they love.”
A number of prominent LGBT celebrities shared their reactions to Trump’s win on social media.
The unthinkable happened before, to my family in WWII. We got thru it. We held each other close. We kept our dignity and held to our ideals.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 9, 2016
George Takei tweeted,”The unthinkable happened before, to my family in WWII. We got thru it. We held each other close. We kept our dignity and held to our ideals.” Takei’s family was relocated to an internment camp during World War II.
KRISTALLNACHT november 9 – 1938
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 9, 2016
Rosie O’Donnell also referenced WWII, linking to a page about Kristallnacht, the 1938 attack on Jewish homes, schools and synagogues by German Nazis.
I've dealt with bullies my whole life. I've been called terrible things. I've only come out stronger. I got this. We've got this.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) November 9, 2016
Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote, “I’ve dealt with bullies my whole life. I’ve been called terrible things. I’ve only come out stronger. I got this. We’ve got this.”
Gather your strength. Now we must turn our tears to sweat, do battle with hate, and turn this chaos into progress. The great work begins.
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) November 9, 2016
Dustin Lance Black echoed Ferguson’s sentiments, writing, “Gather your strength. Now we must turn our tears to sweat, do battle with hate, and turn this chaos into progress. The great work begins.”
There is so much good in this world. My job is to find it and to show it to you. I’m not giving up on that.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 9, 2016
Ellen DeGeneres thanked “friend” Hillary Clinton for her “endless bravery.” She added, “There is so much good in this world. My job is to find it and to show it to you. I’m not giving up on that.”
❤️🇺🇸I want to live in a #CountryOfKindness where #LoveTrumpsHate
— #CountryOfKindness (@ladygaga) November 9, 2016
Lady Gaga posted a photo of herself outside Trump Tower in NYC with a sign that read “Love Trumps Hate.” She captioned the photo, “I want to live in a # CountryOfKindness where # LoveTrumpsHate .”
as the narrowest hope dwindles – a vigil to our strength. we will need it now more than ever. may those of us in mourning find space for compassion. in these depths we must not harden our hearts. with courage and openness we must endure.
A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on Nov 8, 2016 at 11:25pm PST
Zachary Quinto posted, “As the narrowest hope dwindles – a vigil to our strength. we will need it now more than ever. may those of us in mourning find space for compassion. in these depths we must not harden our hearts. with courage and openness we must endure.”
The whole world is different today.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 9, 2016
Andy Cohen simply stated, “The whole world is different today.”

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US stocks gain following Trump victory; bond prices tumble (15.99/31)

Major U. S. stock indexes moved higher in afternoon trading Wednesday as Wall Street sized up the implications of Donald Trump's stunning presidential election victory.
The solid gains marked a reversal from earlier in the day, when global stock markets were roiled after it became clear that Trump had sealed the win over Hillary Clinton.
Markets had been jittery in recent weeks over the prospect of a Trump administration. But conciliatory comments from the president-elect helped global stock markets recover a large chunk of their earlier losses.
On Wall Street, financial companies led the gainers, surging 3.2 percent. Banks and other financial stocks tend to benefit from higher interest rates and less government regulation, two things investors anticipate could happen during a Trump presidency.
Health care stocks were also heading sharply higher. Traders had feared Clinton would implement curbs on drug pricing increases that could hurt drugmakers and biotechnology companies.
Utilities were down the most, sliding 2.6 percent, followed closely by consumer-focused stocks. Crude oil prices headed higher after being down earlier in the day.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 171 points, or 0.9 percent, to 18,504 as of 1:05 p.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 17 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,157. The Nasdaq composite index rose 38 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,232.
A sell-off in bonds sent prices tumbling, driving the yield on the 10-year Treasury note up to 2.04 percent from 1.86 percent late Tuesday, a large move. That's the highest the rate has been since January. That rate is a benchmark used to set interest rates on many kinds of loans including home mortgages.
Traders are selling bonds to hedge against the possibility that interest rates, which have been ultra-low for years, could rise steadily again under a Trump administration, said Tom di Galoma, managing director of trading at Seaport Global Securities.
"People are starting to believe that Donald Trump is good for the economy, which makes him not so good for the bond market," di Galoma said. "You've also had the stock market come back overnight. People are starting to realize that a Trump presidency is not the end of the world. "
Though uncertainty remains over Trump's trade, immigration and geopolitical policies and what his victory means for the future of globalization, investors appeared somewhat calmed by his victory speech, in which he praised Clinton and urged Americans to "come together as one united people" after a divisive campaign.
"While Trump slightly soothed some concerns in his victory speech, uncertainty remains over what kind of a U. S. he plans to lead," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.
Health care companies like hospital chains and some insurers that gained business from the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion took heavy losses. Meanwhile, shares jumped for drugmakers and pharmacy benefits managers that likely will face less regulatory scrutiny over price increases from a Trump administration.
HCA, the nation's largest hospital chain, was down nearly 15 percent, while Viagra maker Pfizer climbed more than 7 percent, the biggest gain in the Dow. The biggest pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts Holding Co., was up more than 6 percent.
Traders also bid up shares in defense contractors, anticipating the companies will thrive under a Trump presidency. Northrop Grumman climbed 5.1 percent, while Lockheed Martin rose 5.7 percent. Raytheon added 7.1 percent.
Private prison operators also surged. Corrections Corp. of America vaulted 47 percent, while GEO Group jumped 20.1 percent.
Firearm sales typically surge when a presidential candidate who favors an expansion of gun-control laws is elected. That's not the case with Trump, however. That gave investors a reason to sell shares in firearm makers. Smith & Wesson slid 14.4 percent, while Sturm, Ruger & Co.., fell 13.7 percent.
In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 1.6 percent, while France's CAC-40 gained 1.5 percent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 1 percent higher.
As Trump gained the lead in the electoral vote count, share prices tumbled in Asia, which were open during the election results.
By the time Trump was confirmed the winner and made his speech, financial markets had steadied. The dollar also recouped some ground, while assets that many investors search out at times of uncertainty, such as gold, came off earlier highs.
One currency that remained heavily sold is the Mexican peso. It was down 8.4 percent as the prospect of a wall along the United States' southern border, a key campaigning point for Trump, has come one step closer to reality. Trump has insisted that Mexico will pay for the wall. The U. S. currency rose sharply to 19.75 Mexican pesos from 18.68 pesos.
Also potentially impacting the peso is Trump's threat to rip up trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, a key plank in Mexico's economic strategy and growth.
"If Trump is able to follow through with these suggestions, Mexican activity will suffer greatly," said Jane Foley, senior foreign exchange strategist at Rabobank International.
Trump doesn't formally take the reins of power until January but he will begin the transition to his presidency almost immediately. In the coming weeks, investors will be looking to see if he further tempers some of the rhetoric that polarized American opinion and often spooked investors in financial markets.
Another point of interest will center on the U. S.'s trade relations with China and its impact across Asia. Trump's victory has raised concerns that the U. S. and China might embark on a trade war of sorts and that protectionism around the world will grow.
Those concerns weighed heavily on Asian stocks. Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed 5.4 percent lower, recouping some losses. Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed 2.2 percent lower.

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Hillary Clinton tells supporters to greet Donald Trump with ‘open mind’ (15.99/31)

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton told supporters Wednesday that they owed Donald Trump “an open mind and a chance to lead,” urging acceptance of the celebrity businessman’s stunning win after a campaign that appeared poised until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U. S. president.
Addressing stricken staff and voters at a New York City hotel, Clinton said she had offered to work with Trump on behalf of a country that she acknowledged was “more deeply divided than we thought.”
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Her voice vibrated with emotion at times, especially as she acknowledged that she had not “shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling.”
Flanked by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky, Clinton then made a direct plea to “all the little girls” watching: “Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every opportunity in the world and chance to pursue your dreams.”
The speech followed a dramatic election night in which Trump captured battleground states like Florida, North Carolina and Ohio and demolished a longstanding “blue wall” of states in the Upper Midwest that had backed every Democratic presidential candidate since Clinton’s husband won the presidency in 1992.
Democrats — starting with Clinton’s campaign staff and the White House — were left wondering how they had misread their country so completely. Mournful Clinton backers gathered outside the hotel Wednesday.
“I was devastated. Shocked. Still am,” said Shirley Ritenour, 64, a musician from Brooklyn. “When I came in on the subway this morning there were a lot of people crying. A lot of people are very upset.”
The results were startling to Clinton and her aides, who had ended their campaign with a whirlwind tour of battleground states and had projected optimism that she would maintain the diverse coalition assembled by President Barack Obama in the past two elections.
On the final day of the campaign, Clinton literally followed Obama to stand behind a podium with a presidential seal at a massive rally outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia. As she walked up to the lectern, the president bent down to pull out a small stool so the shorter Clinton could address the tens of thousands gathered on the mall. Before leaving the stage, Obama leaned over to whisper a message in Clinton’s ear: “We’ll have to make this permanent.”
Clinton’s stunning loss was certain to open painful soul-searching within the party, which had endured a lengthy primary between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who drew strong support among liberals amid an electorate calling for change.
“The mistake that we made is that we ignored the powerful part of Trump’s message because we hated so much of the rest of his message. The mistake we made is that people would ignore that part and just focus on the negative,” said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, who was not affiliated with the campaign.
The tumultuous presidential cycle bequeathed a series of political gifts for Clinton’s GOP rival: An FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, questions of pay-for-play involving her family’s charitable foundation, Sanders’ primary challenge, Clinton’s health scare at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony and FBI Director James Comey’s late October announcement that investigators had uncovered emails potentially relevant to her email case.
Yet her team spent the bulk of their time focused on attacking Trump, while failing to adequately address Clinton’s deep liabilities — or the wave of frustration roiling the nation.
Every time the race focused on Clinton, her numbers dropped, eventually making her one of the least liked presidential nominees in history. And she offered an anxious electorate a message of breaking barriers and the strength of diversity — hardly a rallying cry — leaving her advisers debating the central point of her candidacy late into the primary race.
Clinton’s campaign was infuriated by a late October announcement by Comey that investigators had uncovered emails that may have been pertinent to the dormant investigation into Clinton’s use of private emails while secretary of state. On the Sunday before the election, Comey told lawmakers that the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of the newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.
But the announcement may have damaged Clinton while her campaign tried to generate support in early voting in battleground states like Florida and North Carolina. In the nine days between Comey’s initial statement and his “all clear” announcement, nearly 24 million people cast early ballots. That was about 18 percent of the expected total votes for president.
Thomas reported from Washington. Associated Press reporters Catherine Lucey, Jacob Pearson, Rachelle Blidner, Michael Balsamo and Deepti Hajela contributed to this report.

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Paul Ryan: "Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government" (13.99/31)

Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday celebrated Donald Trump’s shocking White House win and said the president-elect will now lead a “unified Republican government.”
Speaking at a press conference Janesville just hours after Trump declared victory, Ryan said he spoke to Trump twice and said they spoke about the importance of uniting Americans.
“We talked about the work ahead of us and the importance of bringing our country together,” he said. “Donald Trump heard a voice out in our country that no one else heard. He turned politics on its head. Now, Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government.”
The Wisconsin Republican credited Trump’s “coattails” with delivering GOP victories in the House and Senate, allowing Republicans to keep control of their majorities in both chambers, no small irony, given that for much of the run-up to the election, Republicans running down ballot feared his candidacy would be a drag on their prospects on Election Day. 
“Our House majority is bigger than expected. We won more seats than many people expected,” Ryan said. “Much of that is thanks to Donald Trump.” It was, he said, “the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime.”
Ryan said that Trump’s presidential win signals how much Americans want a change in the country’s direction.
“There is no doubt our democracy can be very messy,” he said. “We do remain a sharply divided country. Now as we do every four years, we have to work to heal the divisions of a long campaign... This needs to be a time of redemption, not a time of recrimination.”
Ryan said he already began talking about the transition with Trump -- he said he’s talked with Trump and Mike Pence twice each in the last 18 hours. He expressed confidence that he would work well together with Trump despite the fact that the two didn’t always see eye-to-eye during the campaign.
“We had great conversations about how we work together on the transition,” Ryan said. “I’m very excited about our ability to work together.”
He also said he looks forward to coordinating with Trump on what can be achieved in the lame-duck session of Congress.

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Donald Trump's election victory: the winners and losers around the world (13.99/31)

Donald Trump triumphed, but so did Bashar al-Assad. Like other leaders around the world, Syria’s isolated president most likely spent the day after assessing the impact on him of the Republican’s unexpected victory. The dreadful Assad, soaked in blood after five years of civil war, is probably one of the big winners. But there are plenty of big losers, too.
Vladimir Putin heads up the first category. Trump has shown unusual partiality towards the Russian president, even though the two men have never met.
As a candidate, Trump suggested that, unlike Barack Obama, he could do business with Putin and might, for example, accept Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
Trump failed to condemn alleged Russian online hacking of the Democratic party and covert meddling in the election process.
He has rattled Nato allies in eastern Europe by stating that, as commander-in-chief, he would not necessarily rush to their military assistance if threatened by Russia.
In Syria and Iraq, Trump says his top priority is defeating Isis, not toppling the regime in Damascus – hence Assad’s big sigh of relief. He has declined to condemn Russia’s leading role in the merciless bombardment of eastern Aleppo and its actions on other Syrian battlefronts, which the UN says may constitute war crimes. It is widely believed Russia is gearing up for a final battle to take Aleppo for its ally, Assad, while the American transition is under way.
Perversely, despite his focus on Isis, little or nothing has been heard from Trump about Moscow’s targeting of Syrian opposition factions rather than the jihadis.
Like the people of Syria, the citizens of Afghanistan are losers, too. For them Trump represents a new twist in an old nightmare. He sees continued US military involvement there as contrary to American interests and could simply pull out, leaving the country to the Taliban and al-Qaida.
Xi Jinping, China’s president, is probably feeling quite good. Xi is a strong, authoritarian, quasi-dictatorial figure – the sort of leader, like Putin, that Trump appears to admire.
One can imagine the two men hitting it off on a personal level, although Xi is the more subtle of the two. He will worry about Trump’s unpredictable temperament and his talk of trade tariffs on China.
Xi will relish Trump’s criticism of Obama’s so-called pivot to Asia, which he sees as a bid to contain China. If Trump pivots away from the region, that will suit Beijing just fine, especially if it means it can accelerate its illegal expansionism in the South China Sea and ratchet up the pressure on Taiwan.
A big Asian loser, on the face of it, is Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, who has bet the farm on closer military ties with the US. Trump says Japan and South Korea must do more to defend themselves, including possibly acquiring nuclear weapons to deter North Korea. His threats to nuke North Korea if provoked could, if realised, make losers of us all.
In contrast, a big, undeserving winner is Rodrigo Duterte , the new Philippines president, who famously called Obama a “son of a whore” and declared he was cutting military cooperation. Duterte, notorious for the drug-busting death squads he has unleashed, welcomed Trump’s victory on Wednesday – a reaction that will likely be shared by human rights abusers from Belarus to Burma.
In Iran, Hassan Rouhani is in an even bigger bind, now that Trump is heading for the White House. His nuclear deal last year with Obama is under constant fire from conservatives, including the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In this respect, Trump has much in common with the mullahs. He called the pact “the worst ever deal in history” and vowed to scrap it.
Trump’s evident ignorance of and lack of interest in large parts of the world mean, for example, the pressure may be off leaders like Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, who stands accused of genocide and war crimes in Darfur, and the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia, responsible for documented atrocities in Yemen.
Trump does not support the international criminal court or the UN system in general. Antonio Guterres, the incoming UN secretary-general, may struggle to keep a Trump administration engaged.
Mexico – as yet not walled off – looked like another big loser, as the peso went through the floor ; President Enrique Peña Nieto is widely loathed by his electorate for failing to challenge Trump during his surprise visit to the country in September – but in private he may be congratulating himself for getting on the right side of his new neighbour.
The lukewarm reaction to Trump’s success in many European capitals reflects a deep ideological as well as a political antipathy. German ministers, normally extremely cautious in public statements, went so far as to imply it was a thoroughly bad outcome.
François Hollande, the French president, was even surlier, saying the result showed the need for Europe looking after itself.
For the EU, already battered by Brexit, Trump is bad news. His hostility to free trade means the proposed TTIP agreement is dead if not yet buried. His belief that Europe must do more to maintain its own security challenges the EU to put its money where it mouth is in developing a Euro army and other independent capabilities.
This could hardly come at a worse time for the stripped eurozone countries.
The positive reaction of rightwing populist and nationalist parties across Europe, including France’s National Front, indicates that they feel his anti-establishment insurgency may facilitate theirs, as close elections loom in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
For Britain’s government, however, Trump could provide a much-needed boost. Trump applauded the narrow British vote to leave the EU and hosted its best-known advocate, Nigel Farage , on the campaign trial. He disowned Obama’s threat to penalise Britain’s trade with the US. Trump is bad news for Nicola Sturgeon, the pro-independence, pro-EU Scottish leader.
But he may be good news for Theresa May, Britain’s pro-Brexit prime minister. She was quick to congratulate Trump in flattering terms. As she faces her own possible general election test, May maybe hopes his winning aura will rub off on her.

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We need to get Obamacare disaster behind us, Trump economic advisor says (12.99/31)

The Affordable Care Act has to go and it has to go quickly, Donald Trump economic advisor and CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder told CNBC on Wednesday.
The president-elect promised during his campaign one of his first acts in office would be the repeal of Obamacare .
Puzder believes it can be done and replaced with other health care options. While there is already Medicaid for low income people, and those who are wealthy and have jobs can afford health insurance, he said it is the working and middle class that need a solution.
"We need to do tax deductions or tax credits for people that can't take advantage of the deductions so they've got something to spend," he told CNBC's " Power Lunch. "
"That will incentivize competition among insurers to get their business. If we can use incentives and competition to drive that health-care market, we will have a solution. "
He believes the ACA has increased the cost of employing people and has taken discretionary income away from consumers, who have to pay premiums.
When it comes to creating jobs, which Trump has also promised to accomplish, Puzder said that happens when people are able to take risks in their businesses.
He believes that can occur if taxes are cut.
"You take the risk, you make the investment, you spend the time and if you are successful you will need other people to service that business. That's how you create a job," he said.
The CEO said Trump's win has made him feel "so much better" about the lives of his franchise owners.
"There are so many elements, so many things out there right now that are so much brighter this morning than they were yesterday morning," he said.

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No, the KKK was not marching in North Carolina after Trump won (12.99/31)

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Obama vows to work for a ‘successful transition’ of power (12.99/31)

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to work for a "smooth transition" of power to President-elect Donald Trump when he leaves office in January, citing the example set by former President George W. Bush eight years ago.
"I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night at 3:30 in the morning to congratulate him on winning the election and invited him to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure there is a successful transition between our two presidencies," Obama said from the White House Rose Garden with Vice President Joe Biden at his side.
Obama campaigned hard against Trump to boost his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who conceded the race in a speech earlier Wednesday morning.
"It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences," Obama said, adding later, that "we all want what's best for this country. "
Many of the White House staff who had come out to hear the President speak were emotional immediately preceding his remarks. Obama sought to comfort his supporters and the Clinton campaign, saying he was "heartened" by a message of unity and inclusion when he spoke with Trump on the phone.
"I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition and I certainly hope that's how his presidency will begin," Obama said.
Obama praised his staff for working relentlessly on behalf of the American people, saying the America Trump inherits is better than the one he was handed in 2008.
"Everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything they have done," Obama said.
Obama added, "Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. The day after, we have to remember we're all on the same team. "
Obama, who publicly called Trump "unfit" for the Oval Office, campaigned aggressively for Clinton in the weeks leading up to Election Day to keep the former reality show star from being his successor.
"The choice you face when you step into that voting booth could not be more clear or could not be more serious," Obama said in Philadelphia on Monday.

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Hillary Clinton Publicly Concedes: 'This Is Painful, and It Will Be for a Long Time' (12.99/31)

Hillary Clinton formally and publicly conceded to Donald Trump this morning after an upset defeat in the presidential election.
"Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," she said this morning.
"This is not the outcome that we wanted ... and I'm sorry that we did not win this election.
"This is painful, and it will be for a long time. "
At one point, Clinton spoke to her younger supporters, saying that they may have career setbacks in the future but should carry on.
"This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it," she said.
She also addressed her female supporters, who had hoped that she would make history by being elected the first female president.
"To all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. Now, I know, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will," she said.
That echoes her concession speech during the 2008 Democratic primaries, when she dropped out when it became clear that then-Sen. Barack Obama would be the party's nominee.
Last night Trump praised Clinton in his victory speech , saying the former secretary of state had called to concede. But she did not make any public statements between then and this morning.
She did not address the crowd of her supporters who had waited for hours at the Javits Center in Manhattan on Tuesday night. Instead, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta made a brief statement shortly after 2 a.m., saying the race in several states was "too close to call" and telling supporters to go home.
Her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine , introduced her and said he is "excited and proud" of her, saying, "Last night she won the popular vote of Americans. "
"That is an amazing accomplishment," he said.
Clinton staffers and donors gathered for her speech at the New Yorker hotel, about half a mile from where she had planned to celebrate a historic victory Tuesday night.

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Will Chicago’s Trump Tower Become A Magnet For Protesters? (11.99/31)

(CBS) — A few thousand people had signed up on Facebook to “Point and Laugh at Trump Tower” this evening
The organizer has made some last-minute changes, all things considered.
Now that the joke is not on Trump after all, the organizer of the Chicago version of “Point and Laugh at Trump Tower” has decided to change the name of his Facebook group to “Let’s make some (bleeping) lemonade out of this lemon.”
Instead of pointing and laughing at Trump’s building on Wabash, the Facebook page organizer writes that he will convert the page to a forum for “anyone… who feels threatened by the current state of the country.”
Another Facebook group is organizing a protest at Trump Tower this evening. More more than 6,000 people say they are going.

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Electing Trump: the moment America laid waste to democracy as we know it (11.99/31)

Most pundits said they wouldn’t do it; most pollsters insisted they couldn’t do it; everyone from the Pope to Beyoncé said they shouldn’t do it. Now it’s done.
Donald Trump’s election victory changes both the game and the stakes. He adopted a conciliatory tone, both towards the nation and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in his victory speech.
But for the past year his campaign has laid waste to the democratic traditions of an ostensibly mature political culture. Advocating violence at his own rallies, branding journalists scum, making up facts, refusing to accept the result if he lost – he refused to abide by basic democratic norms.
A self-confessed sexual predator, race-baiter, xenophobe and Islamophobe – not to mention a thin-skinned Twitter troll who mocks the disabled – he also refused to recognise what had until now been the boundaries of acceptable electoral discourse.
Trading the dog whistle for a wolf whistle, a range of bigotries have now been emboldened. New lows have been set; old, if unspoken, rules have been broken. A new normal has been established literally overnight; divisive in its rhetoric, authoritarian in its impulses, untethered in its ideology, it wears its vulgarity and ignorance as a badge of honour. Trump both personifies and embodies it. He is no longer a threat to the powers that be; he is the power that will be.
Because for these infractions Trump has not only gone unpunished, he has been rewarded. And not with a new prime-time show but the White House, the nuclear codes and the most powerful military on the planet.
As German chancellor Angela Merkel’s guarded response to the result indicates, this is not just an issue for Americans but for the world. The electoral appeal of nationalist nostalgia, class resentments, racial animus and economic insecurity are by no means limited to America. Most western nations have their Trumps and many of these Trumps are having their day. Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, campaigned with him; Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Front National, was one of the first foreign politicians to congratulate him.
Watching the scales fall from liberal eyes Tuesday night in Muncie, Indiana, where I have spent the past month, as unexpected results came in from Rust Belt states, felt like Brexit 2.0. Today they wake up to a different country, not because the country has changed but because they can now see it for what it is. Bars in the more liberal downtown were silent and stunned; out in rural areas they were setting off fireworks.
This was not inevitable. There is no doubt that Clinton, who has more experience that almost any candidate previously, was qualified to do the job. She may yet win the popular vote. The problem was she did not have the qualities to win an election. She maintained the Obama coalition of the young, women, minorities and the university educated but could not energise them in sufficient numbers where it mattered, even as many emerged to vote not for Trump but against her. Sexism played a part; but, given that Trump won white women by a considerable margin, there was more to it than that. The FBI certainly didn’t help, but that alone cannot explain this.
The historical symbolism of her candidacy notwithstanding, Clinton stood for the status quo. She in effect claimed she was running for Barack Obama’s third term. But in a country where wages are stagnant, class mobility has calcified, inequalities are growing and healthcare costs are rising, people did not want more of the same. Driving around Muncie and witnessing the remains of what was once a vibrant industrial town, with whole factories abandoned like carrion, it’s not difficult to see why Delaware County, which twice went for Obama, backed Trump. They wanted something, anything, to change.
“The Democratic party establishment just says it wants to do the things we’ve always done and have incremental change,” says Dave Ring, who owns the Downtown Farm Stand and voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary and Clinton in the presidential election. “And the rest of the public is out here like we don’t have time for incremental change.
This was not simply a class revolt. Clinton won big among the poor; Trump won more narrowly among the wealthy. The white working class were a significant section of the Trump coalition and swung in large numbers towards him; but they were not the dominant part of it. The defining fault lines were also race, age, gender and town v country.
But Trump couldn’t have won without that shift in the white working class, and racism alone cannot explain that. “Nobody speaks up for the poor,” says Jamie Walsh, who grew up in Muncie and voted for Obama in 2008 and planned to vote for Trump this year. “There is systemic racism but black people have advocates. Poor white people don’t. The whole idea [of white privilege] pisses poor white people off because they’ve never experienced it on a level that they understand. You hear privilege and you think money and opportunity and they don’t have it. So when Trump says stuff, they can understand what he’s saying and he speaks to them in a way other people don’t.”
For while Trump’s allegations of election fraud had little purchase, his claims that “the system is rigged” rang true for many. Almost 10 years since the financial crash only the poor and middle class have paid the price; Clinton’s emails were a red herring, but there really is one law for the powerful and another for the poor; life expectancy among non-college-educated whites is falling. People, in short, have a great deal to be angry about and precious little reason to trust the establishment.
So Trump’s victory was not simply a rebuke to the Democrats in general or Clinton in particular. The Republican hierarchy did not want him, either, and for a significant period of the campaign he ran against them too. It was an indictment of the entire political class by a sizeable section of white America either nostalgic for a mythical past that never existed or for racial privileges that did. He is a thumb in the eye to the bipartisan consensus, and its media cheerleaders, that brought them the Iraq war, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the financial crisis. He galvanised those so desperate for a political future that included them that they were prepared either to overlook the glaring contradictions in his conservative anti-establishment credentials – he’s a thrice-married, former gun-control, pro-choice Democrat who had the Clintons at his wedding – or saw them and forgave them. He represents the incoherent, inchoate and ill-informed rage against the fallout of neoliberal globalisation that has found a home in a newly mobilised and racialised nationalism across the west. His victory will provide momentary solace to his supporters but no lasting remedy. Clinton will not be jailed; no wall will be built; he will not defeat Isis, but he will appoint Supreme Court justices who can start wars. In short, he will not deliver on his most outlandish promises precisely because they are outlandish. He exemplifies the problem; he has no solutions. But he will appoint Supreme Court justices who can start wars.
The one thing we knew before anyone cast a vote was that Americans were going to get a president they didn’t like. Both candidates were viewed unfavourably; we just didn’t realise they would opt for the one they liked least. For a week or more Americans have been saying they just wished the whole election was over; now many would like to turn back the clock to a time, just yesterday, when they never imagined this was possible. Having spent the best part of a year treating Trump’s candidacy as a joke, he has the last laugh. America has taken a leap into the dark; we must now see where it lands.
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LeBron James, Cavs to visit White House on same day as Trump (11.99/31)

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates will be at the White House on Thursday. An unexpected guest will be there, too. The visit by the reigning NBA champions will coincide with President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the handover of power and transition following a shocking election that left James - and millions of Americans - wondering about the future. James had supported Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton, appearing on stage with the former secretary of state at a campaign rally Sunday to urge Cleveland residents to vote. On Wednesday, just hours after Clinton had conceded the election to Trump, James posted on his Instagram account that he woke up "looking and searching for answers on what has happened. " He posted the audio to "Alright," a song by rapper Kendrick Lamar. James wrote: "Parents and leaders of our children please let them know they can still change the world for the better! Don't lose a bit of faith! They're our future and we must remain stronger than ever!! Yes we all wanna lace up the boots, put on the hard hats and strike but that's not the answer. Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this. " The Cavs' trip to Washington has been planned for weeks. Coach Tyronn Lue, who received a phone call in June from Obama shortly after Cleveland rallied to beat Golden State in the NBA Finals, wanted the visit to happen before the first African-American president left office. Cleveland plays at Washington on Friday night. James has openly expressed his views on numerous political issues in recent years. Following Trump's election, the three-time champion and father of three said he felt the need to offer encouragement to minorities and women. "Please know that this isn't the end, it's just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!! " he said. "... To all the youth out there I PROMISE I'll continue to lead u guys every single day without no hesitation!! Time to educate and even more mold my children into being the greatest model citizens they can become in life! " James wasn't the only Cavaliers player to express his feelings. J. R. Smith, who also attended Clinton's rally in Cleveland, posted a photo of his daughter standing outside the White House. "How do I even feel confident sending her on play dates knowing the kids family voted for the racist, sexist person an I don't know how they will treat her when she's gone," Smith said. "How? Seriously How? " Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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WATCH LIVE: Hillary Clinton to Address Supporters After Election Loss (11.99/31)

MANHATTAN — Hillary Clinton was expected to address her supporters Wednesday morning in her first public appearance since losing the presidency in a stunning upset to Republican Donald Trump, reports said.
She was expected to speak from the New Yorker Hotel at 481 Eighth Ave., near West 34th Street, reports said.
She's expected to publicly concede to the president-elect, reports said .
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Many pollsters had predicted a Clinton victory, but the presidency slipped away from the former secretary of state as results rolled in Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Trump claimed victory just before 3 a.m. saying Clinton had conceded to him in a phone call.
She had planned to celebrate her victory at the Jacob Javits Center, but she never came out to address those who had gathered there.
The scene there turned somber as it became increasingly clear that she'd lost.
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The upside of a Trump victory? Martin Shkreli may actually share that 'secret' Wu-Tang Clan album (11.74/31)

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Hillary Clinton supporters don’t have much to celebrate today, unless they also happen to be fans of the Wu-Tang Clan. The much-maligned pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli appears to be making good on a promise to publicly release Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the “secret,” one-of-a-kind album he purchased for a reported $2 million last year. Earlier this year, Shkreli said he would make the album available to fans if Donald Trump won the presidency, and late last night he posted audio snippets from the album during a live Periscope video posted on Twitter, according to the Associated Press. The video has since been deleted, but several fans captured clips and posted them on YouTube  (warning, the videos contain explicit language).
Shkreli also noted that in order to release any of the music, he’ll have to arrange it with the New York hip-hop collective. Shkreli obtained the album from a Paddle8 auction on the condition that it not be released commercially for 88 years. As the chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Shkreli came under fire in 2014 when he raised the price of an HIV medication by 5,000%. In 2015, he was charged with securities fraud. After purchasing “Shaolin,” Shkreli also got into a public feud with Wu-Tang founder Ghostface Killah, who publicly criticized Shkreli over the price hike for the drug.

