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  1. Top Brexit Backer Passed Trump Transition Team Info to RussiansA trove of leaked emails have exposed the extensive Russian ties of two top Brexit supporters in the U.K. who later threw their weight behind Trump.
  2. Trump Dropped Christie Over Cell-Phone Germs, or Maybe All the Other ProblemsA new book claims Trump didn’t want to use the governor’s phone for his congratulatory call from Obama.
  3. Lobbying Ban Be Damned, Trump Transition Staffers Have Migrated to K StreetAt least nine vets of the team have registered as lobbyists, Politico reports.
  4. Trump’s Pick for Navy Secretary WithdrawsPhilip Bilden said he was unable to resolve potential conflicts of interest from his financial investments.
  5. Trump May Have Demoted NSC’s Military and Intelligence Leaders by AccidentThey didn’t mean to make them lower than Steve Bannon, they just got confused while copying from the Bush organizational chart.
  6. With 4 GOP Senators Undecided, Andrew Puzder Nomination Is in JeopardySenators have watched a 1990 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which Pudzer’s ex-wife appeared as a victim of domestic violence.
  7. Following Bitter Battle, Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions As Attorney GeneralElizabeth Warren said Democrats will keep a close eye on him, tweeting, “We won’t be silent. We will speak out. And we WILL persist.”
  8. Trump Just Undermined Americans’ Access to Healthcare Out of Sheer SpiteTrump pulls ads alerting consumers to the Obamacare enrollment deadline — even though the spots have already been paid for.
  9. Trump Just Replaced the State Department’s Senior ManagementRex Tillerson will begin his tenure at the State Department with no one experienced at managing its bureaucracy to guide — or constrain — him.
  10. Mike Pompeo Confirmed, Sworn in As CIA DirectorDemocrats raised concerns about his embrace of mass surveillance and comments he made about Muslims.
  11. Trump Can Legally Give His Son-in-Law a White House Job, Justice Department SaysJared Kushner’s appointment as a senior White House adviser does not violate anti-nepotism laws, according to the Office of Legal Counsel.
  12. Trump’s Pick to Enforce Civil Rights Is an Expert at Defending GOP Voting LawsJohn Gore has defended Republican redistricting plans and voting-roll purges against allegations of civil-rights violations.
  13. Someone Finally Took Away Donald Trump’s PhoneBut he’s still able to tweet.
  14. Mnuchin’s Hearing Sparks Arguments About Tax Havens, Foreclosures, and ValiumKey moments from the confirmation hearing of Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary.
  15. Donald Trump Goes to D.C. on Inauguration Eve, Will Spend It at the Blair HouseIn keeping with tradition.
  16. Rick Perry Regrets Pledging to Abolish the Department He’s About to RunAfter reading up on the subject, Perry says he no longer wants to get rid of the agency that monitors the safety of America’s nuclear arsenal.
  17. Report: Trump Team Preparing $10.5 Trillion in Budget CutsFunding for renewable energy, preventing domestic violence, the arts and humanities, and civil-rights enforcement would all be slashed or eliminated.
  18. New York Times: Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry Didn’t Understand the JobThe report claims he didn’t know it mostly involves maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile — but he’s learning!
  19. Is the Trump Team Ready to Run the Government?The transition has been dogged by reports of infighting, and hundreds of positions remain unfilled.
  20. Trump’s Cabinet Is Set to Be the First in 30 Years With No Latino MemberHe’s selected former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture.
  21. President Obama Uses Final Press Conference to Defend Press Freedom“You’re not supposed to be sycophants — you’re supposed to be skeptics,” Obama told reporters, in an implicit rebuke of his successor.
  22. Chris Christie Says He’d Be Working for Trump If Not for His WifeMary Pat Christie refused to move to D.C., so her husband refused to take a job there.
  23. Does Betsy DeVos Really Believe in Public Schools?The would-be secretary of Education is committed to eroding accountability for the use of taxpayers’ education funding.
  24. 6 Testy Moments From Trump Education Pick Betsy DeVos’s Confirmation HearingShe would not promise not to privatize public schools and said schools may need guns on campus to fend off grizzly bears.
  25. Putin Defends Trump, Extols Russia’s Sex Workers As ‘Best in the World’“I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world.”
  26. Trump Health Plan Is So Top Secret HHS Pick Reportedly Doesn’t Know What’s in ItIf the Trump team keeps him in the dark, he can’t ruin the surprise at his confirmation hearing.
