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It looks like Donald Trump will quickly seek to follow through on his campaign promises about trade. TPM's Caitlin MacNeal reported on a draft memo from the Trump transition team obtained by CNN that lays out how Trump may begin working to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA soon after his inauguration.
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Josh Marshall: "One notable fact about the Democrats' unpreparedness though comes from TPM Reader SD in New Mexico. She spoke to her Democratic Rep and Senators. They seemed taken aback by the whole idea and assured her there was no way that could even happen. As she said in her email, 'I mentioned that the phrase "this will never happen" no longer has the credibility it once had.' It's understandable that Democrats aren't ready for this. Very few people expected to be where we are this week. But Paul Ryan has been pushing this for several years. So maybe miss a beat for a day or two. But it's time to get with it. This isn't a new idea. Ryan's been saying for years he would do this with a Republican President. Life comes at you fast."
"It shows he’s not the average elitist."
- Alex Jones bragged about a phone call with President-elect Donald Trump which he said “lasted over five minutes."
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From a TPM Prime member: "What do you need for a leader of the party? Someone who will go full-bulldog. Someone who has the willingness to play tough, be blunt, and fire up the base. They don't need to be charismatic — they need to be tenacious and have a strong message, ready to pounce. Especially in Trump's America, someone who is mild mannered and apologetic will be steamrolled over. I think Reid and Dean are 'yesterday's leaders.' Someone newer/younger, who can represent what younger voters believe and is willing to be a full-time devoted advocate for Democratic party principles, is what we need. I don't know who that is."
Related: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) threw his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.
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