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Oregon Man’s Body Dissolved After Fall Into Yellowstone Hot Spring

“In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving,” Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress told the television station. Yellowstone’s website also offers safety information for visitors near the park’s thermal features. The incident was apparently recorded by Scott’s sister, according to the television station, but park officials would not release or comment on the video. 44.427968
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Man Presumed Dead After Witness Saw Him Fall Into Yellowstone’s Hottest Geyser Area (Credit: Mladen Amtonov/AFP/Getty Images)
Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, was with his younger sister when he walked more than 200 yards away from the boardwalk on June 7 to a hot spring called Pork Chop Geyser. The hot spring where Scott fell is the site of the highest temperature ever recorded in a geothermal area of the park — 459 degrees Fahrenheit in a drill hole 1,087 feet below the surface, according to the park’s website. When they returned, Scott’s body could no longer be seen and the search was called off. Scott was planning to “hot-spot,” or soak in the water but slipped and fell in when he reached down to check the temperature, television station KULR reported Monday following a Freedom of Information Act request. The body of an Oregon man who slipped and fell into a scalding hot spring while he was trying to “hot-spot” at Yellowstone National Park earlier this year dissolved before rescue crews could finish their recovery, according to a recent report. Search and rescue rangers did see Scott’s body in the scalding, acidic hot spring, but a lightning storm ended their recovery efforts, according to KULR. A view of a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park on May 12, 2016.

Potential Trump CIA Director Pete Hoekstra Opens Door to Waterboarding

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Hoekstra — a former representative from Michigan who chaired the House Intelligence Committee from 2004-2007 — said told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” that he’d “take the job if Mr. Pete Hoekstra, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. “We shouldn’t tell the Russians that we are going to retaliate. Trump decided that someone with my kind of background experience is what he wanted in the job.”
Asked whether he supported the use of waterboarding — which Congress banned along with other interrogation torture techniques in 2009 — Hoekstra hedged, at first saying that “Congress has spoken on that.”
“If there was a decision to move in another direction and to perhaps do that, that would be a process that you would have to work through with Congress,” he added. “I think that this will be a clear discussion between this administration and Congress to develop a long-term strategy in terms of how do we get the information that a president and Congress needs to make the right decision to keep America safe?”
Hoekstra was then asked how the Trump administration should respond to Russia’s role in cyberattacks aimed at disrupting the US presidential election. Hoesktra last registered as a lobbyist on October 15. Hoekstra also said that he’s not a member of Trump’s transition team, explaining that “at this point in time, I’m an informal adviser, and we’re kind of working through the details as to what role I may play in the transition team.”
Trump’s transition team announced Wednesday night anyone being vetted for a high post in the administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are a registered lobbyist. “Well, you have to take a look at specifically what is going on and what the circumstances are at any given situation as to where you would use it,” Hoekstra said. There are a number of options, but what you don’t do is you don’t telegraph to the Russians and to others exactly what you may or may not do,” Hoekstra added. “Are you personally comfortable with using waterboarding as a tactic?” Camerota followed up. Putin. There may be direct discussions between the president and Mr. How did this happen?’ And they’ll be left wondering whether it was the United States or some hacking group, or whether it was something else that caused a problem within Russia,” he said. Capitol September 20, 2006 in Washington, DC. Former US Rep Pete Hoekstra said Thursday he would accept the position of CIA director if offered to him by the incoming Trump administration, while also taking positions on waterboarding and Russia likely to inflame critics in a potential confirmation battle.