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White House open to a Clinton pardon (9.99/31)

The White House isn’t ruling out the possibility of Hillary Clinton receiving a last-minute pardon from President Obama — even though she hasn’t been charged with a crime.
Asked at Wednesday’s press briefing whether Obama had considered utilizing his unique executive power, press secretary Josh Earnest was cryptic.
“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” Earnest said.
“And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals and that’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations,” he added.
Clinton has been embroiled in a lengthy FBI investigation into her private email server.
There are also reports that the feds are investigating the Clinton Foundation.
No charges have been filed against Clinton.
But when President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon, in 1974, it was for any crimes Nixon might have committed against the US while he was president.
Ford justified his decision by claiming that a long, drawn-out trial would only have further polarized the nation.
During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump said he’d appoint a “special prosecutor” to handle the matter — and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested Wednesday the matter was still on the table.

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Why the markets decided to love Trump after all (9.99/31)

When the unexpected happens, like Britain exiting the European Union or a combustible reality TV star becoming president, investors begin to panic, markets begin to wobble and pundits predict economic Armageddon.
So let’s just be thankful that, after the election of Donald Trump, the market seems to have already stopped panicking. And with good reason: For all his shortcomings, Trump has one hell of a pro-growth economic plan that could save the country from the malaise of the last eight years.
That’s the takeaway from the so-far-positive market reaction to Trump’s big win over Hillary Clinton. But such common sense wasn’t a given.
When the polls looked like Clinton would win, particularly after FBI Director James Comey said she was once again in the clear over her legally dubious use of a private email server, the market rallied. Traders largely ignored her economy-crushing plans to raise taxes, impose more regulations and double down on President Obama’s zany policies like ObamaCare.
When Trump did the impossible and won the presidency, futures began to price in huge losses on the “crazy man” actually being in the White House.
And then something interesting happened: The buying began in the markets. Stocks traded up sharply, and though there was some predictable currency sell-off, particularly in the peso, and a rise in the dollar, the markets were largely stable.
The reason for this is pretty simple: Tuesday night and early Wednesday, while the political class and the lefty media were bemoaning a Trump victory, some savvy traders (mostly in hedge funds) began to wake up to the fact that Trump’s economic plans were far better than anything that Clinton could come up with.
And with that, the smart money did the opposite of what happened after the Brexit vote and began to buy the market on the notion that if Trump does what he says, and listens to some savvy economic advisers, the economy will break out of its Obama-induced slumber and stocks will do just fine even without the Fed manipulating shares by printing money.
Traders learned from Brexit that the initial market reaction was overwrought and markets recovered. It didn’t hurt, of course, that the GOP has retained power in both the House and the Senate, which allows for the passage of tax cuts, regulatory reform and the like without too much dealmaking with Democrats. The GOP congressional victories also effectively mute liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a player on the banking committee, where she would’ve spent most of her time attacking banks and wealth creators.
But here’s what the smart money is banking on even more: lower taxes on individuals and corporations that will be pushed by one of the best economic policy wonks in the country, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Trump’s already-assembled band of free-market economic gurus: Art Laffer, Larry Kudlow, Steve Moore and David Malpass.
Then there will likely be a reform of the Dodd-Frank banking bill that basically made it impossible for banks to make money and lend to small businesses. Trump, I am told, might even consider some way to reinstall the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law, which kept the banks from becoming so big that they nearly destroyed the financial system in 2008.
For all the GOP and Trumpian rhetoric about getting rid of ObamaCare, which is strangling middle-class Americans with massive premium hikes, the president’s signature health care law could be difficult to unravel anytime soon. Still, there appears to be enough political will to fix it. And for all of Trump’s anti-trade nonsense during the campaign (he once absurdly blamed Detroit’s woes on NAFTA), most people close to him say improving, not repealing, trade deals is his priority.
Of course, much of this depends largely on Trump himself, one of the most volatile people to have ever won the White House. During the campaign, he showed a disdain for taking others’ advice. Still, he was smart enough to surround himself with some great people, like his running mate, Mike Pence, the Indiana governor who understands the nitty-gritty of politics that Trump doesn’t bother with.
Rudy Giuliani is eyeing a spot as his Homeland Security secretary or secretary of state, I am told, and no one knows how to keep this country safe better than our former mayor. Wall Streeter Steve Mnuchin, a steady hand who understands that budgets need to be balanced with tax cuts, is a top choice for Trump’s Treasury secretary.
And there are others inside Trumpland, like hedge-fund impresario Anthony Scaramucci, who are planning this very minute to broker a peace between the president-elect and Speaker Ryan, at odds throughout the campaign.
The Ryan-Trump peace accord is crucial for Trump’s economic agenda getting through a still-fractious Congress, but the betting on Wall Street is that it happens. Let’s hope the smart money is right.
Charles Gasparino is a Fox Business Network senior correspondent.

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President Trump? 'It all winds up OK,' Megyn Kelly says on 'Live With Kelly' (9.99/31)

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly pulled double duty Wednesday morning, appearing as the guest host on the nationally syndicated “Live with Kelly” mere hours after completing election coverage at her day (or in this case, night) job.
The pair started the show by discussing the results of the election, as Kelly spoke a little about how Donald Trump ’s victory happened despite polling that suggested otherwise.
“What we were told by the pollsters was not matching the sentiment of the American people,” Kelly said, adding that, thanks to its methodology, the Los Angeles Times poll had far more accurate results.
Ripa then asked Kelly how pollsters got it so wrong, which Kelly attributed to several reasons, including the notion that some people felt stigmatized by telling pollsters they were voting for Trump and didn’t want to share that information.
That Kelly was cohosting “Live with Kelly” the day after the election, particularly a  contest won by Trump, was a fascinating footnote to a  campaign that prominently featured the anchor.
During the first GOP debate in August 2015, Kelly questioned now President-elect Trump’s fitness for the presidency, given his history of using unsavory names when referring to women.
At the time, Trump bristled at the accusation, before appearing on CNN the next day and referring to Kelly having “blood coming out of her wherever.” 
Their feud continued, largely fueled by Trump on Twitter, where he called Kelly “dopey” and “the most overrated anchor on Fox News,” in addition to retweeting messages referring to Kelly as a bimbo. 
The pair eventually made peace and Kelly conducted an exclusive interview with Trump in May, but all things considered, Kelly was a particularly interesting voice to hear from on the first day of the new Trump era. 
For her part, Ripa seemed genuinely confused as to how the election had turned out so differently than expected, even pointing out that her audience all had the same, slightly stunned look on their faces.
“After all these elections, half the country is severely disappointed and the other half is thrilled,” Kelly said. “It all winds up OK. This is the U. S. A. and it’s the most glorious place to live in the world.”
Kelly even seemed hopeful about a Trump presidency.
“In life and in politics, it’s helpful to try to perceive the other person through the most generous lens,” Kelly said, adding that if Trump supporters could do the same for the rest of the country, perhaps the nation could manifest something more positive.
After all was said and done, Kelly had a single point about Trump that resonated above all others.
“Love him or hate him, he’s now the President-elect of our country.”
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How Clinton's loss could spark backlash among women voters (9.99/31)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- As Donald Trump's supporters celebrated their candidate's surprise win on Wednesday, many women took to social media to express frustration over an election that failed to deliver the country's first female president.
In the close race, Clinton ended with a slight edge in the popular vote, but Trump collected the delegates needed for victory.
Electing a woman to the country's highest office will require more victories at the local and state levels, says Shannon Garret, a Grand Rapids-based political consultant who recruits and trains women to run for office.
"I think (the results) spoke to that we have a lot of glass ceilings to break, not just in the White House but in our own backyard. "
Garret credits Clinton for doing all she could to draw women voters -- along with the entire electorate - to her base.
But in some ways, Clinton's long career played against her. People had already made up their mind about the former first lady and Secretary of State. Added to that perceived baggage, is a continuing belief by many Americans that women aren't up to the challenge of running this country, she said.
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It was only in the last year that Michigan cities such as Grand Rapids and Holland elected their first female mayors.
Social media posts early Wednesday showed a lot of women woke up angry, sad and even scared about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for them. He has pledged to stack the U. S. Supreme Court with the judges who will overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that made abortion legal more than 40 years ago.
Garret is betting that women's backlash will be channeled into strategies to put themselves or their gender into office.
"We can't keep asking other women to run and expect male candidates to carry our voice," Garret said. "We have to be at the table. We don't have a choice. "
She is betting there will be changes over the next four years from the current - white men dominated - status quo.
A need for more female political leaders cuts across party lines, although Garret is quick to point out that women don't think with one mind.
In Tuesday's election, more white men and women voted for Trump, according to exit polls.
"We had known at various points in the campaign that there was an enthusiasm gap for Clinton in relation to Trump support," said Michael Traugott, a senior research scientist at the University of Michigan's Center for Political Studies.
Clinton garnered 54 percent of the overall female vote - which is bigger group of voters - while Trump took 53 percent of overall male votes, Traugott said.
Trump drew 65 percent of the white male voters, while Clinton saw deeper support in smaller minority communities. Exit polls suggest 94 percent of black women and 68 percent of Hispanic women voted for her.
But minority voter turnout was low especially in Detroit, compared to those who came out to cast ballots for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.
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Traugott says the election results reveal a deep cleavage in American society between those who feel they have been left behind or ignored, and those who have an idea of a multicultural society that requires changes that the first group finds uncomfortable.
Putting a lot of stock into the exit poll data can be tricky because how people describe themselves doesn't always match up with census data, said Susan Demas, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.
"I wouldn't be surprised if she was weaker with white woman than expected," Demas said. "The polling indicated she was doing well with women overall. "
In the end, Demas thinks a lot of Republican voters, who were leaning toward a third-party candidate or voting for Clinton because of the way Trump clashed with party leaders, "came home to the party" at the end.
But Clinton's female base may also be upset because after supporting Obama in 2008 and 2012, their candidate didn't muster the same loyal support from black and Hispanic males.
It was an especially bitter pill to swallow because Clinton lost to a candidate who had a long history of sexist behavior.
U. S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, says she has seen that a working class schism in Michigan over the last two years.
Frustration by Michigan's blue collar voters put the traditionally Democratic-voting state up for grabs in the election. These are people who still don't feel they recovered from the 2008 recession.
Dingell heard from one woman in a Dearborn deli that she was planning to sit out the election for the first time in her life.
"People were turned off from the system. They were tired of the partisan bickering," said Dingell, who encouraged Clinton's campaign to address those concerns. "They needed to recognize what I saw in Michigan was happening in other states. "
"We have do some very real soul searching," Dingell continued. "There is a strong message in what we are seeing. "
Dingell insists her support of Clinton was never about her gender. It was because she was the best candidate.
"I always thought of her being the most qualified," Dingell said.
Time will also tell how Trump's close victory will rev up Clinton's base in future elections.
In n her first speech after the loss, Clinton encouraged her supporters to stay involved in the political process.
"Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is important. It is worth it," said Clinton to thunderous applause in the speech Wednesday morning.
She added: "To all the women -- especially the young women -- who put their faith in me -- nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. "
Clinton described the presidency as "the highest and hardest glass ceiling" for women in this country -- and one that she still believed would be shattered "hopefully sooner than we might think. "
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Twitter Erupts Calling For Donald Trump To Be Assassinated (9.99/31)

Twitter is exploding with people calling for president-elect Donald Trump to be assassinated.
The Republican real-estate billionaire beat Hillary Clinton handily to become the next president of the United States, but that hasn’t stopped lots of people calling for somebody to murder him.  (SLIDESHOW: Meet The Blonde Bombshell Golfer Supporting Donald Trump For President)
my mom is talking about assassinate donald trump. watch out guy my white suburban mother is coming for you
— duck (@DuckFanAccount) November 9, 2016
Trump ain’t president ’til inauguration day lmao you guys still have time to assassinate BOTH Trump and Pence.
— aaeoius (@kazzandrabalona) November 9, 2016
if trump gets assassinated then y’all are gonna have michael pence and he is possibly even worse. so u need to assassinate both of them
— molly (@protectisak) November 9, 2016
Can someone please assassinate Donald Trump before January????
— rubi (@xoxbea_) November 9, 2016
so which one of you greasy headed depressed white gonna take one for the team & assassinate trump? pls
— tell yr counsellor (@SawatdeeSiam) November 9, 2016
*Waiting on someone to assassinate donald trump*
— El Chapo Jr (@Savage_Lifestyl) November 9, 2016
I just pray that the first nigga who tries to assassinate Donald Trump don’t miss
— Greg (@BankRolllGreg) November 9, 2016
If trump wins he will be killed. Believe that. Someone will assassinate him. More chapters for the history books I guess
— dannia (@OVONavyy) November 9, 2016
when y’all gonna assassinate trump?
— spooky gio (@gio_estra) November 9, 2016
if someone wants to take one for the team and assassinate trump make sure to get pence’s ass as well
— deceased (@tyweIIick) November 9, 2016
The Secret Service has a history of investigating threats against the people they protect when the threats originate on Twitter. The Secret Service has not made any public statement since Trump won about whether new threats on Twitter will be investigated.
Trump has already  won  289 electoral votes. There is a chance he could rack up an even bigger win because Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire all still too close to call.
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Ryan Says He'll Work Hand-In-Hand With Trump (9.99/31)

JANESVILLE, Wisc. — House Speaker Paul Ryan affirmed he believes he’ll be able to work with President-elect Donald Trump, saying he believes the party can unify around common goals during his post-election press conference Wednesday.
Ryan and Trump had a turbulent relationship throughout the 2016 election cycle, with the billionaire repeatedly accusing the speaker of not being supportive enough of his campaign. Ryan said he would not campaign or defend the nominee following the leak of a 2005 video showing the candidate making lewd remarks about women in early October. He later advocated for the nominee across the Badger State and said he was willing to appear at a rally with Trump in the days leading up to the election.
Despite their past differences,  the speaker seemed confident in their ability to bridge the party’s disconnect.
“I think our relationship is fine. I’ve spoken with Donald Trump twice in the past 18 hours, we spoke last night, we spoke again this morning. I spoke to my good friend Mike Pence twice as well,” he said. “I think we will hit the ground running — we are talking about getting our transition working together. I think that Donald trump pulled off is an enormous political feat.”
Ryan confirmed he definitely plans to run for speaker again, despite a handful of House members calling to push back leadership elections.
“We had great conversations about how we will work together to make on the transition to make this work together, we are getting our schedules lined up to flesh out how we build our transition and go forward,” Ryan said.
The speaker spent the past year touting the House GOP’s “A Better Way” agenda, a blueprint he will likely be able to implement with a Republican in the White House. Trump announced he plans to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as he takes office — a goal GOP members of Congress have been working toward since the implementation of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation. The real estate mogul’s tax plan also aligns with the speaker’s plan.
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Coach Belichick says letter to Trump 'not politically motivated' (9.75/31)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that the letter he wrote to US President-elect Donald Trump ahead of the election was "not politically motivated. " Trump read parts of the letter on Monday night during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire in which he told supporters that he had the support of both Belichick and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Both are popular in New Hampshire, where the Patriots are the nearest NFL team and a regional darling after four Super Bowl crowns with Brady as quarterback and Belichick as coach, most recently to conclude the 2014 season. "I've received a number of inquiries relative to a note I wrote to Donald on Monday," Belichick said. "Our friendship goes back many years. And I think anybody that spends more than five minutes with me knows I'm not a political person. My comments are not politically motivated. It's friendship and loyalty to Donald. "A couple weeks ago we had Secretary of State (John) Kerry in the locker room, another friend of mine. I can't imagine two people with more different political views than those two. But to me friendship and loyalty is just about that, it's not about political or religious views. " Trump told his rally in New Hampshire a portion of what Belichick wrote. "Congratulations on a tremendous campaign," Trump said Monday in reading from the letter. "You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media and have come out beautifully -- beautifully. You've proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. "Your leadership is amazing. I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow's election results will give the opportunity to make America great again. Best wishes for great results. " Hours after Trump was elected, Belichick explained his take on why he wrote the letter. "I write hundreds of letters and notes every month," said Belichick. "It doesn't mean I agree with every single thing a person thinks about politics, religion and other subjects. I have multiple friendships that are important to me. That's what that was about. It's not about politics. " Belichick then refused to answer questions about politics, repeatedly uttering only the word "Seattle," a nod to New England's Sunday game against the Seahawks. Brady, who served a four-game ban to start the season over the "Deflategate" ball inflation level scandal, told reporters that "I'm just going to talk about football. " Brady, a long-time Trump pal who said previously it would be "great" if Trump were elected, brought his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, into the matter. "I talked to my wife. She said I can't talk about politics anymore," Brady said. "I think that's a good decision. "

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Mexico says does not expect Trump deportation plan to begin soon (8.99/31)

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Deportations of undocumented Mexican migrants in the United States may start rising when president-elect Donald Trump takes office, but the process will not begin soon, Mexico's deputy interior minister for migration said on Wednesday. Mexico also stands ready to lobby the U. S. Congress and use all legal means possible to block Trump's plan for impounding remittances so that Mexico ends up paying for his proposed wall on the southern U. S. border, Humberto Roque Villanueva told Reuters in an interview. (Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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How Hillary Clinton lost (8.99/31)

African-American, Latino and younger voters failed to show up at the polls in sufficient numbers Tuesday to propel Clinton into the White House.
Clinton conceded the race after 2 a.m. ET. Before polls closed her campaign had been confident of victory. In the end, however, she lost even some states thought to be safely in her column, like Wisconsin. She trailed in others, like Pennsylvania and Michigan.
While she won the key demographic groups her campaign targeted, she underperformed President Obama across the board, even among women, according to exit poll data.
A slightly larger share of black and Latino voters cast ballots for Trump than supported Mitt Romney in 2012, despite Trump's disparaging remarks on African-Americans, Mexicans and undocumented immigrants.
President Barack Obama, who captured the presidency with the help of the African-American and Latino communities, issued several personal pleas to black voters to back Clinton in recent weeks.
"If we let this thing slip and I've got a situation where my last two months in office are preparing for a transition to Donald Trump, whose staff people have said that their primary agenda is to have him in the first couple of weeks sitting in the Oval Office and reverse every single thing that we've done," Obama said last week during an interview on a syndicated radio program.
But not enough African-Americans, along with Latinos, heeded the call.
Some 88% of African-American voters supported Clinton, versus 8% for Donald Trump, as of very early Wednesday morning. While that's a large margin, it's not as big as Obama's victory over Mitt Romney in 2012. Obama locked up 93% of the black vote to Romney's 7%.
Some 12% of the electorate was African-American this year, compared to 13% four years ago. That's a key drop, especially when paired with a smaller-than-expected growth in Latino votes.
This lowered turnout happened even after Trump repeatedly made sweeping comments about how black communities were in the worst shape ever. Referring multiple times to "inner cities," Trump said black people live in poverty, have no jobs and get shot walking down the street. "What do you have to lose? " he asked.
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Clinton's support among Latinos was even more tenuous, despite Trump pledging to build a wall on the Mexican border, accusing undocumented immigrants of being criminal aliens and promising to deport them.
Only 65% of Latinos backed her, while 29% cast their votes for Trump. In 2012, Obama won 71% of the Hispanic vote and Romney secured 27%.
Hispanics inched up to 11% of the electorate, up from 10% in 2012.
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Beyond the Obama coalition, Clinton was also not as popular with white voters as Obama was. She won only 37% of the white vote, compared to Obama's 39%. Surprisingly, Trump also garnered a slightly smaller share than Romney, capturing 58% of the vote to Romney's 59%.
White voters made up 70% of the electorate this year, down from 72% four years ago.
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Asian voters, which made up a tiny 4% of the electorate, were also less supportive of Clinton than of Obama. Some 65% of Asian voters cast ballots for her, as opposed to 73% for Obama in 2012.
Clinton also failed to capture as many young voters, who flocked to her rival Bernie Sanders in the primary and to Obama four years ago.
She won 55% of voters age 18 to 29, compared to 37% who cast ballots for Trump. But Obama secured 60% of these young voters to Romney's 37%.
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When it came to women voters, Clinton won 54% compared to Trump's 42%. Even though 70% of voters said that Trump's treatment of women bothered them, they still didn't flock to the woman who could have broken the glass ceiling. Obama won 55% of the women's vote in 2012.

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Fractured Michigan GOP seeks to unite behind Trump (8.99/31)

LANSING — A few in the Michigan GOP were behind Donald Trump pretty much from the get-go.
For many others, such as Attorney General Bill Schuette, the New York business mogul and reality TV star was not their first choice, but they got on board when he became the party's presidential nominee.
Some, such as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, got behind Trump once he was nominated, but renounced their support in early October, after the release of a shocking recording in which Trump boasted in vulgar terms about groping and kissing women without their consent.
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Still others began in the Never Trump camp and never left there, or, like Gov. Rick Snyder, refused to endorse Trump but  tried to avoid discussing the presidential contest altogether.
On Wednesday, after Trump's widely unexpected victory , coupled with solid Republican election nights at both the federal and state level, most everyone in Michigan's GOP was working to unify. There were few indications of gloating from his early supporters and little sign of continued resistance from the holdouts.
U.. S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, the top-ranking Republican in Michigan's congressional delegation, who had pointedly refused to endorse Trump, issued a statement congratulating him on Wednesday.
"The voters have clearly spoken," Upton said. "I’ve said all along I would be willing and able to work with whoever was elected our next president. "
Upton said "we’ve got a lot of work to do" and "it’s time to put the divisiveness of the past behind us, and come together as a nation. Building a better future for our children is something all Americans have in common and is a goal we all need to work towards.”
U. S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, who had similarly opposed Trump from the start, posted this early-morning message on Facebook on Wednesday: "Congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Let's work together to defend liberty, the Rule of Law, and the Constitution. "
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State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was one of Trump's earliest supporters, saying on Facebook in February that "if I had to vote tomorrow, I would vote for Donald Trump!” Brandenburg formally endorsed Trump later that month and took a leadership role in Trump's Michigan campaign.
“I always thought it would be very tight, but I always thought he could win the state because he was tapping into our emotions and thoughts,” Brandenburg told the Free Press on Wednesday.
He said he's not sure if the Trump wave will last beyond the 2016 election, but said he thought Trump could be the person needed to heal the country.
“The one common denominator that people in government have is that we tend not to listen to the people we represent,” Brandenburg said. “He’s a natural-born salesman. I met him at Macomb Community College and I found him to be not fakey nice. He was genuinely nice and he’s a man’s man.”
Snyder, who was critical of some of Trump's more controversial remarks, Trump's stance on immigration and Trump's criticism of the performance of Michigan's manufacturing base, issued a statement Tuesday night, before the presidential race was called, congratulating Michigan Republican state and congressional candidates, plus the Republican-nominated Supreme Court candidates. But Snyder made no mention of the presidential contest.
On Wednesday, Snyder issued a statement that said, in part, "this election cycle has seen a rise in divisiveness but it’s time to move forward together.," and "people are notably angry, as it sometimes seems as if Washington, D. C. isn’t working for the people who elected them. "
Earlier, on his Twitter account, Snyder congratulated Trump and his running, saying he looks forward to working with both of them to "move America forward," and "Michigan's comeback story is a model for real change. "
Calley initially backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but he urged Republicans to support Trump once he became the nominee. Then, on Oct. 8, following the release of a vulgar Trump audio recording from 2005, Calley renounced his endorsement and said he would write in the name of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump's running mate, for president.
Calley could not immediately be reached Wednesday. But on Twitter Wednesday morning, he retweeted a conciliatory tweet sent by Trump, adding the comment: "This is the right way to start a new day," in reference to Trump's message that "we will all come together as never before. "
Schuette initially backed Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and chaired Bush's Michigan campaign. But he became a Trump stalwart after the convention and was often the only statewide constitutional officer making appearances and speaking at Trump rallies in Michigan.
In an early morning statement Wednesday, Schuette touted a Republican victory "from the courthouse, to the Michigan statehouse, to the White House. "
"Michigan has spoken and America has spoken," Schuette said. "People want more jobs and less taxes. People want more paychecks and less regulation. People want more freedom and a stronger America. "
He described Tuesday's election "an American Brexit," referencing the unexpected June 23 United Kingdom referendum decision to leave the European Union.
"The liberal elites and the national media wanted more of the same," Schuette said. "But the majority of Americans wanted change. Now we need to build a stronger, better and more hopeful America. "
Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel enthusiastically supported Trump as the nominee, despite receiving barbs about the lack of support for Trump from her uncle, Michigan native Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.
“Michiganders sent a clear message today that they want to see change in the Oval Office," McDaniel said. "They’re tired of the same kind of corruption and failed policies we’ve seen from politicians like Hillary Clinton for the last 30 years. Donald Trump has presented a common-sense plan to keep jobs in Michigan and keep our country safe. "
And on Wednesday, even Mitt Romney, one of Trump's harshest critics, tweeted: "Best wishes for our duly elected president: May his victory speech be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim. "
U. S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, who endorsed Trump but stopped talking about Trump in a similar way to U. S. House Speaker Paul Ryan did after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, also offered congratulations to Trump "on a hard-fought victory. "
"His campaign tapped into the many frustrations people have in our nation today, and I am optimistic that he will lead us in the right direction," Bishop said. "I look forward to working with him and doing my part to bring our nation together again. "
U. S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, who endorsed Trump as the nominee and campaigned with him in Michigan, also offered congratulations.
"I look forward to working with him and all my colleagues to advance policies to help Michigan families by creating good-paying jobs, growing our economy, and making health care more affordable," Walberg said.
State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, supported Kasich but came on board for Trump after he won the GOP nomination.
Meekhof compared Trump’s win to Ronald Reagan’s first victory in 1980, when polls showed him losing in the weeks leading up to the election.
“There was all that pent-up energy and the dam finally burst," he said.
Meekhof cautioned that Trump’s victory on Tuesday shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as the state turning from blue to red.
"This as a very unusual election, more populist than Republican,” he said. “We’re not going to take anything for granted.”
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Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, was a supporter of Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Detroit native, in the presidential primary election and said he was heartened that Carson has remained a supporter and close confidante of Trump even after he dropped out of the presidential race.
“This election was less about Trump and more about the message and Trump was able to coalesce around it,” Shirkey said. “Now the question is how do we bridge the differences and come out as one country. I sincerely appreciated his speech last night. I believe it was form the heart. "
Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, didn’t endorse Trump during the election cycle.
“But I didn’t run away from either. I voted for him,” she said Wednesday.
O'Brien said that support came with a cost.
“The minute I said I was going to vote for Trump, the hatred came my way,” she said.
O'Brien did not see Trump’s victory as a mandate.
“People just wanted a change and Trump offered the best chance for a change.”
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Cuba announces nationwide military drills after Trump victory — RT America (8.99/31)

The drills were announced in red letters on the front page of the country's main newspaper, the Communist Party's Granma, Reuters reported.
The drills will see the army, interior ministry and other forces engage in various types of tactical exercises are to take place from November16 to 20.
The maneuvers would include “movements of troops and war materiel, overflights and explosions in the cases where they’re required,” the newspaper warned Cuban citizens, as cited by AP.
The military drills, known as the Bastion Strategic Exercise, have been held in Cuba since the 1980s. They have taken place seven times in total, usually in times of tense relations with the US.
This kind of exercises were first launched in 1980 after Ronald Reagan’s victory in the US presidential elections.
The government hasn’t directly linked its decision to Donald Trump’s victory although the president-elect has promised to walk away from Obama’s policy of restoring relations with the island more than once.
Trump said he would stick to Obama’s line only if President Raul Castro allows for more political freedom in the country.
At the end of October, the US abstained from voting at the UN on a resolution calling for an end to the US economic embargo against Cuba, which was the first case in 24 years. The resolution was adopted by 193 votes. Israel was the only country that abstained, apart from the US. The document is non-binding, but it carries political weight.
The thaw in US-Cuba relations triggered an spike in tourism. Vast number of executives from the US and other countries visited the island interested in doing business there since then.
The Obama administration began the process of normalization of relations with the Communist-run country at the end of 2014, relaxing trade and travel restrictions. In July 2015, diplomatic relations were restored, and embassies in the two countries reopened. In March President Obama made the first visit to Havana by a US president in 88 years.

