Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 11 DAYS

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President-elect Trump is firing back hard at actress Meryl Streep, who ripped him in accepting a  lifetime Golden Globe achievement award. Streep focused her speech on blasting Trump, including his mocking of a disabled journalist.

In three tweets, Trump said Streep is “over-rated,” a “Hillary flunky” and denied mocking the reporter. He said he was imitating the reporter “groveling” after changing his tune on a story written 16 years before.

Trump did tweet a “welcome” to a predecessor, George W. Bush. Trump tweeted “Welcome to President and Mrs. Bush” regarding a blog post on 43’s decision to attend Trump’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.

Trump also tweeted a call for a separation of “politics and intelligence.’ He wrote: “We certainly don’t want intelligence interfering with politics and we don’t want politics interfe…  And he also tweeted that NBC News got a leaked copy of the hacking intelligence report before he did.

The president-elect continues to get skeptical resistance on Russia from Senate Republicans. The latest: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believes President-elect Donald Trump’s hopes of working more cooperatively with Russia “will be dashed pretty quickly.”

After 60 years announcing inaugural parades, has Charles Brotman been fired by President-elect Trump? Brotman, 89, has called every inaugural parade since Dwight Eisenhower’s second in January 1957. Brotman said he is “heartbroken.” Freelance announcer Steve Ray will replace Brotman.

 

STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST

McConnell: Trump has wishful thinking

BATTLE LINES: Trump’s Cabinet picks get their day before hostile Senate Dems — starting with Sessions

Trump drops longtime inauguration announcer

LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION

 

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 THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

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 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.

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