Democrats Hope Trump Meets His Match in New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

The Democratic leader in waiting’s first task is to restore equilibrium to his traumatized party. Rebuilding the Democratic brand
One of Schumer’s most important duties — as the effective leader of his party in Washington, will be to repair Democratic links to blue collar and middle class Midwestern voters who defected to Trump. Sen. “He comes from the middle class, he still lives in a middle class area, and he obsesses about them and their well being. If there was ideology called middle class it would be his.”
As he reaches out to disaffected Democratic voters, Schumer might be influenced by his own dealings with economically challenged areas of his own state, where he won a thumping 70% of votes in his re-election race. Schumer’s facility with the media led to the Washington cliche that the most dangerous place in the city was between him and a camera, but in recent years he has refashioned his image and spent less time in television green rooms. Bernie Sanders, whose populist primary campaign tapped into the sense of economic malaise and anti-establishment fervor exploited by Trump. With that in mind, he expanded the Senate Democratic leadership team to include Vermont Sen. If you play the game that way even if you take a shot at him he feels that it is fair and doesn’t ruin the relationship,” Kessler said. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer are spoiling for a clash once the President-elect takes office next year and the new Democratic Senate minority leader gets his hands on his caucus after winning election on Wednesday. “But I’ve also said to the President-elect on issues where we disagree, you can expect a strong and tough fight.”
Possible common ground includes Trump’s proposals for a massive infrastructure building program and a plan to censure China for what critics says is currency manipulation. Skirmishes between Trump and Schumer will also reflect the ironic influence of the elite East Coast haven of New York on top-level politics in Washington — after an election decided in the industrial heartlands of the Rust Belt. “He’s somebody who has always seemed to be comfortable sitting down and talking to the Rust Beltier parts of New York.”

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Ryan Halts House Vote on Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks in Wake of Trump Win Fresh from his uncontested election on Wednesday, the product of years of behind-the-scenes maneuvering that speaks to Schumer’s political shrewdness, the New York senator vowed to stand firm against Trump but to also seek areas where the next president and Democrats can work together. “When we can agree on issues, then we’re going to work with them,” Schumer said. Capitol September 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. “It’s not much use being the minority leader, if … he is not winning.”
Dealmaking possible? “This is a guy — he wants to win,” said Jim Battista, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, New York, where Schumer is a fixture at commencement ceremonies. Schumer’s critics have long pointed to his ties to Wall Street finance and big money donors to question his fealty to working class Democratic values. Expect fireworks
Trump, with his reality television background, promises to dominate the conversation once he moves to Washington in January. And it’s likely his interactions with McConnell will not be as publicly acidic as those between Reid and the Republican leader in recent years. That alone contrasts with the awkward relationship between President Barack Obama and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who lacked a common political language. But Kessler said no one in American politics has a better understanding of the economic challenges facing voters. Schumer could never have expected he would be matching wits against Trump in the White House — but the next stage of their political relationship promises to be one of the most intriguing stories of 2017. Still, Schumer’s capacity to drive a sharp political message and sense of shifting political winds will be vital to Democrats as they climb off the canvas. In recent years, he has built relationships with Republicans like Sen John Cornyn of Texas and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. The move alarmed some Democrats because it appeared to suggest that the Trump administration would embrace some of the darker aspects of the Republican’s campaign — but it also energized a party that had spent the days since the election wallowing in grief. Schumer had hoped to be directing a Senate majority to implement Hillary Clinton’s agenda, but the stunning upset in last week’s election means he is the lone hope for Democrats as they resist an unexpected Republican presidency and GOP dominance on Capitol Hill. Schumer the politician is known as a schmoozer, who is willing to engage the other side but to also fight tenaciously. Still, if common ground does emerge in the new Washington, Schumer is likely to explore it. The battle for America’s political soul could come down to a street brawl between two boys from Queens and Brooklyn. “We’re going to keep a really careful eye on the president and on him. “He has become a much more serious legislator and I think Republicans understand that,” Manley said. Charles Schumer talks to reporters following the weekly Senate Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Given their common experience in the New York fishbowl, where business and politics mix, both probably have an idea of what makes the other tick. “He has the best intuitive sense of the middle class of any politician I have ever met,” said Kessler. He’s promoted other Democrats from his spot on the party’s Senate Democratic leadership team and become a more rounded political figure. McConnell would prefer to work with Vice President Joe Biden instead. By January, he must chart a strategy for their efforts next year to emerge as a roadblock to Trump and to salvage as much as they can of Obama’s legacy by wielding the Senate filibuster. “He’s a broadly seen as a Manhattan guy who is working at not appearing so much of a Manhattan guy,” said Battista, who said Schumer had taken pains to understand the concerns of Western New York, including campaigns to keep the Buffalo Bills from relocating. Then, Schumer must steel his party for a tough set of re-election races in the mid-terms in 2018. “He is, as leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, the only thing standing between the Trump-Ryan legislative agenda and those who are opposed.”
Trump and Schumer — both flamboyant, media savvy, outspoken, deal-making larger-than-life New York personalities have history. “Chuck Schumer is going to be the single most influential Democrat in Washington,” said Jim Manley, a former top aide to retiring Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. But in Schumer, Democrats also possess a megaphone, and a contrast to the soft-spoken Machiavellian Reid, who was more of an inside player. Schumer “has generally worked well with Republicans even though he can be a fierce partisan,” said Jim Kessler, who was a senior aide to Schumer on Capitol Hill for eight years and now is senior vice president for policy at Third Way. But hopes for cooperation hit a reality check this week, with the appointment to a top White House job of Stephen Bannon, a Trump ally who has links to the white nationalist movement. “He has a belief that politics is a rough sport but it can be played fairly and cleanly. If it comes to a knife fight with Trump, Schumer is unlikely to shirk from a confrontation and will marshall his Democrats behind him. If they do anything from this day forward — they’ve done so much awful from this day back — and we’re going to go after them in terms of bigotry,” Schumer said. Schumer even rode to Trump’s defense when he got embroiled in a primary spat earlier this year with Ted Cruz over “New York values.” Schumer (Brooklyn) and Trump (Queens, then Manhattan), had common cause against the Texas senator. In fact, Schumer is one of the few political figures in Washington who Trump actually knows well, and the billionaire contributed to several of his new rival’s election campaigns.

