Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 22 DAYS

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Transition spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed President-elect Trump has dedicated Thursday to working on his inaugural speech. Spicer recapped the list of meetings from Wednesday, which included a session with medical professionals to discuss veterans health care.

Spicer said four Cabinet remain slots open, more than 75 calls have been held with world leaders, there are 205 landing team members deployed across 38 agencies and departments, and more than 200,000 people “have shared their thoughts on how to make America great again”

On Wednesday, President-elect Trump and President Obama continued their jabbing from tropical locales on opposite sides of the country.

From Mar-a-Lago here in sunny Palm Beach, Trump tweeted he was doing his “best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.” That was seen as a response, in part, to not-so-subtle jabs at Obama’s speech in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor in which, among other things, Obama cautioned against “demonizing” those who are different.

Trump also announced that satellite and tech company OneWeb, which has operations on Florida’s Space Coast, will add 3,000 jobs. In addition, the president-elect said Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States from overseas.

Trump also interviewed a pair of candidates for the still vacant Agriculture Secretary post in the Cabinet. They were former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Dr. Elsa Murano, a former USDA official.

A Florida pastor, Paula White of the Orlando-area church New Destiny Christian Center, has been added to the list of faith leaders who will participate in the inaugural swearing-in ceremonies on Jan. 20.

Trump also met the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, Ike Perlmutter. the comic book mogul is a known Trump supporter, and also a neighbor. Perlmutter owns a Palm Beach condo.

Trump also again criticized the U.S. refusal to block a United Nations resolution critical of Israel.

THE SCORECARD

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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 THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross

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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 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: Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST

Trump says Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the US; OneWeb will create 3,000 jobs

Obama administration prepares sanctions, retaliation for Russian election meddling

Trump assures Israel, blasts Obama over ‘roadblocks’

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