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Trump could privatize nation's air traffic controllers

air traffic controllerThe chances that the federal government could hand off the U.S. air traffic control system to private management are increasing, say advocates who report they are getting supportive feedback from President-elect Donald Trump and his team.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, who chairs the House of Representatives Transportation Committee, has met with Trump and incoming Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to make his case for moving the nation's 14,500 air traffic controllers and their mission out of government control and into a non-profit organization.

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WWE co-founder Linda McMahon is Trump’s pick to head Small Business Administration

Linda McMahonPresident-elect Donald Trump named former professional-wrestling executive Linda McMahon as his pick for the cabinet-level post of head of the Small Business Administration.

McMahon had met privately with Trump last week at Trump Tower. Her nomination reflects the incoming president’s penchant for reaching outside traditional political, government and business circles in staffing his administration.

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Trumps taps retired Marine general John Kelly for DHS

Kelly for DHSPresident-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, whose last command included oversight of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, to run the Department of Homeland Security, people close to the transition team said Wednesday.

Kelly, who joined the Marine Corps in 1970, retired earlier this year, wrapping up a final, three-year post as head of U.S. Southern Command, which spanned some of the more fractious debate over the Obama administration's ultimately failed pledge to close Guantanamo.

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Carrier union leader: Trump 'lied his a-- off' about deal

Carrier union boss: Trump liedPresident-elect Donald Trump "lied his a-- off"  about the terms of the deal to keep Carrier manufacturing jobs in the United States, the Carrier union's president said Tuesday.

United Steelworkers 1999 President Chuck Jones was optimistic when Trump first promised to save the jobs of 1,350 workers at Carrier's Indiana plant, the Washington Post reports. Carrier had originally planned to move the jobs to Mexico, but decided to keep 730 of the jobs in Indiana after receiving $7 million in tax breaks from the state.

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Reminder: Ben Carson Is An Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Who Thinks Islam Isn’t A Religion

Ben Carson islamophobiaPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated a man for secretary of Housing and Urban Development who thinks Islam isn’t a religion and has argued that there’s a covert Muslim plot to destroy the U.S. from within.  

It’s concerning that Ben Carson is set to fill a seat in Trump’s Cabinet, a Muslim civil liberties group said Monday.  

“Based on his past Islamophobic statements and policy positions, all Americans should be very concerned on how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services,” Robert McCaw, government affairs director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement.

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Trump Camp: Flynn’s Son No Longer Involved

Michael FlynnVice president-elect Mike Pence said this morning that Michael Flynn Jr., the son of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, is no longer involved in the transition team efforts, despite reports that he had an official email associated with the team.

On the daily transition call, spokesman Jason Miller told reporters that Flynn Jr. was helping with “administration” and “scheduling” for his father early on in the efforts but is no longer involved. It is unclear what the timeline is on when the son. Flynn Jr. has generated controversy in recent days for sharing stories about “Pizzagate,” a fictitious conspiracy that alleges Clinton allies run a child-sex ring out of a D.C. pizza restaurant.

TVNL Comment:  Until the Trump team cam prove this, it's still a story.  :-)

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Three Florida voters demand a recount

Fllorida voters ask for recountThree central Florida voters are mounting an unlikely bid to overturn the presidential election result in the Sunshine State.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Leon Circuit Court, they assert that Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, actually won Florida. The plaintiffs, who live in Osceola and Volusia counties, say the state’s official election results were off because of hacking, malfunctioning voting machines and other problems.

They're asking for a hand recount of every paper ballot in Florida, at the expense of defendants including Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and the 29 Republican presidential electors from Florida.

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