Today in 5 Lines
In a series of early-morning tweets, President-elect Donald Trump said he would remove himself from his “business operations” in order to focus on the presidency, but he did not provide additional details on how the plan would be carried out. Trump also announced his plans to nominate Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, to serve as secretary of the treasury and investor Wilbur Ross to serve as secretary of commerce. Democrats reelected Representative Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader over Ohio Representative Tim Ryan in a 134 to 63 vote. District Attorney Andrew Murray announced that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in September. Officials said seven people have been reported dead in the Tennessee wildfires.
Today on The Atlantic
Change of Heart: Donald Trump ran as the anti-establishment candidate, but three of his early Cabinet picks are sitting members of the House or Senate. Despite a turbulent campaign, congressional Republicans and the president-elect appear to be clearing the air. (Russell Berman)
The ‘Rainbow Coalition’: Some pundits and academics attribute Hillary Clinton’s defeat to the Democratic Party’s focus on identity and social issues. But in North Carolina, that same focus allowed Roy Cooper to defeat Republican incumbent Governor Pat McCrory. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
Deja Vu?: A number of Trump supporters have compared his victory to President Andrew Jackson’s landslide win in 1828. While the two men have their similarities, “a deeper look at Jackson’s victory complicates the comparison.” (Steve Inskeep)