December 8, 2016

Are you a general? A billionaire? Donald Trump may have a job for you. The President-elect has been turning to retired military brass and those with deep pocketbooks to fill out many of the top posts in his administration. The latest selections of Retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security and former WWE executive Linda McMahon are likely not to be the last, as Trump continues to meet with individuals meeting those criteria.

Democrats are in the wilderness, and they are risking following Republicans down the Scam-PAC rabbit-hole. More details are emerging about Trump’s plans to maintain financial stake in his business, while transferring operational control to his kids. And the Senate plays tribute to Vice President Joe Biden.

Here are your must reads:

Must Reads

The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Could Make an Early Debut
To pressure the Trump administration to not kill it, TIME’s Maya Rhodan reports

Why Jill Stein’s Recount Push is Bad News for Democrats
In the age of Trump, the scam PACs that have plagued Republicans could migrate across the aisle, TIME’s Alex Altman reports.

Donald Trump Is Said to Intend to Keep a Stake in His Business
Ignoring ethics guidance [New York Times]

Donald Trump Insulted a Union Leader on Twitter. Then the Phone Started to Ring.
Carrier deal fall-out [Washington Post]

Donald Trump’s Choice of Generals for Top Posts Raises Concerns
Critics see threat to civilian oversight of government; backers cite nominees’ broad experience [Wall Street Journal]

Reid Predicts Death of Filibuster
Says Democrats are doing fine in exit interview [Politico]

Senate Celebrates ‘Friend’ Joe Biden, Paying Tribute to 44-Year Career
Vice President grows emotional [NBC]

Sound Off

“It’s great honor.” — President-elect Donald Trump on being named TIME Person of the Year. He added “I didn’t do anything to divide,” when pressed about the “Divided States of America” subhed

“Classic Joe Biden, he’s never stopped talking since.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teasing the departing vice president and praising him for overcoming a speech impediment

Bits and Bites

Watch Out, Alec Baldwin: Duterte Unveils Trump Impersonation [Bloomberg]

Joe Biden Says He Has ‘No Intention’ of Running in 2020 [Wall Street Journal]

The art of punching down [Washington Post]

Trump thrills donors with tales of election night [Politico]

Why Canceling the New Air Force One Is an Awful Idea [Popular Mechanics]

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