ARMY PROBES FLYNN OVER SHARING IN­TEL

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wash­ing­ton» The re­tired Army gen­eral cho­sen by Don­ald Trump to be na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser was in­ves­ti­gated for in­ap­pro­pri­ately sharing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion with for­eign mil­i­tary of­fi­cers while he was serv­ing as an in­tel­li­gence commander in Afghanistan.

Army doc­u­ments that were made pub­lic Wed­nes­day by the Wash­ing­ton Post and ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press con­cluded that while some in­tel­li­gence was shared wrongly by Michael Flynn, it was “not done know­ingly.”

No ac­tion was taken against Flynn, who was a ma­jor gen­eral serv­ing as the deputy chief of staff for in­tel­li­gence in the Afghanistan war when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was done in 200910.

Trump picks Michi­gan’s Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel for RNC chair. Michi­gan

Repub­li­can Chair­woman Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel is Trump’s choice to be­come the new Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­woman next year.

The niece of 2012 GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney would be the first woman to hold the com­mit­tee’s top position in 40 years, and her pro­mo­tion comes af­ter Trump be­came the first Repub­li­can to carry Michi­gan in 28 years.

McDaniel was hailed by mem­bers of the com­mit­tee for re­main­ing loyal to the nom­i­nee de­spite the pub­lic dis­agree­ment within her well-known GOP family.

Democrats warn Trump ho­tel could turn into big headache B

wash­ing­ton» House Democrats warned on Wed­nes­day that they’ll make Trump’s splashy new Wash­ing­ton ho­tel a big headache if he doesn’t dump his own­er­ship stake in it be­fore tak­ing of­fice as the na­tion’s 45th pres­i­dent. Top Democrats on the House Over­sight and Trans­porta­tion com­mit­tees said the Gen­eral Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which holds the lease on the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, told mem­bers of Con­gress on Dec. 8 that “Mr. Trump must di­vest him­self not only of man­age­rial con­trol, but of all own­er­ship in­ter­est” or breach the $180 mil­lion con­tract, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter they re­leased.

More than 1.7 mil­lion peo­ple in 33 states, D.C. cast bal­lot with­out vot­ing in pres­i­den­tial race.

In 33 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia in 2012, there were 754,000 un­der­votes at the top of the ticket — vot­ers who cast a bal­lot but did not vote for pres­i­dent. That’s about 0.9 per­cent of all bal­lots cast. In 2016? About 1.75 mil­lion peo­ple skipped the pres­i­den­tial con­test, 2 per­cent of the to­tal. In other words, in these states, one out of ev­ery 50 peo­ple de­clined to vote in the pres­i­den­tial con­test.

Trump poised to com­plete Cabi­net faster than any­one in 40 years

B wash­ing­ton» En­ergy sec­re­tary is gen­er­ally one of the last Cabi­net po­si­tions to be filled by pres­i­dents-elect, or so it’s been since Ronald Rea­gan was staffing up in 1980. En­ergy, In­te­rior, Trans­porta­tion: For the past five peo­ple headed to the White House for the first time, these were low on the pri­or­ity list. On av­er­age, they came shortly be­fore Christ­mas.

With his an­nounce­ment that Rick Perry would be se­lected to run the agency that he for­got he wanted to de­stroy four years ago, Trump has picked some­one to run En­ergy sooner than any of the five pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents. Same goes for In­te­rior, pick­ing Rep. Ryan Zinke on Tues­day. And his Trans­porta­tion pick, Elaine Chao, was an­nounced nearly two weeks be­fore any nom­i­nee since 1980.

From 1980 to 2008, the great­est num­ber of Cabi­net nom­i­nees an­nounced by Dec. 14 of the elec­tion year was nine, by Barack Obama. Trump has named 11. Along with the three de­part­ments above, his picks for Com­merce, Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Jus­tice were the quick­est since 1980.

The or­der of Trump’s picks is also a bit unortho­dox. The first four picks since 1980, on av­er­age, have been Trea­sury, State, Jus­tice and Com­merce. Trump’s first four were Jus­tice, Ed­u­ca­tion, HHS and Trans­porta­tion (with Com­merce and Trea­sury com­ing that same day).

All he’s got left to de­cide on? Agri­cul­ture, La­bor and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs. Ge­orge H.W. Bush made his last pick a lit­tle over a week be­fore his in­au­gu­ra­tion.

Evan­cho to sing na­tional an­them at in­au­gu­ra­tion-

B wash­ing­ton» We now have our first con­firmed performer for Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion next month: Jackie Evan­cho, a for­mer “Amer­ica’s Got

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