Today in 5 Lines
President-elect Donald Trump said “he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia” in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to his transition team. President Obama said Democrats should not “waver on their core beliefs and principles” in his first news conference since the presidential election. Obama added that he plans to reassure European leaders “there is no weakening” in the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance, as he heads on his final foreign trip as commander in chief to Greece, Germany, and Peru. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is going to court to keep private the contents of an email sent to him from a political ally, a decision legal experts fear could set a “dangerous legal precedent.” Representative Keith Ellison said he is officially running to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Prominent PBS journalist Gwen Ifill died at 61 after a battle with cancer.
Today on The Atlantic
Started From the Bottom: Democrats were devastated after a stunning defeat at the top of the ticket, but Republican control over state legislatures will likely have longer lasting implications for the party. (Alex Wagner)
Just in Time: House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced himself from Donald Trump throughout his presidential campaign. But Ryan’s decision to support the president-elect in the final weeks of the election may be enough to save his job. (Russell Berman)
Nothing New: Many people have openly wondered why Hillary Clinton failed to win the support of white women. But these voters have supported the GOP for years, which “underscores the complicated nature of their political interests.” (Michelle Cottle)