Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Bill and Hillary Clinton will attend
Donald Trump's inauguration in two weeks, as will
George and Laura Bush. George and Barbara Bush will not be there, citing health concerns, but Jimmy Carter was the first to say he'll also attend.
* Trump had scheduled a press conference in December to discuss his many private-sector conflicts of interest, but he canceled it without explanation. Yesterday, the president-elect said
he'll host a "general news conference" on Jan. 11 -- a week from today -- which will be his first since July, when he called on Russia to launch a cyber-attack on his opponent's campaign.
* Note, next week's press conference, if it happens, will coincide with several scheduled Senate confirmation hearings for Trump cabinet nominees.
* The Washington Post reports
that the DNC "is building a 'war room' to battle President-elect Donald Trump, pressure the new Republican administration on a variety of policy matters and train a spotlight on Russia's alleged cyberattacks to influence the 2016 election.... The DNC has hired John Neffinger, a longtime operative who runs the Franklin Forum, to serve as interim communications director and oversee the national party's operation."
* With a possible eye towards 2020, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) yesterday to unveil
a plan to "cover tuition costs at state colleges for hundreds of thousands of middle-and low-income New Yorkers."
* Trump said yesterday that if officials in Chicago can't reduce the city's climbing murder rate, they should "ask for federal help
." I'd love to hear more from the president-elect about the kind of help he believes federal officials could provide to reduce a local murder rate. read more