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Historical Presidential Election, Word for Evangelicals (8.99/31)

Click play to watch professor and author Charles Dunn explain the historical significance of Donald Trump's win.  
For President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday night's win over Hillary Clinton was just the beginning of what would turn out to be a historical night. 
The last time the United States had an upset win was in 1980 when Jimmy Carter was projected to beat Ronald Reagan. Reagan came from behind after a stand-out debate between the two, just before the election. 
The time before that was in 1948 when Harry S. Truman pulled a surprising win over Thomas E. Dewey. 
Now, we have a case of Donald Trump duplicating a "come from behind" victory. 
Professor and author Charles Dunn spoke with CBN News about the significance of Tuesday night's election. 
"We've had many divisive races, but it always seems like the most recent one is the most divisive," Dunn explained. "This ranks among the most divisive races, but the great thing about America is that we usually come together at the end and we are seeing that now. "
Dunn explained that Trump's speech Tuesday night, followed by Secretary Clinton's and President Obama's speeches Wednesday morning, exemplified a movement toward healing for this nation. 
"Each one was exceptional which bodes well with the transition of power in the United States," he said. "We're the only country in the world that is able to transfer power as peacefully as we do. So we need to be grateful for the three of them to set the right tone. " 
Dunn also explained the historical significance of the Republican Party winning the White House and maintaining control in the Senate and the House, which any other similar scenario dates back to 1953. 
"[Trump] will be executing a tax policy, economic policy, the restoration of the military, and many other issues he's addressed...this was a monumental election," he said. 
Evangelicals played a big role in securing this election for Donald Trump and Dunn shared a final word for evangelicals cautioning them to recognize their limitations. 
"Yes, they should have a significant role in the Trump administration, but sometimes evangelicals sell their soul for politics," he said. "They must keep their eyes and their hearts on the main thing, namely that is spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. "
"If they will do that, participation in the Trump administration will take care of itself," he added. "We will see evangelicals play that rightful role. "
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The Latest: Nicaragua's Ortega congratulates Trump (8.99/31)

LONDON (AP) - The latest on world reaction to the U. S. presidential election (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Nicaragua's leftist President Daniel Ortega has sent a congratulatory greeting to Donald Trump, saying he and his people "believe it is possible to work with the United States" on the world's problems, "giving priority to peace. " Ortega on Sunday celebrated an electoral victory of his own, winning a third consecutive term as leader of the Central American country. __ 7 p.m. Venezuela's foreign ministry is congratulating Donald Trump on his win and saying it hopes he can advance "respectful bilateral political and diplomatic relations. " It also expresses hopes that the new chapter will be marked by "respect for non-intervention in internal affairs. " Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to overthrow the South American country's government, a charge that has been rejected by State Department representatives The two countries continue to engage in trade despite not having embassies in their respective capitals since 2010. ___ 6:30 p.m. Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway don't expect Donald Trump's election win to affect their key relations with the United States. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, a self-made millionaire, says he was surprised by the U. S. election result, saying the polls "got it pretty badly wrong about Brexit as well. " Sipila said that U. S. relations for Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, are of "paramount" importance and that Trump's victory wouldn't mean a change in the non-aligned county's defense policy, its close ties to NATO or Finnish-Russian relations. In Sweden, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said many people felt concerned about the U. S. election result, but that they had been "prepared" for it. He said Sweden has a long tradition of cooperation with U. S. governments "regardless of party political affiliations. " Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg congratulated Donald Trump, saying "the United States is our closest ally. It is decisive that we continue the cooperation. " In Denmark, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen "let's give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt. " ___ 6:20 p.m. Iran's president says the historic nuclear deal between Iran and world powers "cannot be overturned by a single government. " President Hassan Rouhani spoke Wednesday following the election of Donald Trump, a harsh critic of the deal, as U. S. president. Trump has suggested he would try to renegotiate the agreement under which Iran curbs its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions. In remarks on Iranian state TV, Rouhani says the international position of the United States has been weakened "due to its recent wrong policies. " He says the U. S. election results show that America's "sickness and civil instability will persist for a long time. " ___ 6:15 p.m. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has congratulated Donald Trump, saying he is looking forward to continued support in his country's fight against the extremist Islamic State group. In a statement on his website, al-Abadi said Wednesday that he hopes the "world and the United States will continue support Iraq in fighting terrorism. " He says terrorism doesn't threaten Iraq alone, but the whole world. " ___ 6:10 p.m. Mexico's treasury chief says the country has been working to solidify its finances in preparation for external shocks such as the election of Donald Trump. Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Britain's Brexit vote was one shock, the U. S. election result another and the Fed's decision on interest rates in December is yet another possibility. Meade told journalists that officials don't plan any immediate moves to prop up the peso, which plunged about 9.5 percent after the U. S. election result due to fears Trump's policies would slam the Mexican economy. Meade says the state-owned oil company announced its new five-year plan the week before the election to send the message that it was not linked to the vote. ___ 5:55 p.m. A German government spokesman says Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet Donald Trump before the G7 meeting in Italy in May. Asked about the impact of Trump's election win on ending the war in Ukraine, Steffen Seibert says Germany "will certainly stand by its policy on Russia. " The U. S. and the EU have slapped sanctions on Russia for backing separatists in eastern Ukraine. Martin Schaefer, German foreign ministry spokesman, said the mood in Berlin ranges "from consternation to beyond. " Stefanie Huppman, who works in Berlin, calls the U. S. election result "terrible. But every country gets the president it deserves. " __ 5:35 p.m. Czech President Milos Zeman has welcomed Donald Trump's victory in the U. S. presidential election, saying that proves Americans did not succumb to what he called "media manipulation. " He says he appreciated Trump's campaign because his message was "clear" though sometimes "rough. " Zeman, known for his strong anti-migrant rhetoric, said he shared Trump's views on migration and the fight against the Islamic terrorism. Zeman was among the several leaders in Central Europe, including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who endorsed Trump during the campaign. ___ 5:25 p.m. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan is working on building ties with Trump and his advisers so Tokyo is well-prepared in case of any policy changes under his presidency. Kishida says on TV it's still unclear how Trump's policy and his political leadership will affect Japan, and it may "require our flexible response. " Trump has said Japan should pay more for American troops stationed in Japan under the bilateral security pact or pull them out. Kishida says Japan is still trying to understand how important the Asia-Pacific region is to Trump. ___ 5:15 p.m. Poland's former president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa says Donald Trump has good intentions and sees the people's discontent but has no policy plan. Asked if Trump as U. S. president poses any threat, Walesa said the "threat lies in the fact that he is really unprepared. He has good intentions. He sees that people are dissatisfied. But, in my opinion he has no solutions. " He said Trump won because people are "tired of old structures, of old politicians" and said that capitalism and democracy still need improvement. ___ 5:10 p.m. Poland's President Andrzej Duda has congratulated Donald Trump and reminded him of the important "strategic partnership" shared by their two nations, including the pledge to send troops to NATO's eastern flank. Poland's populist leadership shares a number of ideological similarities with Trump. Yet there is anxiety in Poland that a Trump presidency could leave the region more vulnerable to a resurgent Russia given Trump's repeated praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggestions by Trump that the U. S. might not protect its NATO allies if they are attacked. ___ 5:05 p.m. An analyst says U. S. foreign policy will now depend on Donald Trump's key appointments and the extent to which the U. S. foreign policy establishment can exert a restraining influence on them. Evan Laksmana at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia, says "even if he did only half of what he promised in foreign affairs, he could do a serious amount of damage in a short time. " Within Asia, Japan and South Korea won't accept Chinese predominance, he said, and would become independently more assertive if their alliances with the U. S. weakened. Also weaker states in Southeast Asia might slip further within China's orbit if the U. S. is not involved in the region. ___ 4:55 p.m. The Philippines' foul-mouthed president has welcomed Donald Trump's election victory, calling him a fellow curser. Rodrigo Duterte, during a visit to Malaysia on Wednesday, says "Long live Mr. Trump! We both curse at the slightest reason. We are alike. " Duterte has previously told President Barack Obama in the past to "go to hell" and criticized U. S. officials for expressing concern about his brutal crackdown on illegal drug sellers and users. Philippine officials said Wednesday that Duterte has decided to reduce the number of joint military exercises with the United States. ___ 4:40 p.m. Macedonia's president has congratulated Donald Trump on his election, saying the small Balkan country counts on U. S. help in joining NATO and the 28-nation European Union. President Gjorge Ivanov says U. S. support is of "vital importance" for Macedonian and other Balkan countries to join the international organizations. Macedonia's bid for EU accession has been frozen pending calls from Brussels for police and judiciary reforms, and for greater press freedom. Its hopes of becoming a NATO member have been blocked by neighboring Greece, due to a festering dispute over Macedonia's name. ___ 4:30 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says the election of Donald Trump has brought uncertainty and poses new challenges for trans-Atlantic ties. Tusk told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday that "while respecting the democratic choice of the American people, we are the same time aware of the new challenges that these results bring. " He spoke of a "moment of uncertainty over the future of our trans-Atlantic relations" Tusk added "the EU is a strong and reliable partner and will remain so. We expect the same from America and its new president. " ___ 4:25 p.m. The favorite in Moldova's presidential election has praised Donald Trump for winning the U. S. presidential race as a victory over "the Liberal orgy. " Igor Dodon, who paints himself as a traditional Moldovan family man and wants closer relations with Russia, said Wednesday he liked Trump because "he is a supporter of Christian values. " Trump has been divorced twice and has children from three different wives. ___ 4:15 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to work with President-elect Donald Trump "in a positive way. " Trudeau told students in Ottawa that he will work with Trump not just for Canadians and Americans "but for the whole world. " The prospect of Americans moving to Canada after Trump's win drew so much online interest it temporarily knocked out Canada's immigration website. Internet searches for "move to Canada" spiked Tuesday night as election returns favored Trump. "Canada" was a leading U. S. trend on Twitter. The website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada went down due to a surge in traffic. Andree-Lyne Halle, a spokeswoman for Trudeau, said staff worked throughout the night to resolve the issue. ___ 4 p.m. U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations will count on Donald Trump's administration to strengthen international cooperation to meet today's global challenges. Ban said the U. N. hopes to work with his U. S. government "to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding" and implement U. N. goals for 2030. Ban says after "a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country's greatest strengths. " Ban also praised Hillary Clinton "for a lifetime commitment to peace, the advancement of women and the well-being of children. " ___ 3:50 p.m. Donald Trump's victory has given moral support to anti-establishment movements in Italy riding a wave of discontent over the migrant crisis and the stodgy economic recovery. The head of Italy's anti-migrant anti-EU Northern League, Matteo Salvini, said Trump's victory "signaled epochal changes," and he set his sights immediately on leader Matteo Renzi, who faces a critical test in a referendum on constitutional reforms next month. The Northern League has been keen to form alliances with far-right parties across Europe. Salvini, who is meeting with Russian lawmakers next week in Moscow, says Trump "has taught us that who has courage wins. " The head of the anti-establishment 5-Star movement, Beppe Grillo, says "Trump represents the point of no return of a world that is changing. " ___ 3:35 p.m. European Union foreign ministers will hold a special meeting on Sunday to assess the election of Donald Trump as U. S. president and what it means for trans-Atlantic relations. The 28 EU foreign ministers are set to meet with foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for a dinner in Brussels. European leaders have been fearful that Trump would lead an isolationist and protectionist course, undermining the cornerstones of trans-Atlantic cooperation. ___ 3:20 p.m. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated U. S. President-elect Donald Trump on his victory and the American people for their democracy. Lagos-based SBM Intelligence risk analysts say the uncertainty generated by Trump's win should be good for Nigeria, the African oil giant, since it will weaken the U. S. dollar. Not everyone in Nigeria embraced Trump. At an election watch party organized by the U. S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigerian artist Nike Davies-Okundaye called Hillary Clinton "my hero. " As Clinton's loss became apparent, people pulled down the red, blue and white balloons and began popping them in disappointment ___ 2:55 p.m. The residents of Melania Trump's home town in Slovenia are hoping the future U. S. First Lady will come to visit together with her husband. U. S. flags could be seen in the industrial town of Sevnica on Wednesday as the news came in of Donald Trump winning the U. S. presidency. Sevnica mayor Srecko Ocvirk says he doesn't expect Melania Trump to come any time soon but "I expect her to visit Sevnica later. " Melania Trump's childhood neighbor, Mirjana Jelancic, says she is happy for her friend. She says "it was part of her dreams and we are happy if she succeeds. " Melania Trump, 46, was born Melanija Knavs in Sevnica. She left Slovenia in her 20s' to pursue an international modelling career. ___ 2:45 p.m. Bosnia is divided over Donald Trump's presidential victory in the U. S., with the country's Serbs welcoming it while Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats are disappointed with Hillary Clinton's defeat. The division is mainly based on the role former U. S. President Bill Clinton's administration had in ending Bosnia's devastating 1992-95 war, which took over 100,000 lives and included a four-year siege of Sarajevo. Vitomir Blagojevic, a Bosnian Serb from Pale, said "I am really glad that he won. " But in Sarajevo, Kemal Hadzibegic, a Muslim Bosniak, described Trump as "raw. " "We were in favor of Clinton," he said. "We trusted her more. This is a real surprise for us, but also for everyone else. " ___ 2:30 p.m. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders says, in a reaction to Donald Trump's U. S. presidential win, "we will judge him on his actions. " Koenders, of the center-left Labor Party, says during the U. S. campaign "Trump made statements that were at odds with how we like to see our society and world order," citing Trump comments about U. S. relationships with NATO, Russia and the European Union. But the Dutch minister says it's important for the Netherlands' close relationship with the United States to continue since "we are facing global challenges such as climate change and the fight against terrorism. " ___ 2:20 p.m. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is congratulating the U. S. on its election - though not directly winner Donald Trump, who alarmed many by describing Mexican migrants as murderers and rapists. Pena Nieto has sent a series of tweets repeating his readiness to work with Trump "in favor of the bilateral relationship. " He says Mexico and the U. S. "are friends, partners and allies who should continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America. " The value of Mexico's peso currency plunged sharply after the election of Trump, who has denounced the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexican Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade urged against "premature reactions. " He said the election result won't immediately affect trade and said Mexico "is in a position of strength" to face whatever may come. ___ 2:15 p.m. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the election of Republican Donald Trump as U. S. president offers an opportunity to repair ties between Moscow and Washington. The Interfax news agency reported Gorbachev as saying "under a new president of the U. S. the Russian-American relationship could get significantly better. I am convinced it is essential now to go straight into a two-way dialogue at the highest level. " The 85-year-old Gorbachev was admitted to a hospital Wednesday for what Russian media reported was a planned pacemaker. ___ 2:05 p.m. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has congratulated businessman Donald Trump on being elected U. S. president, calling his win "historic. " The Pakistani leader says Wednesday that Trump's election "is indeed the triumph of the American people and their enduring faith in the ideals of democracy, freedom, human rights and free enterprise. " ___ 2 p.m. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says Americans have voted for a change in a democratic ballot and says in a tweet that "we respect that and take it pragmatically. " Sobotka noted one thing about President-elect Donald Trump's election, saying "unlike some of his predecessors, Trump at least knows where the Czech Republic is located. " Trump's first wife, Ivana, is of Czech origin. ___ 1:50 p.m. Despite being worried about an increased Russian military presence, the Baltic nations are still congratulating America's new leader, Donald Trump. Tensions grew during the U. S. presidential election campaign when Trump floated the idea that NATO members' defense spending targets would be a prerequisite for the U. S. to defend a NATO ally. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says "the people of the U. S. have made a decision, we will respect their choice. " In Latvia, President Raimonds Vejonis is looking forward "to close relations with the new U. S. administration" while the new Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, said the United States "will also continue to be one of Estonia's most important allies. " ___ 1:40 p.m. The leaders of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which campaigns against Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy, have welcomed Donald Trump's presidential victory. Party co-leader Frauke Petry says "it was high time that people disenfranchised by the political establishment get their voice back" in the U. S. Petry said Trump's victory offered the chance to "readjust the trans-Atlantic relationship and end the big conflicts in Ukraine and Syria jointly with Russia. " Fellow party leader Joerg Meuthen says "the establishment now has to recognize that you can't rule past the population for long... Trump has rightly been rewarded for his bravery in standing up against the system and speaking uncomfortable truths. " ___ 1:30 p.m. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is offering his congratulations to Donald Trump after his victory in the U. S. presidential election and wishes him "all the best" for his term in office. Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton comes as Los Angeles is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics. Trump's statements during the campaign about Mexicans, Muslims and building a wall along the Mexican border may not help the California city's Olympic case with some IOC members. Los Angeles is competing against Paris and Budapest, Hungary. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017. ___ 1:20 p.m. Italy's premier has offered his congratulations to Donald Trump, brushing aside political differences, following his repeated public endorsements of Hillary Clinton. Premier Matteo Renzi says Wednesday "in the name of Italy, I congratulate the president of the United States and wish him well in his work, convinced that the Italian-American friendship remains strong and solid. " Renzi faces his own political reckoning next month with a constitutional referendum that has mobilized opposition as well as party dissidents against him. A no vote is likely to force at least a government shuffling, if not a new election. ___ 1:10 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes Donald Trump's election as president marks a new era in the United States that he hopes will lead to "beneficial" steps for fundamental rights, liberties and democracy in the world. ___ 12:50 p.m. Environmentalists and climate scientists are alarmed over the election of a U. S. president who has called global warming a "hoax. " Donald Trump's win has raised questions about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal. Many said it's now up to the rest of the world to lead efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, while others held out hope that Trump would change his stance on climate change and honor U. S. commitments under last year's landmark Paris Agreement. Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine says Wednesday that as " I expect he will realize that climate change is a threat to his people and to whole countries which share seas with the U. S. " ___ 12:45 p.m. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his country will work "as closely as ever" with the United States under Donald Trump's new administration. He says "politicians and governments, congressmen, senators, prime ministers, presidents come and go according to the will of the people of Australia and the United States, but the bond between our two nations, our shared common interests, our shared national interests are so strong, are so committed. " ___ 12:40 p.m. French President Francois Hollande says the election of Donald Trump "opens a period of uncertainty. It must be faced with lucidity and clarity. " In brief remarks, Hollande congratulated Trump "as is natural between two heads of state," but showed little enthusiasm. Hollande had openly endorsed Hillary Clinton. Hollande said "certain positions taken by Donald Trump during the American campaign must be confronted. " He says "what is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East. It is economic relations and the preservation of the planet. " ___ 12:30 p.m. The Taliban have called on Donald Trump to withdraw all U. S. forces from Afghanistan once he takes office as president. In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Wednesday that a Trump administration "should allow Afghans to become a free nation and have relationships with other countries based on non-interference in each other's affairs. " The Afghan conflict is in its 16th year. The Taliban have spread their footprint across Afghanistan in the two years since most international combat troops withdrew. ___ 12:25 p.m. Chinese President Xi Jinping has conveyed his congratulations to U. S. President-elect Donald Trump, saying he looked forward to working with Trump on promoting ties in a "constructive" way that avoids conflict and confrontation. During his campaign, Trump accused China of illegally subsidizing exports, manipulating its currency and stealing intellectual property. State broadcaster CCTV reported Wednesday that Xi said the two biggest economies in the world shouldered a "special and important responsibility in upholding world peace. " Xi says: "I highly value China-U. S. relations and am looking forward to working with you to expand cooperation in all fields. " He says he expects they would "manage differences in a constructive way. " ___ 12:15 p.m. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of congratulations to U. S. President-elect Donald Trump, saying "the American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. " Kenyatta says Wednesday "the ties that bind Kenya and the United States of America are close and strong. They are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples. " ___ 12:05 p.m. The president of Slovenia - small Alpine nation that is the home country of future U. S. First Lady Melania Trump - says he hopes relations with the U. S. will further improve during Donald Trump's presidency. President Boris Pahor says Wednesday "we are allied as part of NATO and I will strive for the friendship and the alliance to deepen further. " Melania Trump was born as Melanija Knavs in the industrial Slovenian town of Sevnica before working internationally as a model. ___ 12:01 p.m. The Vatican's first reaction to the election of Donald Trump has focused on its wish for global peace. Pope Francis pope did not mention the U. S. elections during his Wednesday audience, but secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, offered Trump congratulations in a statement to Vatican Radio that "his government can be truly fruitful. " ___ 11:55 a.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is ready to try to restore good relations with the United States in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. Putin said Wednesday at a ceremony accepting the credentials of new ambassadors that "we aware that it is a difficult path, in view of the unfortunate degradation of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States. " Putin says "it is not our fault that Russian-American relations are in such a state. " Earlier, the Kremlin said Putin sent Trump a telegram of congratulation, expressing "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state. " ____ 11:45 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has congratulated Donald Trump, calling him a "true friend of the State of Israel. " Netanyahu said Wednesday he believes the two leaders "will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights. " Earlier, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, said Tump's victory means that "the era of a Palestinian state is over. " The Palestinians want a state in lands Israel captured in 1967. Netanyahu has said he is willing to negotiate a border deal, but has pressed ahead with Jewish settlement expansion on war-won land. ___ 11:40 a.m. Without commenting directly on Donald Trump's election, China's government says Beijing hopes to work with the new U. S. administration to build sustainable ties and expressed confidence the two countries can handle trade disputes maturely. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that China is "looking forward to making concerted efforts with the new U. S. government to ensure the sustainable, steady and sound development of bilateral relations" to benefit both countries' people and the world. Asked about U. S. voters' anger about economic losses blamed on Chinese exports, Lu said only that the two countries had established ways to deal with trade disputes. ___ 11:20 a.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered President-elect Donald Trump "close cooperation" on the basis of shared trans-Atlantic values that she says include respect for human dignity regardless of people's origin, gender or religion. Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the campaign which ended in Trump's victory featured "confrontations that were difficult to bear. " Merkel stressed Germany's close historical connection with the United States. She said: "Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views. " ___ 11:15 a.m. A top official in South Sudan has welcomed the election victory of Donald Trump. South Sudan's Minister of Information and government spokesman Michael Makuei says Trump "will be better after all" for his nation. Makeui says "I really doubt President Obama had any clear policy to South Sudan other than to destroy it. " ___ 11:10 a.m. Cambodia's long-serving authoritarian prime minister Hun Sen has congratulated Donald Trump on his U. S. presidential election victory. Hun Sen has kept a tight grip on Cambodian politics for three decades by silencing critics with lawsuits, intimidation and other tactics. ___ 11:05 a.m. European Union leaders have invited U. S. President-elect Donald Trump to come visit the 28-nation bloc as possible to assess trans-Atlantic ties. With "sincere congratulations," EU Council President Donald Tusk and his Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker said that, despite Trump's campaign talk of protectionism and isolationism, both sides "should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic. " ___ 10:50 a.m. Indonesia's president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says the world's most populous Muslim nation will work with Donald Trump's new U. S. administration. He says "we will keep good relations, especially in trade and investment as we know the U. S. is one of Indonesia's major investors. But, Komaruddin Hidayat, a noted Indonesian Islamic scholar, says Trump's election as U. S. president is "shocking" for many people in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. Hidayat says Trump has signaled backing for ultra-nationalist, isolationist and protectionist policies that could be harmful. ___ 4:35 a.m. Donald Trump's surprise triumph dealt a blow to online betting sites, some of which had paid out winnings prematurely to gamblers backing Hillary Clinton. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power says it lost about 5 million euros ($5.5 million) in what the Dublin-based business called its "biggest political payout ever. " Company spokesman Feilim Mac An Iomaire said Wednesday: "we decided to put our neck on the line by paying out early on Hillary Clinton, but boy did we get it wrong. We've been well and truly thumped by Trump. " ___ 4:30 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated U. S. President-elect Donald Trump, saying the two countries will remain "strong and close partners on trade, security and defense. " May said Trump had won after "a hard-fought campaign. " May, who took office after British voters delivered a shock to the establishment by deciding to leave the European Union, declined to comment on rival candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton while the U. S. race was on. On Wednesday, she stressed the enduring trans-Atlantic "special relationship, based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. " ___ 4:25 a.m. Egypt's president has congratulated Donald Trump on winning the U. S. presidential election, saying Cairo wants to see more "cooperation and coordination" between the two nations to bolster stability and peace in the Middle East. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi telephoned Trump to offer his congratulations and invited him to visit Egypt. Cairo receives more than $1 billion dollars annually in U. S. military and economic aid. ___ 4:15 a.m. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he's looking forward to working with U. S. president-elect Donald Trump and that U. S. leadership is vital to the world's biggest military alliance. Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "it is important that the Trans-Atlantic bond remains strong" and that "U. S. leadership is as important as ever. " Trump has criticized many allies for not paying their fair share of the NATO budget. Stoltenberg said he looks forward to welcoming Trump at next Spring's NATO summit in Brussels. ___ 4 a.m. Donald Trump's victory in the U. S. election is being viewed with shock and revulsion in Ireland. The country is close to the Clintons and fearful of Trump's campaign pledge to confront U. S. companies using Ireland as a tax shelter. The Irish Times branded the New York businessman a "misogynistic racist liar" who would fan instability overseas and intolerance at home. Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole wrote Wednesday: "The republic of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt is now the United Hates of America. " "President Trump is the creation of the same demographic that gave Europe its far-right authoritarian movements with such disastrous consequences for the world," he wrote. ___ 3:50 a.m. Turkey's prime minister has called on Donald Trump to extradite a U. S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen - blamed by Ankara for the failed coup in July - as soon as he is sworn in. Binali Yildirim also said Wednesday that he hoped that the new leadership in the United States would take into consideration Turkey's "sensitivities concerning the fight against terrorism," give priority to policies that would bring peace and stability to the region. Ties between the two allies have been strained over perceptions in Turkey that the United States is reluctant to arrest and extradite Gulen. ___ 3:40 a.m. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Donald Trump in a message posted on Twitter. Modi tweeted that "we appreciate the friendship you have articulated toward India. " Trump had reached out to Indian-American voters at a rally in New Jersey in mid-October, praising Modi and vowing to defeat terrorism. In the Indian capital, some right-wing Hindu nationalists from the group Hindu Sena celebrated Trump's victory. ___ 3:20 a.m. Hungary's prime minister says Donald Trump's victory is "great news" and shows "democracy is still alive. " Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been often criticized by the United States, including by Hillary Clinton, for weakening the democratic system of checks and balances. Orban last year built fences on Hungary's southern borders to stop the flow of migrants heading toward Western Europe. ___ 3:15 a.m. The European Union's foreign policy chief says that the trans-Atlantic ties with the United States go beyond the election of Donald Trump. Federica Mogherini said Wednesday in a Twitter message that "EU-US ties are deeper than any change in politics. We'll continue to work together, rediscovering the strength of Europe. " ___ 3 a.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he "congratulates the elected American president, Donald Trump, and hopes that peace will be achieved during his term. " An Abbas aide, Saeb Erekat, said Wednesday he doesn't expect U. S. positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to change under Trump. Erekat said the Republican and Democratic parties are both committed to a two-state solution of the conflict. The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. ___ 2:35 a.m. Russia's lower house of parliament is applauding the election of Donald Trump as the next U. S. president. ___ 2:15 a.m. Dutch anti-Islam populist lawmaker Geert Wilders has tweeted his congratulations to Donald Trump. Wilders, whose Freedom Party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of Dutch elections due in March, calls Trump's win in the presidential election "A historic victory! A revolution. " Looking ahead to the Dutch vote, Wilders finished his tweet: "We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands. " Wilders is known for his strident anti-Islam rhetoric and opposition to the Netherlands' European Union membership. ___ 1:10 a.m. The first French presidential candidate to comment on the U. S. election was populist, anti-immigrant politician Marine Le Pen, congratulating Trump even before the final results were known. Le Pen, hoping to ride anti-establishment sentiment to victory in April-May French presidential elections, tweeted her support to the "American people, free! " French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France would continue to work with the new president whoever wins but warned "We don't want a world where egoism triumphs. " France's Socialist government had openly endorsed Clinton. _ Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Tinder users in Russia voted for Donald Trump (8.99/31)

Donald Trump was the favorite presidential candidate for Tinder users in Russia who were using the dating app's "Swipe the Vote" feature, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday.
Last month, Tinder turned on "Swipe the Vote" for the U. S. elections. The feature allows users to swipe left or right on policies proposed by both candidates. At the end, a user is matched with the candidate who best matches their views. From there, you are urged to register to vote. In Russia, president-elect Trump came out on top.
"What you see is that there was a lot of varying views…In Mexico Hillary was the favorite…in Russia Donald was the favorite," Tinder chief executive Sean Rad, said during a talk at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on Wednesday.
"Swipe the Vote" was available in 15 countries and Rad said that the feature is an attempt for Tinder to be socially responsible.
"We have a responsibility to help our users in every which way we can," Rad said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Trump after his election win said that his country is "ready to restore fully fledged relations with the United States". During Trump's campaign, the Republican candidate praised Putin on numerous occasions, which could be behind his popularity in Russia.

