In it, but not of it. TPM DC

The red 'Make America Great Again' hats poured out of the House Republican conference Tuesday– the signal that the party has fully drunk the the Donald Trump Kool-aid it was resisting little more than a week ago.

It was the first full conference meeting in the wake of Trump's stunning election win. Members had been back home, in their districts, trying carefully to balance their bombastic nominee with their own re-elections. In the end, it turned out Trump's vision helped them.

Now, even Republicans who once kept their distance from their party's nominee, wanted to be on the right side of their new President. But the cognitive dissonance between what House GOP leaders were saying about Trump before the election and what they're saying now was not lost on some members.

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It's the biggest parlor game in DC when a new President comes to town: Who will occupy the top spots in the new administration?

While resumes are polished, back channels opened and the public and private preening begins, dubious lists appear of prospective, rumored, and wannabe appointees, some lists more reliably informed than others.

TPM will maintain a master list of all of the reported possible picks for the top slots--far-fetched or not--crossing them off as they are eliminated from consideration.

It will be an evolving list so check back as Trump builds out a new administration from scratch.

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Donald Trump stunned Washington Tuesday night with his victory, but behind the scenes a smaller-than usual transition team has been preparing for this eventuality.

The transition team–the entity tasked with hiring staff, assembling Trump's cabinet and laying out the blue print for Trump's first 100 days– is like Trump's campaign itself: leaner than past operations and far more unconventional with an estimated 100 individuals working on it full time, according to CNN.

By comparison, the Associated Press reported that Romney's team–Romney Readiness Project–had more than 460 individuals working on it leading up to the 2012 campaign. President Barack Obama, for example, had 600 individuals charting the path forward in 2008.

Leading the team is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former competitor. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a loyal foot soldier for Trump whose vision of border wall brand of immigration reform became a central theme in Trump's campaign, is also closely involved.

Here's what we know so far:

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When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), within a few hours of Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death in February, declared that his seat should remain open for the next president to fill, no matter whom President Obama nominated, many were quick to cry foul.

Democrats argued that the GOP, yet again, was proving to be the party of obstructionism, and the voters would punish Republicans for the unprecedented gambit. Legal observers, including some conservatives, fretted over the constitutional norms that were being shattered with the move, along with its political wisdom. Some Republicans even signaled their discomfort with the stance, particularly after Obama nominated a 63-year-old moderate who, they argued, would be better for them than whatever young liberal a President Clinton could be expected to nominate.

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It's pretty clear even Mitch McConnell didn't know how good his night was going to be on Tuesday.

The Senate majority leader had 24 Republican senators up for re-election, and many of them were running in states were Obama won in 2012. They were in Wisconsin and Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. It turns out 18 Republican senators outran Trump at the top of the ticket. Only two Republican senators were defeated.

McConnell was bracing for reality even as he had worked to maintain his majority. Then, Donald Trump won the presidency.

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With Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump, the great white whale that animated conservative politics for the last half-decade is in Republicans’ sights. Come 2017, with control of the White House and both chambers, the GOP will have the votes for a major gutting of Obamacare, if not a full-scale repeal.

The question is how they’ll go after it and whether the policy and political complexity of dismantling the Affordable Care Act -- even with broad GOP control of Washington -- will still complicate Republicans' path along the way.

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At a victory presser Wednesday morning, there was a lot of praise going around for Reince Priebus, the embattled Republican National Chairman who once tried to rationalize his job wasn't that bad because he wasn't like "pouring Baileys" in his cereal.

After a stunning victory to hold the House, the Senate and the White House Tuesday night, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said Wednesday that Priebus “goes down as one of the great RNC chairman in the history of the US and the history of the Republican Party."

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Ever since, President Obama stepped into office, Republicans have been waiting to undo his regulations. So hours after Donald Trump was elected president, Republican Sen. Rand Paul promised it's coming in the first month of the new Congress.

“I have a prediction to make this morning,” he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. “I think we're going to spend the first month passing the repeal of Obama regulations.”

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It looks as though the House of Representatives will easily hold its majority after Tuesday and the Republican Party will win the White House after eight years of President Barack Obama.

But when House Speaker Paul Ryan returns to Washington next week, the party he has long campaigned for, the ideals he fought for and the conservatism he said he believed in are no longer the same.

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