Tom Price’s Ties To The Medical Fringe, Trump Announces Mattis For Defense Dept., And The Human Hair Trade

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December 2nd, 2016

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Conspiracies And ‘Witch Doctor’ Obama: Tom Price’s Ties To The Medical Fringe

The Gist: Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, is a member of a far-right medical group that peddles conspiracy theories.

Trump: I’ll Nominate Retired Gen. James Mattis To Lead Defense Dept.

The Gist: 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.

Panel Erupts When Clinton Aide Accuses Trump Camp Of Peddling Racism

The Gist: 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 which quickly devolved into acrimony.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to keep jobs at a local Carrier Corp. manufacturing facility, basked in his unexpected election victory and went on a tangent about his plans to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall in a wide-ranging speech in Indianapolis on Thursday, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. He touted his unexpected Republican primary victory in Indiana, which he described as a “tremendous love affair,” as well as his election victory in November. “That was some victory,” Trump said. “That’s pretty great.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “One key reason is that on both Obamacare and Medicare, the GOP—especially the House GOP—is the dog who caught the car. What do they do now? Paul Ryan, whose genial demeanor and packaging conceals a political radical on fiscal policy, social insurance and almost everything else tied to money, risk and financial security, got House Republicans to vote for Medicare Phaseout for five years straight. But it was an easy vote since nothing would ever come of it. Republican Senators are now telling pretty much everyone who will listen that they don’t want to get dragged into phasing out Medicare this year.”

Say What?!

“It’s wonderful to win.”

– President-elect Donald Trump basked in his unexpected election victory in a wide-ranging speech at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “The notion that we can somehow strip “identity politics” out of politics is absurd. So when people lecture that the Democrats lost support among white working class voters because of “identity politics”, the question is reasonably raised: What does that mean, and exactly what do they expect the Democratic Party to do about it? You cannot limit the party’s message to, “Say nothing that a white working class voter would regard as anything but anodyne”, without limiting the party’s ability to speak out for inner city communities, immigrant communities, the LGBTQ community, etc. And a party that goes out of its way to say nothing that anybody could construe as identity politics will end up being a party that has appeal to no one.”

Related: A Republican senator and a Democratic senator have joined forces to try to protect DREAMers and shield them from deportation under Trump’s incoming administration.

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What We’re Reading

How to hide $400 million. (The New York Times)

Black gold: the human hair trade. (The New Zealand Herald )