NEWSLETTER: Cotton: Waterboarding Is Not Torture, Anti-Trump Protests Break Out And An Oral History Of 2016

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November 10th, 2016

Top Stories

Chaffetz: It Would Be ‘Remiss Of Us’ To Stop Investigating Hillary Clinton

The Gist: 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.

Anti-Trump Protests Break Out Across The Country

The Gist: Following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, protests rejecting the President-elect erupted across the country.

Tom Cotton On Trump’s Support For Waterboarding: ‘It’s Not Torture’

The Gist: 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.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign had a terse response to Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential debate, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. On Wednesday morning, a top advisor to Sanders told CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny: “We have nothing polite to say right now.” The senator later released a statement saying that he is prepared to work with Trump on economic issues.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “I have seen very little reckoning with what I believe will be the dramatic and highly disruptive effect of Trump’s win on the political coalitions that make up the both political parties. The most immediate effect will be within the Republican Party, if only because the GOP is in power and will be faced with immediate choices. I don’t believe the current Republican Party will fall in line behind the protectionist agenda Trump ran on. There are other parts of Trump’s agenda which might be unfriendly to GOP pro-business policies. But those have never seemed deep-seated to me. I think he abandons those pretty quickly.”

Say What?!

“Most of the Muslim nations are in the hot areas of the world.”

– A south California Republican who welcomes drastic climate change was elected to a state Assembly seat on Tuesday.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “I’m not really buying into the idea of Trump or his campaign unleashing some kind of new or unknown source of pent-up anger. Various elements of the conservative coalition have been seeding, tending and plowing this field of anger for quite some time (with plenty of help from Fox News and other conservative media). The vast majority of low education white voters (male and female) across the red states were already conditioned to believe Clinton was evil personified before the first primary ever took place.”

Related: Trump surrogate and former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault said that the Republican nominee would keep a list of his fellow party members who voted against him.

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What We’re Reading

An oral history of 2016: How Trump won. (The Washington Post)

Indelible images from the campaign trail. (The New York Times)