Baldwin Park Officer Uninjured After Patrol Vehicle Is Shot At; Search Underway for Shooter

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A Baldwin Park Police officer was not injured after a patrol vehicle was shot at Wednesday night. (Credit: RMG News)

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Baldwin Park Officer Uninjured After Patrol Vehicle Is Shot At; Search Underway for Shooter

The back window of a Baldwin Park Police vehicle was shot out on Nov. A perimeter was set up in the area and police were searching for the shooter, according to the blog. 16, 2016. 16, 2016. A photo from the scene showed the back window of the vehicle was shattered after the shooting. The back window of a Baldwin Park Police vehicle was shot out on Nov.

Opening Statements Begin in Trial Against Accused Serial Killer Connected to Deaths of 4 Women in Orange County

Killings Had Close Association, Records Show
Alleged O.C. Detectives arrived and discovered it was the badly damaged body of a young woman, with a tattoo on her neck that said “Jodi.” It matched records in a police database for Jarrae Estepp, 21, who had recently arrived by bus from her home in Oklahoma and was working locally as a prostitute. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Opening Statements Begin For Accused Serial Killer on Trial for Deaths of 4 Woman in Orange County

Steven Dean Gordon, accused of killing four women in Orange County in 2013 and 2014 with alleged accomplice Franc Cano, is representing himself at his trial. Steven Dean Gordon, accused of killing four women in Orange County in 2013 and 2014 with alleged accomplice Franc Cano, is representing himself at his trial. The tattoo was her mother’s name. Click here to read full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

When a recycling plant worker in Anaheim spotted a pair of feet protruding from the debris on a conveyor belt at a vast indoor warehouse, he thought at first they might belong to a mannequin. 33.745573
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Accused Orange County Serial Killers Indicted in Killings of Four Women
2 Men Accused in O.C. The discovery of Estepp’s body at Republic Waste Services in March 2014 launched the investigation that led to the arrest of Steven Dean Gordon, a registered sex offender who stalked her and other victims with an accomplice, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday during the first day of Gordon’s trial in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. Serial Killers Plead Not Guilty in Killings of 4 Women He has pleaded not guilty. Gordon could face the death penalty if convicted. Gordon, 47, is charged with murdering Estepp, along with three other women whose bodies were never found. Gordon’s alleged accomplice, Franc Cano, is expected to go on trial next year.