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GM to lay off 2,000 workers at car plants in Ohio and Michigan as sales slow (8.30/31)

Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVs is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.
The company said Wednesday it will suspend the third shifts at factories in Lordstown, Ohio, and in Lansing, Mich., because of the market change, which is growing and shows no sign of abating.
About 1,250 workers will be furloughed at the Lordstown plant, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, starting Jan. 23. An additional 840 will be idled at the Lansing Grand River factory, which makes the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car and the Cadillac ATS and CTS luxury cars, when their shifts end Jan. 16.
“It’s supply and demand, and right now, the demand is not there for what we have,” said Glenn Johnson, president of a United Auto Workers union local at the Lordstown plant east of Cleveland.
Last month, 61.6% of new U. S. vehicle sales were trucks and SUVs, according to Autodata Corp. That’s a record likely to be broken, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president for forecasting at the consulting firm LMC Automotive.
Because of the shift, it’s likely the GM layoffs won’t be the last at auto factories that build only cars in the slowing compact, subcompact and midsize segments, Schuster said. “It’s not inevitable, but the likelihood is certainly higher,” he said.
Americans have been moving away from cars toward trucks and SUVs for several years now as gas prices have dropped to near $2 per gallon and the larger vehicles have become more efficient. Baby boomers and young people are attracted to smaller SUVs because of their cargo-carrying ability, high seating position and visibility.
Sales of the Ohio-manufactured Cruze are down nearly 20% this year even though a new version is only in its second year of production. Of the vehicles made in Lansing, ATS and CTS sales each are down about 17% this year, while Camaro sales are off 9%.
The GM layoffs are not the first this year for the U. S. auto industry, which has experienced healthy year-over-year growth since 2009. But sales are starting to slow from the record of 17.5 million set last year.
“This isn’t just a GM issue,” he said. “The whole small car industry is suffering with the shift.”
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Trump’s victory sets example for Europe – Geert Wilders — RT News (7.99/31)

Donald Trump’s victory represents a victory for ordinary voters, said the controversial Dutch politician. “America regained its national sovereignty, its identity, it reclaimed its own democracy, that’s why I called it a revolution,” Wilders said. 
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“Now there is a leader, despite all the negativity spread about him by the political elite and the press, that has only one concern, and that is the national interest of the voters of America who are concerned about immigration, who are concerned about the job loss as a result of globalization, who are concerned about the Islamisation of their society. And he tends to say the truth and convince people that if they start moving, anything is possible, and I believe the historical event of yesterday will have an enormous effect on European politics as well.”
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“The lesson for Europeans is that look at America, what America can do we can do as well.”

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WALL STREET: US stocks surge on Trump win after overnight sell-off; Mexican Peso falls (7.99/31)

Stocks are closing sharply higher on Wall Street after Donald Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton. Investors hope his plans for infrastructure spending, tax cuts and lighter regulation will benefit the economy. Banks, drugmakers and industrial companies rose the most, while safe-haven assets like utilities slumped. Bond prices dropped sharply, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note went above 2 percent for the first time since January. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 256 points, or 1.4 percent, to 18,589, within 50 points of the all-time high it set in August. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 23 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,163. The Nasdaq composite climbed 57 points, or 1.1 percent, to 5,251. The latest on financial markets following the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States (All times local):12:05 p.m. European stocks have closed higher after markets recovered from early losses in the wake of Donald Trump's victory in the U. S. presidential elections. Germany's DAX ended the day 1.6 percent higher at 10,646.01 while Britain's FTSE 100 gained 1 percent to 6,911.84. France's CAC 40 rose 1.5 percent to 4,543.48. All the indexes were lower earlier in the day. Investors appeared to be calmed by Trump's conciliatory victory speech, which contained little of the brash rhetoric from his campaign. Also, some analysts say that Trump's victory means the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates as soon as December, as previously expected. Lower rates have tended to boost global stocks.___11:45 a.m. Stocks are moving solidly higher in midday trading on Wall Street following Donald Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the U. S. presidential election. The gains Wednesday were led by drugmakers, which would have faced the likelihood of price controls under Clinton. Pfizer jumped soared 8 percent, the biggest gain in the Dow Jones industrial average. Hospital operators sank. Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. HCA Holdings plunged 14 percent. The Dow average rose 143 points, or 0.8 percent, to 18,475. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 15 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,155. The Nasdaq composite climbed 34 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,227. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.98 percent.___11:25 a.m. Russia's main share index closed up 2.2 percent, leading emerging markets, amid speculation that Donald Trump's election as U. S. president could spell an eventual end to sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis. The Micex index's leaders included several state-owned companies, with gas giant Gazprom up 4.5 percent and energy generator RusHydro up 3.5 percent. Sanctions have restricted Russian companies' access to capital markets and ability to work with U. S. entities. Moscow-based Chris Weafer of Macro Advisory says market participants in Russia "feel like they've dodged a bullet" by avoiding Hillary Clinton's tougher approach to the country, but that U. S. sanctions are unlikely to be lifted quickly under a Trump administration, despite Trump's praise for the Russian leader during the campaign. The Russian ruble fluctuated during the day, and was down 0.4 percent at 64 per dollar by Wednesday evening.___9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as markets have a tempered reaction to the victory of Donald Trump in the U. S. presidential election. Markets had been jittery over the prospect of a Trump administration in recent weeks, but the declines in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday were modest. Health care stocks bucked the downward trend and were broadly higher, led by drugmakers. Investors had feared Hillary Clinton would implement curbs on drug pricing increases that could hurt drugmakers and biotechnology companies. Pfizer jumped 9 percent, the biggest gain in the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow was down 64 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,268. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 11 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,128. The Nasdaq composite lost 38 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,153.___8:55 a.m. U. S. bond yields have risen strongly in the wake of Trump's victory, a sign that investors think the outlook for the U. S. economy remains positive. The yield, or interest rate, on the U. S.'s ten-year bonds is up 0.08 percentage point at 1.948 percent. That has helped the dollar recover its poise following earlier losses when Trump's victory became increasingly likely. The euro, for example, is now basically flat on the day at $1.1025. Kathleen Brooks, a research director at City Index in London, thinks the rise in the yield may represent some optimism over the U. S. economic outlook given Republican control of both the White House and Congress. That clarity in government, she said, could aid growth. However, she warns that there could be problems ahead if yields continue to rise over the coming days and weeks. If they do, she says "concern may grow that bonds are selling off due to fears of America's creditworthiness under a President Trump. "___8:30 a.m. Investors are bracing for a rough day for some health care stocks after the Republican victories in Tuesday's elections. Mizuho Securities analyst Sheryl Skolnick says the Trump win and looming GOP control of Congress represent a worst-possible outcome for health care stocks. She says that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, something Trump has promised, would take away the expansion in several states of the government's Medicaid program for the poor, and that expansion helped both hospital and health insurance stocks. Skolnick lowered her rating on several stocks, including the nation's hospital chain HCA Inc. and the largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., to "neutral" from "buy. "___7:40 a.m. For financial markets, Trump's victory is the latest manifestation of a backlash against globalization. Christopher Mahon, Director of Asset Allocation Research at Barings, says Trump's victory is an example of people believing that inequalities in society are a result of globalization. That belief, he says, was behind the unrest in Greece during that country's debt crisis over the past few years as well as Britain's vote in June to leave the European Union. Mahon says "globalization and the liberal economic consensus is in full retreat" if Trump doesn't temper his views. He says it "is clear that this next president will have a profound effect on global markets. "___6:50 a.m. With less than three hours before Wall Street opens for business following Trump's victory, the mood in financial markets remains sanguine, especially when compared to the initial impact of his stunning win. When it became apparent that Trump was surging to victory following a run of triumphs in key swing states, predictions about the open on Wall Street were extremely negative. The Dow was forecast to open some 800 points lower. But following a fairly conciliatory victory speech by the president-elect, the Dow is now anticipated to open down 360 points, or 2 percent. Connor Campbell, a trader at Spreadex, says "a surprisingly 'presidential' Trump victory speech.... seems to have reassured investors. "Losses have been similarly trimmed in European markets. Germany's DAX, for example, is only 1.5 percent lower at 10,330 while Britain's FTSE 100 index is down 0.6 percent at 6,802.___6:00 a.m. Germany's main business lobby group is calling for President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from isolating the U. S. and warning of a negative impact on the global economy if uncertainty persists. The head of the Federation of German Industries, Ulrich Grillo, said Wednesday that the U. S. must continue to back open markets because "anything else would be poison for the U. S. economy. "Grillo said in a statement: "The uncertainty in the economy is huge. Donald Trump would be well advised not to seal off the U. S. economy from the world. Otherwise, the lack of clarity about the future course will lead to significant negative effects for the world economy. "The United States was the single biggest trading partner last year for Germany, which has Europe's biggest economy.___5:40 a.m. One reason stock markets have rallied off earlier lows is an anticipated boost from U. S. fiscal policy when President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House in January. Trump and Congressional Republicans, who won both the House of Representatives and the Senate, have indicated a desire to push through large tax cuts, enact corporate tax reforms and spend on infrastructure projects. Standard Life Investments has advised its clients that the medium-term implications for markets depend on the actual policies of President Trump and what can be negotiated through Congress. It said Wednesday: "The direction of the dollar will be influenced by a number of forces in the medium-term, including whether fiscal policy is loosened and a repatriation tax is implemented, as well as the shape of trade arrangements. "___5:20 a.m. The Russian ruble is stable while the country's stocks are on the rise after U. S. President-Elect Donald Trump's victory speech. The ruble had been down in early trading but is now trading at around 63.8 rubles to the dollar and near to yesterday's close. Moscow-based Sberbank analyst Tom Levinson says the ruble has proved among the "most resilient" of world currencies in part due to expectations for "greater communication on the political level" between the U. S. and Russia, as well as Russia's lack of dependence on non-energy exports. It's been a similar regarding Russian stocks. The Moscow exchange's main MICEX index had been down 1.4 percent in early trading, but swiftly recovered its losses and was trading up 1.6 percent at 1.p.m local time. One of the main drivers of growth for the MICEX is gold and silver producer Polymetal, which was up almost 5 percent. Demand is strong worldwide for precious metals, a traditional safe haven for investors.___4:05 a.m. European stock markets and Wall Street futures have trimmed a chunk of their early losses after a relatively soft victory speech from U. S. President-elect Donald Trump. Germany's DAX is down 2 percent at 10,267 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares is 1 percent lower at 6,773. U. S. stocks are also expected to open lower too, though by far less than earlier predictions. Dow futures are 1.6 percent lower at 17,996 while the broader S&P 500 futures are down 2 percent at 2,094. Kathleen Brooks, research director at, says Trump "definitely sounded more presidential than he has done at any stage during the election campaign" during his victory speech, in which he praised Hillary Clinton. Brooks says the speech has helped soothe stressed markets.___3:35 a.m. As stock markets around the world take a tumble following the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, investments traditionally viewed as safe havens are getting a lift. Gold is up 1.8 percent at $1,297 an ounce, while the Swiss franc has risen against the dollar, which is down 0.7 percent at 0.9725 Swiss francs. The Japanese yen has also been heavily in demand, with the dollar down 1.9 percent at 103.17 yen.___3:15 a.m. European markets have opened lower after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was down 2.2 percent, while Germany's main DAX index opened 2.9 percent lower. The euro was 0.6 percent higher at $1.1092 as the dollar dropped across the board. Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany, said markets faced "chaos and turmoil" in coming days because of uncertainty about what economic program Trump would follow. Germany, for instance, depends heavily on global trade, while Trump has spoken out against trade treaties. Brzeski said global market turmoil could be worse than that which followed the British vote to leave the European Union due to the bigger role the U. S. plays in the global economy.___11:30 p.m. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 has briefly plunged more than 6.1 percent as investors react to the prospect of a Trump presidency. By late in Tokyo's trading session, the Nikkei was down 5.2 percent, after the Kyodo News agency reported that top officials from the Bank of Japan, Finance Ministry and Financial Services Agency would meet later in the day to discuss how to respond to possible wild fluctuations in financial markets. Japanese shares tend to gain when the yen weakens, since that can help manufacturers when they bring back profits from overseas. On Wednesday, the dollar had dropped 3.2 percent to 101.58 yen from a high of 105.46 earlier in the day.___10:00 p.m. Investors are unloading shares as prospects for a Trump presidency appear to be rising. Dow futures have tumbled 3.5 percent or 643.00 points to 17,647.00 and S&P 500 futures are down 4.1 percent or 86.50 points at 2,049.00. Shares are tumbling across Asia, with the Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo down 4.4 percent at 16,410.55. India's Sensex has sunk 5.4 percent to 26,164.36. The dollar has plunged against the yen, dropping to 101.99 yen from 105.46 yen earlier in the session. The Mexican peso, seen as a proxy for Trump's chances of winning, has fallen 10.7 percent to 20.32 pesos to the dollar.___9:30 p.m. Share benchmarks are tumbling across Asia after Donald Trump gained the lead in electoral votes, with 137 to Hillary Clinton's 104 as of 9:30 p.m. EST (0230 GMT). Markets had opened solidly higher but quickly shed those gains, reflecting investor concern over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade. Japan's Nikkei 225 index dropped 2.4 percent to 16,777.85 as the U. S. dollar sank against the Japanese yen, a trend that would be unfavorable to exporters. Hong Kong's Hang Seng plunged 1.7 percent to 22,514.70. South Korea's Kospi index fell 1.4 percent to 1,976.49 and Australia's S&P ASX/200 lost 1.2 percent to 5,196.70. Earlier, investors had appeared convinced that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. Clinton is viewed as a more stable option who might maintain current policies. In currency trading, the U. S. dollar was trading at 102.60 yen down from a high earlier in the session of 105.46. The euro was at $1.1142, up from its previous close of $1.1020.___7:00 p.m. Shares are mostly higher in Tokyo and other Asian markets as U. S. polls begin to close in the culmination of a highly charged presidential race. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 1.3 percent to 17,401.90 as the U. S. dollar surged against the Japanese yen, a trend that would help exporters. South Korea's Kospi index added 0.4 percent to 2,012.41 and Australia's S&P ASX/200 jumped 0.8 percent to 5,298.80. Analysts said most investors appeared convinced that Hillary Clinton will beat Donald Trump. Clinton is viewed as a more stable option who might maintain current policies. In currency trading, the U. S. dollar was trading at 105.29 yen up from 104.96, and the euro was at $1.1000, just below its previous close of $1.1020.

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Trump will change the Supreme Court, with ‘pro-life’ and Second Amendment priorities (7.99/31)

President-elect Donald Trump now has a chance to recast the Supreme Court, steering it to the more youthful right for years to come.
A short-handed, eight-member court that currently has three justices aged 78 or older will be replenished by one or more conservative nominees likely to be in their 50s, or even younger.
But Senate Democrats, embittered over the GOP’s deep-freeze treatment of Judge Merrick Garland, can still fight a rear-guard action. One result may be vicious fights that, given the stakes, could even go, in the Senate parlance, nuclear.
“The justices that I am going to appoint will be pro-life,” Trump promised at the third presidential debate. “They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment.”
Two of the oldest current justices, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, are Democratic appointees and generally reliable liberal votes. A third member of the court, 80-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy, is a Republican appointee who has swung left on some key cases.
Replacing any of these three would significantly tilt the court rightward
Kennedy, for instance , joined the court’s liberals last June in a decision, denounced at the time by the Trump supporters who oppose women’s right to an abortion, that struck down restrictive Texas rules governing clinics that provide the medical service.
Neither abortion rights nor gun control, though, comprise a significant part of the Supreme Court’s docket, which is typically limited to about 75 cases each term out of the 8,000 or so petitions presented.
None of the sitting justices has given any public indication that they are nearing retirement. While justices often set their resignations so their successors can be named by a president of the same party, the timing of their departures is not always in their own control.
Garland, at any rate, is the first Supreme Court-related casualty of Trump’s election. The highly respected 63-year-old chief judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was nominated to the high court 238 days ago as of Wednesday.
Although Senate Republicans insisted it should be up to the next president to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February, some lawmakers had held out hopes for a post-election confirmation if Clinton won. Clinton’s loss dashed those dreams.
In ABC News exit polls, about one in five voters called Supreme Court appointments “the most important factor” in their presidential decision. These voters were more likely to favor Trump.
“The people deserved to be heard yesterday, and their voice was unmistakable,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, on Wednesday.
Trump already has identified 20 judges, along with Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, as a potential bench from which he might draw a nominee. The potential candidates come from a mix of federal and, unusual for the Supreme Court, state judicial positions.
Lee is 45, underscoring the relative youth that presidents often in seek in naming a justice who can reshape the law for several decades.
Another potential nominee identified by Trump, Kentucky-based U. S. District Judge Amul Thapar, is 47. Another potential Trump nominee, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett, is 50.
“They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted, and I believe that’s very important,” Trump said.
Trump’s initial appointee could have an obvious impact on issues where the post-Scalia court has deadlocked four-four, thus leaving intact lower court decisions but setting no national precedent.
These previously deadlocked cases that could eventually return to a reshaped Supreme Court include challenges to the Obama administration’s immigrant deportation policy and to union fees imposed on non-members by the California Teachers Association.
First, though, the individual whom Trump taps for the former Scalia seat will face a Senate where 51 Republicans hold a slim majority over 47 Democrats and two independents. The GOP advantage is short of the 60 votes necessary to overcome an endless filibuster, if one happens to be launched against the nominee.
Senate Republican leaders, in turn, could conceivably try to curtail the minority party’s filibuster power through a change in Senate rules sometimes dubbed the “nuclear option.” Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did this in 2013, ending filibusters for judicial nominations below the level of the Supreme Court.
“Democrats won’t be in power in perpetuity,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., warned at the time.
Beyond the Supreme Court, Trump will have an opportunity to fill myriad lower-level judicial positions. There are currently 13 appellate judge vacancies, 81 district court vacancies and eight openings on several specialized courts, according to the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts.

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May congratulates Trump on victory, Corbyn expresses doubts – video (7.99/31)

Theresa May says the UK and US will remain close partners after Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, but Jeremy Corbyn believes it a rejection of the political and economic establishment. Both spoke separately in London on Tuesday

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Stunned Mexico ponders ‘uncertain’ relationship with US (7.99/31)

MEXICO CITY — Hours after the United States elected Donald Trump to be its next president, Mexico began carefully laying the groundwork for a relationship with a new leader who campaigned against its citizens and threatened to wreak havoc with its economy.
President Enrique Pena Nieto sent a series of messages from his official Twitter account Wednesday morning, congratulating not Trump himself but the American electorate, and said he was ready to work with Trump to advance the countries’ relationship.
“Mexico and the United States are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America,” Pena Nieto wrote.
The messages came shortly after Mexico’s Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade tried to strike a reassuring tone in a news conference by saying that Mexico’s financial position is strong in the face of a falling peso. He says no immediate actions are planned.
But the threat is real. The United States is Mexico’s largest trading partner and the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has said he wants to re-negotiate, is the backbone of that commerce.
“The relationship of Mexico and the U. S. is uncertain,” said Isidro Morales, of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. “Donald Trump is not a person of institutions. Surely it will be a unilateral policy worse than (George W.) Bush and we don’t know what to expect.”
Mexico’s currency appeared to track Trump’s rising and falling fortunes throughout the campaign and it fell sharply Tuesday night. According to Banco Base, the peso dropped 9.56 percent, its biggest daily loss since 1995.
In the streets, Mexicans fretted about just how many of Trump’s promises to deport millions of immigrants, revamp trade relations and make Mexico pay for a border wall would come to fruition.
Reyes Isidro, a barista in a small neighborhood coffee shop, said that one way or another he was sure the poor would bear the brunt of Trump’s policies, even in Mexico.
“In the end, the most affected are always those of us who have the least,” Isidro said. “We’re the ones that have to take the hits.” He said the weaker peso would make it more difficult to buy things.
And if Trump follows through on his promise of increased deportations, “what are those people going to do? They will have to find a way to survive on this side. The possibilities begin to narrow for you,” he said.
Jose Maria Ramos, a professor at the College of the Northern Border in Tijuana, said Mexicans will have to wait and see what Trump really does.
“A lot of proposals had a marketing effect,” he said. “It’s one thing to be a politician and make statements; he managed the media very effectively.” But things like building a wall and making Mexico pay for it could turn out to be too complicated to carry out. “Being a candidate is not the same as being president.”

