Donald Trump has announced core members of his economic team, with his picks for Treasury Secretary and Commerce Secretary. Steven Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs banker and Hollywood financier will lead the Treasury department and investor Wilbur Ross, will head the Commerce department. Neither have any government experience, and both will have to be confirmed by the Senate.
The Washington Post
Donors who give more than $1 million to the committee raising money for Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities are being offered special access to the president-elect. Seven-figure donors will get eight tickets to a “candlelight dinner” with appearances from Donald, Melania, Mike Pence and his wife Karen.
After securing a recount in Wisconsin, Green Party candidate Jill Stein is now aiming to initiate one in Pennsylvania as well. According to the Stein campaign, over 100 precincts in Pennsylvania have received requests for a recount. To initiate a statewide recount through the courts,the Stein campaign must sufficiently prove that there was a strong probability of election fraud in Pennsylvania.
The media has been reporting it for months. Now, the Trump Foundation has admitted that it engaged in “prohibited transactions” or self-dealing. The Trump Foundation’s tax returns in prior years assured that it had not engaged in such activity, and those who signed the returns did so under penalty of perjury.
President-elect Trump will kick off his victory tour with a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday. On what is being called a “thank you” tour, Trump will hold rallies in many of the states he won on November 8. What message he wants to impart is anyone's guess.
In what has been a strange lack of coordination between the president-elect and his advisors, Kellyanne Conway has attacked Donald Trump’s apparent top pick for Secretary of State, former Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney. “I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to pay for that with the Secretary of State position,” Conway said.
The New York Times
President-elect Donald Trump has put forward claims that millions of people voted illegally in 2016. He said the illegal votes were the only reason he fell short of winning the popular vote. The comments were made following news that opponents were hoping to push a recount in three swing states. There is absolutely no evidence to support his claims.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has initiated a recount in the state of Wisconsin, which the Clinton campaign has now decided to join. The Clinton campaign, however, has yet to find any evidence of hacking. It is joining the recount just to ensure the process is fair to “all sides.” Trump and since called the recount a “scam.”
New York Magazine
According to a group of activist computer scientists and election lawyers, Hillary Clinton should ask for a recount in the crucial swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. The group has found “persuasive evidence” that the results in those states may have been tampered with. The White House is apparently urging Clinton not to challenge the results in those states as it would complicate the smooth transition of power.
Further complicating the rise of “fake news,” researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education have been “shocked” by results in a study that showed that middle school, high school and college students are largely unable to tell the difference between real and fake news stories. "Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there," they wrote. "Our work shows the opposite."