<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSun, 04 Dec 2016 01:26:35 -0500Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:26:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sarah Palin Warns of ‘Crony Capitalism’ After Trump Deal ]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/el-factor-palin.jpg

An unexpected dissenting voice came out Friday against a Trump administration brokered deal to keep a Carrier plant in Indiana and save around 1,000 jobs, NBC News reported.

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in an op-ed for the Young Conservatives website called the deal, which was reportedly negotiated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an example of government intervention that could lead to "crony capitalism."

"Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember?" Palin wrote. "Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."

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<![CDATA[5 Candidates Look Ahead to Virginia Governor's Race]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:02:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/120216+corey+stewart.jpg Five male candidates are already looking ahead to the 2017 race for the Virginia governor's seat. Another man's name came up often at an event Friday. "Virginia is likely to be seen as a referendum on the first year of Donald Trump," political analyst Robert Holsworth said. News4's Julie Carey reports.

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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[Trump Names Panel of Executives to Advise on Private Sector]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:22:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-cancela-reunion-con-The-New-York-Times.jpg

The CEOs of General Motors, Disney and Wal-Mart are among those who will have Donald Trump's ear during his presidency.

They are all part of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of CEOs, business executives and thinkers announced Friday who are to regularly meet with Trump to discuss the best ways to create jobs.

The group will be led by the chairman and CEO of investment group Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman. The Trump transition team said in a statement that it believes the forum will help the president-elect better understand how government policy affects the private sector.

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

President-elect Trump is not the first to create a team of this sort. President Obama created a similar group in his first term, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which provided non-partisan advice on job creation and the economy. Unlike Trump's group, it included union leaders.

Other members of Trump's forum include:
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company 
Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group 
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

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<![CDATA[Trump Starts Victory Tour At Indiana Factory ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:05:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_trump161201_1500x845.jpg President-elect Donald Trump starts his victory tour at a Carrier plant in Indiana on Dec. 1, 2016, celebrating Carrier's decision to keep a thousand jobs slated for Mexico within the United States. ]]> <![CDATA[Sen. Tim Kaine Talks Election, Future With News4]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:10:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016927379_1200x675_821957187701.jpg Sen. Tim Kaine sat down with News4's Aaron Gilchrist to talk about what he's been up to since the election. ]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Palin Interested in Trump Administration Job: Sources]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:51:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SarahPalin-AP_322537202252.jpg

Sarah Palin has been in touch with Trump transition officials about a role with the incoming administration, according to sources close to the former Alaska governor. While there is no confirmation what specific position she might be interested in, her son-in-law has dropped a hint, NBC News reported.

Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient married to Palin's daughter Bristol, posted his appeal on Facebook, including a video that makes a glossy pitch for Palin as an advocate for America's veterans. 

"Governor Palin has relayed to the Trump transition team her offer to continue helping the next President either in the public or private sector," a Palin adviser said.

However, Trump transition officials declined to comment on what position, if any, for which Palin might be considered.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: Why Trump's Reliance on Debunked Theories Raises Concern]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:08:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trump50.jpg

During his run for the White House, Donald Trump stirred up controversy with frequent, unsubstantiated attacks directed toward various groups and individuals, from his political rivals to foreign governments to news outlets.

Now, as NBC News reports, some are raising concerns about Trump's information sources and whether the president-elect will act on false or flawed reports. 

For instance, Trump's recent claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with "millions" of illegal voters was a baseless theory popularized primarily by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars. 

Many argue that being able to discern credibility in news reports is a crucial skill for a president, and they argue that a seeming inability, or disinclination, to separate fact from fiction could pose serious threats to national security.

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<![CDATA[Flag Burning: DC Residents Say They Don't Like It, But Know It's Protected Speech]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:27:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161129+Flag+Burning.jpg After Donald Trump made flag burning the topic of conversation again today when he shared his opinions via tweet, News4's Tom Sherwood wanted to find out what people in the District think. And he found flag burning is such an emotional issue for many Americans.]]> <![CDATA[Trump to Kick Off 'Thank You Tour' Thursday: Source]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:58:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16314285768609.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump is set to embark on a tour to thank supporters who carried him to the White House. 

