From The Reporter's Notebook
Republican officials and members of Donald Trump's transition team aren't willing to rule out the possibility of the President-elect giving his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an official role in the incoming administration. Trump's incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said that Kushner would "obviously" be a part of the President-elect's decision-making process, as TPM's Esme Cribb reported, and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said that Kushner will "continue to be very important" to the President-elect.
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Josh Marshall: "There are lots and lots of Democrats who either are stating vague opposition or are not saying where they stand at all. If they're still vague or not stating a position at all, that's very, very dangerous for the future of Medicare. Like every other member of Congress, they won't state a flat and categorical decision unless pressed. And frankly, from what I can see, most of the these folks are still cuddling with comfort novels or awkwardly singing in dive bars over their third beer. It's sad. But they're totally not focusing on this. Trust me. Bigly."
"We have a president who, let's face it, approaches things with an exclamation point."
- Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said that Trump does things in a "big way" and needs a pragmatic secretary of state to "complement" his style.
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From a TPM Prime member: "During the summer, before Trump was nominated and ultimately won the election, there was already speculation about what would happen to Muslim-Amercans if he did become President. There had already been an increase in hate crimes targeting them and that will likely become more prevalent now. The idea of a registry similar to what existed for Japanese-Americans during WWII has just now been mentioned by a GOP Congressman."
Related: One Trump surrogate claimed that the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II provided a “precedent” for the creation of a registry of Muslims living in the United States.
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