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Trump invites Netanyahu to meet him in the US (7.99/31)

President-elect Donald Trump invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him in the Untied States at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu had called Trump to congratulate him on his electoral victory earlier in the day, and according to the Prime Minister’s Office, the invitation came during that phone call.
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Netanyahu assured Trump that the United States has no better ally than Israel as they discussed regional issues. The conversation between them was warm, as if the two men had known each other for many years, the PMO’s office said. Netanyahu told Trump that he and his wife Sara looked forward to meeting with the president-elect and his wife Melania. Earlier in the day, Netanyahu had issued a statement in which he said that Trump is a “true friend” of the State of Israel. “I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Netanyahu said. “The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny. “I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights,” Netanyahu said.
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Trump win raises questions about US pledge in climate deal (7.99/31)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) - The election of a U. S. president who has called global warming a "hoax" alarmed environmentalists and climate scientists and raised questions Wednesday about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal. Several scientists warned that Earth will likely reach dangerous levels of warming if President-elect Donald Trump fulfills his campaign pledges to undo the Obama administration's climate policies. Many people at U. N. climate talks in Morocco said it's now up to the rest of the world to lead efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Others held out hope that Trump would change his stance and honor U. S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. "Now that the election campaign has passed and the realities of leadership settle in, I expect he will realize that climate change is a threat to his people and to whole countries which share seas with the U. S., including my own," Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine said in a statement. Small island nations fear they will be swallowed by rising seas. More than 100 countries, including the U. S., have formally joined the agreement, which seeks to reduce emissions and help vulnerable countries adapt to rising seas, intensifying heat waves, the spreading of deserts and other changes from man-made warming. "I'm sure that the rest of the world will continue to work on it," Moroccan chief negotiator Aziz Mekouar said at the climate talks. Others weren't so sure, with scientists and environmental activists calling Trump's election a planetary disaster. "The Paris Agreement and any U. S. leadership in international climate progress is dead," said Dana Fisher, director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, said in an email. However, the transition toward cleaner energy is so entrenched in the U. S. it would continue without federal money, she added. The U. S., under the Bush administration, declined to join the previous climate deal, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which greatly reduced the accord's impact. But President Barack Obama made climate change a priority and was instrumental in making the Paris accord come together. The goal is to keep the rise in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), compared with preindustrial times. Temperatures, though, have already gone up by half that amount. Trump pledged in May to "cancel" the Paris deal. "Without U. S. action to reduce emissions and U. S. diplomatic leadership, implementation of Paris will surely slow and avoiding a 2 degree warming, the benchmark of danger, would become impossible," said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer via email. About 21 percent of the accord's expected reductions in heat-trapping gases through 2030 were to come from the United States, according to Drew Jones, co-director of Climate Interactive , a group of researchers who model climate emissions and temperatures. Trump has called for stripping regulations to allow unfettered production of coal, oil and natural gas - a key source of emissions - and rescinding the Clean Power Plan , an Obama administration strategy to fight climate change. Trump told an oil and gas conference in North Dakota he would "save the coal industry" and stop using tax dollars for global warming programs. But it's unlikely that Trump's actions would reopen coal mines or coal-fired power plants. What really killed coal in the United States is much cheaper natural gas from hydraulic fracturing or fracking, said former astronaut Jay Apt, now co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. In a phone interview from Pittsburgh, Apt said it is likely the nation will use even less coal if Trump opens up more drilling and the price of natural gas drops. The pro-fossil fuels American Energy Alliance said Trump's victory presents a chance to reset "harmful energy policies" in the U. S. While shell-shocked American climate activists in Marrakech cried and embraced, U. S. negotiators declined to speak to reporters about the election outcome. Before the two-week conference, U. S. officials said they expect other countries to stay the course no matter what Washington decides. Li Shuo, a climate policy expert at Greenpeace in China, said his nation - the world's top polluter - would continue to work on climate change "out of its own very genuine concern. " Any U. S. withdrawal would take four years - an entire presidential term - under the terms of the agreement. However, Trump could also decide to simply ignore the U. S. pledge to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. There is no punishment for countries that miss their targets. "If the U. S. drags its feet on climate in the next four years, then there is nothing stopping the rest of the world doing an awful lot," scientist Glen Peters of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway, said in an email. Trump's win sparked hopes among the minority of researchers who disagree with the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is a major threat. "Expect some long awaited, rigorous examination of the theory/models," John Christy of the University of Alabama, Huntsville, said in an email. "The danger just isn't there. " ___ Borenstein reported from Oklahoma City. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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7 killed in early morning tram derailment in London, police say (7.48/31)

Seven people were killed and more than 50 injured when a tram derailed while rounding a tight curve in a rainstorm in south London Wednesday, police said.
Investigators said the train, which tipped over on its side, apparently was going faster than permitted.
British Transport Police initially said five people had died, with several others seriously injured. The death toll was later raised to seven.
Police arrested the 42-year-old tram driver on suspicion of manslaughter.
Emergency workers labored for hours to free five people trapped in the wreckage of the two-carriage tram tipped over next to an underpass in the Croydon area.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said the tram derailed as it was negotiating a sharp curve with a speed limit of 12 miles per hour.
"Initial indications suggest that the tram was traveling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted," it said in a statement.
Passenger Martin Bamford, 30, said the train sped up and "everyone just literally went flying. "
"There was a woman that was on top of me... I don't think she made it at all," Bamford said outside Croydon University Hospital, where he was treated for rib injuries. "She wasn't responsive. There was blood everywhere. "
Bamford said the driver told him that "he thinks he blacked out. "
Liam Lehane of the London Ambulance Service described many of the people hurt as "walking wounded" — injured but able to move about — but said others were more seriously hurt.
London's fire department sent eight fire engines and four rescue units to the Sandilands tram stop after the accident at 6:10 a.m. local time.
"I heard a massive crash at about 6:15 a.m., then heard shouting, then the emergency services arrived," said resident Hannah Collier, 23. "They started bringing up the casualties, some very seriously injured. "
The British capital's only tram network operates in the southern end of the city, serving 27 million passengers in the last year.
Wednesday's derailment is the first tram accident with onboard fatalities since the 1950s, but official figures show that 20 people were injured in 112 tram-related accidents in the year to March, including one derailment and two collisions with other trams.
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The Latest: No verdict yet in Ohio police shooting trial (7.36/31)

The Latest on the trial of a white former police officer charged with murder following the shooting of an unarmed black man in a traffic stop (all times local):
4:20 p.m.
Jurors have wrapped up deliberations for the day without reaching a verdict in the Ohio murder trial of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man after a traffic stop.
Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan is sequestering jurors Wednesday evening, and they will resume deliberating Thursday morning in the trial of Ray Tensing, a now-fired University of Cincinnati police officer. The jury is made up of 10 whites and two blacks.
Both sides made their closing arguments earlier Wednesday.
Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'turs) says "the evidence is overwhelming" that Sam DuBose's shooting was unjustified. Defense attorney Stewart Mathews says the 26-year-old Tensing was in "sheer terror" when he shot the 43-year-old DuBose near campus in July 2015.
The trial moved quickly. The jury was seated Oct. 31.
Jurors are beginning deliberations in the Ohio murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man after a traffic stop.
Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan completed her instructions to the 10 whites and two blacks on the jury just before noon Wednesday after both sides made their closing statements.
Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'turs) says "the evidence is overwhelming" that Ray Tensing's shooting of Sam DuBose was unjustified. Defense attorney Stewart Mathews says the 26-year-old University of Cincinnati officer was in "sheer terror" when he shot the 43-year-old DuBose near campus in July 2015.
The trial has moved quickly. The jury was seated Oct. 31.
10:45 a.m.
The attorney for a white former police officer says he was in "sheer terror" when he fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in Ohio.
Stewart Mathews told Hamilton County jurors in his closing argument Wednesday that prosecutors failed to prove University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing purposely killed Sam DuBose as required to convict him for murder. He says they also didn't prove Tensing acted in a fit of rage or sudden passion when he shot DuBose, as required to convict him of voluntary manslaughter.
The 26-year-old Tensing testified Tuesday he feared for his life when the 43-year-old DuBose tried to drive away. Prosecutors say the evidence disproves his claim.
After closing arguments, Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan will give jury instructions.
9:45 a.m.
Closing arguments are underway in the case of a white former police officer on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati fired Ray Tensing after his indictment on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 2015 death of Sam DuBose.
Jurors began hearing testimony Nov. 1.
The defense rested Tuesday after Tensing testified he feared for his life during the traffic stop.
An expert defense witness testified that an analysis of Tensing's body cam video shows the officer was justified in fearing for his life because his body was "violently twisted" during the confrontation.
A prosecution witness earlier used an analysis of the same video to contradict the officer's statement he was being dragged by DuBose's vehicle.
12:00 a.m.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in the case of a white former police officer on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati fired Ray Tensing after his indictment on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 death of Sam DuBose.
The defense rested Tuesday following testimony by Tensing that he feared for his life during the traffic stop.
An expert defense witness testified that a frame-by-frame analysis of Tensing's body camera video shows the officer was justified in fearing for his life because his body was "violently twisted" during the confrontation.
A prosecution witness last week used an analysis of the same video to contradict the former officer's statement that he was being dragged by DuBose's vehicle.

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IATSE Chief Warns of ‘Severe Consequences’ of Trump Win (6.99/31)

Matthew Loeb , international president of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, has warned of “severe consequences” due to Donald Trump ’s election as president.
“The middle class and working people are in jeopardy of experiencing severe consequences based on the positions and proposed policies espoused by President-elect Trump,” Loeb said in a statement. “Moreover, his anti-union statements virtually guarantee a rough road ahead for Unions and the members they represent.”
He urged IATSE members to stay strong: “The tendency to be discouraged and lie injured licking our wounds must be resisted. Now is not the time to let defeat discourage us from facing head-on the tremendous challenges ahead. We must pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and stand strong.”
The below-the-line union, which has about 125,000 members, had endorsed Hillary Clinton in January and cited “her long record of fighting for workers’ rights and working families.”
IATSE and the AFL-CIO both backed Clinton in 2016 after having endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012.
Here’s Loeb’s entire statement.
The election for President of the United States is over. While we did not achieve the result we desired, I am extremely proud of the work of our Political Department, Local Union officers, International Officers and Representatives, and members for the significant efforts made to protect the interests of IATSE members and workers in general. Now we must move on. While I am skeptical for obvious reasons, it is my sincere hope that there can be some healing in our starkly divided nation. And while hope may seem an optimistic wish, it is clear that the country is unsatisfied with status quo in our political system. Unfortunately, that widespread feeling has manifested itself in a result that will likely compound the problem. The middle class and working people are in jeopardy of experiencing severe consequences based on the positions and proposed policies espoused by President-elect Trump. Moreover, his anti-union statements virtually guarantee a rough road ahead for Unions and the members they represent.
The tendency to be discouraged and lie injured licking our wounds must be resisted. Now is not the time to let defeat discourage us from facing head-on the tremendous challenges ahead. We must pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and stand strong. We must demonstrate solidarity in an unprecedented way by locking arms as Brothers and Sisters for the betterment of all IATSE members. We must continue to strengthen our bonds with other unions and the AFL-CIO to consolidate our voice and power. And we must identify and align with people and organizations that are likeminded in sharing our values.
We have survived as a union since 1893 and we will survive this too. Know that your Union will remain active and vigilant in doing whatever can be done to protect your interests and further the causes that give security and prosperity to our members. As Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” This statement may never be more true than it is now.
In Solidarity,
Matthew D. Loeb
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'A Trump presidency puts the Middle East on edge' - former US Ambassador (6.99/31)

A Trump presidency creates a dangerous level of uncertainty in the Middle East, warned former United States Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer on Wednesday morning as the election was wrapping up. “The idea of American exceptional-ism, the idea of the US being a beacon of democracy, will now be seen as a joke,” said the diplomat, who was the US envoy to Israel from 2001 to 2005, under former US president George Bush.
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He gave a Skype talk at the Institute for National Security Studies Wednesday morning, as Donald Trump won the US presidential election. Kurtzer took Trump to task for the racist tones that surrounded his campaign. It “will be hard to put back in the box” the currents of behavior brought out by the campaign, said Kurtzer. He listed: “antisemitism, prejudice against people of color, Latinos, women, and immigrants.” “When people like [former Klu Klux Klansman] David Duke and other racists will be celebrating a victory, it will make it difficult to reestablish our relationships with allies [abroad]” said Kurtzer. Those ties are already frayed by the disappointment that those allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, already feel with Obama’s policies,” Kurtzer said. On top of that, he said, one has to add in the uncertainty Trump presents because no one really knows what he has
“in mind for foreign policy generally and the Middle East in particular," Kurtzer said. “I do not think that Donald Trump has given any thought whatsoever to substantive policy,” Kurtzer said. His advisers have suggested fundamental changes in the United States’ approach to the Palestinians, he said. This could include, Kurtzer said, moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, support for West Bank settlement activity and/or annexing parts of the West Bank. Such actions, if executed, would “align American policy much more closely with what I would call the right wing of Israeli policy,” Kurtzer said. It has implications for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it would also make it difficult for countries in the region to continue to look to the US to advance the peace process, Kurtzer said. He wondered if Egypt and Saudi Arabia could remain allied with the US if it took such actions. Kurtzer mentioned that Trump talks about asserting American power and American strength, but no one knows pragmatically how that will play out with Syria and Iran, particularly with respect to the nuclear agreement with Tehran which Trump has said he would tear US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, who spoke at the same event, said he believed that the close ties between Israel and his country would continue with the next administration. The US is committed to Israel’s security and to the promotion of peace. The new administration will continue in that vein and can build on Obama’s support for Israel’s security, such as the newly agreed upon $38 billion ten-year military aid package, he said. He added that on On December 12, two F-35 fighter jets will be delivered to Israel from the US and represent the future of the country’s air-force. Shapiro ducked questions about Trump’s promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Instead, he fielded questions about the possibility that Obama might move forward with some sort of an initiative on the peace process before leaving office in January, including a resolution at the United Nations Security Council. Nothing like that has been “drafted” or “proposed,” he said. “No decision” has been taken on this, nor is there a time-table or a direction for this, he said. But the Obama administration is “deeply concerned” the “two-state solution is receding from us,” Shapiro said. He blamed both the Israelis and the Palestinians for this, citing violence, incitement, settlement expansion and the demolition of Palestinian homes. The US, Shapiro said, “wants to arrest those trends before the two-state solution becomes impossible to achieve. " “We may be faced with a bi-national reality,” he warned. Obama has asked if there are steps that can be taken in the next months that would return the sides to a negotiated two-state solution, so that it would remain viable for the next administration. AIPAC policy director Rob Bassin, who also spoke to the gathering by Skype, said that while most people are looking ahead to January when Trump will replace US President Barack Obama, the next two months will still be very significant, he said. In that time, Congress has to reauthorize the Iran sanctions act, so that the US can maintain its ability to snap restrictions on Iran back into place should it violate the agreement, Bassin said. The $38 billion military package still needs Congressional approval, he added. Separately, Congress is looking to approve a resolution opposing one-sided resolutions against Israel at the UN, Bassin said.
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Trump transition team ready to (6.99/31)

Neither Trump nor his family members played a hands-on role in the nitty-gritty details of transition planning in the run up to Election Day, multiple sources told CNN.
Trump wanted to focus on the task at hand -- winning the election -- and didn't want to jinx himself.
But sources on the transition team say they are fully prepared to hit the ground running. Last week, 22 department heads submitted their transition plans to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for approval.
Each of these departments has a "landing team" set to parachute into government agencies, get the lay of the land, begin the transition process and get Trump's 100-day plan rolling.
That transition plan was delivered to Trump Tower Tuesday. In particular, aides have focused on what Trump can do unilaterally, such as rolling back regulations.
One of Trump's key challenges in the coming weeks will be building his cabinet. On the transition team, department heads submitted lists of three names for cabinet positions, taking into account Trump's public statements about who he would like to see in his administration.
Department heads submitted a list of three names for top cabinet positions. Given Trump's limited role in transition planning, sources caution that these potential picks are not set in stone. Trump could veto some or choose to add others to the list.
The transition team also expects they will see a surge in interest from people who want to serve in a Trump administration now that he is the president-elect.
Sources familiar with the Trump campaigns plans for the Defense Department and national security posts said that they are loyal to supporters that "took a lot of crap" when they were seen to be part of his team and still they stayed.
National security sources also said that former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump at a time when few would even talk about him, will have a lot of say in how they serve in his new administration.
Sources also said that House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, could be in line to serve as Homeland Security Secretary and that former Rep. Mike Rogers, a CNN contributor, could serve a top intelligence role in the Trump White House.
President Barack Obama's Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, meanwhile sent a memo to Defense workers Wednesday, saying, "I am committed to overseeing the orderly transition to the next commander in chief. I know I can count on you to execute all your duties with the excellence our citizens know they can expect. "
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As for the lists of potential appointees -- each of those people has been vetted by the transition team, a process that has been overseen by William Hagerty (who also worked on Mitt Romney's transition).
As part of that vetting, appointees were judged based on a loyalty test, a source told CNN. That included scouring potential appointees' social media accounts. Some people were weeded out for having been publicly critical of Trump in the past.
That included scouring potential appointees' social media accounts. Some people were weeded out for having been publicly critical of Trump in the past.
Roughly 80 people have been working full-time, five days a week on the Trump transition -- a much smaller staff than Romney had dedicated to this effort in 2012. But they've also been consulting about 200 content experts -- people who have served in previous administrations, who are working in states or are specific subject-matter experts.
This isn't a transition team that's been solely consulting full-fledged Trump loyalists. They've tapped former George W. Bush officials and former Romney people. Sessions has helped bring in advisers from the Hill, while Christie has brought in other governors to offer their expertise.
Trump advisers will gather for a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan mid-Wednesday morning and start hashing out what comes next, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said, though he said the meeting was not in regard to the transition.

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The Electoral College system and why Hillary Clinton isn't president (6.99/31)

Some Americans may have been confused as to why Donald Trump has been named the winner of the election, despite not winning the majority of the votes. That's because candidates aren't elected in the U. S. based on the total number of votes. Rather, presidents are elected by the Electoral College, representatives from each state that cast votes on behalf of their constituents. Each state is given a certain amount of electoral votes, depending on their population. So a populous state like California has 55 electoral votes while a small state like North Dakota has just three. In 48 states, electors must cast a vote for the candidate who wins the state's popular vote. So even if the votes are split nearly 50-50, as was the case in Florida Tuesday night, Trump still won all 29 of the states electoral votes because he won the popular vote by a thin margin. Maine and Nebraska are the exceptions to the rule, giving out electoral votes to each candidate proportionally, based on the results of the popular vote. There have been complaints in recent years that this system is perhaps unfair, since it causes some votes to be weighted more than others. One of the issues is that voters in solidly-blue or red states are becoming discouraged to vote, if they are members of a rival party, since their vote likely won't be reflected in the states electoral votes. Take a Republican voter in Oregon on Tuesday, a state which has voted Democrat in the last four presidential elections. An Oregon Republican may not even bothered to turn their ballot in because the chances of the state's seven electoral votes going to the Democratic nominee are high. In addition to this year's election, this disconnect between popular votes and electoral votes has happened four other times in U. S. history - most recently in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. It also happened in 1824, when none of the four candidates running for president secured the plurality of the electoral college votes (you need to hit 270 to become president). In that case, members of Congress cast their votes for president, and John Quincy Adams was elected president, despite Andrew Jackson having the most electoral votes and popular votes in the general election.

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Media Gives Teary Eyed Mea Culpa Over Trump Victory (6.99/31)

Journalists flatly admitted they completely failed to understand the 2016 presidential election following Republican nominee Donald Trump’s win Tuesday.
“To put it bluntly, the media missed the story,” Margaret Sullivan wrote in The Washington Post .
“We were all wrong,” Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman wrote in Politico’s Playbook newsletter. “That seems obvious, right? But we were more than wrong. We were laughably oblivious. The entire Washington political-media complex completely missed the mark. Not by inches or feet, but by miles.”
Jim Rutenberg added  in The New York Times : “The news media by and large missed what was happening all around it, and it was the story of a lifetime. The numbers weren’t just a poor guide for election night — they were an off-ramp away from what was actually happening.”
“The misfire on Tuesday night was about a lot more than a failure in polling,” he added. “It was a failure to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media.”
The New York Times went into Election Day predicting a comfortable Clinton win, but Tuesday evening quickly and dramatically shifted their forecast as the results started pouring in. “Then came a profound shift, as mainstream media organizations scrambled to catch the bus that had just run them over,” Rutenberg added.
By 10:30 p.m. he noted the forecast had changed from a Clinton victory to a 93 percent chance of a Trump win.
Palmer and Sherman added: “For a year and a half, we scoffed at those who said the polls were wrong. The polling industry is broken. We had our eyes trained on prognosticators and pundits — but they were all wrong, too. There will be plenty of time to dissect it all. The joke is on us.”
Playbook characterized the final days of Trump’s campaign as a “last-ditch effort” to take on Clinton in Democratic strongholds, such as Minnesota, which Trump actually ended up winning on election day. The so-called “shy” Trump voters who some thought would turn out at the polls — and who did in fact turn out — were characterized as a “mirage” in another newsletter the week of the election. “Despite the recent tightening of the race, election night could be super boring,” they wrote in another.
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Under Trump the future of Net Neutrality and broadband is uncertain (6.99/31)

On January 20th, Donald Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States. With a Republican controlled House and Senate behind him, things in this country are going to change... a lot. One of the things that might be on the chopping block ear... ...

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For Canada, trade and environment are big worries after Trump win (6.99/31)

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he looked forward to working with Donald Trump after the New York businessman won the US presidency in a victory that could hurt Canada’s exporters and wreck plans to impose a

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Kalamazoo County votes blue, one of few in tight Michigan race (6.95/31)

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI -- President-elect Donald Trump received fewer Kalamazoo County votes than any of the previous three Republican candidates.
In a state that largely voted for the businessman-turned politician, Kalamazoo County was one of only eight counties in which Hillary Clinton outpolled Trump. Overall, Michigan was contested into the early hours of Nov. 9 — Trump would take 47.6 percent of the vote to Clinton's 47.3 percent — but Clinton won the majority in Kalamazoo by 13 points.
Trump won the state by a narrow 12,646-vote margin. In Kalamazoo County, Clinton won by 16,111 votes.
"It was pretty dramatic to look at the map of Michigan and see one little blue speck on Kalamazoo County while everything else was red," said Kalamazoo County Republican Party Chairman Scott McGraw.
Clinton's 53 percent win here was only surpassed in Washtenaw, Wayne and Ingham counties.
McGraw wasn't surprised to see Kalamazoo County vote Democratic, but believes support for Clinton kept Trump's national victory from resulting in Republican upsets at the local level.
"All the incumbents (generally) won," he said. "It didn't fit the dichotomy with the national election; we didn't see any anti-establishment trend. I'm elated about Trump but kind of blase about the county results. "
The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners retained its 6-5 Democratic majority, with all incumbents winning their races. Republican Tim Snow was re-elected as county clerk, and Republican Mary Balkema, a long-time Trump supporter and  Michigan delegate , was re-elected to county treasurer.
Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, was re-elected to represent the 6th District.
Upton, Balkema and Snow actually had more votes than Trump in Kalamazoo County. 
"I came out of a Democratic city as a commissioner and the Democrats have picked me up every election," said Balkema, who has been county treasurer since 2007. "A lot pick me up in crossover. I am very pleased with that and it helps me win. "
Balkema said she believes there are fewer voters dedicated to a party and Kalamazoo County is more apt to pick the best candidate for the job in local elections.
The county treasurer is also on the Michigan Women for Trump leadership team and has been a vocal supporter throughout the election.
"I think (Trump's victory) is fabulous," Balkema said. "I was an early supporter. When things get tough I don't bail on anything. I have taken a lot of grief but it didn't hurt me. "
Trump won 40 of Kalamazoo County's 108 precincts, taking 40 percent of the total vote to Clinton's 53 percent.
All 27 precincts in the city of Kalamazoo and 15 of 19 precincts in the city of Portage voted for Clinton.
Both candidates made a strong final push in Michigan during the waning months of the election. Trump visited the Grand Rapids twice in the span of a week, visiting  on Oct. 31  at the Deltaplex Arena and again early Tuesday morning at DeVos Place Convention Center.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence visited Portage with Sen. Ted Cruz the week before , hosting a rally at the Air Zoo.
Clinton came to the Grand Rapids area on Monday, meeting thousands at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse.
Kalamazoo County tends to vote Democratic in the presidential election, but Trump received fewer votes than the previous three Republican candidates.
This year, 65.6 percent of registered voters in Kalamazoo County followed through to the ballot box. Voter turnout was higher than the 2012 general election, but lower than the previous two presidential elections.
"I think a lot of people got out and voted and that's good," McGraw said. "It will be interesting when (County Clerk Tim Snow) gets a chance to analyze it, I'd like to see straight ticket polls for both parties. The Trump voter is a new voter and I'd like to see if there is a way we can analyze what they did. "
Third-party candidates also received more votes in Kalamazoo County this year. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and others received 7,793 total votes, compared to 1,465 votes for third-party candidates in the 2012 election. 
Muskegon was the only other county on the west side of the state to vote for Clinton. It gave Clinton a 2.72-point margin over Trump with 86.6 percent of precincts reporting.
Last election cycle, President Barack Obama won 56 percent of the vote in Kalamazoo County. Sixty-four percent of the county's registered voters made it to the polls.
In 2008, 68.75 percent of the county residents registered to vote followed through. Obama commanded 60 percent of the vote that year to defeat John McCain.
In the 2004 general election, 67.7 percent of the county's voters turned out to the polls, and only 51 percent filled out a ballot for Democratic candidate John Kerry.

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PIERS MORGAN: The more the privileged elite sucked up to Clinton, the more determined it made Mr and Mrs Ordinary American to trigger Millennial Armageddon (6.81/31)

‘The new President-elect of the United States of America is Donald J. Trump.’ Those, I can say with some certainty, were the words that only Donald himself and me ever thought he might eventually be saying when he first announced he was running last year to global mockery and scorn. ‘Underestimate him at your peril,’ I wrote that day on June 17, 2015, as I explained: ‘Trump has a big popular appeal away from the snobby halls of Washington and New York’s media elite. Regular Americans love the guy; he’s a fierce patriot, gutsy, and bursting with ‘can-do’ confidence. He doesn’t pretend to be something he isn’t. He’s a big, bold, bombastic… loud, dynamic, compelling and polarizing character.. who craves and commands attention …and who will electrify the tediously long US election process with the same fearless aggression he goes after those who cross him in business or on Twitter.’ I’ll restrain myself from taunting all the baffled, distraught Trump-hating elites currently weeping and wailing into their kale smoothies with a unnecessarily snarky, ‘Told ya!’ But I don’t think it crosses the unseemly gloating line to politely whisper: ‘I did try to warn ya…..!’ Trump won because he challenged all political convention and every single facet of the establishment. He took on his 17 Republican rivals, the Democrats, the print and TV media, Washington and Wall Street elites, and sneering foreign leaders. Even the Pope copped it when he dared to criticise him. It wasn’t pretty, and occasionally it was downright ugly. But it was also astonishingly effective in rallying support from the tens of millions of working class Americans struggling to make amends meet, many of whom who can’t even afford a train ticket to taste the rich and privileged air on the East and West coasts. Trump was their billionaire Robin Hood, a man who absolutely understood their cares and concerns and was prepared to stand up and fight for them against the ruling classes who didn’t seem to give a monkey’s cuss about them. The key issues in this campaign were not climate change, legalising marijuana or gay marriage. They were the economy, jobs, immigration, and terrorism. Trump tapped into each of these with clear, defined, loud messages that he rammed home day in day out for 16 months and which grabbed huge media attention. Love him or hate him, he was constantly speaking about things that Americans really worry about. He also positioned himself against the corrupt, self-interested, lobby group infested political system that these same Americans feel strongly has enriched itself at their expense. Hillary Clinton perfectly personified that system; a career politician who has repeatedly fleeced her positions of power to make millions of dollars for herself and her husband, and who carried with her a permanent smug sense of entitlement to be America’s first female president. I was struck by the sheer scale of cocky complacency which enveloped the Clinton camp in the past few weeks as Election Day approached. It smacked of precisely the same ‘there’s no way we can possibly lose to these ‘ignorant, racist, sexist Neanderthals’ establishment mentality that provoked Britain into Brexit in June. Hillary herself dripped with haught, superior arrogance, referring to Trump’s supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’. I genuinely don’t think she ever gave any serious thought to losing to someone like Trump, who will now become the only President never to serve in political life or the military. In that regard, she reminded me of General John Sedgwick, who reassured his Union Army men in the American Civil War as enemy snipers lurked: ‘They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance….’ General Sedgwick was then promptly shot dead before he could finish the sentence. Hillary got her come-uppance for failing to identify what was really engaging her fellow, less well-off Americans and for constantly mocking those who were attracted to Trump’s outsider appeal. I watched all the millennials sobbing in shock at her quickly dismantled ‘victory’ party last night and thought: ‘you all only have yourselves to blame.’ I saw them all tweeting their derision at Trump, snorting with incredulous laughter at what they saw as this idiot clown daring to play in their world. As Trump roared around Middle America rallying the poor, jobless and downtrodden with increasingly powerful speeches offering hope and change, the Clinton brigade were bopping up and down to Hillary’s celebrity mates like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry all calling her ‘Madam President’ and saying how wonderful she was. In the most obscene illustration of this revoltingly elitist back-slapping, Madonna even publicly promised to give oral sex to everyone who voted for Hillary. An offer than might well have swayed many to vote Trump. Madonna made me physically gag but so frankly did all the other celebrities sucking up to Camp Clinton. It showed how detached these people all were from the real world. Their message was clear: ‘Hillary stands for wealth, fame and success.’ That’s fine if you live in mid-town Manhattan or Beverly Hills. But not if you live in rural Florida, Texas or Pennsylvania, have lost your job, and can’t afford to buy your family enough food. Trump instinctively got this. As Hillary paraded her privileged all-stars, Trump simply responded: ‘She needs them to get people to her rallies, I don’t.’ He was absolutely right. He didn’t. He just needed ‘stars’ like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, battling old political bruisers who also understood how this election was being fought on two different fronts and weren’t put off by the vicious scorn they got for embracing the Trump phenomenon. The shock of Trump’s win was too much for many Clinton millennials to bear. One stopped me in the street in New York late last night and pleaded: ‘Pray for us, please.’ Twitter and Facebook exploded with stunned rage, indignation and horror. People who I know and respect behaved like this is the end of the world, an Armageddon moment from which the planet will never recover. Oh pur-lease! Get over yourselves. Trump’s never been the monster they said he was, just as Hillary as never the perfect angel they claimed her to be. That’s why he got many more votes from black, Hispanic and female Americans than anyone thought possible last night. Trump’s also a pragmatic guy who made it clear from his measured and respectful tone after winning last night that he’s going to be a very different sounding President to the snarling candidate beast he felt he had to be to win. As someone who’s known The Donald well for years, I constantly urged everyone to see him through the prism of a business guy closing a deal, not as an ideological politician. Trump, as we now all know, is a brilliant deal-maker. That quality alone might help Washington snap out of its current intransigent, paralysed malaise to actually get stuff done for the people they serve. He’s also, from my experience, a smart, loyal man who will now want, with his usual ceiling-less ambition, to be the most successful President in US history. To achieve that title, he’ll need to unify the country, bring warring sides together and work with them for the common good of America. That means all the Clinton-slavering millennials hurting this morning need to snap out of their self-inflicted misery and put America’s interests before their own feelings of incomprehensible bemusement. As Hillary herself said in her gracious acceptance speech today: ‘Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.’ Exactly. Gnashing teeth, pulling hair out or curling up into a little ball and screaming, ‘Mummy, this is all just a horrible nightmare isn’t it?’ won’t alter the result. President Trump has happened, and a true American will now give him their support, however much it sticks in their gullet to do so. As for my long-time friend, I remember what he said to me back in 2008 about his life philosophy: ‘You’ve gotta win. That’s what it’s all about. You know, Muhammad Ali used to talk and talk, but he won. If you talk and talk but you lose, the act doesn’t play.’ Trump, against all the odds and mockery, just won the biggest prize of them all. Congratulations Donald – now go prove them all wrong again and be a great president.

