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Monday's Mini-Report, 11.14.16

11/14/16 05:00PM

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Afghanistan: "A suicide bomber somehow managed to get inside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Saturday and kill four Americans. Two U.S. service members and two civilian contractors were killed while 17 were wounded, of which 16 were Americans and one was a Polish service member."

* An under-reported story: "President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone conversation Monday that relations between their countries were 'unsatisfactory' and vowed to work together to improve them, the Kremlin said in a statement."

* New Zealand's prime minister "said two people have been killed after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday just north of Christchurch -- the city devastated by a deadly 2011 temblor. Prime Minister John Key warned that the death toll could rise as rescue workers search isolated parts of the country."

* A different kind of earthquake: "Earthquakes are rippling through Oklahoma with an intensity so persistent they are almost considered normal. Already 46 quakes large and small, have struck the region since the start of the month. But now the swarms are becoming harder to ignore.... Even more crushing: scientists believe the causes are largely man-made."

* His final foreign trip as POTUS: "When President Obama arrives Tuesday in Europe, he will touch down in a country at the center the continent's refugee crisis -- Greece -- before journeying to one that has helped guide the continent's response -- Germany."

* Some good news before things get worse: "A world greatly concerned about how the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president could stall global climate policy received a major dose of welcome news Sunday, when scientists published a projection suggesting that for the third straight year, global carbon dioxide emissions did not increase much in 2016."

* On a related note: "Donald Trump isn't wasting any time and is already analyzing numerous options to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit climate change, a source on the president-elect's transition team tells Reuters."
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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump applied for a difficult job he knew very little about

11/14/16 12:53PM

On Thursday, just two days after the election, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, toured the West Wing. Kushner, who has a business background, has been a key adviser to Trump, but he has no meaningful experience in politics or government.

And so it perhaps shouldn't have come as too big of a surprise when Kushner, during his White House tour, asked how many West Wing staffers would remain in their jobs after the new administration took over. The answer, of course, is practically zero: Trump will need his own team.

The trouble is, Kushner isn't the only one on Team Trump who's completely unaware of such things. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the president-elect is ignorant, too.
During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. [...]

After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.
Note that when Obama and Trump spoke briefly to reporters on Thursday, the Republican president-elect turned to the incumbent and said, "I look forward to being with you many, many more times."

Left unsaid: "I'm starting to worry that I have no idea what I'm doing, so please help me."

The New York Times reported over the weekend, meanwhile, that Trump "talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House." He apparently hopes to maintain parts of his routine, which means spending time in New York, not D.C.

"The questions reflect what Mr. Trump's advisers described as the president-elect's coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically," the article added. "They say that Mr. Trump, who was shocked when he won the election, might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends."

Do you ever get the feeling the presidency is going to make Donald Trump kind of miserable? Like he applied for a job he knew very little about, never read the job description, and isn't quite sure what to do now that he has it?
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