  27. Trump Labor Pick Andy Puzder May Be ‘Bailing’ on Nomination: ReportHe pushed back with a brief tweet saying he’s looking forward to his confirmation hearing.
  28. Tom Price Introduced Bill to Help Company After Buying StockTrump’s pick for Health Secretary later received money from the company’s PAC, too.
  29. Trump May Kick the White House Press Corps Out of the White HouseOne official says it’s because the press is now “the opposition party” while others say it’s just about moving to a bigger space.
  30. Rex Tillerson Basically Promised the Senate That He Would Start a War With ChinaThis week, Trump’s pick for top diplomat vowed to block China’s access to its islands in the South China Sea. That would require military force.
  31. ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Is Sane Enough to Sail Through the SenateAt his confirmation hearing, the ex-general broke with Trump on Putin, NATO, and the Iran deal.
  32. Once Again, Mexico Reminds Trump That It Won’t Be Paying for That Border Wall“Of course” not, said that country’s president after Trump’s press conference.
  33. Trump Taps Another Goldman Employee and First Obama Administration HoldoverDina Powell, who led Goldman’s philanthropy, will serve as senior adviser to Trump. Obama appointee David Shulkin is Trump’s pick to lead the VA.
  34. At His First News Conference As President-elect, Trump Owns the PressA disaster for America, but a resounding win for Donald Trump.
  35. It Will Cost NYC $37 Million to Protect Trump Till Inauguration DayFifth Avenue businesses also estimate that they’ve lost about $40 million.
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    Vocal Anti-Vaxxer Claims Trump Asked Him to Chair a Committee on Vaccine SafetyThe transition says Trump would like to create a commission on autism, but no decision has been made.
  37. Republicans Delay Confirmation Hearings for Trump Picks Amid Vetting ConcernsThree more Trump picks had their hearings delayed following complaints that their ethics reviews weren’t complete.
  38. Jeff Sessions Makes the Case That He Is Not Too Racist to Be Attorney GeneralThe Alabama senator argues that his prosecution of black activists for voter fraud was a testament to his commitment to voting rights.
  39. Hearing Delayed for Trump Pick Betsy DeVos, Whose Ethics Report Is Not FinishedThe announcement did not mention complaints that the rushed confirmation process leaves no time for proper vetting.
  40. Cory Booker to Testify Against Fellow Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney GeneralIt will be the first time a senator has testified against a colleague in a confirmation hearing.
  41. Trump National-Security Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Ph.D. Dissertation TooThe transition previously dismissed reports showing more than 50 instances of plagiarism in her book as a “politically motivated attack.”
  42. Obamacare Repeal Might Have Just Died TonightRepublicans need 50 senators to repeal the law. They don’t have the votes.
  43. Chuck Schumer Recycles Mitch McConnell’s 2009 Demands on Cabinet NominationsSchumer threatens to slow the confirmation process until Trump’s picks complete their ethics reviews, echoing McConnell’s own demand from 2009.
  44. McConnell to Democrats Who Want More Time to Vet Trump Cabinet: ‘Grow Up’Eight years ago, he felt ethics disclosures should be completed before hearings were scheduled.
  45. Report: Trump Adviser Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her 2012 Best SellerCNN has found more than 50 instances in which she lifted passages or phrases from other sources.
  46. Ethics Office Struggling to Vet Trump’s Cabinet Picks, Warns Against GOP RushThe head of the Office of Government Ethics says GOP lawmakers are pushing ahead with hearings before the required background checks can be completed.
  47. After Intelligence Briefing, Trump Promises to Prioritize CybersecurityBut he did not concede Russia’s culpability in the hack of the DNC, and insisted cyberattacks had “no effect on the outcome of the election.”
  48. Former CIA Director Resigns From Trump’s Transition TeamAnd he isn’t the only one who’s finding the job of “relatively sane national security adviser to Donald Trump” to be a challenging one.
  49. Trump Adviser Carl Icahn Is a Blinding Supernova of Conflicts of InterestThe billionaire investor is the de facto deregulation czar. He seems especially interested in trimming rules that apply to his own companies.
  50. Florida AG Who Dropped Case Against Trump Is Expected to Get White House JobPam Bondi dropped a lawsuit against Trump University after successfully soliciting a campaign donation from the mogul.
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