Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 36 DAYS

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The focus is on presidential electors, not Cabinet nominations, with the historic vote just days away. The 538 electors are scheduled to meet on Monday, Dec. 19, in their respective state capital cities.

On Thursday, an anti-Trump group is expected to publish more full-page newspaper ads across the country pleading with Electoral College members to “vote their conscience” as part of a pressure campaign intended to block Trump’s election. The ads appeared Wednesday morning in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Salt Lake City Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. They are supposed to run in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Wisconsin State Journal today.

In addition, Larry Lessig, a Harvard University constitutional law professor who made a brief run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has claimed that as many as 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering voting against Trump, a figure that would put anti-Trump activists more than halfway toward stalling Trump’s election.

On Nov. 8, Trump won 306 electoral votes. So even if Lessig is correct, the part-time Palm Beach resident and billionaire would still surpass the required 270 electoral votes by 16.

Meanwhile, President-elect Trump continues to focus on policy.

Trump, who faced fierce opposition from some Silicon Valley leaders during the election campaign, assured the titans of tech that his administration is “here to help you folks do well.”
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Congressional lawmakers have urged President-elect Trump to take on campaign finance reform as part of his ‘drain the swamp’ mandate.

THE SCORECARD

Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus

Appointments and nominations made by the Donald Trump administration

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince Priebus

CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon

SECRETARY OF STATE: Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: James Mattis

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

SECRETARY OF LABOR: Andrew Puzder

SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Tom Price

SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Ben Carson

SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao

SECRETARY OF ENERGY: Rick Perry

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos

SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: John Kelly

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

EPA ADMINISTRATOR: Scott Pruitt

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HEAD: Linda McMahon

Senior White House leadership team, listed on Donald Trump’s official presidential transition website: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence as team chair, with Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Michael T. Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions as vice chairs. The following have also been announced as joining the team’s executive committee: Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, Pam Bondi (currently Florida’s Attorney General), Chris Collins, Jared Kushner, Tom Marino, Rebekah Mercer, Steven Mnuchin, Devin Nunes, Anthony Scaramucci, Peter Thiel, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.

POSITIONS THAT REMAIN TO BE FILLED: Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary.

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