Today in 5 Lines
President-elect Donald Trump had a series of meetings in New York, including talks with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. He’s expected to have his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, since he won the election tonight. Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the election. U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the House Select Committee on Intelligence that he had submitted his letter of resignation. President Obama encouraged the president-elect “to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values” in a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. And Ohio Representative Tim Ryan announced he will challenge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for her position.
Today on The Atlantic
The Chasm Between Town and Country: The 2016 election revealed a divide between urban and non-urban America that the country has not witnessed since 1920. And that gap will likely widen under a Trump administration. (Ronald Brownstein)
Honoring Press Freedom: Donald Trump’s hostility toward journalists threatens the important American values of government transparency and press access. Will news organizations take a stand against “Trump’s penchant for secrecy,” and hold him accountable to these principles? (Tommy Vietor)
A Republican Mandate?: Congressional Republicans returned to Washington, D.C., this week eager to get to work on a long list of items, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare and cutting taxes. But some lawmakers are concerned about “misreading the message of the electorate.” (Russell Berman)