FEDERAL JUDGE AGREES TO END MICH. RECOUNT
detroit» A federal judge who ordered Michigan to start recounting presidential votes has dropped his decision, effectively ending a second look at ballots statewide.
Judge Mark Goldsmith acted Wednesday night, a day after the state appeals court said the Green Party candidate isn’t eligible to seek a recount of millions of vote cast Nov. 8. Earlier Wednesday, the Michigan elections board said the recount would end if Goldsmith extinguished his earlier order.
It was Goldsmith’s midnight ruling Monday that started the recount in Michigan. But his order dealt with timing — not whether a recount was appropriate.
The state appeals court said Tuesday that Jill Stein doesn’t qualify as an “aggrieved” candidate under state law because she got only 1 percent of the Michigan vote and can’t win with a recount. Stein is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Trump is Time’s Person of the Year. Time magazine
has named Presidentelect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.
In a telephone interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Trump called it “a great honor.”
The Time cover reads, “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America” and the cover image features a photograph of the presidentelect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.
In the NBC interview, Trump took issue with the “Divided States of America” description: “I didn’t divide ‘em,” he said. “We’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well healed.”
Border-security hawk tapped to lead DHS.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, turning to a blunt-spoken border-security hawk who clashed with the Obama administration over women in combat and plans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to people familiar with the decision.
Kelly, who retired in February as chief of the U.S. Southern Command, would inherit a massive and often troubled department responsible for overseeing perhaps the most controversial part of Trump’s agenda: his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration. DHS is the third-largest Cabinet department, with more than 240,000 employees whose jobs include fighting terrorism, protecting the president and enforcing immigration laws.
Trump’s choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi B
des moines, iowa» It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner.
But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.
“Given Xi’s penchant to keeping things close-hold, it is important for the U.S. to have a reliable and direct communication channel to him,” said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.