Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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The red 'Make America Great Again' hats poured out of the House Republican conference Tuesday– the signal that the party has fully drunk the the Donald Trump Kool-aid it was resisting little more than a week ago.

It was the first full conference meeting in the wake of Trump's stunning election win. Members had been back home, in their districts, trying carefully to balance their bombastic nominee with their own re-elections. In the end, it turned out Trump's vision helped them.

Now, even Republicans who once kept their distance from their party's nominee, wanted to be on the right side of their new President. But the cognitive dissonance between what House GOP leaders were saying about Trump before the election and what they're saying now was not lost on some members.

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President Barack Obama told reporters Monday that he believes President-elect Donald Trump is coming to the White House with a more flexible outlook on policy than his predecessors.

"He is coming to this office with fewer set hard-and-fast policy prescriptions than a lot of other presidents might be arriving with," Obama said. "I don't think he is idealogical. I think ultimately he is pragmatic in that way. And that can serve him well as long as he's got good people around him and he has a clear sense of direction."

During the campaign Trump made building a border wall, deporting millions of immigrants and blocking Muslims from entering the U.S. key parts of his message. However, now that he has been elected, Trump seems to be softening on some of his positions. That change, Obama said may be a reflection of the fact that Trump is not tied to a specific policy prescription.

Of course, the open question of what Trump could do next was still unnerving for the President.

"Do I have concerns? Absolutely. Of course, I have concerns. He and I differ on a whole bunch of issues," Obama said.

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Donald Trump stunned Washington Tuesday night with his victory, but behind the scenes a smaller-than usual transition team has been preparing for this eventuality.

The transition team–the entity tasked with hiring staff, assembling Trump's cabinet and laying out the blue print for Trump's first 100 days– is like Trump's campaign itself: leaner than past operations and far more unconventional with an estimated 100 individuals working on it full time, according to CNN.

By comparison, the Associated Press reported that Romney's team–Romney Readiness Project–had more than 460 individuals working on it leading up to the 2012 campaign. President Barack Obama, for example, had 600 individuals charting the path forward in 2008.

Leading the team is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former competitor. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a loyal foot soldier for Trump whose vision of border wall brand of immigration reform became a central theme in Trump's campaign, is also closely involved.

Here's what we know so far:

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There were points in this campaign where Helen Aguirre Ferré admits she was nervous about Donald Trump's tone toward Hispanics.

But Ferré, the director of Hispanic communications for the RNC, sat down with TPM for an interview Wednesday with exit polls from CNN and laid out why she thought Trump had even outrun Romney.

In 2012, exit polls showed Romney with 27 percent of the Latino vote. Trump got 29 percent.

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It's pretty clear even Mitch McConnell didn't know how good his night was going to be on Tuesday.

The Senate majority leader had 24 Republican senators up for re-election, and many of them were running in states were Obama won in 2012. They were in Wisconsin and Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. It turns out 18 Republican senators outran Trump at the top of the ticket. Only two Republican senators were defeated.

McConnell was bracing for reality even as he had worked to maintain his majority. Then, Donald Trump won the presidency.

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At a victory presser Wednesday morning, there was a lot of praise going around for Reince Priebus, the embattled Republican National Chairman who once tried to rationalize his job wasn't that bad because he wasn't like "pouring Baileys" in his cereal.

After a stunning victory to hold the House, the Senate and the White House Tuesday night, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said Wednesday that Priebus “goes down as one of the great RNC chairman in the history of the US and the history of the Republican Party."

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Ever since, President Obama stepped into office, Republicans have been waiting to undo his regulations. So hours after Donald Trump was elected president, Republican Sen. Rand Paul promised it's coming in the first month of the new Congress.

“I have a prediction to make this morning,” he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. “I think we're going to spend the first month passing the repeal of Obama regulations.”

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It looks as though the House of Representatives will easily hold its majority after Tuesday and the Republican Party will win the White House after eight years of President Barack Obama.

But when House Speaker Paul Ryan returns to Washington next week, the party he has long campaigned for, the ideals he fought for and the conservatism he said he believed in are no longer the same.

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Republican Senate incumbents had a remarkable night Tuesday as the GOP maintained its majority in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)– who never supported Trump– credited candidates down ballot for bringing Trump to victory.

"I'm proud of and want to congratulate my Senate colleagues particularly those in swing states right now who ran incredible races that helped President-elect Trump achieve his victory," Graham said.

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