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Rohrabacher Accuses Journalist of Bias Against Russia
Says he’s had discussions with people ‘high up in the transition team’ about being Trump’s secretary of State

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., accused a journalist who is a refugee from the former Soviet Union of bias in an interview Wednesday.

Senators Want Presidential Innovation Fellows Made Permanent
Says it would make entering public service more attractive to technologists

What Happened to Scott Garrett?
Incoming Gottheimer says outgoing New Jersey congressman won’t talk transition

Rep.-elect Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., says Rep. Scott Garrett, whom he beat last month, is refusing to speak about the transition.

Gottheimer told The Record that he’s reached out to Garrett, but he hasn’t heard a word. Garrett’s staff also moved out of his office space.

Mandel Announces Rematch Against Sherrod Brown
New ad sounds like it takes pages from Trump playbook

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced on Wednesday that he'll run again against Sen. Sherrod Brown in what will be a tough year for Democrats.

Mandel lost to Brown by 6 percentage points in 2012, the same year President Barack Obama won the state. But Ohio overwhelmingly voted for Sen. Rob Portman this year and President-elect Donald Trump won the state handily.

Sanders Jumps Into Columbia Union Debate
Sends letter to students supporting unionization efforts

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, expressed his support for undergraduate and graduate student teaching research assistants’ efforts to unionize at Columbia University. 

Sanders sent a letter to students saying he hoped they would vote to join the United Auto Workers and recalled meeting with a few students who were pushing to unionize.

Study: Obamacare Repeal Could Leave 30 Million Without Coverage
Urban Institute looked at using reconciliation to repeal health care law

A new study shows partially repealing the 2010 health care law through reconciliation would cause almost 30 million people to lose health insurance.

Mattis and West Could Be in Same Chain of Command
Trump’s defense chief pick had said West ‘watched too many Hollywood movies’ after Iraq incident

Former Rep. Allen West is eyeing a job that might put him in the same chain of command as Gen. James Mattis, who once chastised West for an incident in Iraq.

West met Monday with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser appointee, and K.T. McFarland, who Trump has chosen as deputy national security adviser, McClatchy reported.

Hudson Proposes National Concealed Carry Bill
North Carolina congressman is member of Trump's Second Amendment Coaliton

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, says he is preparing legislation that would allow those with concealed carry permits in their state to cross state lines.

According to the Daily Caller, Hudson's legislation would allow people with a state-issued concealed carry license to carry a handgun to any other state that allows concealed carry if the person is not banned from possessing or transporting a firearm by federal law.

Trump Continues ‘Thank You’ Tour With Mattis
Defense secretary nominee to speak at rally

President Elect Donald Trump will continue his “Thank You” tour on Tuesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he he's expected to introduce his Defense secretary nominee, Gen. James Mattis.

Trump campaigned in Fayetteville on multiple occasions, visiting in both the primary and general elections and winning the state both times.

Incumbent McCrory Concedes in North Carolina Governor’s Race
Comes nearly four weeks after Election Day

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday conceded to challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, ending a weeks-long battle over recounts.

McCrory had previously expressed concerns about voter fraud and discrepancies, but on Monday he released a video saying it was time to move on.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to Meet with Trump
Trump has in the past cited conflict of interest on D.C. statehood

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser will go to New York on Tuesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. 

Bowser did not attend the opening of Trump's new hotel, but, according to Fox5 Reporter Matt Acklund, Bowser will meet with the incoming president to discuss infrastructure and statehood.

Manchin Among Trump’s Expanded Secretary of State List
Rohrabacher also in the running

President-elect Donald Trump’s pool of potential picks for secretary of State doubled since the last reports of how short was his short list.

Trump aides last week said he had whittled down the selection process to four, but ABC News reports Trump is now considering five more people including a retired admiral who Hillary Clinton considered for her running mate, another former presidential candidate, and a senator from the other side of the aisle.

Trump Says He’ll Nominate Carson for HUD
Was a major supporter of president-elect after running against him

President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday he would nominate former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Bloomberg later confirmed Carson accepted.

Booker on DeVos: ‘I'm Not Saying Anything’
New Jersey senator sat on school choice board with Trump’s choice for Education secretary

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, wasn't saying whether he would support the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, despite having worked with her on education issues in the past.

At an event to discuss criminal justice reform at Google's Washington office on Thursday, Booker voiced his concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Durbin and Graham Plan Bill to Give DREAMers Legal Status
Hope to have legislation ready before President-elect Donald Trump takes office

Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, are working to draft legislation to give young undocumented immigrants legal status.

The action comes after President Barack Obama said he would not take action to pardon DREAMERs — undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children who meet the requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Minors Act — before he left office.

Incoming Rep. Correa Plans Wait and See Approach With Trump
California Congressman spent much of early life in Mexico; says he’ll do battle over immigration, if necessary

Rep.-elect Lou Correa, D-California, said despite being a moderate Democrat, he plans to oppose President-elect Donald Trump's proposed mass deportations.

Correa, who will represent California's 46th Congressional District, was born in East Los Angeles and lived in Zacatecas, Mexico, for five years as a child before moving to Anaheim. His grandfather immigrated from Mexico early in the 1900s and was deported during the Great Depression.

Manchin’s Office Refutes Reports He’s Being Considered by Trump’s Team
Politico reported West Virginia senator eyed for Energy secretary

Sen. Joe Manchin’s office on Thursday denied reports that the West Virginia Democrat is being considered for a job in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Earlier Thursday, Politico reported that Manchin was being considered for Energy secretary, citing three sources close to the discussions. The story pointed out that Manchin is up for re-election in 2018 in a state that is becoming more Republican. (Trump carried the state by 42 points last month.)

9/11 Victims’ Families Slam McCain and Graham
Senators’ efforts to alter law a ‘betrayal,’ families say

Families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are calling Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s efforts to alter a law that would allow them to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in the attacks a “betrayal.”

Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and overrode President Barack Obama’s veto earlier this year.

Coats on Short List for Director of National Intelligence
In consideration along with Fran Townsend and Admiral Michael Rogers

Outgoing Indiana Sen. Dan Coats is being considered for the position of Director of National Intelligence in a Trump administration, according to reports.

Coats met with President Elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, though he said he did not talk with him about a cabinet position but about the deal Trump struck with Carrier to stay in Indiana.

Barletta Says He’s Considering Trump’s Labor Offer
Pa. Republican credited with helping deliver home state for president-elect