Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.21.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* As Rachel noted on last night’s show, Team Trump scrambled yesterday to deal with the questions surrounding the “Opening Day Foundation,” and the access it was selling to Donald Trump’s adult sons.

* With every state having confirmed its vote tallies, it looks like Hillary Clinton officially defeated Trump in the popular vote by 2.86 million votes. This led the president-elect to whine on Twitter this morning about how he could’ve won the popular vote with a different strategy.

* First Lady Michelle Obama talked to Oprah Winfrey about why she won’t run for public office.

* How fast are Republicans closing ranks around Rex Tillerson, Trump’s choice for Secretary of State? Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), widely seen as one of the Senate’s Russia hawks, has announced his support for Vladimir Putin’s top American ally.

* On a related note, Tillerson told an audience earlier this year that he has “a very close relationship” with Russia’s autocratic leader.

* The Washington Post reports that Priorities USA Action, a Democratic super PAC, “is merging with a nonprofit voting rights group called Every Citizen Counts to form an expanded organization with an ambitious agenda, according to veteran Democratic strategist Guy Cecil, who ran both organizations and will lead the merged group.”

* Newt Gingrich believes Trump now “disclaims” the “drain the swamp” metaphor the Republican relied on during the campaign. Good to know.