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Aides from the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Thursday night sat down for a panel discussion at Harvard University about the 2016 race, but the forum devolved into acrimony when a Clinton aide accused the Trump campaign of peddling racism.

After Trump aides gloated about their victory and attributed their win in part to Steve Bannon, who has given a platform to white supremacists with his news website Breitbart, former Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennier Palmieri blasted Bannon and the Trump campaign's tactics.

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During his first stop on his victory tour on Thursday night, Donald Trump told a crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, that he has chosen retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense.

Trump geared up to announce his pick by telling the audience that he wanted to create suspense.

"I don’t want to tell you this because I want to save the suspense for next week. So I will not tell you. I refuse to tell you," he said.

"Don’t let it outside of this room. Do you promise?" he then asked, telling people in the crowd to raise their hands and promise.

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As the GOP confronts the complexity of repealing Obamacare, Senate Republicans hailing from states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are feeling an extra layer of pressure.

Altogether, there will likely be 20 Republican senators from Medicaid expansion states next term. Many come from so-called “Trump country,” the industrial and rust belt states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that were critical to Trump’s win. Working class whites in general have been among the top beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion.

"I'm from a state that has an expanded Medicaid population that I am very concerned about," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) this week. "I don't want to throw them off into the cold, and I don't think that's a strategy that I want to see. It's too many people. That's over 200,000 people in my state. So we need a transition. I think we'll repeal and then we'll work during the transition period for the replacement vehicle."

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Perhaps seeking to quell a flood of reporting on potential conflicts of interest in a Donald Trump administration, the President-elect announced Wednesday that he would soon separate “in total” from the business conglomerate that bears his name.

Yet in the series of tweets publicizing this upcoming move, Trump said only that he would remove himself from the Trump Organization’s “business operations,” leaving open the possibility that he would retain a financial stake in the company while in the White House. His advisors suggested that he still plans to hand management of the company over to his three adult children in what he refers to as “blind” trust that ethics experts argue defies the definition.

Those experts say there are certain steps Trump can take now to dispel the cloud of impropriety already looming over his administration, though, like ditching his Washington, D.C. hotel lease and removing his children from his presidential transition team.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz, who transformed the chain into a global coffee brand, is stepping down from that role at the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.

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