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Kagro in the Morning - January 5, 2017

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It’s about 15 days until Day One, when Donald Trump can fight against intelligence! Until then, David Waldman will see how much he can pack into a single KITM

At least 50 Trump Electors were illegitimately seated as electoral college members. David figures that might start to matter to this election once that total goes over a hundred or so.

Day One is the day Donald plans to place Obamacare’s head on a pike. Greg Dworkin predicts things will not go so fast from day two. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is not awfully popular, surprising some in congress, but not Fortune 100 companies, or economists, some senatorstwo GOP governors from key Trump states, and even the AMA, a supporter of Tom Price as Health Secretary, wants a replacement before repeal.

Donald Trump wants Julian Assange dead or something. But No! They’re pals now! Until Trump wants him dead again. Trump certainly likes change, but he’s not a big fan of the intelligence community, outside of a couple of Russian spies. Some Capitol Hill Republicans are still enamored with intelligence, which is showing in today’s hacking hearings.

Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin’s bank is accused of “widespread misconduct” in a leaked memo, but will that lead to anything really being done about it?

Josie Duffy Rice calls in to agree about how rarely people in charge of cheating people out of money are held accountable. On the bright side, New Jersey’s Bail Reform and Speed Trial Act will largely eliminate bail for minor crimes and is expected to significantly reduce the state’s jail population. Josie discusses an attorney’s role and responsibility as a public servant, and Cook County state’s new attorney, Kimberly M. Foxx, who laid out her larger policy priorities for both civil and criminal law this week.

In vendetta news, House Republicans revive a rule that allows them to reduce federal workers annual pay to $1 if they get on their nerves too much. Lickspittle Chris Christie is hated so much that his Bridgegate aide got appointed to the White House just to rub his face in it a bit more.

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