He's a Muslim from the heartland and he could be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is slowly raking up support from some key figures within the party, such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who want him to be the next leader, following the party’s humbling presidential loss earlier this week.
Citing more than 250,000 signatures in support of Ellison on a petition posted to his website, Sanders said the congressman is the future of the party.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was abruptly replaced by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, to lead President-elect Donald Trump’s transition to the White House, Trump aides announced Friday.
The job is always crucial, but especially so for the first modern president ever elected without experience in either government or the military. In addition to staffing the White House, Cabinet agencies, embassies and other key government posts, the transition team needs to make sure Trump is briefed and prepared to take responsibility for taking over the government and getting his policy initiatives in place.
Christie has been tarred by the recent convictions of two former top aides for creating a traffic jam leading to the George Washington Bridge to punish a mayor who would not endorse him.
Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid offered a blistering assessment of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, saying the Republican "has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America."
"I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics," said Reid, a longtime Nevada Democrat who will retire in January, in a statement. "Their fear is entirely rational because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them."
For months, Reid has been a vocal critic of Trump, labeling him a racist unfit to lead the country for his calls to ban Muslims from entering the country and charged rhetoric about Mexican immigrants.
The stock market cooled slightly early Friday after a two-day rally sparked by Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory and stoked by the prospect that a Trump administration will make good on promises to spend heavily on infrastructure projects and ease many federal regulations.
Financial stocks have been among the biggest winners this week, a sign that investors are betting on looser bank regulation — including changes to 2010’s Dodd-Frank Act — and that interest rates will rise. Finance stocks that are part of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed nearly 8% Wednesday and Thursday, though they traded slightly lower in early trading Friday.
After another night of protests against Donald Trump, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said opponents of the president-elect don't want to accept "that they lost the election.”
“I’m not sure why some of these things are going on,” Priebus told anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It was the Democrats that accused Donald Trump of not being willing to accept the outcome of the election. Now he won fairly overwhelmingly, although close, but electoral college-wise, pretty clear.”
“He lost the popular vote,” Stephanopoulos reminded Priebus.
But it’s Donald Trump who may find himself in political shackles, stuck between his followers’ yearning to put Hillary Clinton in jail and his expressed desire to unite a badly fractured country after an election in which he lost the popular vote.
The tension is not likely to dissipate anytime soon. After having pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton, Trump faces a dilemma: He can either drop the matter and risk angering his supporters, or charge ahead with a criminal inquiry targeting his vanquished political foe, something never before done in U.S. history.