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NEWS: Dec. 12, 2016

Elections | The Nation
Bipartisan Support Grows for Probe
of Russian Interference in U.S. Election

Two Senate Republicans joined demands for a bipartisan probe into Russia's suspected interference in the U.S. presidential election as questions continued to mount about President-elect Donald Trump's expected decision to nominate a secretary of state candidate with close ties to Russia, ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson. Meanwhile, Trump labeled as "ridiculous" s secret CIA assessment concluding that Russia intervened in the presidential election.
>> Washington Post, The Hill
Obama Orders Spy Agencies to Probe Election Hacking
President Obama has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a full review of foreign-based digital attacks during the 2016 election and to prepare a report on the subject before he leaves office.
>> Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News

The Presidency | The Nation
Trump Team's Questionnaire Targets
Climate Change Conference Attendees

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has circulated an unusual 74-point questionnaire at the Department of Energy--described by agency employees as worrying--requesting names of all employees and contractors who have attended climate change policy conferences, as well as associated emails and documents.
>> New York Times
Ex-Texas Governor May Be Tapped to Head Energy Dept.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry, who proposed eliminating the Department of Energy during his unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has emerged as a leading candidate to head the agency under Trump.
>> Reuters
Retired Marine General Is Trump's Choice to Lead DHS
Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly is Trump's choice to become director of the Department of Homeland Security, the president-elect's transition team officially confirmed this morning.
>> Politico

T.C. Broadnax
T.C. Broadnax
Public Officials | Dallas
Tacoma's City Manager
Gets the Top Job in Dallas

The Dallas City Council named T.C. Broadnax, who currently is the city manager in Tacoma, Wash., as Dallas City Hall's top executive to replace retiring City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said she wasn't surprised to learn that Broadnax had been chosen. "He's very talented," she said. Broadnax came to Tacoma in 2012 from San Antonio, where he was an assistant city manager.
>> Dallas Morning News, Tacoma News-Tribune
DeKalb County CEO May Take His Office Back
With three weeks left in his four-year term, DeKalb County, Ga., CEO Burrell Ellis may return to power as soon as today after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his convictions for attempted extortion and perjury, according to a legal opinion by the county attorney.
>> Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public Pensions | Connecticut
Governor, Union Reach Deal on Pension Payments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state employee unions reached an agreement that they say will help avoid years of steep increases in the state's pension-payment obligations--leading up to a "cliff" in 2032--by increasing the state's contributions over the next decade.
>> New Haven Register

Natural Resources | Southern California
Audit: Turf-Rebate Program Poorly Managed
The Metropolitan Water District's $340 million turf rebate program, a key element of California's drought response that helped thousands of southern Californians rip out their lawns in favor of drought-tolerant landscaping, was plagued by "inadequate planning, execution, and follow-up," according to a report by the agency's auditors.
>> Los Angeles Times

Law Enforcement | The Nation
Police Expect Trump to Lift
Limits on Surplus Military Gear

If President-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms will once again be available to state and local police departments. Police organizations say they'll hold Trump to his promise to rescind President Obama's order restricting that access.
>> AP/ABC News
9 Cops in Texas City Fired over Traffic-Stop Reports
Nine Arlington, Texas, police officers have been fired for exaggerating the number of traffic stops they made in the wake of an audit in May that revealed "suspicious" reports of the stops.
>> Dallas Morning News

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Education | Wisconsin
5 University Chancellors Get Raises
University of Wisconsin Regents awarded raises ranging from 4 percent to 6 percent to five of the system's longest-serving chancellors, bringing their salaries to $220,000 to "help keep these leaders on par with their peers," according to a UW System spokeswoman. The five were among 10 chancellors who received raises averaging 3 percent in 2013.
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Audits Question Security of Oregon Students' Data
Two audits, one federal and one by the state, have found that the Oregon Department of Education didn't do enough to ensure that its huge cache of data on more than 600,000 students remains private.
>> The Oregonian

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Donald Trump
Donald Trump
QUOTABLE
You know, I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.
President-elect Donald Trump, saying he does not need a presidential intelligence briefing every day, suggesting that such briefings are repetitive and he is happy to rely on those around him on matters of intelligence and national security but adding that he does tell those offering intelligence information that "if something should change, let us know"
>> Politico | More quotes

VIEWPOINT
Higher Education | Pamela Tate
Our Neglect of Adult Learners
More than 95 percent of the jobs created during the recovery have gone to workers with at least some college education, while those with a high-school diploma or less are being left behind. Proposed initiatives to improve our country's infrastructure could be an opening for many of these workers. Yet owing to our nation's skills gap, the pool from which to draw those workers is shallow. That's why adult learners are key. Today, there are more than 36 million adults in this country with some college education but no degree, compared to only about three million new high-school graduates. Yet higher education and its governing state policies remain focused on this younger, smaller group while neglecting to place the necessary emphasis on adults.
>> Governing
PLUS: Joe Garcia and William Serrata on higher education, workforce needs and demographic change.
>> Chronicle of Higher Education | More commentaries

DATAPOINT
9%
Chicago homeowners' recycling rate, one labeled as "dismal" by city officials and which is prompting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration to move toward simplifying the rules for recycling and explore the possibility of offering homeowners who do recycle a break on their $9.50-a-month garbage-collection fee
>> Chicago Sun-Times | More data

UPCOMING EVENTS
ASPA webinar logo Navigating the
Federal Job Search


Tomorrow | 1 p.m. ET


This webinar is part of a series designed for ASPA's student and young professional members. For more information or to register, click here.

Brookings Institution
Discussion: "U.S. Policy Toward North Korea: the Human Rights and Security Linkage"
Today, 1:30-3 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Brookings Institution and University of Virginia Miller Center
Discussions: "Presidential Leadership in the First Year"
Today, 3-6 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Heritage Foundation
Lecture by Northwestern University Prof. Gary Saul Morson: "Pray for Chekhov: Or, What Russian Literature Can Teach Conservatives"
Dec. 13, noon-1 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, PRI's The World and WGBH
Webcast: "The Future of Food: Feeding the Planet During Climate Change"
Dec. 13, 12:30 p.m. ET

Brookings Institution
Address by Susan B. Glasser: "Covering Politics in a 'Post-Truth' America"
Dec. 13, 2-3 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

>> Full events listings