Today in 5 Lines
In an interview with The New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump disavowed the “alt-right” movement and said, in regard to his business pursuits, that “the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said he has no plans to investigate either Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, or the Clinton Foundation. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory requested a recount of votes in his race against Democrat Roy Cooper for the governorship, citing “serious concerns about potential voter fraud.” President Obama commuted the sentences of 79 federal inmates, bringing the total number of clemencies granted during his presidency to 1,023. And Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 American icons, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, and Robert Redford.
Today on The Atlantic
Fair and Square: Democracy can yield unpredictable results, and “while fixating on the process is all well and good, there will inevitably be occasions when the outcome fills you with shock and awe.” (Michelle Cottle)
Pick Your Poison: Republicans who defend Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, frequently cite his 1966 campaign against segregationist Democrat Lurleen Wallace. But, writes Adam Serwer, “the truth is more complicated.”
Getting What You Vote For: The president-elect has threatened to repeal or roll back most of the Affordable Care Act. But in doing so, he’ll likely harm the white working-class voters who backed him. (Vann R. Newkirk II)