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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.

Articles by Caitlin

During a victory tour rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday night, Donald Trump told the crowd that early on election night, he was convinced that he had lost the presidential race.

Trump said "it began with phony exit polls" showing him losing, at which point he resigned himself to the loss, according to Politico.

"So I sort of thought I lost, and I was OK with that,” Trump said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t say great."

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning announced that he would nominate Rick Perry to be energy secretary, confirming reports that he would choose the former Texas governor to lead the department.

"As the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry created created a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as Secretary of Energy,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration is going to make sure we take advantage of our huge natural resource deposits to make America energy independent and create vast new wealth for our nation, and Rick Perry is going to do an amazing job as the leader of that process."

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Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, leads a company currently under investigation by state attorneys general for potentially misleading investors about what the company knew about climate change.

As secretary of state, Tillerson would be the United States' representative abroad negotiating agreements on climate change. On the campaign trail, Trump said that he would favor pulling out of the Paris Agreement, but has since claimed to have an "open mind" and be "studying" the issue.

For his part, Tillerson has said that climate change is a "serious" threat, and Exxon now publicly supports the science behind climate change as well as the Paris accord. Yet Exxon has come under scrutiny in the last year from environmental groups and state attorneys general for allegedly downplaying the risks posed by climate change.

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Scientists have started copying United States climate data onto non-government servers out of fear that the data could disappear under Donald Trump's administration, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Trump has not said that he will delete data climate data from government servers. However, the President-elect has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and the transition team has asked for a list of the names of Energy Department staffers who were engaged in climate policy under the Obama administration.

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Several former Republican cabinet officials who've lined up to support Donald Trump's nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state also have some sort of connection to either Exxon or Russia.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates actually recommended Tillerson to Trump as a potential secretary of state nominee, two anonymous sources told Politico. Both Rice and Gates work for the consulting firm Rice Hadley Gates, which counts Exxon as a client.

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Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's campaign, told a Moscow audience on Monday that Trump's nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state could be great for United States-Russia relations.

Page said that members of Trump's administration like Tillerson have "great enthusiasm" for improving the U.S. relationship with Russia, according to the Huffington Post.

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Shortly after Donald Trump formally announced that he will nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement signaling that he may not support Tillerson's confirmation.

"While Rex Tillerson is a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination," Rubio said in a Tuesday morning statement. "The next secretary of state must be someone who views the world with moral clarity, is free of potential conflicts of interest, has a clear sense of America's interests, and will be a forceful advocate for America's foreign policy goals to the president, within the administration, and on the world stage. I look forward to learning more about his record and his views.‎ I will do my part to ensure he receives a full and fair but also thorough hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."

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Correction: The original version of this story suggested that Nunes did not support investigating cyber attacks carried out by Russia. His statement was referring to calls for the creation of a special committee to investigate Russian hacking, which Nunes rejected. The House Intelligence Committee announced in late January that the panel began receiving documents for a probe into Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 election.

Original Story:

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, on Monday said that he will not launch a new investigation into Russian hacking now that the CIA has concluded that the Russian government tried to meddle in the 2016 election and aid Donald Trump.

"The House Intelligence Committee is conducting vigorous oversight of the investigations into election-related cyber attacks. Seeing as cyber attacks, including Russian attacks, have been one of the committee’s top priorities for many years, we’ve held extensive briefings and hearings on the topic," Nunes said in a statement. "As the FBI, CIA, and other elements of the Intelligence Community continue their investigations into these attacks, the House Intelligence Committee will remain a vigilant monitor of their efforts. We will also closely oversee the production of the report on these attacks requested by President Obama to ensure its analytical integrity."

"At this time I do not see any benefit in opening further investigations, which would duplicate current committee oversight efforts and Intelligence Community inquiries," Nunes, a member of Trump's transition team, concluded.

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