HARI SREENIVASAN: President-elect Trump has spent another day huddling with advisers on key Cabinet jobs. Vice president-elect Mike Pence led the arrivals today at Trump Tower in New York. Another adviser dismissed concerns that Mr. Trump is staying out of sight.
LT. GEN KEITH KELLOGG (RET.), Trump Advisor I think he’s — you know, he’s making phone calls to leaders and they’re calling him. He’s having people come in. And you’re probably in the best place to be here and watch who’s coming and going. And he’s just talking as it’s appropriate.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The president-elect was heard from today on losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. He tweeted: “If the election were based on total popular vote, I would have campaigned in New York, Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily.”
President Obama urged world leaders today to heed the lessons of Donald Trump’s election. The president spoke in Athens after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. He said voters are scared their children will be less well-off, and he issued a warning.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism that is built around an us and a them.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The president also defended his own economic record, saying the country’s indisputably better off.
France and the U.N. today stepped up appeals to president-elect Trump not to quit a global accord on climate change. French President Francois Hollande said dropping out of the Paris agreement would be disastrous for future generations. U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-Moon agreed, but said he’s sure the incoming president will make a good and wise decision.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has won the unanimous support of his fellow Republicans to stay on the job. Their vote today clears the way for the full House to make it official come January. Before today’s vote, Ryan said he’s ready and eager, with Republicans controlling both Congress and the White House starting next year.
PAUL RYAN, Speaker of the House: Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government. It feels really good to say that, actually. This will be a government focused on turning president-elect Trump’s victory into real progress for the American people. Our team is very excited and we cannot wait to get to work.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Meanwhile, Democrats delayed their leadership contest for another two weeks, amid dissatisfaction over the election results. It’s unclear if Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will face a serious challenge, but more than two dozen Democrats asked to delay the vote.
In Syria, a three-week break in airstrikes on Aleppo is over. Syrian planes blasted rebels in the city today, and Russia launched a new air offensive elsewhere. Russian jets from an aircraft carrier and long-range missiles hit targets in two provinces. Moscow says they targeted Islamic State militants and others.
The State Department is playing down findings that American troops and the CIA may be guilty of war crimes in Afghanistan. The report comes from the International Criminal Court. In it, the chief prosecutor says the detainees were subject to torture, cruel treatment, and outrages upon personal dignity between 2003 and 2014. The U.S. is not part of the court, but any American who’s indicted could still face prosecution.
Police in Germany carried out raids today on nearly 200 apartments, offices and mosques tied to a newly banned Islamist group. It allegedly recruited youths to fight in Iraq and Syria. Officers collected troves of documents, hard drives and weapons as evidence. The raids took place in more than 60 cities.
There’s word that Chinese software in some Android phones automatically sends data back to a server in China. The New York Times reports the software monitors locations, call logs and text messages. International customers and users of disposable or prepaid phones are most affected. The data collection could be for advertising usage or intelligence.
And on Wall Street, energy stocks led the market higher as oil prices surged 6 percent, amid talk that OPEC will cut output. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 54 points to close at 18923. The Nasdaq rose 57 points, and the S&P 500 added 16.
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