A source in the Trump camp confirmed to NBC News Tuesday that Trump's "Thank You Tour" is set to begin on Thursday with a rally in Cincinnati.

During the campaign, Trump's rallies often drew thousands of people and were often broadcast live. Trump won Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, states won by President Obama in 2008 and 2012.  

George Gigicos, Trump’s director of advance, told reporters on Nov. 17 that Trump's may visit "swing states we flipped over" after the election, Bloomberg reported. 

Gigicos corrected reporters who called it a "victory tour," according to Bloomberg. “‘Thank you tour,’ Gigicos said. "It’s not a ‘victory tour.'"

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<![CDATA[Stein Defends Recount Efforts]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002535167.JPG

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is defending her decision to ask for recounts in three states that helped give President-elect Donald Trump his victory, arguing there could have been issues with how the votes were counted.

"Tampering is not done in a way that declares itself. You have to actually go in and count the paper ballots," she said Sunday evening in an interview with necn.

Stein's push for the recount gained new momentum Saturday when Hillary Clinton's campaign broke its silence to say it would join the recount in Wisconsin and possible recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Trump's margin of victory in each state was slim, while Clinton won the popular vote by over 2 million votes, according to one tracker.

The Clinton campaign's support for the recount drew harsh criticism from Trump, who took to Twitter to call the effort a scam and suggested, without evidence, that he would have won the popular vote after deducting "millions of people who voted illegally." 

"There is no evidence of illegal voters," Stein said in respose. "You're entitled to your own opinions but you can't have your own facts."

The Clinton campaign also found no "actionable evidence" of hacking or machine manipulation, but joined the ongoing effort to make sure the recount process is fair to all parties, a campaign lawyer wrote online Saturday. He added that the campaign is aware that the margin of victory in Michigan exceeds "well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount."

Stein took just 1 percent of the vote in the election, but says she does not believe her candidacy would have affected the election results, nor is recount being done "for one candidate or against another."

"Sixty-one percent of Green voters would not have cast a vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump," she said.

Stein has raised more than $6 million to pay for these recounts. Wisconsin's recount is scheduled to start this weekend, pending approval from the Elections commission, and the deadline to file for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan are Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

Stein said the party plans to file for recounts in each of those states on their deadline days.

"We need peace of mind about our voting system in this election and going forward," Stein said.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Falwell Jr. Says Trump Offered Him Cabinet Post]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP16326549859620_opt.jpg

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down for personal reasons.

Falwell tells The Associated Press that Trump offered him the job last week during a meeting in New York. He says Trump wanted a four- to six-year commitment, but that he couldn't leave Liberty for more than two years. 

Falwell says he couldn't afford to work at a Cabinet-level job for longer than that and didn't want to move his family, especially his 16-year-old daughter.

Trump announced Wednesday he had selected charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for the job. Falwell says he thinks DeVos is an "excellent choice."

Trump spoke at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, in January and Falwell later endorsed him.

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<![CDATA[Trump Has Had Only 2 Intelligence Briefings: Sources]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:05:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16325706947739.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump has had only two intelligence briefings since he won the election over two weeks ago, intelligence sources told NBC News Wednesday — a much lower number than his predecessors and lower even than Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

A senior intelligence official cautioned that it is too early to know what the significance of Trump's sparse briefing schedule really is, given that he is in the middle of his transition process.

While a team of intelligence analysts remains ready and waiting to deliver briefings to the president-elect, sources told NBC News he has accepted them only twice. Instead, Trump has turned the briefings down to focus on meetings with potential Cabinet members, media executives and business associates.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, on the other hand, has received the briefings nearly every day, the sources said.

The news, first reported by the Washington Post, will likely fuel critics who've questioned Trump's knowledge of foreign affairs and national security issues.

