‘The work begins!’: Trump to be sworn in as U.S. president | Reuters


In a ceremony likely to draw 900,000 people, including protesters, Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take the oath of office at midday (1700 GMT) outside the domed U.S. Capitol, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

“It all begins today!” Trump wrote in a note on Twitter at about 7:30 a.m. “I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!”

Source: ‘The work begins!’: Trump to be sworn in as U.S. president | Reuters

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Companies drafting emergency plans for Trump tweets | TheHill


Trump has used social media to criticize American businesses, often for off-shoring jobs or manufacturing facilities, and many expect him to keep up the broadsides in the Oval Office.

Being attacked by Trump is not only bad publicity but also it can also cause a sudden drop in a company’s stock price.

Businesses that have yet to tangle with Trump are fearful that they might be next, and have turned to consultants and lobbyists in Washington to prepare for the possibility.

Source: Companies drafting emergency plans for Trump tweets | TheHill

Agencies rush to publish rules before Trump takes office | TheHill


The Federal Register was overwhelmed Thursday with nearly 1,500 pages worth of rules from federal agencies. Miriam Kleiman, a spokeswoman for the Federal Register, described it as “one of the largest ever” editions of the government’s rule book.

The rules are known as midnight regulations, and represent a final attempt by the Obama administration to leave a mark on Washington’s rulebooks before Trump takes over at the White House.

Trump has called for a freeze on all new regulations, and the president-elect and congressional Republicans are expected to try to roll back rules they disagree with.

Source: Agencies rush to publish rules before Trump takes office | TheHill

Decaying DC bridge puts spotlight on Trump plan | TheHill


The Arlington Memorial Bridge, built in 1932, is shut down to vehicular traffic from Thursday to Saturday because it has been placed under weight limits after being deemed structurally deficient.

To some, the decaying bridge is a symbol of the need for the United States to spend money on its crumbling roads and bridges.

Source: Decaying DC bridge puts spotlight on Trump plan | TheHill

Cellphone providers brace for heavy inauguration use | TheHill


Most of the networks are rolling out Cells on Wheels (COW) — portable cell antennas usually mounted on semi-trailers — which are parked all along the mall to boost the capacity for their customers’ data usage. The COW antennas are attached to tall poles on trailers and look like white cheese wheels.

Verizon is also deploying its new Remote Electrical Tilt antennas that allow the network’s engineers to adjust its capacity to follow roving crowds.

Some of the companies are also installing permanent network upgrades throughout the city, as well as temporary Wi-Fi hotspots.

Source: Cellphone providers brace for heavy inauguration use | TheHill

Who’s who in Trump World | TheHill


President-elect Donald Trump is heading into the White House with a close-knit team of loyalists and trusted aides who will be tasked with turning his campaign promises into law. Here are the players to watch in the new administration.

  1. Reince Priebus, Chief of staff
  2. Stephen Bannon, Chief strategist and senior counselor
  3. Jared Kushner, Senior adviser to the president
  4. Sean Spicer, Press secretary
  5. Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the president
  6. Stephen Miller, Senior adviser to the president for policy
  7. Marc Short, Assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs
  8. Michael Flynn, National security adviser
  9. Donald McGahn, White House counselor
  10. Jeff Sessions, Attorney general nominee
  11. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State nominee
  12. Wilbur Ross, Commerce secretary nominee
  13. Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary nominee

Source: Who’s who in Trump World | TheHill

President Donald Trump: How to Fix America’s Finances | Money


As the nation’s leaders have gotten down to work this month, sweeping financial reforms could be on the table: an overhaul of the tax code, the repeal of Obamacare, Medicare privatization, and more.

What follows is our to-do list for the new Trump administration: nine sensible fixes to our financial laws and regulation:

  1. Make Auto-Enroll IRAs a Nationwide Program
  2. Let the Federal Government Negotiate Drug Prices
  3. Keep the Fiduciary Rule on Track
  4. Make It Easier for Families to Manage College Costs
  5. Enable Small Businesses to Thrive
  6. Mandate Paid Family Leave
  7. Keep the Consumer Watchdog in Business
  8. Help Retirees Get the Most From Social Security
  9. Let Consumers Know of Data Breaches Faster

Source: President Donald Trump: How to Fix America’s Finances | Money

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Tensions rise at North Dakota pipeline as Trump set to take White House | Reuters


This week’s clashes between protesters and police are the most serious since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement in December for the pipeline to travel under Lake Oahe.

Native Americans and environmental activists have said that the pipeline threatens water resources and sacred lands.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation is near the pipeline, asked protesters to disperse following the Corps’ decision, but around 600 remain in the main camp, now called Oceti Oyate.

Source: Tensions rise at North Dakota pipeline as Trump set to take White House | Reuters

Trumponomics may be wrong medicine for U.S. economy today | Reuters


What the country needs now, labor economists and Fed officials say, is small-bore surgery – policies focused on depressed regions in its rural areas and industrial heartland, which fell out of sync with the global economy and emerged as Donald Trump’s power base, helping him win the presidency.

“When you think of what Trump is inheriting, it is an economy in which much of the recent crisis has been solved,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist for the job site indeed.com.

Source: Trumponomics may be wrong medicine for U.S. economy today | Reuters

Trump takes step back on AT&T – Time Warner deal, Stephenson positive in Davos


The President-elect has now taken a step back from his previous position against the takeover. Trump had referred to the deal as “an example of the power structure I am fighting,” during his campaign for the Presidency.

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday (Jan 17) signaled a willingness to change his stance against the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger, telling Axios on that he has not yet “seen any of the facts.”

Source: Trump takes step back on AT&T – Time Warner deal, Stephenson positive in Davos