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Stocks rocket after Trump win, Dow near record-high Contact WND (5.99/31)

The U. S. stock market appeared ready to fall off a cliff late Tuesday when it became obvious that Republican Donald Trump would win the White House, with futures trading off some 900 points at one point.
But the fears of catastrophe evaporated by Wednesday morning, when the markets immediately moved into positive territory and by later in the day the Dow was challenging its 18,636 all-time high.
The Dow finished up 257 at 18,589.
“This is hardly the freakout many anticipated,” reported CNN. “Market strategists said a lack of a panic is due in part to Trump’s victory speech, which raised hopes that he will focus on policies that can help the economy and not follow through on some of his extreme campaign positions.”
Art Hogan, a strategist at Wunderlich Securities, told CNN: “The rhetoric that was talked about on the campaign trail was pretty scary. The nationalism and protectionism…. But there’s a big difference between what you say campaigning and what you do as president.’
CNBC said the Dow surged after opening higher in the morning, soaring some 250 points or more in the afternoon.
“The S&P 500 traded 1 percent higher after falling initially, with financials advancing 4 percent to lead advancers,” the report said, quoting John Stadtler of the financial services company PwC. “Within financial services, there is a guarded view that there may be less regulation [under Trump] than under a Clinton presidency.”
The world markets were on edge, however, with Asian stocks falling, and a 5 percent decline in Japan’s Nikkei 225. European stocks dropped then rebounded mostly.
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“This is a bit like Brexit,” Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research told CNN. “The polls indicated a victory for the status quo. Instead, the vote came out with a radical alternative scenario.”
Scott Clemons of Brown Brothers Harriman agreed, telling CNBC: “We had a trial run in June with the Brexit vote. Like with Brexit, investors and traders are realizing that this is a process, not an event. What you’re seeing right now is a pretty predicable repositioning of portfolios.”
Financial markets like stability and Hillary Clinton as a Democratic candidate was viewed as the status quo, someone who would not make major changes. Donald Trump, however, had promised huge changes in a number of areas of policy and practice, and the markets were reacting on Tuesday to his victory, even though he will not be sworn into office until January.
Reported CNBC: “Trump shocked the world by beating Clinton in the race for the White House. Trump’s success was only part of a larger, crushing victory for the Republican Party, which retained the House and appeared poised to maintain Senate control.”
The markets, however, “had originally priced in a victory for the former secretary of state, along with the GOP retaining control of the House while Democrats obtained a slight majority in the Sante.”
The report explained that the results “led traders and money managers to initially take a more risk-averse approach, sending traditional safe-havens like gold through the roof.”
“Gold futures for December delivery traded as high as $1,338.30 per ounce, before erasing gains to settle at $1,273.50.”
The report said Trump’s victory is impacting trade, taxes and foreign policy, and “puts into the question the likelihood of a Federal Reserve rate hike” coming.
That Fed has kept interest rates artificially low, at or near zero, for much of Obama’s term in the White House to try to help his economy along, without significant results.
“The market’s initial response to the probability of a Trump win was, predictably enough, one of shock and fear as the prices of traditionally risky assets tumbled and perceived safe havens rose. However the increased prospect of tax cuts and a generally pro-growth set of policies from him, aided and abetted by the Republican clean sweep of congress, has seen some of this initial reaction begin to reverse,” James Athey of Aberdeen Asset Management said in the CNBC report.
NBC reported among the strongest performers were “healthcare stocks,” based on Trump’s pledge to repeal Obamacare.
“When you look at Trump’s plans, they are actually pro-market. Increased fiscal spending, that’s great for infrastructure and defense names, less regulation that helps banks, less involvement in healthcare –things that worried the market before,” Nadia Lovell of JPMorgan Private Bank told NBC.
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California Threatens Secession, Trump Supporters Say ‘Go For It’ (5.99/31)

Hillary supporters in California are so upset following Trump’s devastating victory that they are threatening to start a secession movement.
The twitter hashtags #CalExit and #Califrexit started trending after Trump was announced the winner of election 2016.
The term is stolen from the #Brexit movement that took Britain by surprise earlier this year, which is ironic because Brexit was an anti-globalist movement similar to the Trump campaign.
This whole #Calexit thing sounds amazing…can we just have Mexico continue the wall all the way up and around California? #tcot #ccot
— The Conservinator (@JeffJPetermann) November 9, 2016
WA , OR, and CA secede from the US. #Calexit we would be the worlds chillest country.
— Tom Haverford (@_AverageAndrew) November 9, 2016
Seriously. What are the steps to make this possible??? We must secede!! #Calexit
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) November 9, 2016
We'll just take our avocados and legal weed and go #CalExit #CalifrEXIT
— 💩 (@LeasLame) November 9, 2016
Protests are underway in Berkeley, Ca as well as in other cities around the country.
Patriot author and YouTube star Mark Dice shot a video covering the movement.
To get an understanding of the intelligence level of some of those who support the anti-Trump secession movement in California, here are some videos of Mark Dice exposing the stupidity of the left in San Diego.

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A Vote For Hillary Is A Vote For Lucifer (5.99/31)

Proverbs 13:20 reads “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Hubris riddled Hillary and her crony crew, on through a hard fought fraudulent campaign promising certain doom for the American Republic, couldn’t have made it clearer where their spiritual allegiance lies.
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Ellen DeGeneres shares hopeful message amidst election: 'Our differences actually make us stronger' (5.99/31)

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Ellen DeGeneres looked to uplift Americans Tuesday on Ellen by pointing out what makes the United States great amidst the volatile presidential election.
"The election is finally over. I don't want to know the results, don't tell me. Don't spoil it. It's on my DVR. I'm watching other stuff," the daytime host began jokingly before acknowledging that the speech was being taped before a winner was to be announced.
"People have been very passionate about this race. And I think it's because we all love our country, we just have different ideas about what's best for it, which is part of what makes America great. And I believe we can all come together because if you take away the labels, you realize we're far more alike than we are different," she continued.
"We all do that thing where you're pulling into a parking garage and you duck your head just to make sure you make it," DeGeneres joked.
"It doesn't matter if you're a liberal or if you're conservative, we've all passed out watching Netflix and woke up not knowing what episode we're on, what season we're on, whose couch we're on. "
"What I'm trying to say is that we have so much in common, our differences actually make us stronger," she said. "We need to have the kindness and respect for one another. "
DeGeneres then concluded by sharing videos of different animal species playing together by noting, "Whether you relate more to an elephant or a donkey, I think animals set the best example for how we should all get along. "

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Trump elicits fears, cheers around the globe (5.79/31)

Moscow - The world will face a starkly different America when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office in January.
While the billionaire businessman's triumph was welcomed in some countries, others saw it as a big shock, as governments will now have to deal with a man who has cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told NATO allies they would have to pay for their own protection and vowed to make the Mexican government pay for a multibillion-dollar border wall.
Leaders weren't sure what to expect after a US campaign in which Trump upended foreign policy orthodoxy on numerous fronts, including the international movement to contain the spread of nuclear weapons.
Putin sent Trump a congratulatory telegram Wednesday morning and made a televised statement expressing the hope that frayed US-Russian relations could be put back on track. He said Moscow is ready to try to restore good relations.
"We aware that it is a difficult path, in view of the unfortunate degradation of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States," he said, adding that "it is not our fault that Russian-American relations are in such a state. "
Russia was at times a focal point during the US campaign, with government officials and the Hillary Clinton campaign team suggesting the Russian government was involved in hacking her campaign's emails. Trump expressed admiration for Putin and his tough leadership style, and some Clinton surrogates questioned Trump's business dealings with Russia.
Dmitri Drobnitski, a columnist at the popular, generally pro-Kremlin website LifeNews, said Trump's victory will help the entire world.
"I congratulate the American people with their will and with their democracy and with their strength and with their courage," he told The Associated Press. "So this is not only a victory for the Americans, who defended their democracy against the liberal, global elite - no, this is a victory that the American people brought to the whole world. "
Trump's win caused trepidation in Mexico, where his remarks calling Mexican immigrants criminals and "rapists" were a deep insult to national pride. Trump has suggested slapping a 35% tax on automobiles and auto parts made by US companies in Mexico. Financial analysts have predicted a Trump win would threaten billions of dollars in cross-border trade, and government officials say they have drawn up a contingency plan.
"It's DEFCON 2," Mexican analyst Alejandro Hope said. "Probably something as close to a national emergency as Mexico has faced in many decades. "
Keep the historic nuclear deal
Trump's electoral triumph is also being felt strongly in the volatile Middle East, where multiple crises are unfolding.
In Iran, leaders emphasised the need to keep the historic nuclear deal between Iran and world powers on track despite Trump's harsh criticism of it during the campaign.
Iran's president said on Wednesday the deal "cannot be overturned by a single government. "
Trump has suggested he would try to renegotiate the agreement under which Iran curbs its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump as a "true friend of the State of Israel. "
Netanyahu said that he believes the two leaders "will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights. "
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he hopes "peace will be achieved" during Trump's term.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Trump. In a statement on his website, al-Abadi said he hopes the "world and the United States will continue to support Iraq in fighting terrorism. "
The Taliban called for the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan once Trump takes office.
Questioned NATO
In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said a Trump administration "should allow Afghans to become a free nation and have relationships with other countries based on non-interference in each other's affairs. "
In Europe, NATO allies will wait to see if Trump follows through on suggestions that the US will look at whether they have paid their proper share in considering whether to come to their defence.
Trump's rhetoric has challenged the strategic underpinning of the NATO alliance, rattling its leaders at a time when Russia has been increasingly aggressive.
"As a candidate, Trump called into question NATO and trade agreements, and reached out to Moscow," said Daniela Schwarzer, an expert on trans-Atlantic relations at the German Council on Foreign Relations.
"His campaign of discrimination, lies and aggression harmed the principles of liberal democracy. Even if President Trump doesn't implement everything, Germany and Europe can't rely on the trans-Atlantic partnership as usual and have to stand up for Western values themselves. "
Trump's victory pleased leaders of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which has campaigned strongly against Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of letting hundreds of thousands of migrants into the country.
"It was high time that people disenfranchised by the political establishment get their voices back in the United States of America too," party co-leader Frauke Petry said.
The French populist, anti-immigrant politician Marine Le Pen congratulated Trump even before the final results were known, tweeting her support to the "American people, free! "
Trump's victory was viewed with shock in Ireland, a country fearful of Trump's campaign pledge to confront US companies using Ireland as a tax shelter. Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole wrote on Wednesday: "The republic of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt is now the United Hates of America. "
Less willing to confront China
In Asia, security issues and trade will top the agenda for the new administration, from North Korea and the South China Sea to the contentious and yet-unratified Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
China is seen as favouring Trump because he appears less willing to confront China's newly robust foreign policy, particularly in the South China Sea.
Clinton, by contrast, was disliked in Beijing for having steered the US "pivot" to Asia aimed at strengthening US engagement with the region, particularly in the military sphere.
Scholar Mei Xinyu wrote in the Communist Party newspaper Global Times that China would find it easier to cope with a Trump presidency.
"Trump has always insisted on abandoning ideological division and minimizing the risks that unnecessary conflicts with other countries may bring to the US," Mei wrote.
News of Trump's victory hit hard in Cuba, which has spent the last two years negotiating normalization with the United States after more than 50 years of Cold War hostility. Trump has promised to roll back Obama's opening with Cuba unless President Raul Castro agrees to more political freedoms.
"If he reverses it, it hurts us," taxi driver Oriel Iglesias Garcia said. "You know tourism will go down. "
Some said Trump's win might alter their life plans.
Muki Bosco, a hotel worker in South Sudan's capital, Juba, said it discouraged him from pursuing his dream of going to the United States.
"What Trump said about the immigration policy, saying that he would deport (immigrants). He was saying those things during the campaign... I don't think I'll go to America. "

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McConnell dodges on Trump border wall (5.73/31)

McConnell would only say at a news conference in Washington, "I want to try to achieve border security in way that is most effective," when pressed on whether he would support the wall.
McConnell also declined to talk about his previous criticism of Trump's comments about Hispanics and the long-term damage he saw that creating for the Republican Party.
McConnell, who eked out a series of key victories Tuesday night to maintain control of the Senate, cautioned his Republican colleagues against over-reaching now that they will control the White House and Congress.
McConnell said passing a repeal to the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care, is a "high-item on the list. " Repealing Obamacare, which has been a campaign promise by Trump, can be done through budget reconciliation with 51 voters, where as replacing it, would require 60 votes.
"Let's just stipulate that every single Republican thought Obamacare was a mistake without exception. That's still our view, and you can expect us, with a new president who has the same view, to address that issue," McConnell said.

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Elon Musk Just Scored A Victory On Election Day (5.64/31)

Solar panel providers gained a small victory in their fight to restore solar subsidies Tuesday after Nevada voters approved ballot measure deregulating the state’s public utility.
Voters passed the Energy Choice Initiative, or Question 3, which  calls on lawmakers  to split up the state’s electrical market and end the utility company’s legal monopoly. The amendment was spurred in part by massive companies seeking to leave NV Energy and find their own providers.
The initiative must pass another round of voting in 2018 before it can become a constitutional amendment.
Approving the measure would essentially mean that Nevada’s constitution officially sanctions lucrative subsidies to solar panel providers like SolarCity.
The move to deregulated likely comes as a  result of a decision in 2015  by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to hike fees on homes affixed with solar panels, a move that basically kicked SolarCity out of the state.
The PUC at the time imposed rules effectively ending net-metering, a type of tool allowing solar panel owners to sell excess energy back to the utility company. It all but forced electrical utilities to buy the energy produced by rooftop solar panels at near-retail rates.
SolarCity CEO Elon Musk, a major recipient of the solar subsidies, decided to leave the state shortly after the rule-change, claiming such subsidies affect the company’s bottom line.
PUC’s decision prompted the mega-solar panel company to send hundreds of Nevadans scurrying for unemployment lines. SolarCity says it will relocate former employees.
Musk eventually made good on previous threats to drop 550 energy jobs if the PUC altered net-metering.
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Four More Cities in California Colorado Have Soda Taxes (5.30/31)

Four cities voted to impose taxes on sodas and sugary drinks Tuesday after a fight that attracted around $50 million from activists and food industry lobbyists.
Three cities in the California’s Bay Area — San Francisco, Oakland and Albany — overwhelmingly passed 1 cent-per-ounce tax on drinks, and Boulder, Colo., voters approved a 2 cent-per-ounce tax, Fox News reports .
“This is an astonishing repudiation of big soda,” Jim Krieger, the executive director of Healthy Food America, told Vox Tuesday. “For too long, the big soda companies got away with putting profits over their customers’ health. That changed tonight.”
Michael Bloomberg, the biggest proponent of drink taxes, has spent $18 million to get all three measures passed. The former New York City mayor has waged a money war with soda advocacy group the American Beverage Association in each city, and the fight cost more than $50 million, the LA Times reported.
In total, Bloomberg has given more than $18 million to three measures in the Bay Area, with $9.3 million in support of Proposition V in San Francisco, Calif. and dropped another $9.1 million to advance Measure HH in nearby Oakland. The San Francisco and Oakland proposals, along with a proposal in the smaller Albany, would impose a 1 cent-per-ounce tax on sodas.
The fight in Boulder attracted a total of $1.54 million from both sides, making it the most expensive ballot measure in the small town’s history. Bloomberg donated about $200,000 to support the campaign measure 2H in Boulder, which would impose a 2 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages sold in the mountain town.
The Philadelphia, Pa., city council passed a tax on soft drinks in June of this year, after Bloomberg donated more than $1.4 million. Berkeley, Calif., was the first city in the nation to pass a soda tax.
The American Beverage Association, a trade group for soda and other drink producers, has fought soda tax measures all over the country.
“We oppose them wherever they are introduced — that is a clear position that we have staked out,” Susan Neely, the association’s president, told the New York Times  before the election. “That is not going to change.”
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Mississippi governor won't rule out taking Trump appointment (4.99/31)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s not actively seeking an appointment in the Donald Trump administration but that it might be difficult to reject an offer from the president-elect.
Bryant spoke Wednesday at a state Republican news conference celebrating Trump’s victory. He campaigned for Trump in Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Bryant says he would consider an appointment as secretary of agriculture or another post.
Bryant has three years left in his second term. If he were to leave, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves would become governor.
Republicans say they believe Mississippians will have access to Trump to air concerns, and say GOP congressional majorities will benefit the state. Republican U. S. Rep. Gregg Harper says he hopes a Trump presidency increases chances of building Air Force training jets in Meridian.

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Trump gets his chance to be 'greatest jobs president that God ever created' (4.99/31)

Donald Trump will get his chance to be the " the greatest jobs president that God ever created ," as he promised during the campaign, but his  path to employment supremacy is shrouded in uncertainty.
The Republican real estate baron and reality TV star's ascension to the White House caps a campaign that featured his pledge to spark a massive increase in employment and to lure manufacturing jobs back from overseas. He struck a chord with working-class white voters who flocked to the polls to back him.
"Our thesis this year was, 'angry' is the new hope — largely on the idea that the lack of economic growth was generating anger among the voters themselves," said Dan Clifton, head of policy research for market research firm Strategas. "What we're seeing is a great degree of political volatility that has stemmed from this economic volatility. "
Trump's promises to punish American companies for outsourcing work, slap tariffs on certain foreign goods and renegotiate free-trade agreements were among his principal objectives.
Whether those proposals will spark job growth — and whether they're achievable at all — is debatable.
Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said raising tariffs on imports from countries such as China and Japan could temporarily boost U. S. jobs.
But in the long run,  "are these policies going to frighten business leaders and investors about the wisdom of U. S. policymaking? " Burtless  asked in an interview.
The best bet to spark quick job growth might be a bipartisan deal on infrastructure investment, Burtless said. That could include roads, bridges and water pipelines — areas in which the presidential contenders shared some common ground.
"We are currently in a phase where public investment in infrastructure has been declining," Burtless said. "If you think the country really does have a lot of underemployment, it does seem a strange time to scale back infrastructure. "
Trump's economic advisers   floated a proposal  last month that would provide tax credits to investors who acquire infrastructure bonds, arguing that $167 billion in private investments could spark $1 trillion in infrastructure investment.
"Overall, you’ll start to see this infrastructure theme build," Clifton said.
Josh Bivens, director of research and policy for the Economic Policy Institute, said infrastructure spending could help.
"In the campaign, Trump spoke (vaguely)  about wanting to spend on infrastructure, so that would, all else equal, boost growth and job creation," Bivens said in an email. "If he pays for this infrastructure boost by gutting spending elsewhere, he’ll ruin the job creation impact, however. "
Although infrastructure spending might help at home, it won't bring back any jobs from overseas.
One pragmatic way to fight back against globalization is to bolster education of highly skilled workers at home. The USA is trailing on that front.
In India,  growth in the number of people with "higher skills" is projected at 14.6% from 2015 through 2020, compared with 11.2% for the USA during that period, according to market research firm Euromonitor International.
Most of Trump's rhetoric has been aimed squarely at the impact of trade on the U. S. economy.
During the campaign, Trump decried the North American Free Trade Agreement that hastens economic activity between the USA, Mexico and Canada. He  blasted companies such as Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker Ford Motor for launching plants in Mexico.
Any concerted effort to block foreign trade could trip up the economy, economists said.
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul called on Washington to bolster infrastructure and implement stronger trade enforcement on China. He said he wants to crack down on countries that try to circumvent U. S. trade laws.
"Factory workers were more than a prop in this election," Paul said in a statement. "Now's the time to deliver for them. "
One particularly divisive area is energy. Trump's administration is more likely than President Obama's to authorize controversial oil and gas pipelines, lift clean-air regulations on coal mining and allow offshore drilling.
Clifton identified 25 energy infrastructure projects "that are shut down now due to concerns about permitting. "
"These are blue-collar workers that have been shut out of energy infrastructure projects," he said. "This is a very good opportunity right away for Donald Trump to lift those regulations and get those projects moving. "
That could rankle environmental activists by accelerating the pace of climate change.
Burtless said that could have long-term consequences, and he questioned whether pipeline projects in particular would grow jobs significantly.
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For first time since Depression, Orange County goes blue in presidential election (4.99/31)

Hillary Clinton has beaten Donald Trump in Orange County, the first time since the Great Depression the county has gone blue in a presidential election.
Clinton, the Democratic nominee who lost the presidential race to Republican Donald Trump Tuesday, has received nearly 50 percent of the Orange County vote with all precincts reporting and 795,000 votes counted as of Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County registrar of voters. Trump had 44.9 percent of the vote.
The last time Orange County went blue was in 1936 – at the height of the Depression and five years before the United States entered World War II – when voters backed incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt over Kansas Gov. Alf Landon.
That election, though, was a landslide: Landon only won two states, Vermont and Maine.
But flipping Orange County is likely little consolation for Clinton or her supporters. Trump swept through the Midwest, with Wisconsin pushing him over the 270 required Electoral College votes – even though Clinton was narrowly ahead on the popular vote as of Wednesday morning.
She gave her concession speech on Wednesday.
And Orange County is becoming increasingly blue. Even though Republicans have a 3.8-percentage point advantage among the county’s electorate, Democrats are on a trajectory to overtake the GOP in voter registration in the next few years.
In 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama in Orange County by 6 points.
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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz 'stunned' by Trump's election (4.99/31)

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz sent a solemn note to Starbucks' more than 120,000 US employees on Wednesday morning, following Donald Trump's presidential election win.
"Last night, like so many of you, I watched the election returns with family and friends. And like so many of our fellow Americans — both Democrats and Republicans — I am stunned," the note begins.
The CEO goes on to encourage the chain's workers to move "onward together. "
Schultz has long been an outspoken figure when it comes to politics, known for his support of progressive causes. In September, he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
"I think it's obvious that Hillary Clinton needs to be the next president," Schultz said in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow in September. "On the other side, we've seen such vitriolic display of bigotry and hate and divisiveness, and that is not the leadership we need for the future of the country. "
On Sunday, prior to the election, Schultz wrote a letter to employees criticizing the "epic, unseemly" election, and asked them to share in compassion and empathy.
Starbucks also recently attempted to promote pre-election unity with seasonal green cups, featuring an illustration showing the faces of more than a hundred people drawn with a single continuous line.
Here's Wednesday's post-election note in its entirety:
Dear partners,
Last night, like so many of you, I watched the election returns with family and friends. And like so many of our fellow Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – I am stunned.
We cannot know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world. I am hopeful that we will overcome the vitriol and division of this unprecedented election season.
As Americans, we must honor the democratic process. We have a president-elect in Donald Trump, and it is our responsibility as citizens to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together.
Whether you are pleased or disappointed by the outcome, we each still have a choice. Today and every day, we have a choice in how we treat one another in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and of course in our stores.
We can choose to answer the challenges of the day with kindness and compassion. We can choose to listen, to understand and to act with respect. We can choose to live by the values that reside in each of us, and honor our commitment to nurture the human spirit with love, and offer everyone in our stores and communities a place of inclusion and optimism.
Today, I trust you, and I trust all that is good in our country. Let's take care of each other and the people in our lives. I believe we will each find the best version of ourselves to help our country move on in the direction we all deserve. Together is where our collective power lies, as partners, and as Americans.
I am so very proud to be your partner.
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The popular vote doesn’t matter (4.82/31)

SAN DIEGO , November 9, 2016 —  The Democratic Party is still in shock over last night’s resounding Trump victory. Some consolation is being articulated in the knowledge that Hillary at least won the popular vote.
VP running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine  said:
“She became the first major party nominee as a woman to be president and last night, won the popular vote of Americans.”
For this reason, some perspective is in order.
Actually, Clinton did not win the popular vote because we were not taking a popular vote. We were taking an electoral college vote. True, technically she did win a certain  nation-wide counting that we call a popular vote but in reality this tally is nothing more than a mere shadow of the electoral college, showing how the votes would look if we were to ignore the states they came from and throw them all into one bundle. However, this was a nation which knew ahead of time that the votes were going to be determined by the states. Knowing this effected the way people voted.
For example, many Democrats in California may not have felt the need to vote for Clinton since they knew California was not a battleground state, but rather, a blue state. In California, Hillary was a shoe-in. Likewise, many Republicans in California, who preferred a different nominee than Trump and wanted to appease their consciences by not voting for him have admitted over Facebook and other Internet exchanges that had they thought their California vote mattered, they might have plugged their noses and marked the ballot for Trump as the lessor of two evils in order to prevent a Clinton victory. But knowing Trump had no chance in California, they were able to have their cake and eat it to. On one hand, they can brag that they never voted for Trump. On the other hand, they would not have been held responsible for a Clinton victory.
The situation was the same in state after state. Nobody in Tennessee or Alabama had doubts that Trump would win. Nobody in Massachusetts or New York had doubts that Clinton would win.
Had our country thrown out the electoral college and decided to go with a straight popular vote, our citizens would have viewed their own votes as being far more important. Nobody knows how it would have come out. Therefore, the so-called  “popular vote” that Clinton won does not really tell us anything.
In the face of such elections it is important to review the wisdom of our Forefathers in setting up the electoral college.
We must keep in mind that America was created to be a union of separate states functioning in many ways as their own separate countries, but united for common good such as mutual protection. In this vein, each state individually names its own pick for president. If this were not the case, politicians would do the lion’s share of their campaigning in our most heavily populated areas such as New York City and Los Angeles. The middle of the country could be virtually ignored.
Our country is not called America. It is called The United States of America. That is why we have an electoral college and that is why the ill titled “popular vote” does not matter.
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Pakistan deports National Geographic's iconic 'Afghan Girl' (4.56/31)

Peshwar - Pakistan on Wednesday deported National Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" to her native Afghanistan after a regional court had convicted her on charges of carrying a forged Pakistani ID card and staying in the country illegally.
The case of Sharbat Gulla has drawn international attention and criticism of Pakistani authorities over their perceived harsh treatment of the iconic refugee.
Gulla and her four children were handed over to Afghan authorities at the Torkham border crossing, about 60km northwest of the Pakistani city of Peshawar, before dawn on Wednesday.
Earlier, a visibly unhappy Gulla, clad in a blue, all-encompassing traditional women's burqa, and her children were taken from Peshawar to the border in a convoy, which included several Afghan officials, said a local government administrator Fayaz Khan.
At the crossing, Gulla turned once to look back at Pakistani territory and softly murmured good wishes for the people of Pakistan - her home of many years, according to two customs officials at the scene. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.
Gulla was arrested in late October on charges of carrying fake Pakistani ID papers and staying in Pakistan illegally. A Peshawar court later ordered her deported.
She gained international fame in 1984 as an Afghan refugee girl, after war photographer Steve McCurry's photograph of her, with piercing green eyes, was published on National Geographic's cover.
McCurry found her again in 2002. In 2014, she went into hiding after authorities accused her of buying fake Pakistani documents.
Khan, the local official, said Gulla was to be flown to the Afghan capital of Kabul later in the day, where she was to attend a function in her honor hosted by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Ghani's office did not immediately confirm that event was planned.
Peshawar provincial authorities had reportedly tried to find a legal way for Gulla to stay in the country on humanitarian grounds, but she declined the offer, according to Khan.
After the Peshawar court sentenced her to 15 days in jail and a fine of $1 000, she fell ill and was admitted to at Peshawar's Lady Reading hospital.
On Wednesday, the hospital staff presented Gulla a bouquet of red roses before bidding her farewell, said Dr Mukhtiar Zaman. He described Gulla as still being weak from her illness.

