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Politics PoliticsIvanka Trump: Speculation that I&#039;ll be first lady &#039;inappropriate&#039;McMullin: GOP ignored Russian meddling in presidential electionSanctuary cities stand firm against Trump http://ftr.fivefilters.org/makefulltextfeed.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politico.com%2Frss%2Fpolitics08.xml&max=5 News, Analysis and Opinion from POLITICO http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/ivanka-trump-first-lady-inapporpriate-233850 http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/ivanka-trump-first-lady-inapporpriate-233850 <div class=” story-intro format-s”> <div class=”content layout-full”> <section class=”content-groupset pos-omega”><div class=”content-group”> <div class=”fig-graphic”> <div class=”video-player ratio-widescreen platform-brightcove”> </div> </div> </div> </section></div> </div> <p>Ivanka Trump says it is “inappropriate” to speculate that she will effectively serve as first lady in her father’s administration and occupy an office in the East Wing.</p> <p>“I think it’s an inappropriate observation,” Trump <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ivanka-trump-filling-lady-trump-administration/story?id=44871559″ target=”_blank”><u>told</u></a> the ABC News program “20/20” for a segment set to air Thursday night. “There’s one first lady and she’ll do remarkable things.”</p> <p class=”story-continued”>Story Continued Below</p> <p>President-elect Donald Trump’s wife, the former model Melania, was a reluctant campaigner, and she plans to stay in New York City for several months after the inauguration before moving to Washington so that their young son, Barron, can complete the schoolyear there.</p> <p>But Ivanka, Trump’s oldest daughter, was a regular surrogate for the campaign and has advised him on policy issues including parental leave and the environment. Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is also an incoming senior adviser to the president-elect, and the couple is moving to Washington with their three children.</p> <p>All that has prompted widespread speculation that Ivanka may fulfill some of the first lady’s traditional duties in Melania’s place.</p> <p>She pushed back on that in her interview with ABC, though. She also discussed her transition from leader at the Trump Organization to Washington, describing it as “emotional.”</p> <p>“It’s emotional that I’m stepping away from my business, and my father will be president, and hopefully I can be there to support him and to support those causes I’ve cared about my whole professional career,” she said.</p> <p>ABC also spoke with Trump’s two adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for the segment. Both sons are taking over managerial control of their father’s business empire, an arrangement that has not satisfied ethics experts, who say it does not eliminate Trump’s many financial conflicts of interest.</p> <aside class=”story-related”><article class=”story-frag format-sm”><div class=”fig-graphic”><a href=”http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/donald-trump-mayors-233800″ target=”_top”><img data-lazy-img=”http://static2.politico.com/dims4/default/d41e706/2147483647/legacy_thumbnail/90×49%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.politico.com%2Fba%2Feb%2F8be3dfcf457c9d5228064dae2d3f%2F170118-de-blasio-getty-1160.jpg” width=”90″ height=”49″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==” alt=”170118_de_blasio_getty_1160.jpg” data-size=”promo_xsmall_rectangle”/></a></div> </article></aside><p>Eric, though, suggested that his father will be too busy to get involved with the business as president.</p> <p>“My father has the biggest responsibility of any person, arguably, on the planet, and that’s to run the United States of America,” Eric Trump said. “His focus is going to be running this country.”</p> <div class=”story-supplement”> <aside class=”content-categories”><h6>This story tagged under:</h6> </aside></div> <aside class=”content-group”><div class=”story-supplement”> <div class=”spotlight”> <div class=”thumb”><a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/politico-playbook-in-90-seconds/id1169056746″ target=”_blank”><img data-lazy-img=”http://static.politico.com/4f/8c/7c86fea84146bd87cb86396273e4/listen-to-politico-playbook-in-90-secondsjpg.jpg” width=”300″ height=”300″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==” alt=”Listen to today’s flash briefing”/></a></div> </div> </div> </aside><div class=”story-supplement”> <aside class=”content-actions”><a class=”button...

