<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Miami Political News and South Florida Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 23:17:00 -0500Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:17:00 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Says Blacks Who Didn't Vote 'Felt Good About Me']]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:21:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP16345080011808_opt.jpg

Donald Trump at a rally on Friday said African-American voters who didn't show up to the polls "felt good about me."

"The African-American community was great to us," Trump said. "They came through big league."

"If they had any doubt, they didn't vote," Trump added. "And that was almost as good. Because a lot of people didn't show up, because they felt good about me."

Trump made the comments at the fourth stop on his "Thank You" tour, meant ostensibly to thank the millions of voters that delivered him a resounding White House win last month.



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<![CDATA[Trump to Attend 2 Official Balls on Inauguration Night]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:31:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16342061241865.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump will attend two official inaugural balls on the night of Jan. 20, as well as the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball, the inauguration committee revealed Friday.

It was not immediately clear where the balls will be held.

Inaugural events will span several days, with public events on the National Mall, a welcome rally with Trump, and a parade, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a release.

The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball event will celebrate members of the military, veterans, first responders and their families.

"This will truly be a powerfully uniting moment for the American people," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Thomas J. Barrack Jr. "We will celebrate our country, its diverse and patriotic heritage, our democracy and the inaugural process as the greatest display of a peaceful transfer of partisan power in the world."

For updates on the inauguration, you can follow @TrumpInaugural on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Warns Against 'Epidemic' of Fake News]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:23:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628630764.jpg

Hillary Clinton appealed Thursday for a bipartisan fight against an "epidemic of malicious, fake news," calling the dissemination of false propaganda a threat with "real-world consequences."

"It's now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It's a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly," Clinton told lawmakers at the Capitol during a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

"It's imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives," she added.

The former secretary of state sounded the alarm one month after her presidential election loss to Donald Trump in a race that was beset by the public spread of misinformation on social media.

Clinton's reference to the "real-world consequences" of fake news comes days after a man fired an assault rifle at a Washington D.C. pizza parlor. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, said he went to investigate a fake online news story about a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and prominent Democrats operating out of the restaurant.

Clinton received sustained applause as she stood to speak, ruefully remarking, "This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to give" after the election.

She joked that after spending several weeks in the woods taking selfies, she thought it would be a good idea to emerge.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Moore Tweets Inauguration Protest Petition to 3.4M Followers]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:27:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miketrump.jpg

Michael Moore doesn't plan on taking Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration sitting down... or quietly.

The outspoken film director tweeted to his followers an online petition encouraging critics of the president-elect to gather in Washington D.C. on Jan 20th and disrupt the Inauguration.

"Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes and counting!" Moore wrote. "Silence is not an option."

It is unclear if Moore is involved in the actual planning of the inauguration protests, or if he's simply forwarding the information to his 3.4M Twitter followers. Calls to Moore's representatives were not returned. 

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Myers Wednesday, Moore made a direct appeal to Trump following reports the President-elect had turned away some opportunities to receive intelligence briefings.

"With all due respect, Mr. President-elect. On our behalf, you have to pay attention. You have to attend these briefings. This is our country. This is our security. This is our safety. You're horsing around with all this nonsense. And you're not doing your no. 1 job, and the no. 1 job of the president is to make sure that the country is safe."

Moore added, "And I beg you, seriously, there's not right or left, Republican-Democrat going on here. I'm asking you to do your job for the sake of the people who may end up dead because you didn't do you job. "



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<![CDATA[Watch: Senators Pay Tribute to Joe Biden With Speeches]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:45:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NA54W_1200x675_827720259868.jpg Vice President Joe Biden was honored with an emotional bi-partisan tribute on the Senate chamber floor on Dec. 7. 2016. Senators on both sides of the aisle were on the same page as they stepped up to express their admiration and gratitude to the outgoing vice president. An emotional Biden sat in the presiding chair during the moving tribute, which latest for more than two hours as lawmakers celebrated their colleague.]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama on Election Night: 'I Went to Bed']]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:36:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/michellevogue.jpg

Michelle Obama did not stay out of bed long enough on election night to see Donald Trump pass 270 electoral votes, she said in a recent interview with People magazine. 

“I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama told People in the joint interview with her husband. “I barely did with him,” she added, referring to her husband. 

“Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It was in the hands of the American people,” she said.

