While it doesn’t really matter now, as Donald Trump won the presidential election on November 8, the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) has found 1,100 donations that violated campaign laws. The donations total $1.3 million, with a majority of the problems being that the donors were beyond the individual limits for campaign donations.
Trump has appointed the first woman to a cabinet-level position in his administration. Rising star in the Republican Party and current governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley will serve as Ambassador to the United Nations under president Donald Trump.
While a number of Trump supporters may not be bullish about the choice, Mitt Romney appears to be at the top of the list for Secretary of State. Delay in picking the top diplomat in Trump’s administration is apparently due to dueling factions within Trump’s team of advisors, with some pushing for Rudy Giuliani and others hoping to find another candidate altogether.
Donald Trump has decided that Hillary Clinton will not be investigated for her email server under his administration. His surrogates have also said Trump hopes Congress will drop its investigation of Clinton and her emails. Amid cries of "lock her up," one of his campaign pledges was that he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her.
As one of the most disliked presidential candidates in history, President-elect Trump has now reversed his fortunes, sporting a 46% approval rating. That is a nine-point increase since the election, which is natural for an incoming president in the early post-transition period.
It what was expected to be a cordial sit-down with the president-elect to discuss media access, ended up as a “Trump-style dressing-down.” A source said “Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said: ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.’ ”
Whether floating Mitt Romney as a possible Secretary of State is a head fake to temporarily appease moderate Republicans, or a serious consideration, the president-elect and 2012 Republican presidential candidate met over the weekend. On Sunday, when asked about the meeting on "Face the Nation," VP-elect Mike Pence said that Romney is “under active and serious consideration” for Secretary of State.
While an Alt-Right conference in Washington, D.C. over the weekend had certain speakers make the point that black and Hispanic Americans should not be worried about the rise of the movement, when Richard B. Spencer rose to speak, the tone changed. Spencer, a leader in the Alt-Right movement, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German.He said America belonged to white people, the “children of the sun” -- adding that now in the Trump era, they were “awakening to their own identity.” Eventually, the crowd chanted “Heil the people! Heil victory!”
Donald Trump has decided to settle three fraud cases against Trump University for $25 million. Over the weekend, he tweeted: “I settled the Trump University lawsuit for a small fraction of the potential award because as President I have to focus on our country.” The case involved over 6,000 plaintiffs filing in New York and California.
With the Democratic Party in disarray, longtime leader in the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is having her leadership position contested by Ohio Representative Tim Ryan. Pelosi publicly declared victory on Thursday, saying she had the support of more than two-thirds of the Democratic caucus. Ryan said he hoped to “bring a new voice into leadership” and will test Pelosi’s claim in a secret ballot vote on November 30.