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Donald Trump may face a skeptical public as he prepares to take office, but his staunch supporters seem ready to back him regardless of what he does as president. And they have a message for those upset with his victory: get over it. "Everybody's protesting that Trump got in," said Deborah LaGrange, a dental assistant from Des Moines, Iowa, who attended a Trump thank-you tour rally Thursday. "I'm sorry, but I didn't whine and cry when Obama got in for the last eight. I mean, pull up your...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: People who've closely observed Donald Trump as a businessman describe him as a skilled salesman who loves to make a big pitch. That paid off for Trump in 2016, but it hasn't always in his business career. His ability to adjust and compromise could give some insight into how he may govern, as NPR's Sarah McCammon reports. SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: Barbara Res worked for Trump for close to two decades, including on a...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has been awfully busy. She was at Trump Tower in New York recently and met with President-elect Trump. And then, this week, she introduced a bill in the House called the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, joins us now from her office. Thanks very much for being with us. TULSI GABBARD: Aloha. Wonderful to join you and your listeners. SIMON:...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The Trump transition team is asking who at the Department of Energy has been involved in talks on climate change. It's part of a long questionnaire that was sent to employees at the agency, and it's raising concerns that specific workers may be targeted as the next administration seeks to rollback climate policy. NPR's Jennifer Ludden joins us. Jennifer, thanks for being with us. JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Hi, Scott....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The Electoral College convenes in a little over a week and will officially make Donald Trump the next president of the United States, unless - Lawrence Lessig the Harvard law professor who briefly ran for president last year is one of the co-founders of a group called The Electors Trust. They offer free legal counsel to any elector in the Electoral College who wants to vote for someone other than the candidate who...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: There is a report that a secret CIA assessment found that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to try to help Donald Trump win. That's according to reporting by The Washington Post. Adam Entous was one of the reporters on that story. Mr. Entous, thanks for being with us. ADAM ENTOUS: It's great to be here. SIMON: I gather from your reporting the CIA, the secret CIA assessment - no longer a secret -...

Among his campaign promises, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to increase domestic energy production and roll back President Obama's efforts to combat climate change . A lengthy questionnaire recently sent to the Department of Energy suggests that effort may dig deep. Among the transition's inquiries, NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports: "It wants to know who at the Department of Energy attended domestic and international climate talks. It wants emails about those conferences. It also asks about...

With three weeks left, the reality of the past year is starting to sink in. Racial conflict showed up in all corners of the news the past week. Electoral racism The election may be over, but the trauma lives on. Asma Khalid has been covering the presidential campaign since Marco Rubio's boots were scandalworthy . Along the way, she heard emotional stories from America's heartland about voters' aspirations and fears. She was also routinely questioned, threatened and berated for being a Muslim...

Senate Democrats dropped their objections Friday night to a short-term-funding bill to keep the government running, and the bill passed less than an hour before the midnight deadline. It's become a familiar year-end act for Congress: passing a short-term-funding bill that will keep the government running for a few more months. This funding measure, which passed 63-36, runs out in April. Despite overwhelming support in the House on Thursday, the spending package hit a roadblock in the Senate,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Even before he is sworn in as president, Donald Trump is putting his own stamp on the role of chief executive. NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports. MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Donald Trump is shaping up to be more than just an activist president. With one tweet, he can drive down the stock price of a major American company. With another, he can unleash a flood of death threats against a local...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: When the new season of the reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice" premieres January 2 on NBC, a familiar name will be in the credits. Donald Trump will be listed as executive producer. It's another conflict of interest for the president-elect, and NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans says it could be a problem for NBC, too. ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: When Donald Trump first announced he was running for president back in June...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Next we go to North Dakota where it is bitterly cold. Opponents to the Dakota Access Pipeline have been camped out there and protesting for months. Now organizers are trying to get people to stop coming and those who are there to go home and wait for the next legal battle to play out. Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson reports. TIM NELSON, BYLINE: It's a single degree above zero as Rachel Masquat sits at a fire...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Donald Trump's supporters have some tough words for voters who are unhappy with the election results. Get over it. They are excited to see what Trump will do as president. NPR's Sarah McCammon spoke with some enthusiastic Trump fans in Des Moines, Iowa, last night. It was one of the stops on the president-elect's thank you tour of battleground states. SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: The look and feel of Trump's thank-you...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: We are 41 days out from inauguration, and Donald Trump has wrapped up another week of Cabinet picks, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Labor Department. And as the Trump transition looks forward, the Obama administration is also looking back. President Obama has ordered a full review of hacking during the election. We're going to talk about all of this with our regular political commentators, David...

South Korean lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to impeach their president, Park Geun-hye, who is mired in a corruption scandal and facing a criminal investigation. But the celebration of the impeachment vote may be temporary, as a panel of justices will ultimately decide her fate. "A lot of attention and focus of the national media and public will be on the constitutional court," says James Kim of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies , a Seoul-based think tank. That court has 180 days to...

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