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Former Obama Aide Pinpoints The Exact Reason Why Hillary Lost

Former Obama Aide Pinpoints The Exact Reason Why Hillary Lost

President Barack Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs faulted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign for failing to have a dynamic economic message that applied to working class voters, and ridiculed the suggestion that voters voted for Donald Trump because they were racists.

“The truth is, the party didn’t have an economic message,” Gibbs said. “The party didn’t fight in places that it should have.”

Gibbs, who now works for McDonalds as the Global Chief Communications officer, explained that his biggest surprise was that Clinton failed so badly in Michigan, pointing out that Obama won the state by 16 points in 2008 and 10 points in 2012.

“We have a lot of people that are going through economic strife and turmoil and the truth is we were going to elect a president who was going to represent all of those people so you got to go to those places,” Gibbs said.

 

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Trump's Cabinet Picks Signal Sharp Rightward Shift In Government

Trump's Cabinet Picks Signal Sharp Rightward Shift In Government

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, signaling a sharp rightward shift in U.S. security policy as he begins to form his Cabinet.

Trump on Friday also named retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. A former military intelligence chief, Flynn has accused the Obama administration of being too soft on terrorism and has cast Islam as a "political ideology" and driver of extremism. The selections form the first outlines of Trump's Cabinet and national security teams.

Given his lack of governing experience and vague policy proposals during the campaign, his selection of advisers is being scrutinized both in the U.S. and abroad.

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REPORT: Trump Picks Jeff Sessions For AG

REPORT: Trump Picks Jeff Sessions For AG

President-elect Donald Trump has settled on Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, according to two sources. It wasn’t immediately clear if Trump has formally offered the job to Sessions, a lawyer who was an early and ardent Trump backer, but the sources said Trump wants Sessions in the role. A Trump aide on Thursday night called Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a one-time Trump rival who was under serious consideration for the role, to tell him the job was instead going to Sessions, one of the sources said. Earlier Thursday, Trump telegraphed his decision by praising Sessions’ work as Alabama Attorney General after meeting with Sessions, who also had been under consideration for defense secretary.

Click here to read more of Jennifer Jacobs and Steven T. Dennis’ story from Bloomberg Business.

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Is It All Over For Nancy Pelosi?

Is It All Over For Nancy Pelosi?

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said Thursday he will challenge Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader, shaking up the Democratic leadership race after the party’s electoral shellacking.

“What we are doing right now is not working,” the 43-year-old Ryan said in a letter. “Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929. This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections.”

Click here for more of Andrew Taylor and Mary Clare Jalonick's story from AP.

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Pence Warns GOP House Members To Get Ready For Trump Agenda

Pence Warns GOP House Members To Get Ready For Trump Agenda

Vice-president elect Pence on Thursday made a triumphant return to Capitol Hill, where he told Republican lawmakers they need to "buckle up and be ready to work extremely hard," according to lawmakers in the room.Pence, who ran the House Republican conference just a few years ago, was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation in a closed-door meeting with his former colleagues. He is expected to play an outsized role in moving the Trump agenda, which includes repealing Obamacare, a longtime GOP goal.

Republicans said Thursday they will convene on Jan. 3 and remain in session to work on a repeal bill that could pass by using a budgetary tool known as reconciliation, which would allow a repeal bill to pass with just 51 votes in the Senate instead of the customary 60 votes.

Click here to read more of Susan Ferrechio's story from The Washington Examiner. 

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