Donald Trump Transition Team Announces Five-Year Lobbying Ban for Those Who Want to Join Administration

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Two top Republicans working with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team told reporters in a phone call Wednesday evening that they’re taking steps toward one of Trump’s campaign promises — to “drain the swamp” in Washington. “I’m saying that they know the system right now, but we’re going to phase that out. President Barack Obama imposed a two-year lobbying ban for officials who left his administration, a policy instituted by executive order on his first day in office. A common practice in Washington is for key power players not to register as a lobbyist, but instead work as a consultant or adviser — allowing them to take their experience and contacts to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on K Street. “Why that is crucial is that it goes back to Mr. “We’re doing a lot of things to clean up the system. On “60 Minutes” Sunday, Trump acknowledged the transition team was stacked with DC insiders. But everybody that works for government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially. Any ban on lobbying, however, depends on how it is written and enforced. Chris Christie. 40.712784
-74.005941 The transition operation working before Election Day was staffed with long-time Washington experts and lobbyists from K Street, think tanks and political offices, drawing questions about Trump’s commitment to reforms. The announcement comes as Trump’s transition team works to remove lobbyists from its ranks after Vice President-elect Mike Pence took over the efforts from New Jersey Gov. Trump communications director Jason Miller and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer announced anyone being vetted for a high post in the administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are a registered lobbyist. “Everybody’s a lobbyist down there,” he said. You have to phase it out,” Trump said. “That’s the problem with the system — the system,” Trump said. (Credit: Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump Transition Team Announces Five-Year Lobbying Ban for Those Who Want to Join Administration

President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at The Capitol Building on November 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist.”
Trump said relying on lobbyists now while planning to eliminate them later is no contradiction. Trump’s goal of making sure that people aren’t using the government to enrich themselves and using their service in government to do that,” he added. In addition, when officials leave the government, they will be banned from being a lobbyist for five years as part of the agreement to serve in Trump’s administration. President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at The Capitol Building on November 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. “Not only will people will not be able to registered state or federal lobbyists, but when they leave government, they will be banned from being a registered lobbyist for five years,” Spicer said.

Former Atlanta Falcon Roddy White Describes Traffic Stop in Series of Tweets, Says He Was Concerned for His Life

Ignorance. I’ve been stopped and had a cop unbuckle his strap.”
Another man said White, who is black, was unnecessarily making the issue about race. The incidents have sparked protests and nationwide discussion about the interaction of police officers and minorities. He was released by the Falcons in March and at this point, midway through the season, it is unlikely he will sign with another team. A driver should turn off the car, roll down the window, stay inside the car and put their hands on the steering wheel, or at least make it clear that there’s nothing in their hands and they aren’t reaching for anything. Unless he had it pointed on you. He had no problems with that, the athlete said in a series of eight tweets. (Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Former Atlanta Falcon Roddy White Describes Traffic Stop in Series of Tweets, Says He Was Concerned for His Life

Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Roddy White, a former Atlanta Falcon who is an NFL free agent, used a series of tweets to describe a traffic stop Wednesday that he said had him concerned for his life. But I am going to report officer Kirby for his action it may save the next black man's life
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) November 16, 2016

Police told CNN they are aware of the incident, but White had not filed a report as of Wednesday night, as he tweeted he would. Stephen Fore of DeKalb County Police said a policy manual is posted on the department’s website. “The officer doesn’t know who you are,” Cedric Alexander, CNN law enforcement analyst and the public safety director of DeKalb County, said last year. White was pulled over in the Atlanta suburb and was cited for speeding and an expired license plate. When a DeKalb County, Georgia, police officer apparently put his hand over his holstered gun as he approached White’s car, the wide receiver said he grew upset and worried. One expert told CNN that the first thing an officer is looking out for during a traffic stop is his or her safety. In 2010, he led the NFL with 115 receptions and was named to the All-Pro team. Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Reactions to White’s tweets were mixed, but most voiced support for the police officer’s actions. “God bless you and stay strong! Tell your story!” Malina Carrillo wrote. It's cops like you that makes this world a very ugly place its a good thing I already had all my information to give him or I could've died
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) November 16, 2016

