Kellyanne Conway, “first female campaign manager to win a presidential election.” @salenazito, @cnn. @larambrownphd, @gwpms

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01-10-2017

(Photo: From left: Andrew Bremberg; policy director at the Republican National Committee, Kellyanne Conway...)

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Kellyanne Conway, “first female campaign manager to win a presidential election.” @salenazito, @cnn. @larambrownphd, @gwpms

“…Up the tower, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's pick for national security adviser, stands in the 14th floor lobby with a young man in a crisp white shirt and navy tie, discussing an article about the general published that day. Vice President-elect Mike Pence (/section/mike-pence) breezes by with a broad smile and a wave, then takes a seat in a glass conference room filled with advisers.

Down the hall, dozens of young people manning laptops and phones or watching television monitors fill the transition team's war room. Chocolates fill candy dishes on desks everywhere, and Omarosa Manigault, a first-season contestant on Trump's reality-TV show "The Apprentice," huddles with a young staffer on a phone in an office around a corner from the offices of Conway and campaign CEO Steve Bannon.

Conway's office is an uncluttered workspace filled with family photos, bookcases, a white board with "#winning" and "Make America Great Again" written in green marker, a faux fireplace, a glass door leading to a small outdoor terrace with several chairs, and, left behind by former campaign manager Paul Manafort, a map of the country.

Conway, the first female campaign manager to win a presidential election (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/conway-shatters-glass- ceiling-as-first-woman-to-run-a-successful-presidential- campaign/article/2607038), will become "counselor to the president" on Jan. 20, the day Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

Unsurprisingly, she is beaming.

"You want to hear about destiny? I was born Jan. 20, 1967. I will turn 50 years old on Inauguration Day, the day he is sworn in as president," she says, deadpanning, "Honestly, I think my family is very relieved that they don't have to think of a party idea."

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/kellyanne-conway-unplugged/article/2611013

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Sessions (R-Ala.) said, although his politics might indicate otherwise, that he would abide by the Supreme Court decision underpinning abortion rights and that he would similarly follow the 5-to-4 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

He said he understands that the waterboarding of suspects to elicit information is “absolutely improper and illegal” and, though he voted against a law that banned the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, that he would uphold it as attorney general. He declared that he would recuse himself from any Justice Department investigations of Hillary Clinton’s email practices or her family’s charitable foundation — mindful that his previous comments “could place my objectivity in question.”

“We can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute,” he said.

On the first day of his two-day confirmation hearing, Sessions came under tough questioning from Democrats about his conservative, often controversial views on immigration, hate crimes legislation and national security matters. He answered politely, although often forcefully, and frequently referred to his decades of experience in the Senate. He is expected to be confirmed.

“You know who I am,” Sessions said. “You know what I believe in. You know that I am a man of my word and can be trusted to do what I say I will do.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-faces-plenty-of-issues-in-confirmation-hearings-but-is-expected-to-be-approved/2017/01/09/17d85a52-d681-11e6-9f9f-5cdb4b7f8dd7_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_sessions-605a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2031a584f7ab

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