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<![CDATA[Trump Addresses Nation For Thanksgiving As President-Elect]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:25:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/198*120/Trump_Thanksgiving.png President-elect Donald Trump release a video statement on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, asking Americans to unify in the spirit of Thanksgiving. ]]> <![CDATA[Nikki Haley Accepts UN Post ]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:55:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nikki_Haley_UN_Post-147993333165700001.jpg President-elect Donald Trump adds South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to his cabinet Wednesday, after Haley accepted the post of ambassador to the United Nations on Nov. 23, 2016. Other contenders include former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for Secretary of State, as well as Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. ]]> <![CDATA[Albuquerque Business Refuse Pro-Trump Client]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:31:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_notrump1123_1500x845.jpg 1st in SEO, an internet-marketing business based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is refusing to do business with Donald Trump supporters. A blog post titled "Trump Supporters' Client Accounts Canceled" posted on Nov. 11, 2016 announced that the company will "no longer do business with any person that is a registered Republican or supports Donald Trump."

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<![CDATA[Jill Stein Files for Wisconsin Recount, Raises More Than $5M]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:03:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478193140.jpg

Jill Stein, who ran for president as the Green Party candidate, has filed paperwork to request a recount of the votes in Wisconsin just under the deadline, and has raised more than $5 million to fund other recount efforts in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

Donald Trump's margin of victory over Hillary Clinton was narrow in all three states, which were expected to vote Democratic, and the results have become the focus of speculation — based on little proof — that the vote may have been tampered with. Stein acknowledged those fears in her statement announcing the recount drive on Wednesday. 

"After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable," Stein said. "These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust."

The state elections commission administrator said Stein filed the request about an hour and a half ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. deadline, The Associated Press reported. The effort is estimated to cost $1 million. Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, have collected more than $5.2 million as of Friday. 

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said that it received petitions from Stein's campaign and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente, another candidate. 

“We have assembled an internal team to direct the recount, we have been in close consultation with our county clerk partners, and have arranged for legal representation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice,” Haas said in a press release. “We plan to hold a teleconference meeting for county clerks next week and anticipate the recount will begin late in the week after the Stein campaign has paid the recount fee, which we are still calculating.” 

The official vote tally for all 72 counties in Wisconsin had 1,404,000 votes for Trump, 1,381,823 for Clinton and Stein with 31,006.

County boards of canvassers may need to work nights and weekends to meet a federal deadline of Dec. 13 to complete the recount.

"Now that we have completed funding Wisconsin's recount (where we will file on Friday) and funding Pennsylvania's recount (due Monday), we will focus on raising the needed funds for Michigan's recount (due Wednesday)," Stein said on her website earlier Friday.

Stein said her initial fundraising goal was $2.5 million, but her campaign website now says she's trying to rise $7 million, which would pay for the fees for filing costs, attorneys and statewide recount observers.

Wisconsin GOP Executive Director Mark Morgan called the move "absurd" and "nothing more than an expensive political stunt that undermines the election process," the AP reported. 

Stein's move follows a New York magazine report that some computer scientists have been urging Democrat Hillary Clinton to ask for the recount in the three states. The article questioned the deviation in election results from predictions in polls. 

J. Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan, confirmed on Medium that he had been in touch with the Clinton campaign but said his views had been misrepresented and it was "probably not" true that the election was hacked.

"I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than the election was hacked," he wrote. 

But he also said that the only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result was to examine the paper ballots and voting equipment in the three states.

President-elect Donald Trump beat Clinton with 290 electoral votes to Clinton's 232, with Michigan outstanding. Clinton has a lead of more than 2 million popular votes. 

Halderman, who also is director of Michigan's Center for Computer Security and Society, wrote that many states continue to use voting machines that are known to be insecure and that can be infected with vote-stealing malware. Checking the paper record in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan would allow voters to be confident the results were counted correctly, he wrote.

"Examining the physical evidence in these states — even if it finds nothing amiss — will help allay doubt and give voters justified confidence that the results are accurate," Halderman wrote.

An article on Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website, which predicted the race incorrectly, cast doubt on concerns about tampering with the electronic voting machines. Demographics explain the results, Carl Bialik and Rob Arthur wrote.

"We've looked into the claim — or at least, our best guess of what's being claimed based on what has been reported — and statistically, it doesn't check out," they wrote.

During the Wisconsin recount, candidates may have representatives present to raise objections during the process, and have the right to appeal in court within five business days after the recount is completed.

The deadline to request a recount in Pennsylvania is Monday and Wednesday in Michigan.

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