Maj. White, 36, played 11 seasons for the Falcons. That’s the level used by DeKalb County officers. “I’m white, and everytime I’ve been pulled over at night, the cop did the exact same thing. White’s experience comes during a time of well-publicized traffic stops of African-American motorists who’ve been fatally shot or treated roughly by police. A woman tweeted her support. It doesn’t include any mentions of hands on weapons during traffic stops. It protects the officer from having his or her gun taken during a confrontation with a suspect because it takes three steps to unholster a handgun. Others said they have experienced the same thing and weren’t upset by an officer putting a hand over a gun. “It’s cops like you that makes this world a very ugly place its a good thing I already had all my information to give him or I could’ve died on a routine traffic stop cause if u stopping me for speeding I don’t see a reason to grab your gun,” White tweeted. Stop feeding the divide,” Michael April said, although it is unclear when White was pulled over. 33.795644
-84.227880 If he does, the matter will be investigated by the internal affairs unit, police said. Holsters are divided into three different levels, with Level 3 being one many departments prefer. A man named Chris Wright wrote: “Ima have to disagree with you on this. He said he questioned the officer about why the officer felt the need to unsnap a restraint on his holster and grab his gun. “… It may save the next black man’s life,” White wrote. The officer purportedly told him it was police procedure, then clarified that it was his preference. White received two traffic tickets but said he wanted to report the officer for his actions.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Under Consideration for Secretary of State, Other Positions in Donald Trump Cabinet

“She’s very weak on illegal immigration,” he said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “I feel very strongly about immigration. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is under consideration by President-elect Donald Trump for secretary of state, and other cabinet positions, a transition source told CNN Wednesday, despite their rocky history. “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” Haley said at the time from the governor’s residence in Columbia. Jeb Hensarling on Thursday, according to Trump’s communication director Jason Miller and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer. In addition, when they leave the government, they will be banned from being a lobbyist for five years. “We must resist that temptation. Nikki Haley Under Consideration for Secretary of State, Other Positions in Donald Trump Cabinet

South Carolina Gov. Rick Scott, Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell, Admiral Mike Rogers and Rep. Nikki Haley testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee's Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee about the possibility of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees out of Cuba and into the United States April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Marco Rubio when he was still in the race. Haley, South Carolina’s first female and Indian-American governor, had spent most of the election season criticizing Trump, including taking aim at him during her high-profile role giving the Republican response to the State of the Union. Trump’s transition team will announce the landing teams for economic and domestic policy next week, Spicer said. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

South Carolina Gov. Spicer also said anyone being vetted for a high post in the administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are registered lobbyists. She doesn’t.”
And ahead of the Republican South Carolina primary, Haley said Trump represents “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.”
She endorsed Trump’s former presidential rival Florida Sen. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”
Trump struck back at the South Carolina governor after her speech, saying at the time she was being “weak” on immigration. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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South Carolina Gov. In October, she reversed her position, and said she was going to vote for him when he became the Republican nominee, but added that she was “not a fan.”
During Wednesday’s call with reporters, Spicer also said that the first wave of landing teams that will interact with agencies will be announced on Thursday, including the Justice Department, State Department and Defense Department. Nikki Haley testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee's Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee about the possibility of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees out of Cuba and into the United States April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. 33.836081
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Hillary Clinton Makes First Post-Election Speech at Children’s Defense Fund Event, Admits Appearance ‘Wasn’t the Easiest’

