He’s changing the lineup. Vice president-elect MIke Pence will now lead Donald Trump’s transition team, in a surprise Friday shift, demoting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from the post. The move came a day after the Republican’s extraordinary summit with President Obama at the White House. Obama said afterward that they had an “excellent conversation” about wide-ranging policy issues. Trump thanked the president, calling him a “very good man.” Meeting with congressional leaders, Trump vowed a tax-slashing, Obamacare-dismantling agenda. Meanwhile, “Never Trump” Republicans are starting to warm toward working with his administration on foreign policy.
The Presidential Daily Brief
They’re not going quietly. Portland, Oregon, saw windows smashed and 29 arrested as thousands gathered in cities across America for a second night of demonstrations against the election of Donald Trump. He responded, tweeting, “Professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” Meanwhile, multitudes on social media are recording post-election attacks on minorities — women having hijabs publicly ripped off by strangers, Latino high school students receiving “deportation letters” from classmates — and rights groups are worried about the aftermath of Trump’s racially divisive campaign.
“The problem isn’t that diverse information isn’t there.” So said Mark Zuckerberg at a California conference, defending Facebook from charges that it allowed users to spread fake news in the run-up to the election. Earlier this year, Facebook was accused of favoring liberal news in the “trending stories” box and suppressing conservative views. Zuckerberg called the idea that fake stories in newsfeeds influenced the election “pretty crazy” and opined that anyone thinking along those lines didn’t understand the message Trump voters were trying to send with their votes.
Talk about a turnaround. Analysts predicted huge declines in the stock market if Donald Trump won the presidency — and yet, after a dip, stocks have apparently rallied. Not everywhere: The Nasdaq fell as investors worried that new immigration regulations could keep America from attracting tech talent, and emerging markets saw a big sell-off. Bonds may suffer in anticipation of U.S. debt increasing, but health care and financial stocks are up as markets expect decreased regulation, business-friendly tax reforms and ballooning U.S. inflation when Trump’s likely policies take effect.
Know This: Man From U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn has died age 83. Pollsters are investigating what went wrong with their models in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election. And a judge has ordered bottled water to be sent to Flint, Michigan.
Remember This Number:$20 billion. That’s how much Chinese consumers are expected to spend today for online shopping holiday Singles’ Day.
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It’s the end of an era. The hugely influential Canadian’s work spanned five decades, after he ditched poor-selling poetry for the 1960s folk-rock scene in New York City, where he turned out artistic gems while mingling with Andy Warhol and Nico. Cohen’s best-known song, 1984’s “Hallelujah,” didn’t achieve its full due until covered by Jeff Buckley a decade later. His final album, You Want It Darker, earned critical acclaim earlier this year, and Cohen will be remembered as one of the most original voices of his time.
TV has gone to the dogs. No, seriously: 24-hour channel DOGTV hopes to curb destructive canine behavior by keeping pets distracted when home alone. The commercial-free network, launched two years ago by former radio host Ron Levi, broadcasts in 14 countries and reaches 23 million of the 78 million pooch-owning households in America. Levi charges $5 a month for an endless stream of short segments showing sleeping dogs or corgis splashing in the sea, with sounds and color calibrated just for pups.
It’s not such a magic kingdom anymore. Disney’s stock has fallen dramatically recently — so much so that experts are questioning the company’s direction. Despite dominating the market, Disney’s still struggling to catch up with technologies — particularly streaming services and social networks — that are becoming a must for entertainment corporations. Though Disney had flirted with the idea of buying Twitter or Netflix, they’ve failed to make a major footprint online. And their disappointing quarterly earnings, which saw stocks fall and then rally, could bode ill for the future.
Sometimes you’ve got to do it yourself. Though Congress passed a major bill a year ago intended to expand American public transportation, federal funding doesn’t match up with today’s expectations for infrastructure and transport. So in this week’s election, 48 transit initiatives were on the ballot — and 69 percent of them passed. Los Angeles approved a $120 billion package for transit projects, while Rhode Island put big money into port renovations. With the next administration paying lip service to infrastructure, cities are instead walking the walk themselves.
You can’t win everything. On the day the NBA champion Cavaliers visited the White House and a week after the Indians nearly won a thrilling World Series, Cleveland was reminded that its football team is still terrible. With a desultory 28-7 performance against the Ravens, the Browns have started the season 0-10 for the first time since the franchise joined the NFL in 1950. Coach Hue Jackson benched Cody Kessler for Josh McCown mid-game, and Cleveland’s quarterback situation remains unsettled as they prepare to host the rival Steelers.