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Trump election: Clinton blames defeat on FBI director

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[This level of obliviousness explains it all. See also: Clinton aides blame loss on everything but themselves. *RON*]

BBC News, 13 November 2016

Hillary Clinton has blamed her defeat in the US presidential election on interventions by the FBI director.

James Comey's announcement of a new inquiry into her use of email while secretary of state shortly before election day had stopped her campaign's momentum, Mrs Clinton said.

The Democratic candidate was speaking to top party donors in a phone call, which was leaked to the media.

Protests are continuing against the victory of her rival, Donald Trump.

In New York, about 2,000 marchers headed for the skyscraper where the president-elect lives, shouting "not my president".

TPP Trade Deal Likely Dead After Trump Win

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[The occasional win buried among massive and shocking political losses. "EU officials said this week that the TTIP will likely be “frozen” for years to come, given Trump’s election." *RON*]
Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 12 November 2016

One of the world’s most ambitious proposed free trade deals appears to have collapsed in the wake of Donald Trump’s electoral victory.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who will soon be the Senate minority leader, told labour leaders in Washington that the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not be ratified by Congress, the Washington Post reports.

Schumer reportedly reached that conclusion after talking to Republican congressional leaders.

The Obama administration had initially planned a last-minute push to have the trade deal passed in this fall’s lame-duck session of Congress, but according to a separate report in the Washington Post, the administration ended the effort with Trump’s ele…

As Trump Transitions to Power, 'Cabinet of Horrors' Takes Shape

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[Send in the clowns. Climate skeptics, oil tycoons, campaign loyalists, war hawks, and law enforcement enthusiasts top the list of potential appointees. *RON*]

Lauren McCauleyCommon Dreams, 10 November 2016

As President-elect Donald Trump began his transition to power on Thursday, early reporting has opened a window into what the nation can expect as his "cabinet of horrors," as AFP put it, takes shape.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin are among the more high-profile individuals named on a shortlist of potential appointees leaked to several news outlets.

On Wednesday, BuzzFeed News published a list of 41 names suggested for 13 positions, including attorney general, secretary of state, White House chief of staff, and White House counsel.

And while some, like Christie, were unsurprising, as Salon's Brendan Gauthier wrote, "The peo…

Trump To Clear Way For Oil Pipelines

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[2017: Year of the Pipeline. See also: Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline, and DAPL Ignores 2nd Army Corps Request to Stop Construction for 30 Days. "...the Dakota Access Pipeline has gone from being on the ropes to having a great deal of momentum. Energy Transfer Partners' stock price surged 9% on Wednesday and was up 3% on Thursday... TransCanada issued a statement on Wednesday, telegraphing the company's interest in reviving the defunct Keystone XL Pipeline... there is no reason to think that [Trump] wouldn’t simply revive the project as is, especially given that he is surrounding himself with advisers from the oil and gas industry." *RON*]
Nick Cunningham, OilPrice. Posted by Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism, 11 November 2016

Donald Trump’s victory could ultimately lead to a lot more oil pipelines moving forward, one sector of the fossil fuel industry specifically targeted by environ…

LGBT Suicide Hotlines See a Spike in Call Volume After Trump Win

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[One hotline received five times its usual call volume. See also: Trump’s top domestic policy adviser: being gay is a ‘lifestyle’ that ‘can be changed’. *RON*]

Brandon Ellington Patterson, Mother Jones, 11 November 2016

Two LGBT suicide prevention hotlines told Mother Jones that calls to their services have spiked since Donald Trump was elected president.

Trans Hotline, a nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention for transgender people, has received at least five times the call volume it normally gets. And the Trevor Project, the nation's only LGBT youth-focused suicide prevention hotline, received more calls, texts, and online chats on Wednesday than it's gotten on a single day in four years, more than double its normal daily volume.

"We started getting increased call volume at about 10 p.m. on election night, and it hasn't slowed down at all," said Gretta Martela, director of Trans Hotline, on Thursday afternoon. "…

Trump’s Climate Contrarian: Myron Ebell Takes On the E.P.A.

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["Myron Ebell, a climate contrarian, one of seven 'climate criminals' wanted for 'destroying our future,' will be Mr. Trump’s lead agent in choosing personnel and setting the direction of the federal agencies that address climate change and environmental policy more broadly." See also: U.S. to push ahead on climate pact before Trump takes over: Kerry. *RON*]

By Henry Fountain, New York Times, 11 November 2016

The mug-shot posters, pasted on walls and lampposts around Paris by an activist group during the United Nations climate talks last year, were hardly flattering. They depicted Myron Ebell, a climate contrarian, as one of seven “climate criminals” wanted for “destroying our future.”

But in his customary mild-mannered way, Mr. Ebell, who directs environmental and energy policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group in Washington, brushed it off.

“I’ve gotten used to this over the years,”…