Wednesday night’s appearance was scheduled before her campaign ended, an aide said, adding that there “is no more fitting place for her first formal remarks following last week.”
The Democratic Party is scrambling to finds its balance after last week’s demoralizing loss and the prospect of at least four years with Trump in the White House. Dorothy Rodham was put on a train to California with her younger sister to live with her grandparents. She also regularly spoke about the group on the trail. “There have been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book and our dogs and never leave the house again.”
But Clinton did not wallow in defeat during the speech, instead turned to what she will focus on going forward, and the impact her mother had on her life. America needs you, your energy, your ambition, your talent. That is how we get through this.”
Clinton started her career as an intern at the organization, which advocates on behalf of kids. “And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States senator, represent our country as secretary of state, and win more than 62 million votes for president of the United States.”
The speech was part reflection, part pledge to remain strong in the face of a Trump administration. Clinton is also looking to chart what she does now that her time in elected office likely over. “We have work to do, and for the sake of our children and our families and our country, I ask you to stay engaged, stay engaged on every level,” Clinton said. “There is a lot of work to do,” Clinton said. You will survive. “As long as any child in America lives in poverty, as long as any child in America lives in fear, as long as any child, not just here but in the world, faces these challenges, there is work to do.”

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-77.036871 Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum on November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. You will have a family of your own: three children,’” Clinton said, choking up. On Wednesday, Clinton said she wished she could talk to her mother as she sat on that train to California. It was her first appearance following the election. “We need you. “I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Clinton said. Those grandparents abused the children, and Rodham moved back to her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, to establish her life. In the final weeks of the campaign, Clinton pledged to close her race against President-elect Donald Trump the way she started her career, by working on behalf of children and families. “I dream of going up to her, and sitting next to her and taking her in my arms and saying, ‘Look, look at me and listen. It was her first appearance following the election. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Hillary Clinton Makes First Post-Election Speech at Children’s Defense Fund Event, Admits Appearance ‘Wasn’t the Easiest’

Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum on November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Wednesday’s speech was a signal that her focus will likely be children and families. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton, in her first public speech since last week’s crushing presidential loss, admitted making the appearance “wasn’t the easiest.”
But speaking at the Children’s Defense Fund’s “Beat The Odds” Gala on Wednesday night, Clinton emotionally reflected about the 2016 loss and how she wished she could tell her mother — who decades ago was abandoned as a child — that her struggles were worth it because of what her daughter had accomplished.

Confusion Reigns in Washington as Lack of Trump Transition Team Appointees Delays Work at Federal Agencies

I look forward to helping the President-elect and the national security-minded team he is assembling in whatever way I can.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center called Gaffney “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes.” Gaffney in 2009 suggested that Barack Obama had become “America’s first Muslim president.”

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Donald Trump’s Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner, at Center of Transition Infighting: Sources
‘Knife Fight’: Sharp Disagreements Arise in Trump’s Team Over Cabinet Appointments However, that list did not specify if all the leaders spoke with both men, or some only spoke with Trump or Pence. Former Michigan Rep. President-elect trump tours the US Capitol with Mitch McConnell (Credit: POOL)

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Confusion Reigns in Washington as Lack of Trump Transition Team Appointees Delays Work at Federal Agencies

President-elect trump tours the US Capitol with Mitch McConnell (Credit: POOL)

