Today in 5 Lines
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is in disarray after former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers announced he’s leaving, and Matthew Freedman, a defense and foreign policy official, was reportedly removed. Mike Pence, who recently took the helm, has not yet signed paperwork to begin the transition process with the Obama administration. Paul Ryan heralded “the dawn of a new unified Republican government” during a news conference, just a few hours before House Republicans unanimously re-elected him for a second term as House speaker. President Obama recognized anxieties among the American people in a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Senator John McCain warned the president-elect against cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a statement. And House Democrats decided to push back their leadership elections until November 30.
Today on The Atlantic
Post-Election Dilemma: As many liberals cope with the election results, they are faced with the choice to accept or condemn Donald Trump’s victory. The problem: “They see Trump—and by extension, his supporters—as violating basic principles of decency and morality.” (Emma Green)
Hillary Clinton’s Defeat: The Clinton campaign has cited a “host of uncontrollable headwinds” to explain her unexpected loss, while critics say her own team’s decisions led to the outcome. Here are four explanations for her defeat. (Molly Ball)
Building Bridges: President-elect Donald Trump expanded on his plans to invest heavily in infrastructure during his victory speech. But can he persuade congressional Republicans to accept an idea “they belittled as pork-barrel spending” when President Obama proposed it eight years ago? (Russell Berman)