December 20, 2016

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Trump Snaps At Bill Clinton: He 'Doesn't Know Much' About Winning

The Gist: President-elect Donald Trump snapped at Bill Clinton on Twitter Tuesday morning, after it was reported that the former President said earlier this month that Trump “didn’t know much” except “how to get angry, white men to vote for him.”

McConnell Doesn't Want A Select Panel Investigating Russian Hacking

The Gist: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is opposed to forming a select committee to investigate reports that Russia meddled in the U.S. Election.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Meet The Dems Who Will Defend Obamacare

The Gist: The frontline of Democrats defending Obamacare from a GOP repeal in the new year looks a whole lot different than the lineup of lawmakers who fought for its passage in 2009-10.

From The Reporter's Notebook

Former Speaker of the House and current Trump adviser Newt Gingrich said Monday that the President-elect could simply pardon members of his administration who broke anti-nepotism laws. TPM’s Matt Shaham reported that this was a break with Gingrich’s past statements on the matter: In November, Gingrich said he thought Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, would need a waiver from Congress in order to serve in any official capacity.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: "I remember thinking of this ominous parallel as the US forced its war in Iraq, even after the notional premise for threatening war - the return of weapons inspectors - had been conceded. This pessimism, this need to provoke or escalate crises, is the root of all sorts of mischief. It is the best prism through which to understand the increasingly unstable moment we are now living through. Which countries if any want a general war? Which countries, if any, believe they can gain from one and at what cost? And how do we collectively prevent any major power from believing its interests can best be secured or only be secured by war?"

Say What?!

"When it [comes to] those type of things, do you keep your child home from school and take him the next morning to the doctor because of a cold or a flu, versus take him into the emergency room? If you don't have a cost difference, you'll make different decisions."

- Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) outlined the way he would like to see the health care system operate if Obamacare is repealed, using an example of when he waited until the morning after to take his youngest son to the doctor with an injured arm, because he did not want to waste money on an expensive emergency room visit. The arm, it turned out, was broken.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "In my opinion, people who don't vote are not anyone's supporters. There may be non-voters that hold beliefs and ideals that line up with those of the Democratic party, but if they don't vote, they don't support anyone, not even themselves. We need to grow supporters who understand that the things they want, and the things they believe in, will only happen if they continually participate in the process, i.e., voting (among other things). They also need to understand that this participation is a lifetime commitment, not a one-night stand. One lesson that we must take away from this year's election is that this won't be a quick fix."

Related: On the Eve of Disruption: Final Thoughts on the 2016 Election

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