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Bodies found on man’s property were buried for a year (4.43/31)

Two bodies found on the rural property of a South Carolina man linked to five other deaths were a couple who had a history of panhandling and had been buried there for nearly a year, authorities said Wednesday.
One of the victims was 25-year-old Meagan Coxie of Spartanburg, who appears to have died from a gunshot wound to the head. The other was her husband, 29-year-old Johnny Coxie, who was shot in his chest, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said.
Their families were told the couple was killed, and they’re grieving, he said.
“It’s bad news but also they have questions that we’re able to give them answers to. This isn’t a run of the mill case. It never has been,” Clevenger said.
Their “extensive tattoos” helped identify them, he said. The couple has at least one child.
Authorities caught a break in the cold cases last week when investigators searching the property discovered a woman alive and chained in a large storage container, yelling for help. Her boyfriend’s body was later found in a shallow grave on the land. That couple had disappeared about two months earlier.
The property owner, Todd Kohlhepp, was arrested at his suburban home in Moore, about 10 miles away. After his arrest, deputies say he confessed to killing four other people in the county at a motorcycle shop in 2003. He acknowledged the grisly cold case after authorities granted him several requests, including letting him speak to his mother. He also led authorities to the graves on his property.
Authorities believe they’ve uncovered all the bodies there, Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Bobo said.
Kohlhepp, 45, was denied bond Sunday on four murder charges in the killing of the motorcycle shop’s owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper. He has chosen to represent himself. More charges are expected.
“There’s no reason to rush,” Bobo said. “He’s not going anywhere.”
As a teen, Kohlhepp was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Arizona for binding and raping a 14-year-old neighbor at gunpoint. Released in 2001, he managed to obtain a real estate license in South Carolina in 2006 and by most accounts, lived a very private but seemingly quiet life.
The couple identified Wednesday was reported missing last December, after being released from jail earlier that month. Meagan Coxie had told her mother she needed to be bonded out so she could go to a job, but then her mother lost contact, Bobo said. He did not specify why they were in jail.
Both had outstanding arrest warrants on “various offenses” issued after they disappeared, Bobo said.
The two were buried roughly 11 months ago, Clevenger said.
“There’s no way of putting an exact time of death,” he said.
Also Wednesday, the metal container where the woman spent two months locked inside was removed from the 95-acre property.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman because the suspect is a sex offender, though authorities have not said whether she was sexually assaulted. Her boyfriend was 32-year-old Charlie Carver.
Carver’s estranged wife, 35-year-old Nichole Ellen Carver, was arrested Tuesday after police said she posed as a detective when she called AT&T last month to try to track down Charlie Carver’s phone.

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Bank group writes to Trump seeking less regulation for small institutions (4.40/31)

WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - The leading U. S. banking trade group asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to consider lightening regulations for smaller banks after he takes office in January. The American Bankers Association wrote to Trump that high capital requirements and the costs of complying with rules "have forced some community banks out of product lines and others out of business, exacerbating a disturbing trend in consolidation. " The group also said Trump should consider working with the incoming Republican-controlled Congress on simplifying regulations for mortgages, reducing the role of the federal government in housing finance, expanding low-income tax credits and reinstating the national flood insurance program. It called as well for increasing funds for small-business loans, changing the tax treatment of student loans, using regulation to help foster financial technology and increasing data security for financial services. "More efficient regulation of banks and policies that make credit and debt more manageable for borrowers can increase the ability for all - lenders and borrowers alike - to participate in the credit cycle and generate economic growth and prosperity," the group wrote. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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West Seattle students protest outcome of election (4.34/31)

Hundreds of West Seattle High School students that staged a walkout Wednesday morning to protest Donald Trump as president-elect were joined by administrators.
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Officials at the school say administrators joined the students on their walk down California Avenue to express their anger toward the outcome of the election.
The students are protesting because they are not old enough to vote, officials say. Many have signs reading, “not my president.”
The reaction from the students isn’t the first public outcry over Donald Trump’s election in Seattle. Overnight , disgruntled voters hit the streets of Capitol Hill, setting fires and blocking traffic.
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Here's What Students Are Saying About The Election Results (4.29/31)

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At 8 a.m. sharp, just hours after Donald J. Trump was declared president-elect, the hallways at Harrisburg High's Sci-Tech Campus were buzzing. There were tears, but also a few subtle nods in approval of the results. But mostly the students expressed their deep desire for Americans here in Pennsylvania and around the country to come together.
So we asked students — What would that take? Did they see Trump as their president? Will he be able to heal a divided nation. Here's what they said:
Faridatou Issiako, 18
"I am still shaken up by the results. It still hasn't hit me yet. But, last night I had so much anxiety, you know, from the poll numbers rising up and down. Hillary is in the lead and then Trump is in the lead. But now, it's clear that Trump has won. "
Destiny Perez, 17
"In my opinion, I don't think Trump can do anything to unite the country or the people as a whole, because his campaign... He literally split people more and more apart. He's not what I would want in a president at all. "
Lacey Thomas, 17
"For Trump's side, I really supported bringing the jobs back and that type of things, create more opportunities. And also the wall. "
Ariana Cruz, 15
"Making [immigrants] come back, but legally. And like, have them sign their papers and that stuff so they would be eligible to live in the U. S. legally. I would agree with everything he has said. "
Ahmir Cy Edmonds, 16
"Everyone is really afraid of what Donald Trump could do as president. Just being divided, that's the biggest problem right now. "
Amira Ellison, 17
"In regards to what Trump can do and say, only thing he can do is by his actions. He has to show everyone that he is for everyone. "
Ahmya Woodyard, 16
"When he gave his first speech after he became President[-elect]... how humbling he became. It was like a switch turned on. He won't be as mean and nasty as he was before. He actually just wants to help our country. And he will be the president that we need him to be. "
Alexis Robinson, 15
"I'm getting nervous because, I don't know, for me being an African-American. Am I safe where I am living? And, it's kinda scary because I don't want to feel that way. It's really serious right now. I have no choice but to see Donald Trump as my president. Because otherwise, I would not be a citizen, I would just be standing around, living. "

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Prescription drug pricing measure Proposition 61 goes down to defeat (4.26/31)

Proposition 61, the most expensive statewide initiative on the ballot this November, has been defeated by a 54-46 margin.
The ballot measure sought to lower prescription drug prices by requiring that state agencies pay no more for medicines than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
Proponents of the measure, funded almost entirely by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation , had argued that Proposition 61 would be a strong voter rebuke of pharmaceutical industry greed. Supporters included Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who campaigned up and down the state for the measure.
Drug companies led the campaign opposing the proposition, raising a record $109 million to defeat the measure. They argued the initiative could lead to higher drug costs for veterans and seniors if the pharmaceutical industry refused to sell the state medicines at lower prices.
Proponents of the measure raised more than $19 million to support it, and fundraising figures for both sides made it one of the priciest ballot measures in California history.

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MLB To Destroy, Not Donate, Indians Championship Gear (4.20/31)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Clothing and other items celebrating a 2016 Cleveland Indians World Series championship that never happened will be destroyed instead of donated to those in need.
Championship merchandise is produced for both teams when a major title is on the line so items can be immediately sold to the winning team’s fans. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Indians in the World Series last week.
ESPN and The Huffington Post report Major League Baseball is asking retailers to give back Indians championship gear so it can be destroyed. MLB had donated clothing to needy countries through the charity World Vision since 2005.
MLB says it has opted to destroy the items this year in order to “protect the team from inaccurate merchandise being available in the general marketplace.”
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Brain implants with wireless signal let paralyzed monkeys move normally — RT News (4.18/31)

Neuroscientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) developed a technology which allows the sending of signals from the brain to the muscles bypassing the damaged part of the spinal cord.
By adding a wireless brain implant and electrodes in the primates' spinal cord, scientists enabled monkeys with spinal cord injuries to walk again, research  published in the journal Nature showed.
" We developed an implantable, wireless system that operates in real-time and enabled a primate to behave freely, without the constraint of tethered electronics ," neuroscientist Gregoire Courtine who led the experiment said, as quoted by Reuters.
The scientist, who treated two monkeys in China, each with one leg paralyzed by a partial spinal cord lesion, explained that he and his team got to understand " how to extract brain signals that encode flexion and extension movements of the leg with a mathematical algorithm. "
They then linked the decoded signals associated with leg movement to particular key points in the lower part of the spine, below the injury. Devices receiving a wireless signal from the brain then generate electrical pulses that activate leg muscles into motion.
With the wireless brain implant in place, both monkeys partially regained the use of their paralyzed legs within two weeks of sustaining their injury, without any special training.
" They have demonstrated that the animals can regain not only coordinated but also weight-bearing function, which is important for locomotion. This is great work ," the Nature quoted neuroscientist Gaurav Sharma as saying.
Independent experts not directly involved in the work said it was an important step towards a potential treatment for immobile people, Reuters reported.
" In principle this is reproducible in human patients ," a specialist in restorative neuroscience at Imperial College London, Simone Di Giovanni said, adding that the results his Swiss colleagues achieved are " solid, very promising and exciting. "
Although applying the brain-spine interface to the treatment of human patients is more complicated because the human brain decoding is much more complex, according to Courtine, the neuroscientist has already started a trial in two people with spinal-cord injury in Switzerland, using a pared-down version of the technology.

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#Kanye2020? #MichelleforPresident? Social media is already looking ahead to 2020. (4.15/31)

As the sun rose Wednesday and the reality sunk in that Republican Donald Trump is now the President-elect, some Twitter, Facebook and Instagram users started casting about for a challenger to unseat Trump in 2020. Two of the most common picks are people who have never held elected office before, but as social media pointed out, if Trump can win, they could too: rapper Kanye West and first lady Michelle Obama.
West previously announced his “candidacy” in August 2015 at MTV’s Video Music Awards , and confirmed that he was supposedly serious about the bid in 2016 in an interview with BBC One. Beyond that, however, he hasn’t laid any groundwork for a run, though Trump also publicly flirted with a run in 2012.
Obama, on the other hand, has constantly been the subject of rumors that she might seek political office. She was a key surrogate for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign, drawing praise for her speeches. Obama is a hugely popular figure with national recognition, but she has repeatedly said she has no desire to seek election, and her husband said prior to Tuesday’s election that she would “ never run for office.”
Don’t tell the public that though. Early Wednesday morning, the hashtage #Kanye2020 and #Michelle2020 both began trending on Twitter. Below are just a smattering of some of the posts.

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Seattle mayor decries Trump, vows says immigrants welcome (3.99/31)

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday the country had elected a leader who has “demonstrated outright misogyny” and displayed “racism and authoritarian tendencies.”
Speaking at a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Murray said despite the views held by President-elect Donald Trump, Seattle would remain a welcoming city for immigrants, minorities and others. He said Seattle would continue to be a “sanctuary city” that would shelter illegal immigrants, even if it meant losing federal funding.
He said Seattle was committed to building and growing its relationship with the government of Mexico.
While Trump won a majority of electoral votes, he lost Washington state. And voters in King County, which includes Seattle and is the state’s largest, voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Seattle was one of several cities that saw protests following the election and some high school students walked out of classes Wednesday to protest the election results.
Murray, who as a state lawmaker led efforts to legalize gay marriage in Washington, said the gay community would not give up the progress made on same-sex marriage.
“The president-elect has said he wants to turn back our rights,” Murray said. “We will not lose the gains we’ve made, the rings on our fingers.”
Murray also urged the city’s liberal residents to not condemn people who voted for the Republican candidate but to “understand and move forward.”
He said the country and the world had yet to recover from a global economic downturn and that it had produced anger in the United States and within Seattle.
“The Great Recession has dislocated the politics in our country and across the globe,” Murray said. “The political landscape has shifted, and shifted massively.”

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Trump On Global Issues And Foreign Aid (3.99/31)

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No one knows what the Trump Administration has planned for the U. S. foreign aid programs and other global initiatives that fight poverty and disease.
Some topics he has not addressed. Global advocacy groups such as the ONE Campaign have tried to get Trump to share his ideas of how to "tackle extreme poverty" on the record. After a year of campaigning, he still hasn't responded.
But President-elect Donald Trump has commented on a number of global issues. Here's what he's said in speeches and interviews.
"Perhaps the best use of our limited financial resources should be in dealing with making sure that every person in the world has clean water," said Trump in an interview on science, medical and environmental issues with Chemical & Engineering News in September 2016.
In a C-SPAN recording of a press briefing from October 2015, an audience member who identified himself as a college student asked Trump whether he would support PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, which was established by President George W. Bush in 2003. The specific question: Would he double the number of people on treatment to 230 million people by the year 2020?
Trump responded: "The answer is yes. I believe strongly in that. And we are going to lead the way. "
In an interview with The New York Times in March 2016, Trump said he was in favor of providing humanitarian aid — the umbrella term for food and disaster assistance — depending on how friendly a country was to the U. S.
But he would also redirect some aid dollars to domestic issues, reports Humanosphere. "It is necessary that we invest in our infrastructure, stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate us and use that money to rebuild our tunnels, roads, bridges and schools – and nobody can do that better than me," said Trump in a June announcement.
In an interview with The Washington Post in March, editorial editor Fred Hiatt asked Trump if the U. S. should have a role in promoting our values or democracy abroad. Trump's response touched on setting priorities for government spending both at home and in other countries.
He responded: "I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they'd be blown up. And we'd build another one and it would get blown up. And we would rebuild it three times. And yet we can't build a school in Brooklyn. We have no money for education, because we can't build in our own country. And at what point do you say hey, we have to take care of ourselves. So, you know, I know the outer world exists and I'll be very cognizant of that but at the same time, our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially in the inner cities. "
At a rally in Minnesota on Monday, Trump said he would suspend the Syrian refugee program. According to The Guardian, he said: "We will pause admissions from terror-prone regions until a full security assessment has been performed and until a proven vetting mechanism has been established. "
Trump hasn't revealed a clear plan of how to do that, but he has said it would require "extreme vetting," reports The Guardian.
In August, Trump to The Miami Herald about Venezuela's economic crisis , which has caused skyrocketing prices and massive shortages of food and medicine.
Trump said he has "many friends" in Venezuela who have been updating him on the crisis. "They're telling me what's going on," he says. "But Venezuela's got tremendous problems right now. Even for getting food. And when I look at it, I'm so sad because I know how great the people of Venezuela are. "
Asked what the U. S. should do, he said: "The leaders aren't very friendly to our leaders. But of course our leaders don't get along with too many people. But certainly, if we could help in some way, we should help. But they have some very deep-seated problems. "
In August, asked how he would handle the Zika epidemic, Trump told The Miami Herald that Congress should approve additional funding to fight the Zika virus.
"For one thing, I would let some of the funds that they're asking for come in," he said. He lauded Florida Governor Rick Scott's efforts to stop the spread of Zika-carrying mosquitoes. "It's a very tough problem to solve but they're spraying all over the place," he said.

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Putin Reaches Out To Trump, Calls For End To 'Current Crisis' (3.99/31)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin on Wednesday. Putin says that Moscow hopes to restore good relations with the United States in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin on Wednesday. Putin says that Moscow hopes to restore good relations with the United States in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.
They traded compliments during the campaign. Those comments then became part of the campaign itself. And now that Donald Trump has won the U. S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated him and raised the prospect of a fresh start in U. S.-Russia relations.
In a telegram, the Russian leader said he was confident he and Trump could start "a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other's positions. " He also expressed the hope that Trump would help resolve "the current crisis" in U. S.-Russian relations.
Russia closely followed the U. S. vote, with overnight coverage on the 24-hour state news channel, including an election map and an electoral vote counter in a corner of the screen. Before commercial breaks, two actors dressed as the Republican and Democratic candidates played out short skits: Trump sneaking a drink from Hillary Clinton's water bottle, or Clinton coughing in Trump's face.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin "wasn't glued to the television. He has a lot to do, after all, he's the president of the Russian Federation. "
The election matters to Russia. The economy has been in a recession since 2014, caused by a drop in the price of oil – the country's main export – and punitive Western sanctions imposed in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for an armed uprising in eastern Ukraine.
Trump was largely seen as the favored candidate in Moscow, though last week, Putin denied he had a preference.
At one point in the U. S. campaign, Trump indicated he might consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and could review the sanctions against Russia. Trump also questioned NATO's security guarantees for U. S. allies, and was willing to make the most of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, blamed on a Russian cyberattack.
A party in parliament
In the Russian parliament, there was a celebration when Trump's victory was announced.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist firebrand who advocates the restoration of the Soviet Union's borders, threw a Trump victory party in the parliament , serving sausage, candy and sparkling wine.
Speaking to state television, Zhirinovsky predicted Trump would ease sanctions and lower tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East.
"Everything will calm down, and humanity will breathe a sigh of relief," Zhirinovsky said.
The leader of the Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, disagreed. He said nothing would change, arguing that the United States has been following "a strategy of expansion" for the past 200 years.
Putin's closest allies took the middle road. Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of parliament, said he hoped for more a more respectful tone in relations with the United States.
Volodin was echoing the words of his boss, who received foreign ambassadors at a Kremlin ceremony Wednesday. Putin told the diplomats that it "won't be an easy road" to repair relations with the United States, and repeated that Russia wasn't to blame.
Failed 'reset'
Putin's conciliatory comments contrasted sharply with the Kremlin's reaction to Barack Obama's election to his first presidential term in 2008. While most of the world celebrated the day after Obama's victory, Russia's president at the time – Putin protégé Dmitry Medvedev – threatened to deploy nuclear-capable missiles to the border with Poland.
Following his inauguration, Obama reached out to Moscow with the so-called "reset" in relations, which had soured under President George W. Bush. Obama's first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, became responsible for finding as much common ground as possible with the Kremlin to advance the administration's foreign policy priorities: winding down two U. S. wars, reaching a deal over Iran's nuclear program, and reducing existing U. S. and Russian nuclear weapons arsenals.
But the reset failed. When anti-government demonstrations broke out in Moscow in 2011, as Putin prepared to seek a third presidential term, the Russian leader blamed Clinton for "sending a signal" to Russian opposition leaders.
Putin handily won Russia's 2012 presidential election and began a crackdown on his domestic opponents. Relations only worsened when Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and then backed a rebellion in eastern Ukraine. The Obama administration and its European allies responded with economic sanctions on Russia. Relations deteriorated even further when Russia sent war planes to support Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad last year.
Obama and Putin may both attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru later this month. A final decision on Putin's attendance is in the works, Kremlin spokesman Peskov said Wednesday.
There are no plans for a Trump-Putin meeting in the foreseeable future, he said.

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Makeup artist who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault upset over election results: 'I truly feel Hillary's pain' (3.99/31)

The Queens makeup artist who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault couldn't cover up her disappointment in the election results Wednesday.
"Well, my head is pounding but why should I be so shocked? Donald always got what Donald wanted," Jill Harth said in a somber Twitter post after the election upset .
"I truly feel Hillary's pain," she added.
In an interview with the Daily News Tuesday night, Harth said she didn't regret stepping forward with her claims of sexual assault, despite what she called an onslaught of online bullying from Trump supporters.
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"This brought it out into the open," she said. "So many people have written to me and said (something similar) happened to them too, but they were afraid to say it out loud. It opened up a huge conversation. "
Speaking after the New York polls closed but before the race was called for Trump, Harth said she voted for Clinton even though she's a registered Republican.
She joked a Trump victory might mean she would "suddenly disappear. "
"I don't want to wind up in Siberia," she said in jest.
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Harth, 54, claimed she wasn't worried about Trump suing her and his other accusers over their allegations, as he has vowed to do.
"I'm not overly concerned about it," she told The News. "I know how he is, and I know what his vulnerabilities are. If he did sue me, I will be guns blazing. "
She expressed confidence in her lawyer Lisa Bloom to take on the billionaire businessman turned political juggernaut.
"I would happily represent her — and any woman sued by Donald Trump over allegations of sex assault — for free," Bloom told The News on Tuesday. “And I would crowd-fund the defense cost.”
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"I have received thousands of messages from people offering support," the California civil rights lawyer added.
Harth initially sued Trump for sexual harassment and attempted rape in 1997, claiming he assaulted her during business dealings in the early 1990s.
She ended the suit when Trump settled a separate contract dispute with her and her then partner George Houraney, but she has stood by her claims.
According to Harth, Trump took her and Houraney to a nightclub in 1992 to celebrate a deal involving the couple's event promotion company. She said Trump sat beside her and ran his hand up her skirt without permission.
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"He stuck his hand up my dress quickly, very stealthily, and reached the target," she said. “He went right to my vaginal area. It was shocking to have a man of his stature do that.”
Harth claims months later she was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for a contract-signing event when he pulled her aside during a tour and pushed her up against a wall.
"He whisked me into this room and next thing I knew, he force kissed me and his hands were all over me and up my dress again," she said
After the lawsuits, while Harth was going through a tough divorce with Houraney, she said Trump seemed to have changed - so she decided to forgive him and begin a dating relationship.
The romance was short-lived, and Harth said she would have remained silent about their bumpy history if Trump hadn't branded her a liar when her lawsuit resurfaced during the election.
Trump called her allegations "meritless" and shared emails Harth sent early in his campaign that expressed support for the GOP candidate and inquired about jobs doing his hair and makeup.
Harth said she regretted sending those messages.
"In retrospect, I wish I hadn't sent them, but you have to remember, I thought we were friends at that point," she said. “I had forgiven him and blocked it out and moved on. I worked like a dog recreating myself and I was thinking as a businesswoman. I took a page out of his book.”
She described the 2005 Access Hollywood tape leaked to the Washington Post in early October as a "vindication. "
On the recording, Trump was heard bragging to host Billy Bush about his ability as a celebrity to kiss and grope women he didn't know without their consent.
Trump dismissed his words as "locker room talk" and said he never acted on the boasts.
Harth was one of more than a dozen women who publicly accused him of such misconduct.
"It's been a long year. And my involvement in it was exhausting," Harth told The News Tuesday night, saying she hoped to quickly move on with the election over.
"I feel like I can start my life anew and concentrate again on myself and my business and not have the rollercoaster of the up and down anymore," she said.

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Why were the election polls so wrong? How Donald Trump defied predictions (3.99/31)

Republican Donald Trump will become the next US president. Many will be wondering who, among the estimated 129 million voters in the 2016 election, Trump has to thank for his victory.
Possibly, not most of them. Current projections suggest that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton might narrowly claim a larger share of the popular vote. But the distribution of votes in the electoral college still means that Trump finished the night with 276 of the 270 college votes needed to win – and, once final counts come in from states that still haven’t officially been called, that count will probably jump to 306.
As I have written , part of the reason Trump’s win is being described as a “ stunning upset ” is because most opinion polling was inaccurate. And yet, the only information we have right now to make sense of Trump’s victory is yet more polling data – this time from exit polls.
Those exit polls point to one clear, deep divide in voting behavior – race. White voters chose Trump, non-white voters chose Clinton. This appears to be different from previous polling data, where the difference between candidates’ national popularity was so narrow that relatively small errors could affect the overall accuracy of results. The gap in Trump support between white voters and non-white voters is so large that even if exit polls were inaccurate, that difference probably still stands.
Perhaps that’s not surprising for a candidate who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. What’s more surprising though is that exit polling suggests Trump was able to slightly increase his vote share among black, Hispanic and Asian voters compared with Mitt Romney’s performance in 2012.
There are other demographic cleavages in US voting, but they don’t appear quite as dramatic as the racial one. Exit polls suggest that, as expected, more women voted for Clinton while more men voted for Donald Trump. Much like the UK’s Brexit result, younger voters (a demographic which typically has lower turnout rates ) seemed to choose the losing candidate. Only 37% of voters aged 18-29 voted for Trump, compared with 53% of those aged 65 and over. Those numbers come from Edison Research, which spoke to 24,537 voters leaving 350 voting places across the country on election day.
Exit polling data on income points to another surprising result. The poorest voters, those with an income of $49,000 or less, seemed to choose Clinton over Trump –albeit by a much smaller margin than in 2012. For months, Trump was projected to win big among this group.
All this doesn’t necessarily mean that the numbers were wrong. These exit polls don’t reflect how people, or demographics, really work. American voters are not poor or black or female or college educated. In reality, people fit into multiple different groups at once. Two facts are simultaneously possible – that the poorest voters chose Clinton and that the poorest white voters chose Trump.
In data analysis, this process of looking at two different variables at once means looking at the “crosstabs”. The exit polling data does offer us one such crosstab – race and educational status. Those numbers suggest that Trump has one very clear group supporting him: white voters who don’t have a college degree. The numbers on race and education point to such a clear cleavage that even if they are slightly inaccurate, the overall conclusion still likely holds true.
That group might also offer some clues as to why polls were so badly off. Analysts have found that the states where Republican support was underestimated correlate with the states with a large non-college-educated white share of the population.
But it might be an overstatement to say that this group secured Trump’s victory. To understand that, we would need a detailed breakdown of votes by state, which we don’t yet have. There are other factors here, such as the millions of votes which went to third-party candidates, and whether Democratic turnout overall was down (it appears that it was).
Again, these numbers have their limitations – and they can be dangerous. Similar polling data led the Clinton campaign to feel quietly confident of a victory in Wisconsin and Michigan, and to therefore air few advertisements in those states. Both ended up voting for President-elect Donald Trump.

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Paddy Power faced with £4m bill after Republican's victory (3.99/31)

They say the bookie always wins, but not on Tuesday night.
Three weeks ago, bookmaker Paddy Power paid out £800,000 in winnings to punters who had backed Hillary Clinton to be the next US president, only now to be left with a bill for £4m to pay clients who had backed Donald Trump .
“We’re in the business of making predictions and decided to put our neck on the line by paying out early on Hillary Clinton, but boy did we get it wrong,” a Paddy Power spokesman said.
“We’ve been well and truly thumped by Trump, with his victory leaving us with the biggest political payout in the company’s history and some very, very expensive egg on our faces.”

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Yale professor makes economics midterm 'optional' for the students who are distraught over Trump winning the election (3.99/31)

A Yale University professor has given his students a reprieve as a result of the controversial US election and made an exam optional for those who are 'in shock' over Donald Trump being named as the President-elect. The unnamed economics professor’s email to his students in New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday night was posted on Twitter by Jon Victor, an editor at the Yale Daily News. In it the professor explained that 'many' students had asked to postpone the exam because they were in 'fear. rightly or wrongly, for their own families'. However, the professor - who is in charge of the Econ 115 'introductory microeconomics' unit - said that it was too difficult to postpone the exam. 'Therefore, I am making the exam optional,' the email said. 'I will calculate each student's grade both with and without exam 2, placing all of exam 2's weight on the final exam when exam 2 is omitted. 'I will then take, for each student, the maximum of the two final grades (with and without exam). Those maximum scores will then be used for the final curve.'  Furthermore, students heading into other exams also asked their professors for the test to be 'optional' as well, however were not granted the privilege. Victor later tweeted that students in BIO 114 pleaded for a change to their midterm due to the 'emotional toll' of the election, but it was denied. One plea, posted to a student forum anonymously, said the result of the election was irrelevant, and that postponing exams was about focus and mental health. 'Given the stressful path of the results of the election thus far, regardless of the outcome, the majority of the student body at Yale will be emotionally distraught and distracted tomorrow, and our performance on the midterm will be hindered massively,' the message said. 'Is there nay (sic) hope of postponing the exam to preserve the sanctity and mental health of students in this class? 'Even though the midterm is more about application than fact recall, I am fairly confident that it will be nearly impossible for anyone to focus tomorrow morning. 'I am sure that man students would even make arrangements to come outside of class time if it means that we will be in a better mental state when taking the exam. 'Please consider such an act of kindness.' Yale is yet to officially comment on the 'optional' exam.

