Today’s buzz features Al Gore’s new climate change movie, cycling infrastructure in London, and the American Dream. In honor of the Seattle Sounder’s MLS Cup win yesterday, today’s buzz features their celebration in a totally non-gloaty way.

Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Doing: Reorganizing my daughter’s room

What I’m Watching: Movie trailers

What I’m Reading: “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow


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Trump expected to pick ExxonMobil chief executive as secretary of state: Three people close to the transition team confirmed Saturday that Rex Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump’s expected choice for secretary of state. Tillerson has a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which could become a flash point during confirmation hearings.

Severe Inequality Is Incompatible With the American Dream: The numbers are sobering: People born in the 1940s had a 92 percent chance of earning more than their parents did at age 30. For people born in the 1980s, by contrast, the chances were just 50-50. The finding comes from a new paper out of The Equality of Opportunity Project, a joint research effort of Harvard and Stanford led by the economist Raj Chetty. The paper puts numbers on what many have seen firsthand for years: The American dream—the ability to climb the economic ladder and achieve more than one’s parents did—is less and less a reality with every decade that goes by. There are two main reasons why today’s 30-somethings have a harder time than their parents did, according to the authors.

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Upcoming ELGL Events

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

Meetup: Women in Local Gov Meet Up December 15, 2016 5:30 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

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Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, at Odds with G.O.P.: Mr. Trump’s team lashed out at intelligence agencies after The Washington Post reported that the C.I.A. believed that Russia had intervened to undercut Hillary Clinton.

Al Gore’s new climate change movie arrives just in time: The Sundance Film Festival will open in January with a new climate change movie from Al Gore — and the timing, unfortunately, could not be better.

Democrats search for a path back into rural America’s good graces: The party had dismissed the possibility that there were enough white, working-class voters in non-urban areas to overcome its advantages with African Americans, Latinos, unmarried women and highly educated voters.

More Special Operations forces are headed to Syria. Here’s what they’re going to do. As Syrian forces push toward the Islamic State’s de-facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Saturday that additional U.S. Special Operations forces will head into the country to help the fledgling offensive.

Trump Team Asks Energy Dept. Employees About Involvement In Climate Change Work: The Trump transition team is asking which Department of Energy employees have been involved in climate change talks. A long questionnaire sent to agency employees is raising concerns.

For Austria, A Tough Choice On What To Do With Hitler’s Birthplace Austrian officials want to make sure “nothing would happen there… that could support Nazi ideology in any way,” says a government spokesman. But there’s disagreement on how best to proceed.

Local Gov Confidential

Donald Trump Loves New York. But It Doesn’t Love Him Back. The president-elect’s plan to keep a presence in the city feels to many residents less like a source of pride than an open wound.

Cycling Infrastructure Gets a Boost in London: London is planning to build multiple “cycle superhighways,” among other improvements for bikers.

Congress approves at least $120M for Flint water fix: Legislation will provide up to $100 million to help replace lead pipes in Flint, plus forgive old water loans.

Atlanta Adopts Waste-Collection App to Improve Service: The city’s public works department hopes the app will improve efficiency, sustainability, and customer service.