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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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In his first television interview since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump described on CBS News' "60 Minutes" his phone call with Hillary Clinton and said that the former secretary of state is strong and smart.

"It was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult," Trump sad, referring to Clinton's call after Trump secured victory. "She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, 'Congratulations, Donald, well done.'"

"And I said, 'I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor.' She is very strong and very smart," he added in the interview set to air in full on Sunday.

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President Obama said on Thursday that he was "encouraged" by his meeting with Donald Trump at the White House, and stressed the importance for Americans to come together.

"I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump," Obama told reporters at the end of his meeting with Trump. "And as I said last night, my number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has refused to concede to his Democratic challenger, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, in the governor's race, with Cooper leading by fewer than 5,000 votes.

Cooper has declared victory in the race, but McCrory said Wednesday that he will not concede until Nov. 18 when counties complete a canvass of their votes.

"The process is continuing in North Carolina," McCrory said. "The election is not over."

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Donald Trump and Mike Pence will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday, Politico and Bloomberg News reported.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Ryan indicated that he and Trump were off to a good start after the election despite the speaker's decision not to campaign with Trump following the release of a 2005 tape with Trump's vulgar comments and Trump's hesitance to support Ryan in his primary.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Wednesday said that waterboarding is not torture, and he indicated that he would be open to Donald Trump resuming the practice as president.

During an interview on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer asked Cotton if he agrees with Trump's past statements saying that the United States should use "waterboarding and tougher than waterboarding," even though many military experts believe the practice is torture.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday issued a statement acknowledging Donald Trump's ability to speak to the working class and pledged to work with the President-elect to help families, but the former presidential candidate also said he would reject any "racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies."

"Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media," Sanders said in a statement. "People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids - all while the very rich become much richer."

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Hillary Clinton's stunning loss in the presidential election will not stop House Republicans from continuing their investigations into the former secretary of state's email use.

"It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss [the email investigation] because she’s not going to be president," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

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Following Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, protests rejecting the President-elect erupted across the country.

Despite calls from President Obama and Hillary Clinton for their supporters to accept the outcome of the election and work for a peaceful transition, cities including New York, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. saw protesters on Wednesday night.

Below is a rundown of some of the protests seen across America:

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The New Hampshire secretary of state on Wednesday afternoon certified the results for the state's Senate seat, declaring Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) the winner with a 1,023-vote margin over incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

After a stunning election night during which Donald Trump upended predictions by pulling off a shocking win and Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate, Ayotte has yet to concede to Hassan in the incredibly tight race.

With the candidates separated by about 1,000 votes, both campaigns expect the race to head to a recount, the Boston Globe reported. In New Hampshire, candidates can request a recount if the margin in the race is under 20 percent, according to the Globe.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday seemed confident that he will be able to continue in his role as speaker of the House with Donald Trump as president.

Ryan began a press conference in Wisconsin by offering praise for Donald Trump his ability to pull off "the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime."

Then when asked about his relationship with Trump now that he's been elected president, Ryan indicated that the two were off to a good start.

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