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Trump and the J-1 Visa: Is it going to be abolished? (3.99/31)

In August 2015, Donald Trump declared that if he were to be elected as president, the J-1 Visa would be terminated.
The billionaire businessman described the scheme as a jobs programme for “foreign youths” and wanted it replaced with a scheme which created jobs for young people in US inner cities.
Now president-elect, some lawyers in the US are predicting that Trump will stick to his word.
“I do believe he will abolish the J-1 Visa because in 2015, he unequivocally stated that he was going to revoke it and effectively now he wants to give those jobs to inner city youths,” US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella told
“There have already been restrictions placed on the visa. As of July 2017, students will not be allowed to enter the US unless they have a job already. As it stands, there is only one visa that allows you to come into America without a job, and that is the self-employed visa.”
With offices in both Florida and Dublin, Limerick native Caro says she is not surprised by the outcome of the election.
“Being in the states and listening to people over there, they wanted change. They are tired of the political establishment. He is a great salesman, and he sold a story that the Americans bought,” she said.
When asked about whether Trump will be able to revoke existing visas, she says she can’t see this happening.
“I don’t believe that anyone who is currently in the states under a J-1 visa is going to have that taken from them. Anyone that is over there, is fine, it is the person who will be looking for a visa over the next two years that will be affected.”
To enact the legislation to abolish the visa, Caro says it would be a straight forward process.
“He is legally permitted to do quite a lot because he now has a majority in Congress. If he wants the visa revoked, he can propose this to Congress who will create the bill, and all he has to do is sign it into law.
“You also have the Supreme Court issue. It is the highest court in the US and you have nine judges,, currently there are eight. There is one place open and the president will appoint this. Currently, there are four Republican and 4 Democratic, so when Trump becomes president, he can appoint a Republican Supreme Court Justice.”
Student and youth travel agents, USIT and SAYIT, who organise the J-1 programmes, declined to give a comment.
Meanwhile, Irish graduates who are currently living in the US on J-1 Visa programmes are concerned about what Trump’s election will mean for them.
Paddy Sheehan (26), originally from Limerick, is currently working in Chicago as an engineer on a graduate visa.
“I doubt Trump could void current visas that have already been awarded. It's a shame though that he has plans to abolish the J-1 scheme; it's a great programme with a lot of benefits to Irish people and American employers. Who I really feel sorry for though, is the undocumented Irish who have really made their life here, be a worrying transition for them.
Reacting to the election, Paddy says we have to accept what the American people wanted.
“For me I don't find it disgraceful because at the end of the day it's how the American people voted and it's up to them, what's disgraceful is how people can still find a candidate like him plausible after everything he has said and done.”
Padraig Joyce, an Irish-American who lived in Berkeley, California on a J-1 in 2011, is disappointed by the outcome.
He has been living in San Francisco for the past three years, and admits he is considering moving home.
“I'm not a happy American citizen after the election. I'm angry and upset but mostly I'm shocked. I'm shocked to discover how ignorant the majority of this nation, a world leading country, I've chosen to live in is.
“I still can't believe Trump was allowed to run as a candidate, don't mind actually being elected as the new president. He has offended women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, Muslims and the Hispanic community, just to name a few.
“When I first made the decision to use my dual citizenship and move out to America about 4 years ago, I had an idea it was the best place to be and always about 10 years ahead of the rest of the world.
“Now, I personally feel American history will take a good few steps backwards after this result. Unfortunately, this decision doesn't only affect Americans, It will have a worldwide effect in my opinion.”
Sibéal Ní Cearbhalláin, a master’s student in Dublin, met Trump during the summer of 2013 while working as a hostess in the terrace of his hotel.
“I don’t understand his mindset by saying that he’s abolishing the J-1 visa.
“I’m not sure he’s aware of the number of Irish students who go over and work for him.”

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Liberia's Johnson Sirleaf saddened, concerned after Trump win (3.99/31)

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday she was saddened by the fact U. S. voters had not elected a woman president, and expressed concern about what President-elect Donald Trump's policy towards Africa would be. Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected a head of state in Africa, said: "We are extremely saddened by this missed opportunity on the part of the people of the United States to join smaller democracies in ending the marginalisation of women. " In an interview with BBC television, she said that Liberia, a nation founded in the 19th century by freed American slaves, had a long and historical relationship with the United States and she expected that to continue. "We are concerned as to whether President-elect Trump will have an African agenda, will be able to build bridges with Africa. We can only hope that he will do so in due course. "I'm worried about trade deals for Liberia, for Africa. I'm worried about investment and the special programmes that have been put in place by President Obama and by President George Bush before him, and we just don't know what the policy towards Africa will be. " (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Flint's mayor says 'the people have spoken' after Donald Trump's election (3.98/31)

FLINT, MI – Mayor Karen Weaver says the people have spoken.
Weaver, who publicly announced her support for Hillary Clinton for president and spent election night at her party in New York City, issued an Oct. 9 statement after Donald Trump was able to edge the former Secretary of State to become the nation's next president.
"The people have spoken and that is what democracy is all about," Weaver said. "This presidential election really shows that our voice matters and every vote counts, as Michigan became a deciding factor in the outcome. "
Flint has been a hotbed for political campaigns throughout the bid for the president's seat. Both Clinton and Donald Trump have campaigned in the city and addressed the city's water crisis.
Clinton's camp also produced a number of political ads targeting Flint residents and included Weaver and some of those messages.
Weaver said the country needs to move forward despite their loss.
"In the end, regardless of race and socioeconomic status we are all Americans," Weaver said. "This county belongs to all of us and we must work together to move forward. We congratulate Donald Trump and will certainly keep him in our prayers. "

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Dick Bove: For banks, Trump's election is a 'grand slam' (3.97/31)

As the market sorts out who will benefit and who will not during a Donald Trump administration, count one in the winner's bracket: Banks.
Despite getting little Wall Street cash during the election, Trump already is being perceived as friendly to the $15 trillion banking industry. He has promised a rollback in regulation, and traders quickly interpreted his win as leading to the higher interest rates that banks like.
The result was a gain exceeding 4 percent for bank stocks as a whole (as measured by the KBW Bank Index ) and optimism that the good times were just starting.
"This is a grand slam home run for the industry," Dick Bove, vice president of equity research at Rafferty Capital Markets, said in an interview.
Bove sees benefits to banks from three angles: legislative, regulatory and economic. Banks are likely to see key measures passed in Congress, regulatory measures rolled back, and an inflow of cash to the financial system.
Among the biggest changes: adoption of Rep. Jeb Hensarling's proposal to set a different benchmark — 10 percent equity to assets — for more intense regulations; elimination of the so-called Volcker Rule that restricts banks trading for their own accounts; and a weakened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In addition, he believes the Federal Reserve and some of its top officials could face intense political pressure from Trump. He specifically pointed to Daniel Tarullo, who oversees the banking system and whose term does not expire until 2022.
"I think that Tarullo is gone. He has been perhaps the source of more regulation for the financial industry than anyone else in the history of the U. S. government," Bove said. "The Fed is going to get the message: We're looking for you to figure out ways to make banks more productive, to assist the economy. "
Tarullo was not immediately available for comment.
At the same time, the CFPB has been the target of Republicans' ire since President Barack Obama formed it as a check against abusive bank behavior.
Trump has targeted it as intrusive and overreaching, and its role likely will change significantly.
"We do not think the bureau is dismantled, but the new leader will likely shelve the upcoming regulatory agenda," analysts at FBR Capital Markets said in a note to clients. "The threat of enforcement actions is also significantly diminished. "
The Dodd-Frank reforms also are likely to come under scrutiny. Trump at one point had pledged repeal, but that appears unlikely. Doing so would be nearly impossible as many of the changes already have been enacted.
However, there likely will be substantial adjustments, with consensus holding that the biggest beneficiaries will be smaller banks that will see their regulatory burden eased.
"Anti-Wall Street populism remains strong, and we believe it helped fuel the Trump campaign," FBR said. "We would expect the first attempts at reform to be promoted as community bank reform and expect regional banks to see the most benefit. "
Trump will look to implement his agenda through appointments.
Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods see the president-elect win possibly pushing out Mary Jo White as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, while he will see bank-friendly appointees to other slots. (White was not immediately available for comment.)
"We think the main result of Donald Trump's election will be that Trump will be able to appoint regulators who are more industry friendly than regulators appointed by President Obama. The regulatory implications are more important than what might come out of Congress but are broadly positive for financials in our view," KBW said in a note.
During the campaign, Trump also vowed to reinstitute the Glass-Steagall act that separated commercial and investment banks. However, the move does not appear to be high on his agenda and may not come to pass.

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Trump's repaired Hollywood star to be unveiled soon (3.88/31)

Officials hope to unveil Donald Trump's repaired star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as soon as possible now that he's been elected president.
The star along a well-traveled block of Hollywood Boulevard remained blocked off and covered in plywood Wednesday, two weeks after a protester was arrested for taking a sledgehammer to it.
The man was charged with felony vandalism.
Vivian Kish with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says the star has been mostly repaired but still needs to dry and be polished.
About two dozen Trump supporters reveled at the site after the election, snapping photos until police asked them to move on.
Trump's star was dedicated in recognition of his work on NBC's "The Apprentice. "

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Six stories you may have missed because of US election (3.74/31)

A selection of news stories that may have been blindsided by the US presidential election.
While the US presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominated international headlines on Tuesday, Russia announced that it was preparing to renew its air strikes on Syria's Aleppo and Kurdish troops in Iraq declared that they had seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul.
Here is a selection of news stories that you may have missed:
Russia is preparing to resume air strikes around the Syrian city of Aleppo "in coming hours", the Interfax news agency cited a source in the Russian defence ministry as saying on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Kremlin had said Russia's air force would maintain a moratorium on strikes in Aleppo unless opposition fighters launched an offensive.
Syrian army takes strategic Aleppo district
Meanwhile, the Syrian army said on Tuesday it had taken a strategic district of Aleppo, in what would mark the most important advance in the divided city by Syria's government and its allies in weeks. Yet, rebels said the battle was not over.
The 1070 Apartments district is on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo and lies alongside the government's corridor into the parts of the city that it controls.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that monitors the war, said government forces and their allies had seized full control of 1070 Apartments.
But officials in two rebel groups fighting in Aleppo said their forces were still trying to fight back.
Iraqi Kurdish forces have seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, an official said on Tuesday. Capturing Bashiqa would be a final step in securing the eastern approaches to Mosul, three weeks into an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the country's second city. Bashiqa was under the "complete control" of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Jabbar Yawar, secretary general of the Kurdish regional ministry responsible for the fighters, told AFP news agency.
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"Our forces are clearing mines and sweeping the city," Yawar said.
An AFP correspondent on the outskirts of Bashiqa said clashes were ongoing, with three air strikes hitting the town. Peshmerga fighters said there were still some suicide bombers and snipers there, and that about 5 percent of Bashiqa remained under ISIL control. Iraqi forces have been tightening the noose around Mosul since launching the offensive on October 17, with elite troops last week breaching city limits.
Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA said on Tuesday it had controlled a crude spill in a northeastern state and ruled out any contamination of the massive Orinoco river.
A pipeline leak at the locality of Santa Clara, in Anzoategui state, was fixed and even though rains carried crude into the nearby Aribi river, that is still 80km from the Orinoco, PDVSA said in a statement.
Opposition politicians and local media have accused PDVSA of covering up an "ecological disaster" with up to 100,000 barrels spilt since the leak began last week.
Though it did not give figures, the company denied that.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday rejected a claim by his Turkish counterpart that Germany supported the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), saying such "extremist parties" were banned in Germany.
"The PKK and other extremist parties are banned as terrorist groups here. They are criminally prosecuted," Steinmeier said.
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"That is why I cannot understand the comments made about Germany today in Turkey. Repeating the claims does not make them right. "
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Berlin on Tuesday of allowing the PKK and leftist DHKP-C, both of which have carried out attacks in Turkey, to operate on German soil with impunity
European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday new targeted sanctions against Crimean officials, adding to restrictive measures adopted after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
"The Council adopted new listings under the restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity," Slovakia's Finance Minister Peter Kazimir told a news conference at the end of a meeting of the Council of EU finance ministers.
He was replying to a question on whether new sanctions have been imposed on Crimean officials. Slovakia holds the rotating presidency of the EU until the end of the year.
A list of 151 people and 37 entities are already subject to visa bans and an assets freeze in the EU for their role in the annexation of Crimea or the Russia-backed rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that 500 and 1,000-rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from the financial system at midnight, saying it was part of a crackdown on rampant corruption.
The surprise step appears to be designed to bring billions of dollars worth of cash in unaccounted wealth into the mainstream economy.
"Black money and corruption are the biggest obstacles in eradicating poverty," he said in an address to the nation.
New 500 and 2,000-rupee denomination notes will be issued later, he added.

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How America's new president will affect the global economy (3.70/31)

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections will have implications for the whole global economy.
America’s neighbour to the south has most to lose from the new Republican president. Trump’s message to blue-collar voters in the rust-belt states was that US manufacturing jobs have migrated across the Rio Grande as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Bill Clinton in the early 1990s. Trump has said that if he cannot renegotiate Nafta he will pull out of the free trade deal altogether. He has threatened to put a 35% tariff on some Mexican goods and pledged to close the “sweatshops in Mexico that undercut American workers”.
In addition, he has said he would round up and send home up illegal immigrants living and working in America, 5 million of whom are thought to be Mexican. If implemented in full, the impact on the Mexican economy of these policies would be profound. Trade between the US and Mexico would slow, factories would close, foreign direct investment flows would dry up and millions of repatriated workers would have to be absorbed into the Mexican workforce. US consumers would see the price of some goods rise.
Mexico is not the only central American country at risk. Claudia Calich, fund manager at the M&G emerging market bond fund, says remittances from people working illegally in the US are worth 5.6%, 8% and 13.2% of GDP to the economies of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras respectively.
Some of Trump’s economic manifesto has been hazy but his attitude to China could not have been clearer. He will instruct his Treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator , he will bring cases against Beijing to the World Trade Organisation, and he will consider imposing a 45% tariff on Chinese imports into the US to make it easier for American companies to compete.
The US is the biggest single market for Chinese exports, accounting for about 20% of the total. There would be a risk that aggressive US trade policy could result in a marked slowdown in China’s growth and a loss of manufacturing jobs.
Faced with that possibility, Beijing would have two choices. It might take an emollient line, promising to increase direct investment into the US as a way of supporting Trump’s attempt to rebuild the American economy.
More likely, though, China would adopt an aggressive, nationalistic stance. Beijing is not without economic weapons, since it has amassed a vast stock of US Treasury bonds in recent years, the proceeds of its trade surplus with America. Beijing could meet Trump’s threat with one of its own: to dump US assets. A tit-for-tat trade war, in which China puts tariffs on US exports, could not be ruled out either.
Barack Obama has shifted the focus of US foreign policy. For most of the postwar period, Washington has looked eastwards across the Atlantic. Since the collapse of communist Russia and the rise of China, its gaze has been westwards across the Pacific.
This has been reflected in all three manifestations of American power: military, diplomatic and economic. Obama saw the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a way of keeping countries such as Japan, Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia out of Beijing’s orbit. All these countries have an export-led model of growth and Obama’s plan was to create a US-led free trade zone that included all the major economies of the Pacific apart from China.
That plan now lies in tatters. There will be no TPP under a Trump presidency and all the signs are that countries such as South Korea and Taiwan will be subject to the same protectionist strictures as Mexico and China.
This would result in slower growth across Asia as exports and investment weaken. Japan, which has been in the doldrums for a quarter of a century and which remains on the brink of deflation, appears to be most at risk, but it is not alone in being anxious about the impact of Trump.
In geo-political terms, a tough US trade stance provides China with the opportunity to increase its influence in the region, bolstering economic ties and making countries of the Pacific rim less dependent on the American market.
The main short-term risk to Europe looks to be political rather than economic. Matteo Renzi’s left of centre government may struggle to win a referendum on constitutional change in Italy next month. There are elections next year in Germany, France and the Netherlands where parties of the right will be looking to surf the populist tide that carried Trump to his win. There will be nervousness in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia about the possibility that Russia will be emboldened by Trump’s apparent isolationism.
There are, however, economic and financial implications for Europe. Like Asia, the eurozone is heavily reliant on exports as a source of growth. These could be affected in two ways: through a more restrictive US trade regime and if a weaker dollar drives up the euro on the foreign exchanges.
Completing negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) always looked like an uphill struggle because Trump was against the concept in principle and Hillary Clinton – despite being a free trader by instinct – was not prepared to spend any political capital pushing for a deal. TTIP will never happen.
The relative calm of financial markets immediately after Trump’s victory will come as a great relief to European banks, which look highly vulnerable to a sustained bout of jitters. For months, there have been rumours about the health of the Italian banking system and one of Germany’s leading banks, Deutsche. Plentiful supplies of cheap money from the European Central Bank and relatively benign conditions in recent months have kept the problems hidden from sight. For now, at least.
The UK will not be immune from any slowdown in the global economy that might result from a Trump victory. Britain is the second biggest exporter of services in the world and America takes more of them than any other country.
But Trump’s protectionist measures are targeted at cheap manufactured goods, rather than the high-end services Britain provides, so at present there seems little reason to fear that any new barriers will be erected for UK firms.
Trump has said the UK will be at the front of the queue for a new trade deal, which suggests negotiations on a bilateral TTIP-style deal could get under way between Washington and London.
This would be helpful to Theresa May, who has been struggling to show that the UK can clinch its own trade deals after it leaves the EU. Her bargaining position with the other 27 members of the EU will be strengthened if she can show that she can do business with Trump, even though the stalled state of the current TTIP negotiations suggests that starting talks will be a lot easier than concluding them.
In the short term, Trump’s win helps take the pressure off the pound. Sterling has been sold heavily against the dollar since the EU referendum, partly because of uncertainty about what the UK will look like after Brexit. Trump’s victory brings risk and uncertainty into the equation for the US as well.

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How will America's youth process the election? (3.67/31)

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Donald Trump President U. S. election 2016: Australia's latte set weeps on social media (3.62/31)

Australian commentators, journalists and members of the public have taken to social media to express their grief over the election of Donald Trump as American President. Earlier politicians also headed online to share their views, with Senator Derryn Hinch leading the charge comparing the US president-elect's win to the 9/11 terror attacks on America in a heated Tweet on Wednesday after the final votes pushed Mr Trump into the lead. 'Watching Trump's victory speech was as unreal as watching the second plane slam into the World Trade Center,' he said. 'Heaps of us were wrong. Donald Trump elected President. Shock. Disbelief. The people have spoken. Time to eat crow,' he continued. Greens Senator Larissa Waters voiced her concerns, calling the election results 'utterly horrifying.'  'Deeply worried for future of my children about what will happen to global climate progress under Trump. I can't even,' she said on social media. 'It's a sad day when a sexual predator may lead the world & Lib and Lab just voted against looking at valuing unpaid work mostly done by women,' she added later. Fellow senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the results made her 'feel sick'.  'How can a thug who brags about sexually assaulting women get this much power? #AmericaDecides,' she said. Former Greens party Leader Christine Milne agreed and urged her followers to 'watch WTO [World Trade Organisation], stock markets and corporates reel' after calling Trump 'a crisis.' But not everyone is upset. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson were quick to congratulate the 45th US president on his win. 'Congrats to the new president who appreciates that middle America is sick of being taken for granted,' Mr Abbott said. Ms Hanson thanked the American voters 'for getting it right' and asked people to 'give him a go for four years and let's see what happens.' Mr Turnbull addressed crowds on Wednesday and insisted American and Australia will remain allies. 'Americans have made a momentous choice today. We congratulate president-elect Donald Trump and look forward to working with their administration when it takes office early next year,' Mr Turnbull said. Labor Leader Bill Shorten, who has previously called Mr Trump 'entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world' and 'barking mad', announced Australia will respect America's decision in a statement on Twitter. 'Every time the people of the United States choose a new president, it has consequences for the world - and for Australia,' Mr Shorten said. 'The American people have spoken and always, Australia will respect their decision. Australians should also know our alliance with the United States has grown and thrived for seven decades - no matter who's in charge.'

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Billionaire Peltz on the election, market volatility and Trump's next policy steps (3.58/31)

Billionaire hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz shared his views on the market and what policies will come from a Donald Trump presidency in an exclusive interview with CNBC's Scott Wapner on Wednesday.
Peltz is chief executive officer of Trian Fund Management. The firm manages more than $10 billion, according to its website.
On Trump 's possible policy moves: "He's got to take the easy wins first, which is upgrading our infrastructure. ... Repatriating the corporate cash, finally finally let's bring it home. And I think Donald will get some corporate tax reform, which I think will actually create more jobs," he said.
On the market volatility in futures overnight: "We're very long term, so we pay no attention to these short-term swings," Peltz said.
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Donald Trump Win Casts Doubt on AT&T-Time Warner Approval, Media Mergers (3.56/31)

Donald Trump ’s upset victory in the presidential race has raised new questions about whether AT&T ’s pending $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner will secure approval from federal regulators.
The wave of populism that put Trump over the top on Election Day has cast a shadow on the potential for other big deals involving media and entertainment assets. Trump’s campaign, particularly in its final months, was unabashedly hostile to the mainstream media establishment. The fact that Republicans retained control of the House and Senate could also complicate AT&T’s effort to navigate the deal through an unpredictable political landscape amid the Trump transition.
Time Warner shares were down a little more than 1% in early trading Wednesday while AT&T shares were up just under 1% — a sign that the market thinks the prospect of the deal falling apart would be harder on Time Warner than AT&T.
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On the campaign trail last month, Trump was quick to vow that he would block the AT&T-Time Warner union, calling it “an example of the power structure I’m fighting” that would amount to “too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” He also singled out Comcast as a media conglomerate with too much power that it exerts in an effort to “try to tell the voters what to think and what to do.”
On Wednesday, hours after Trump clinched his electoral college win, AT&T chief financial officer Jeff Stephens sought to put the best possible spin on the Trump surprise while speaking at an investor conference.
“We’re all captivated by the activity last night. From a company perspective, we really look forward to working with president-elect Trump and his transition team,” Stephens said during his appearance at the Wells Fargo Technology, Media and Telecom conference in New York. “His policies, his discussions about infrastructure investment, economic development, and American innovation all fit right in with AT&Ts goals. We’ve been the leading investor in this country for more than five years running. And our Time Warner transaction is all about innovation, economic development, consumer choice, and investment in infrastructure with regard to providing a great 5G mobile broadband experience. So we look forward, with optimism, to working with the leadership and providing benefits to consumers and to our shareholders.”
The AT&T-Time Warner acquisition agreement includes a $500 million breakup fee if AT&T is not able to secure regulatory approval of the transaction.

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Exit polls: Trump did better with blacks, Hispanics than Romney in '12 (3.43/31)

Donald Trump performed stronger among black and Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did as the Republican nominee in 2012, according to NBC Exit Polls.
Tuesday's exit poll results have not yet been finalized but so far they show Trump outmatching Romney by two points in each voting bloc.
Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday compared to Romney's 27 percent in 2012. With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee's 6 percent.
That means Trump — who called Mexicans "rapists" and "killers" — garnered more support from Hispanics than a candidate whose most controversial position was telling undocumented immigrants to "self-deport. "
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Trump has frequently linked blacks to "inner city" slums and crime at rallies. Yet he performed better among African American voters than a considerably more moderate Republican nominee.
The exit poll results reinforce how the 2016 election flies in the face of political wisdom and norms. But it is also just as much a story about how Hillary Clinton was unable to match President Barack Obama's appeal among minorities.
Blacks and Latinos were supposed to be the Democratic nominee's firewall in the general election.
Clinton had historically strong support among both groups during the two presidential primaries that she competed in. And changing demographics in key battleground states were projected to boost her standing against a Republican party that was accused of alienating minority voters.
Instead Clinton underperformed in efforts to match the historic levels of support that Obama achieved.
The first African American president carried 93 percent of the black vote against Romney. Clinton came in five points below him against Trump. With Hispanics, Obama garnered 71 percent support in 2012. Clinton on Tuesday claimed 65 percent.
Factors could temper the results of the exit polls as the final numbers settle into place. Other variables in gathering surveys, for example language barriers for non-English speakers, also stand muddy the full scope of Clinton's support among minorities.
But with a Trump presidency comes the likelihood he will face a deeply divided nation. NBC News Exit Polls also found that two-thirds of Asian, black and Hispanic voters voiced they were "scared" with the idea of Trump assuming the Oval Office.
Republican elites infamously concluded after Romney's defeat that the party needed to grow more inclusive toward minorities. The GOP decided it needed to make inroads with Latinos or risk ceding all future presidential elections to Democrats.
Trump on Tuesday proved them all wrong.
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Trump, Congress could use 'must-pass' bills to bring health fixes (3.33/31)

Throughout the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump’s entire health message consisted of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
That remains difficult with Democrats still commanding enough power in the Senate to block the 60 votes needed for a full repeal. Republicans could use fast-track budget authority to make some major changes to the law, although that could take some time. In the short term, however, Trump could use executive power to make some major changes on his own.
Beyond the health law, Trump also could push for some Republican perennials, such as giving states block grants to handle Medicaid, allowing insurers to sell across state lines and establishing a federal high-risk insurance pool for people who are ill and unable to get private insurance.
But those options, too, would likely meet Democratic resistance, and it’s unclear where health will land on what could be a jam-packed White House agenda.
Still, there are several health issues the next Congress and the new administration will be required to address in 2017, if only because some key laws are set to expire.
And those could provide a vehicle for other sorts of health changes that might not be able to clear political or procedural hurdles on their own.
Here are some of the major health issues that are certain to come up in 2017:
If the GOP could not repeal the law and Trump were to turn to Congress to address some of the issues associated with it, it’s not clear if the executive and legislative branches could work together to respond to rising insurance premiums, declining insurance company participation or other unintended impacts of the health law. Nonetheless, some aspects of the law are unavoidable next year. For example, Congress in 2015 temporarily suspended or delayed three controversial taxes that were created to help pay for the law.
One of those taxes, a fee levied on health insurers, is suspended for 2017, while a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices was suspended for 2016 and 2017. Both industries lobbied heavily for the changes — arguing that the taxes boosted the prices of their products — and would like to permanently kill the taxes.
Also on hold is the most controversial health law tax of all, the so-called “Cadillac Tax” that levies a 40 percent penalty on very generous health insurance plans. The idea is to prevent consumers who pay little out of pocket because of their coverage from overusing health care services and driving up overall health costs.
The tax was technically put off from 2018 to 2020, but experts say pressure will begin to mount next year for reconsideration because employers will need a long lead time if they are to change benefits to avoid paying it. While economists are virtually unanimous in their support for the tax on high-end health plans, business and labor both strongly oppose it.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal-state partnership that Hillary Clinton helped set up in negotiations with Congress during her husband’s administration, is up again for renewal in 2017. CHIP covers more than 8 million children from low- and moderate-income households and has made a huge dent in the number of uninsured children. According to the Census Bureau, nearly 95 percent of children had insurance coverage in 2015.
When the federal health law passed in 2010, many policymakers thought CHIP would quietly go away because most of the families whose children are eligible for the program became eligible for tax credits to help them purchase plans for the entire family in the health law’s marketplaces. But it turned out that CHIP in most states remained more popular because it provided better benefits at lower costs than did plans through the ACA.
In 2015, Congress compromised between those arguing to extend CHIP and those who wanted to end it, by renewing it for only two years. That ends Oct. 1, 2017. In practice, if Congress wants to extend CHIP, it needs to act early in 2017 because many states have fiscal years that begin in July and need lead time to plan their budgets.
Also expiring in 2017 is the authority for the Food and Drug Administration to collect “user fees” from makers of prescription drugs and medical devices.
The Prescription Drug User Fee Act, known as PDUFA (pronounced pah-doof-uh), was originally passed in 1990 in an effort to speed the review of new drug applications by enabling the agency to use the extra money to hire more personnel. The user fees were later expanded to speed the review of medical devices (2002), generic copies of brand-name drugs (2012) and generic biologic medicines (2012).
PDUFA gets reviewed and renewed every five years, and its “must-pass” status makes it a magnet for other changes to drug policy. For example, in 2012 the renewal also created a program aimed at addressing critical shortages of some prescription drugs. Earlier renewals also included separate programs that gave pharmaceutical firms incentives to study the effect of drugs in children.
Some policy-watchers think this year the bill could serve as a vehicle for provisions to help bring down drug prices, although it is not clear how well many of the ideas currently being floated would work.
“I think [Congress] will talk a lot about it and do very little,” said Robert Reischauer of the Urban Institute, who called the drug price issue “incredibly complex.”
One more issue that might come up is a controversial cost-saving provision of the federal health law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. The board is supposed to make recommendations for reducing Medicare spending if the program’s costs rise significantly faster than overall inflation. Congress can override those recommendations, but only with a two-thirds vote in each of the House and Senate.
So far the trigger hasn’t been reached. That’s lucky because the board has turned out to be so unpopular with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, who say it will lead to rationing, that no one has even been appointed to serve.
The lack of an actual board, however, does not mean that nothing will happen if the requirement for Medicare savings is triggered. In that case, the responsibility for recommending savings will fall to the secretary of Health and Human Services. Medicare’s trustees predicted in their 2016 report that the targets will be exceeded for the first time in 2017.
That would likely touch off a furious round of legislating that could, in turn, lead to other Medicare changes.
Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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