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to have Mike Pence replace Chris Christie as the leader of his transition effort, and ongoing infighting in Trump Tower, is causing delays and confusion in Washington. Pence’s move to clean house in the transition team, removing selected lobbyists, people who have breached protocol, not lived up to standards or leaked information to the outside world, is also slowing things up. According to a review of the chart, at least six other agency leads have been a lobbyist, and more have had ties to lobbying businesses. Trump has also pledged to introduce ethics reforms that would expand the definition of lobbying to cut down on the revolving door in Washington, but it’s unclear whether that would apply to his transition. “In fact, I had not been contacted by anyone from the team and appreciate the campaign’s clarification today that the previous day’s reports were inaccurate. “Once we have received those names and related materials, those individuals will be able to receive the briefing materials we have prepared and begin to communicate with their Obama administration agency counterparts as we continue our work to facilitate the transition to the next administration,” Hoffine said. The call finally took place a full day after his victory and after Trump had spoken to other leaders. Given the new ban on lobbyists Pence announced Tuesday — a term the Trump team has not defined — K Street, the hub of lobbying in Washington, is trying to determine who’s in and who’s out. That paperwork didn’t arrive until Tuesday evening, White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said. This diplomatic source said the delay did not spark anger as much as confusion as to how to establish contact with the incoming president. “We’re going to get the transition team where we need it to be,” spokesman Jason Miller told reporters in Trump Tower on Wednesday. The White House was still waiting Wednesday night on names from the transition of the individuals who will form the landing teams. So-called landing teams, which President Barack Obama installed at federal agencies within days of the election for his own transition, had been expected to arrive in DC Monday. Election Day was eight days ago, but Donald Trump’s transition team has yet to contact the Pentagon, State Department or other federal agencies. Christie had signed the official document — a memorandum of understanding — with the Obama administration to run the Trump transition, meaning a new copy was needed with Pence’s signature. ally had to reach out to multiple contacts in the Trump world before successfully arranging a phone call between the President-elect and their head of state, a diplomatic source told CNN. “It’s going to be a team that will be able to put in place the exact type of team that President-elect Trump wants to have in.”
Trump tweeted Tuesday night that the process is “organized.”
Who’s in, who’s out? Mike Rogers, who was leading national security, was asked to leave the transition, and it was not clear who would replace him. It’s unclear what definition or timeframe the transition will use. Frank Gaffney says he’s not on Trump’s team
One person says he’s definitively not on the team. 10 apparently from the transition obtained by Politico required transition staffers to pledge they would not work on any transition area “if I have engaged in regulated lobbying activities with respect to such matter, as defined by the Lobbying Disclosure Act, within the previous 12 months.”
That alone would disqualify several of the staff on the organizational chart, including some who were leading agency teams. The State Department and Pentagon have said on the record they have had no contact with any member of the transition staff. “An unattributed quote appeared in the press yesterday indicating that I had been appointed to the Trump transition team,” Gaffney, the founder of the Center for Security Policy, said in a statement. Frank Gaffney, an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, denied a media report that he had been named to Trump’s transition crew. For less sensitive agencies, all that is required is a quick background check, similar to what the White House might conduct on anyone seeking entrance. Trump’s team will announce the first teams — for the Justice Department and national security agencies — Thursday, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday night. Trump and Pence’s offices did not respond to questions about the transition team lobbyist ban. What is clear is that some aides who were a key part of the effort are out. Several individuals who were leading agency teams according to an internal organizational chart obtained prior to the shakeup have been registered lobbyists, meaning new individuals will have to be identified. And a move to purge some transition advisers and employees has further slowed the process of getting the incoming administration off the blocks. Trump’s transition released a list of 29 foreign or international leaders that they said the President-elect and Vice President-elect have spoken with. One close U.S. The State Department has not heard from the transition to coordinate at all, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday. Some sources on K Street were under the impression that the lobbying ban only applied to the landing teams — staffers assigned to join transition offices in each federal agency to begin learning the ropes and preparing for a handoff — and not policy staffers. On the policy side of the transition, a review of the chart shows that eight out of 17 names listed have been registered lobbyists at one time. But it was not immediately when those officials will actually arrive at agencies in Washington. Economic and domestic policy teams will be announced next week. In addition to the names, the transition will need to certify the individuals are free of conflicts of interest and paperwork from the team members that they meet the criteria of the transition code of conduct. Foreign governments struggling to reach Trump
The confusion extends outside the U.S. A document dated Nov. Trump’s team says things are going well. Energy lobbyist Mike McKenna, who had been tasked with the Energy Department was also out over leaks, according to a source. Many of the remaining civilian agencies have said on background that they have not or have referred CNN to the White House statement from Hoffine. Two people working with Rogers were also out: Matthew Freedman, a former DIA innovation adviser and former Bush transition official, was focused on the National Security Council, and Kevin O’Connor, a former Bush administration official at the Department of Justice, was working on DOJ. O’Connor was said to be pushed out for his connections to the old transition leadership. Freedman was fired in part for using his company’s email address to make foreign contacts on behalf of the Trump transition, a source familiar said. And transition officials going into the most sensitive agencies, like the national security community, will need a pre-clearance to go in, which requires an entry-level investigation, said David Eagles, director of the Center for Presidential Transition, a nonprofit dedicated to the smooth transfer of power and good governance. But Vice President-elect Pence’s takeover of the team caused a cascade of delays.