Obama stood by her passionate support of Hillary Clinton during the election, telling the magazine, "anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by.”

But she reinforced her commitment to help a smooth transition to the new administration so they could be "as successful as they can be."

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. 



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<![CDATA[Trump: Alec Baldwin 'SNL' Imitation Doesn't Get Me at All]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/NUP_175509_0055_opt.jpg

For weeks, "Saturday Night Live" has been lampooning Donald Trump, and for weeks Trump has been reacting with bad reviews. 

"Unwatchable!" he tweeted after this week's episode, which had just mocked his habit of tweeting. The president-elect saved particular ire for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression, which "just can't get any worse."

But the newly minted the Time Person of the Year wouldn't answer Matt Lauer's questions on whether it would probably be better for him to just stop watching. 

Trump avoided the question a couple of times in a "Today" show interview early Wednesday, instead bashing the satirical sketch show and Baldwin, who's taken the mantle as late-night TV's impersonator-in-chief. 

"I mean Alec, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good," Trump said. "I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited which is very biased and I don't like it so I can tweet that out."

Trump has been tweeting his feelings about "SNL" since Baldwin started playing the real estate magnate this season, aping the way he walks, talks and holds himself in re-enactments of presidential debates and more. While Trump called an episode that made fun of his appearance in an October debate a boring "hit job," Baldwin has helped the show to its best ratings in nearly a decade.

Trump hosted the show just a year ago — prompting protests outside Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where it's filmed — and Trump told Lauer the show was good back then.

Not so much anymore. "There's nothing funny about it, the skits are terrible," he said.

Trump didn't answer when Lauer asked, "So why do you keep watching it?"

Baldwin hasn't responded to the interview yet, but he has suggested a way for Trump to get the impressions to stop. He just has to release his tax returns, Baldwin tweeted in reply to Trump's "SNL" criticism Sunday morning.

"Saturday Night Live" and this station are both owned by NBCUniversal.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Transition to the Presidency]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:52:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-624646258.jpg

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, NBC News reported. 

The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. 

The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.



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<![CDATA[Al Gore Has 'Extremely Interesting Conversation' With Trump]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:57:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_16340594702500.jpg

Former Vice President Al Gore met Monday with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Gore described the interaction as “an extremely interesting conversation,” NBC News reports.

Gore didn’t say exactly what he and Trump discussed during the meeting. He also met with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who reportedly wants to make climate change a priority. The former vice president has an influential voice in the fight against human-caused climate change.

Before his electoral victory, Donald Trump called climate change a hoax “created by and for the Chinese.” Since then, he’s said he has an “open mind” about humans' effect on the climate.



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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Warns of ‘Crony Capitalism’ After Trump Deal ]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.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[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:32:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpg

Other Cabinet-level positions:

Scott Pruitt, EPA

The Oklahoma attorney general is an ally of the fossil fuel industry who has long fought environmental protections. Pruitt, 48, was among the state attorneys general to sue over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, one of President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb carbon emissions, in a case that is pending. In contravention to what at least 97 percent of the world’s publishing climate scientists believe is extremely likely, he questions how much effect human activity is having on global warming. Donald Trump said in announcing his choice, that Pruitt would reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s “out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn.” Pruitt, who served in the Oklahoma Legislature before being elected attorney general, also fought Obamacare, supported attempts to restrict abortion and defended Oklahoma’s attempts to ban same-sex marriage A 2014 investigation by The New York Times found that energy lobbyists had drafted letters that Pruitt sent on state stationery to Obama, the EPA and other agencies complaining of the cost of environmental rules.

Nikki Haley, United Nations Ambassador

Haley, 44 and the daughter of immigrants from India, is the two-term governor of South Carolina. Before being elected governor in 2010, she served three terms in South Carolina's statehouse. She led the drive to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse after nine churchgoers were shot to death at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. She was a strong critic of Donald Trump early on, warning of "the siren call of the angriest voices," accusing him of contributing to "irresponsible talk" and chastising him for failing to sufficiently condemn the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. She has little experience in international affairs, which could be an issue in her confirmation hearings for the cabinet-level position, though she has traveled overseas on international trade missions on behalf of South Carolina. Trump said she had a "proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country — she is also a proven deal-maker, and we look to be making plenty of deals."


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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.nbcmiami.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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