Panelist on "To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbé ​"

Panelist on "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace

"For all the coverage of senators grilling cabinet nominees, the most crucial national security official in Washington, now and after Donald Trump is sworn into office, is someone most people have never heard of

Brett McGurk has been at the center of U.S. policy toward Islamic radicalism for a dozen years, and the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS since November 2015.

And though some may think our war against ISIS is failing, in fact, McGurk’s leadership has been critical to securing hard-won gains, gains upon which Trump now has an obligation to build."  [continued...]


Kara Swisher, on a State Visit to Washington, taped a "Recode Decode" podcast with top political operatives Hilary Rosen, a Democrat, and Juleanna Glover, a Republican. The three dive deep into how the merger climate could shift under Trump: Hilary Rosen: "[Y]ou can't have as much money as you have now in capital markets and not see a huge amount of consolidation. Big companies have just so much money available to them, so I think the deal market … will continue, only it will continue much more unabated."
Kara noted the Trump transition teams include a lot of "pro-merger people."
Juleanna Glover: "I don't think [the merits are] going to have anything to do with whether this White House opposes or supports them. I think it's going to be entirely a communications function as to … what's the impact on consumers?"

And it’s not just what the opinion pages say. The consultants said tech mergers and acquisitions may continue with little restraint in 2017, but Glover noted that the way those deals are presented in the Times and the Washington Post will undoubtedly reach the Oval Office. “The storytelling around what big mergers are going to mean for consumers and voters, and where those are positioned, where they might end up costing Middle America more of their hard-earned dollars, that’s where I think you’re going to see some real trepidation as to whether these big mergers are going to go through,” Glover said.  [continued...]

Many news organizations are predicting a 50-50 split, or close to it, in the U.S. Senate. If the final composition dances around evenly divided and Hillary Clinton is elected president, all eyes will be on next year’s U.S. Senate race in Virginia to replace Tim Kaine. If the Senate ends up evenly divided, Maine’s independent senator, Angus King, will be under a lot of pressure to caucus with Republicans. In other words, even if there is a 50-50 split, control of the Senate could pass back and forth over the next nine months."  [continued...]

"Toss some ideological dead weight overboard to bring in more voters, and run a candidate like Trump’s VP pick Mike Pence in 2020. That is an appalling prospect to the younger conservatives, some of whom have begun to use the word 'collaborator' to describe the Republicans who publicly signed on with Trump as he steamrolled toward the nomination. 'I know lots of high-value donors who have no desire to have any collaborators at the top of the ticket in 2020,' Glover said of Pence....'"

"Rather than kicking Trumpers out of the GOP, in other words, these young conservatives may instead find themselves without a party. Some among them just think it’s time to start over. 'If you can’t resurrect the Republican brand with less than half a billion dollars and spending four to eight years to get it done,' Glover, who is on the board of Roy’s new think tank, said, it might be time to think about starting something new. 'The question is where do the brains and the billions go after this?' The party she envisions is one with 'a Jeb Bush platform but with a 21st-century bolt on acknowledging climate change, gay marriage and campaign finance reform that’s First Amendment-compliant.' She believes that such a party 'is a majority party and has vast support to get to the White House,' even if the dynamics of the 2016 GOP primary seem to indicate it would be the party of the 1 percent—at most."