Man Charged in Connection With Secretly Recording Women in Bathroom of Lancaster Restaurant

He is suspected of hiding in a stall and recording women who went to the bathroom. Jesus Calvario, 21, allegedly went into the women’s restroom in a restaurant along the 1000 block of West Avenue I between Nov. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. His bail was set at $100,000 and faces 12 years in prison if convicted as charged. He is also accused of secretly recording a female relative on Nov. 9, prosecutors said. A man has been charged with more than two dozen crimes after allegedly secretly recording women with his phone at a Lancaster restaurant, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 5 and Nov. 13. Calvario pleaded not guilty to 24 counts related to of unauthorized invasion of privacy and one count if possession of methamphetamine, all misdemeanors, DA officials said in a news release. 34.686785
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Only 1 Protester Charged Out of More Than 450 Arrested in DTLA Anti-Trump Actions

11: 195 arrests including eight juveniles
Saturday, Nov. 12, a massive anti-Trump event brought out some 8,000 people to a march along Wilshire Boulevard from MacArthur Park toward downtown L.A. 9: 28 arrests
Thursday, Nov. 8 election, DA’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Wednesday. Police arrest demonstrators after they shut down the 101 Freeway in L.A. 34.040713
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LAPD Arrests Five During Anti-Trump Protest in Downtown L.A. Thousands of protesters march in reaction to the upset election of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov.12, 2016 in Los Angeles, (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2016, a day after President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory. Prosecutors have up to a year from the date of the alleged crime to file charges, Mateljan said. One case was declined due to insufficient evidence and prosecutors have asked for further investigation on the other case, Santiago said. 13. An estimated 454 people were arrested in protests beginning the night of Wednesday, Nov. 10: 226 arrests including 23 juveniles
Friday, Nov. Only five people were arrested in that incident, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. following a rally Nov. These are the figures that have been previously reported for nighttime and overnight arrests:

Wednesday, Nov. protests, which started the night after the Nov. Nearly 200 Anti-Donald Trump Protesters Arrested in Downtown L.A. Overnight
Protesters March Through Los Angeles in Fourth Night of Anti-Trump Demonstrations (Credit: RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)
The one individual being prosecuted was charged with and pleaded guilty to possession of brass knuckles, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Out of more than 450 protesters arrested in Los Angeles in last week’s protests against the election of Donald Trump, only one person has been charged, authorities said Wednesday. 12: five arrests including one juvenile

The DA’s office prosecutes more serious crimes across the county, while the City Attorney’s Office handles misdemeanor crimes and municipal code violations within Los Angeles. 9, and stretching into early Sunday, Nov. Two cases were submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office over the downtown L.A. LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said Wednesday that she couldn’t provide final arrest numbers for the nightly protests.

Los Angeles Tops Nation in Chronically Homeless People for Second Year in a Row: Federal Report

(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles reported the largest number of chronically homeless people in the nation — nearly 13,000 — and 95% of them live outdoors, in cars, tents and encampments, according to the U.S. Homeless people are seen on Skid Row in an undated photo. 34.052234
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Report on L.A. Los Angeles also topped the national register this year in homeless veterans — 2,700 — despite slashing the numbers by a third. Federal housing officials blamed soaring rents and Congress’ failure to fund affordable housing for a rise in homelessness in Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas and the District of Columbia, which reported the biggest jumps. It also recorded the most unaccompanied homeless youth — more than 3,000, the report said. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s report to Congress released Wednesday. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. “What we saw in Los Angeles and Seattle in particular is consistent with the housing crisis we’re seeing particularly in higher-cost areas on the West Coast,” Norm Suchar, director of the federal housing agency’s homeless assistance programs, said during a phone conference with reporters. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles Tops Nation in Chronically Homeless People For Second Year in a Row: Federal Report

Homeless people are seen on Skid Row in an undated photo. City Homelessness Plan Gives Sobering Picture of Struggle Ahead