In today’s Buzz we learn about the latest President-Elect Trump news including his appointments for Attorney General, CIA Director, and National Security Advisor.

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Right Now with Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City

What I’m ReadingThe 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

What I’m Watching – Bloodline

What I Want to Know from You – Do you have a favorite coffee mug?



Trump chooses Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director, people close to the transition say  President-elect Donald Trump has offered the position of attorney general to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and the position of CIA director to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), according to sources close to the transition. Sessions’s offer was finalized Thursday and the senator has been working with staff to lay the groundwork for an official announcement, said one person close to the transition, who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Trump Is Said to Offer National Security Post to Michael Flynn, Retired General  President-elect Donald J. Trump has offered the post of national security adviser to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, potentially putting a retired intelligence officer who believes Islamist militancy poses an existential threat in one of the most powerful roles in shaping military and foreign policy, according to a top official on Mr. Trump’s transition team.

Trump-Size Idea for a New President: Build Something Inspiring  Here’s how President-elect Trump could unify a bitterly divided America, provide well-paying jobs to many of the millions of disaffected workers who voted for him, and lift the economy, stock market and tax rolls.





Luncheon: Welcome to Oregon Luncheon for Ann Ober  December 7, 2016 12:00 am – 1:00 pm PST

Meetup: Seahawks, Packers, and ELGL December 10, 2016 5:00 pm

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships Part II CPBB to co-present with leading public-private local government provider SafeBuilt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST


50 Nifty

 The 10 Best books of 2016  In our annual survey of the best books, you’ll find 10 that we think are exceptionally rewarding and 100 notable titles that you shouldn’t miss. Also, look for our special recommendations for lovers of mysteries, graphic novels, audiobooks, romance, poetry, memoirs, and science fiction and fantasy.

FBI, Secret Service join search for missing son of congressman John Conyers  Houston police — along with the FBI and Secret Service — are looking for a 21-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon.

AAA: 48.7M Americans to travel for Thanksgiving, including 2M from the Carolinas  AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, up by 1.9 percent or about a million travelers, compared with last year — the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

Trump Probably Can’t Get Roe v. Wade Overturned  Over the years, Donald Trump has held just about every imaginable position on abortion, from declaring in 1999 that he was in favor of abortion rights — even supportive of a controversial form of late-term abortion — to saying this year that women who have abortions should face “punishment.”

Washington state senator to propose bill criminalizing ‘illegal protests’  Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale says the measure would allow felony prosecution of people involved in protests that block transportation and commerce, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.

Portland retailers declare stores ‘safe spaces’ in response to Trump  “We welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientation, all genders,” the signs say. “We stand with you. You are safe here.”

Detroit Land Bank turns over records to feds amid widening probe  FBI agents visited Detroit Land Bank Authority offices and took computers and documents Wednesday.

Jesse Jackson: Obama should pardon Hillary Clinton  Jackson says Obama should follow example of President Ford and pardon Hillary Clinton like Ford did Nixon

How Light Bulbs Watch You Buy Groceries  In an enormous grocery store in northern France, the lights above the aisles aren’t all they seem to be. They look ordinary—more than a mile and a half of fixtures exuding bright light, folded into a grid overhead—but they’re actually flickering faster than the human eye can see.

How Much Damage Will Trump Do to U.S. Climate Policy? Brace yourselves: Donald Trump might not necessarily spell doom for domestic climate policy.

Japan Fixed a Massive Sinkhole in Just One Week  Just a week after a massive sinkhole opened up at a busy intersection in Fukuoka, Japan, the 5-lane stretch of road is back in use—as if nothing ever happened. Pedestrians are crossing at the crosswalks, and cars and bikes are back to sharing the street, as if the nearly 100-foot-wide and 50-foot-deep hole didn’t inhale the asphalt just days before.

Hillary Clinton Speaks Of Disappointment, Persistence In First Post-Election Address  She acknowledged wanting to “never leave the house again” and subtly criticized Donald Trump in a speech Wednesday as she was being honored by the Children’s Defense Fund.


Local Government Confidential

Local governments hide public records, face few consequences  For more than three decades, Nick Maravell and his family farmed on a 20-acre plot in suburban Maryland, tucked between the Potomac River and megamansions in Potomac, a tony suburb that is home to powerful lobbyists, government contractors and other wealthy families.

City Council weighs higher pension costs for union workers, but not for council  City Council moved Thursday to approve the new contract for Philadelphia’s largest municipal union, which would require those workers to contribute more to their pensions.

Tupper village board looks to use grants to upgrade sewer system  The village has submitted a preliminary engineer design report to the Environmental Facilities Corporation for improvements to its sewer system.