December 21, 2016

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The Real Fight Ahead May Be Between The GOP House And The GOP Senate

The Gist: Republicans might have control of the House, the Senate and the White House, but control of all three branches of government hardly guarantees the next two years are going to harmonious for a party that has years of differences to litigate.

The Race Is On To Download And Preserve Obamacare Data In Trump's America

The Gist: A team of independent researchers is working to download Obamacare data and preserve it before Trump takes office in January.

O’Reilly Laments That Left Wants To Diminish Power Of 'White Establishment’ (VIDEO)

The Gist: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly argued Tuesday that calls to abolish the Electoral College were a cover for the liberal agenda of taking power “away from the white establishment.”

From The Reporter's Notebook

Former Fox News boss Roger Ailes apparently called up a New York Daily News columnist Monday to dispute a headline that characterized him as a "gropey old man," TPM's Kristin Salaky reported. "I was hoping you would be a gentleman and apologize,” Ailes said, according to "MediaBlast" columnist Don Kaplan.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: "The US has spent more than half a century trying to prevent the rise of far-right European nationalist parties to national leadership. Now the incoming administration appears to be trying to create a sort of far-right white and anti-immigrant international to ally itself with. This is a big deal. We need to know a lot more about this. But we're getting very little information. The Trump Transition seems to be very effective - much as they've been with on-going business deals - at keeping it all secret. I don't think this is necessarily a case of the national press not trying to find out. But whatever the cause, they're not finding out. And that is a big problem. "

Say What?!

"I’m told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore. I'd written what I thought was a very cute tweet about ‘the alligators are complaining,’ and somebody wrote back and said they were tired of hearing this stuff."

- Newt Gingrich said that Donald Trump now disclaims his “drain the swamp” catch phrase.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Individual citizens, and groups of citizens, can sue Trump personally and get discovery from Trump's businesses when a high crime has damaged them.This personal injury approach will get the high crime on the record. I believe that it was established in the Clinton administration that citizens can sue a sitting President for damages related to personal conduct. While the courts have recognized executive privilege to some extent, the case law on personal conduct is more pro transparency and pro discovery. This circumstance is how the GOP damaged both Clintons. The difference with Trump is that he will likely commit actual violations and he has actual wealth from which to pay damages."

Related: Marshall: Maybe the Answer Is That He Can't Divest

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What We're Reading

Inside Newsweek Writer Kurt Eichenwald’s Twitter War (The Daily Beast)

Having It All—and Hating It All (The Atlantic)