TRUMP TRANSITION WATCH: Price for HHS
Breaking last night: “President-elect Donald Trump will choose Georgia Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a high-level source familiar with the decision told NBC News Monday evening. The pick would insert one of Obamacare's most outspoken critics into the key position to help dismantle it and help Republicans implement their own blueprint for health care reform.”
More, from the New York Times: “The legislation Mr. Price has proposed, the Empowering Patients First Act, would repeal the Affordable Care Act and offer age-adjusted tax credits for the purchase of individual and family health insurance policies. The bill would create incentives for people to contribute to health savings accounts; offer grants to states to subsidize insurance for “high-risk populations”; allow insurers licensed in one state to sell policies to residents of others; and authorize business and professional groups to provide coverage to members through “association health plans.”
NBC’s Andrew Rafferty reports on Trump’s meeting with former CIA chief David Petraeus.
The New York Times writes that Kellyanne Conway’s public airing of concerns about Mitt Romney isn’t an act of insubordination in Trumpworld. “What some saw over the weekend as an act of political defiance by Ms. Conway — undermining a potential cabinet nominee — was seen by Mr. Trump as a demonstration of loyalty, according to people who had talked to him. Her criticism of Mr. Romney articulated a view her boss had at times expressed: that Mr. Romney had tried to “hurt” him during the campaign and had yet to fully acknowledge it or apologize.”
The Wall Street Journal: “The real-estate company controlled by Jared Kushner, President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has hundreds of millions of dollars in loans outstanding from domestic and foreign financial institutions, markets condominiums to wealthy U.S. and foreign buyers and has obtained development financing through a controversial U.S. program that sells green cards. Those and other business activities could raise conflict-of-interest issues if Mr. Kushner is named to a staff position in the Trump administration.”
TRUMP AGENDA: Information flow
From NBC’s Benjy Sarlin: “As a candidate, Trump's often unsubstantiated attacks on political opponents, foreign governments, election officials, law enforcement, a federal judge, news outlets and Muslims shattered political norms and sowed division. As president, his decisions will carry the full weight of White House policy, raising concerns about where he gets his information and whether he might act on false or flawed reports.”
“If president-elect Donald Trump and Republicans push for broad changes to American's voting laws, they could face an impediment — state and federal court judges who are increasingly striking down GOP-passed voting laws, casting them as intentionally discriminatory,” writes Perry Bacon Jr.
Restarting waterboarding? It will be a lot harder for Trump than just a declaration, writes the New York Times.
The New York Times, on “the Trump effect” : “Around the world, his election is already shaping events — or at least perceived to be shaping them — even though he will not take office for seven more weeks. Companies hoping to profit from Mr. Trump’s economic policies have seen shares soar. Countries fearing his anti-trade stance have seen the value of their currencies plunge against the dollar. Governments are recalibrating policies on trade, defense and immigration.
DEM WATCH: Recount watch
The New York Times has the latest on the last-ditch recount effort.