Jon Swartz, The Intercept: Donald Trump's transition team has announced that everyone being vetted for a high-level appointment must pledge not to become a registered lobbyist for five years after they leave Trump's administration -- and never lobby for a foreign government. In addition, all current registered lobbyists must be prepared to deregister in order to be considered for a post. This is nice, but largely meaningless, especially given the rest of Trump's actions. ... First, there's no ban on present-day lobbyists. Republican National Committee Chief Strategist Sean Spicer said today that instead of "looking back," Trump's plan "looks forward." Someone who spent the past 30 years lobbying can just deregister this afternoon and they're good to go. read more
An actually well put together rendition of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' set to images associated with President Elect Donald Trump. read more
Huffington Post: During the 2012 election, Republicans who hated the daily onslaught of polling showing that Mitt Romney was headed toward a comfortable defeat turned to Dean Chambers, the man who launched the website Unskewed Polls. The poll numbers were wrong, he said, and by tweaking a few things, he could give a more accurate count. His final projection had Romney winning close to all 50 states.
Chambers has wisely abandoned the field of election forecasting, and this year says he thinks the various models predicting a Hillary Clinton victory are probably accurate. The models themselves are pretty confident. HuffPost Pollster is giving Clinton a 98 percent chance of winning, and The New York Times' model at The Upshot puts her chances at 85 percent.
There is one outlier, however, that is causing waves of panic among Democrats around the country, and injecting Trump backers with the hope that their guy might pull this thing off after all. read more
Christopher Cadalago, Sacramento Bee: As states set to put marijuana legalization on the backs of the voters, California seems posed to be the truly initiating factor in legalizing the substance at the federal level. The presidential election posits an important element within this legalization formula that may impact the entire nation, but California's significant and important step in legalizing recreational drug use will ultimately be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's (i.e., war on cannabis) back.
Computers, intelligent machines, and robots seem like the workforce of the future. And as more and more jobs are replaced by technology, people will have less work to do and ultimately will be sustained by payments from the government, predicts Elon Musk, the iconic Silicon Valley futurist who is the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX.
According to Musk, there really won't be any other options.
"There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation," says Musk to CNBC. "Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen." read more