Pence Ousts Christie, Trump May Keep Obamacare

Is Chris Christie feeling a little betrayed?
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Mike Pence is replacing Chris Christie as the chairman of Trump’s transition effort. The change was announced yesterday and will considerably reduce the amount of influence Christie holds. Now, Christie is named as a vice chair of the transition, along with Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Michael Flynn and Ben Carson. In a statement, Trump said that the group would continue to build on the initial work completed by Christie to help “prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one.” The team’s mission is stated as putting “together the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement [a] change agenda in Washington” and “begin the urgent task of rebuilding [the] nation - specifically jobs, security and opportunity.” Campaign insiders spent Friday at Trump Tower in New York discussing plans for the administration that will begin January 20.

As yesterday was Veterans Day, Obama addressed Americans and urged them to unify after the surprise election of Donald Trump. At an appearance at Arlington National Cemetery, he said that Veterans Day follows campaigns that “lay bare disagreements across our nation…But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. It is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to maintain that strength and unity even when it is hard.”

As riots continue around the country in response to Trump’s election win, some high-profile companies are also making their opinions heard. The CEO of Grubhub and ardent Clinton supporter Matt Maloney sent out a company-wide email this week, expressing his personal views on the election and telling employees who agreed with Trump’s campaign to resign as he does “not tolerate hateful attitudes.” Later Maloney said he was upset that Trump’s presidency may make some of his employees feel they can persecute minorities within the company. He also commented that “had [Trump] worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.” Many experts have criticized Maloney’s statements, saying that politics should be kept out of the workplace, and that Maloney could have made his point without bring up the election.

“That note could be construed by his employees that someone who voted for Trump could be fired. It has a chilling effect on people’s perception of their rights,” said Mark Horstman, co-founder of Manager Tools.

Trump is now changing his rhetoric regarding Obamacare. Following his meeting with the current President this week, he told reporters that now, “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.” During his campaign, Trump vehemently opposed Obamacare and called for a total repeal of the plan. Now, he’s saying that he actually likes two aspects of the plan, including the ban on insurers to deny coverage to sick individuals, and the provision which allows children to stay on parent plans until the age of 26.

In other news, Zimbabwe has dropped its charges against the hunting guide who assisted Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion last year. Theo Bronkhorst was originally charged with “failing to prevent an illegal hunt,” after he lured Cecil out of a national park. Cecil was wearing a GPS collar, as a member of a conservation project by Oxford University, when he was shot. The initial charges were announced as flawed, according to Bronkhorst’s lawyer. Zimbabwe also decided not to charge Walter Palmer, as all paperwork for the hunt was correct. Meanwhile, a U.S. investigation by the Fish and Wildlife service is ongoing. Another man had been originally charged in relation to the hunt, a Mr. Honest Tremor Ndlovu, who owned the land were Cecil was shot, but the status of his case was not revealed.

On Monday at 6:15 a.m., the moon will be the closest it’s been to the Earth in more than 68 years. Called a “supermoon,” it hasn’t been this close since 1948. It’s projected the event will not occur again until 2034. You can watch a full broadcast of the evening’s night sky starting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13, via the Slooh Community Observatory, or on space.com. The moon will be 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when it appears at a far distance.

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