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Fascinating article from The Moscow Times. After brief euphoria, Kremlin says the Russian version of "Oh, shit!"

A few thoughts about Keith Ellison vs Howard Dean as DNC Chair.

First, I like Keith Ellison a lot. I like him and I like him for the position. Major Dem party leaders seem to be coalescing around him and for good reason. But Howard Dean is also making a bid. Dean has been fairly removed from the political tussle for a few years, at least in the high profile way he had been in the late Bush and early Obama years. (He was DNC chair from 2005 to 2009. In other words, he was DNC chair during their two big wave elections.) He's also done a decent amount of lobbying. I don't know the details on that front. And he certainly wouldn't be the only out of office pol to do lobbying. But in the present climate that seems like a significant liability.

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Yesterday, the White House Correspondents Association raised a flag on President-Elect Trump's refusal to allow a so-called 'protective pool' for his visit to DC. A protective pool is a small group, often just one reporter, who goes with the president virtually everywhere they go outside the White House. Go to a fundraiser, go to play golf, go out for dinner, there is at least one reporter assigned by the pool system to be there with the president.

Why? Anything can happen. Some incident of great historic moment can happen, there can be a threat on the president, anything. The idea is that you want at least one journalist there to report what happened. Needless to say, in the overwhelming number of cases that person just records the exact time the President arrived and departed, a few pieces of color and that's about it.

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Yesterday Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) announced his candidacy to be chair of the DNC. Ellison is one of the most humane and decent people in Democratic politics today. When a party is in power, and especially when it holds the presidency, the chair of the DNC largely works for the president. Not technically and not officially, but the President is the head of the party. That person is the one who is in charge. When the party is out of power the DNC chair position is much more consequential. Last night Elizabeth Warren essentially endorsed him. This morning Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is too. Those are essentially the heads of both wings of the Democratic party at the moment, at least near to being heads of them. Hard to see where that doesn't make Ellison's bid for the position essentially a done deal.

Paul Ryan just announced that as part of repealing Obamacare he plans to phase out Medicare and replace it with private insurance for retirees.

Leonard Cohen is dead at age 82.

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is a hugely consequential and, to my mind, hugely negative event. But I want to say a few things about how we interpret this election and particularly why we shouldn't over interpret it.

Going into Tuesday many Democrats believed that the rapid growth of the non-white voting population - and the deep liberalism of millennials - made it increasingly difficult if not impossible for Republicans to win national elections if they continued to pursue a politics that had little traction beyond white people. That was one basis of the confidence that Donald Trump would have an extremely hard time beating Hillary Clinton. Clearly that was wrong.

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For the last several months I've been planning next year at TPM. That involves a mix of editorial goals, how to deploy our resources, what new things to do and build, business strategies, hiring. It runs the gamut. One of my jobs here is to figure out how to match each of those things together so they all come off in an effective and durable way. While I knew the election could have a range of outcomes, I have mainly been making those plans on the basis of a very different set of assumptions about what 2017 would bring. Last night was as shocking as it was disappointing, together making for a shattering experience. But as I made my way through the day today, trying to catch bits of sleep I'd missed the night before, I started to think about what TPM's role is, should be in this coming now suddenly very different year.

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This is something that should get a lot of attention. The Trump campaign is apparently having lots of trouble finding first tier people to fill scores of national security jobs.

Here's a new piece from The Daily Beast saying this continues ..

Team Trump is struggling to fill numerous key slots or even attract many candidates because hundreds have either sworn they’d never work in a Trump administration or have directly turned down requests to join, multiple current and former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the transition efforts told The Daily Beast

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According to this report Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Bolton are both under consideration for Secretary of State under Donald Trump. I think this is first of many of such choices we're going to see. Corker is a knowledge, sensible, temperate person, albeit someone who I disagree with on most issues. Bolton is a wild far-right ideologue, basically the Michele Bachmann of the foreign policy world. That might understate who he is. We're going to see many instances like this where Trump is choosing between reasonably qualified people and extremists. It will be a bumpy ride.