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Sanctuary cities stand firm against Trump
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Sanctuary cities stand firm against Trump

Sanctuary cities stand firm against Trump Lucia Quiej joins demonstrators on Nov. 16 to rally against President-elect Donald Trump, asking that the city of Homestead, Florida, be a sanctuary city. | Getty At least 37 cities have reaffirmed their immigration policies despite the president-elect’s threat to withhold federal funding. By Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna 12/12/16 05:14 AM EST At least three dozen so-called sanctuary cities across the country are standing firm against President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to crack down on them, according to a POLITICO analysis. Trump has pledged that one of the top priorities for his first 100 days in office is to “cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities,” an unspecific term for jurisdictions that limit, in one way or another, their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents. Story Continued Below But with six weeks to go until the inauguration, POLITICO identified not one city that is reconsidering its “sanctuary” policies — such as not asking residents about their immigration status or detaining people solely because of that status — on account of the presidential election. Instead, officials in at least 37 cities listed below have doubled down since Trump’s election, reaffirming their current policies or practices in public statements, despite the threat of pushback from the incoming administration, and at least four cities have newly declared themselves sanctuary cities since Trump’s win. Ten other cities have said they will wait to see what Trump does but are not currently making any changes, according to local news reports and inquiries from POLITICO. There is no definitive list of U.S. sanctuary cities because of the term’s flexible definition. The 47 total sanctuary cities POLITICO identified were compiled from multiple sources, including a 2006 Congressional Research Service report, a 2014 Department of Homeland Security report and a 2016 Department of Justice memo. They range from small towns like Aberdeen, Washington, and Ashland, Oregon, to big cities like New York and San Francisco. Some city officials just don’t take Trump’s threat seriously, while others are openly flouting a president-elect they see as hostile to immigrants. Regardless, legal experts say Trump would have a lot of trouble fulfilling his promise to withhold federal funds. “It depends on how serious they get, but whatever is going to happen, this is going to end up in court,” said Bill Ong Hing, a law professor at the University of San Francisco and the founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. The Trump transition team did not respond to requests for comment. Most local leaders avoid the ambiguous term “sanctuary city,” including Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who said he thinks it is somewhat of a misnomer...

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McMullin: GOP ignored Russian meddling in presidential election
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McMullin: GOP ignored Russian meddling in presidential election

McMullin: GOP ignored Russian meddling in presidential election Congressional Republicans knew about Russian attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election as those efforts were ongoing and chose to do nothing about them for fear of hurting the electoral chances of President-elect Donald Trump, former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin said Wednesday. “Look, the truth is it’s been very obvious for leaders in Washington on the Republican side that the Russians have been undermining our democracy, or did undermine our democracy,” McMullin said at an event hosted by POLITICO Wednesday morning. “I know because I know for a fact that they know this. It was a topic of discussion during the election and they chose not to stand up.” Story Continued Below McMullin ran for president as an independent, conservative alternative to Trump, who won the Republican presidential nomination despite lacking traditional conservative bona fides. Before jumping into the race last August, he was the chief policy director for Republicans in the House of Representatives and before that, was an operations officer in the CIA. In a report released last October, the U.S. intelligence community stated that Russia had attempted to interfere with the American election process, launching cyberattacks against political targets. Trump has refused to concede the intelligence community’s assessment and has sought to push back against a CIA assessment that Russia launched its hacking efforts in an attempt to boost the president-elect’s candidacy. Russian cyberattacks, which hacked into the email systems of the Democratic National Committee as well as politically influential individuals, were just part of the Kremlin’s efforts, according to McMullin. He said Republicans in Congress were aware that the Russian government also sought to undermine Americans’ faith in the election process and bolster Trump through RT America, the Kremlin-owned cable news station. Congressional Republicans also knew about online accounts created by the Russian government that backed Trump and attacked those who did not. “They understood what was happening and they understood that that was probably only the tip of the iceberg,” McMullin said. “As a former intelligence officer, it’s hard to overstate how alarming this is and how alarming it should be.” “We now have the intelligence agencies who have taken, candidly, their sweet time in coming out to say ‘yes, indeed Russia did attempt to undermine our elections, to influence our election’ and then more recently, you know, the reported CIA assessment that they did it on behalf of Donald Trump or to support Donald Trump, which I think, again, is obvious and not something we should need the CIA to tell us, based on all the other information we have.” McMullin was especially...

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