*STUNNING! Donald Trump Sweeps to Victory:
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. ET, the Associated Press called the 2016 presidential election for Republican nominee Donald Trump
. The call capped off a night of twists and turns, including surprise victories for Trump in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio—all states that Hillary Clinton
was favored to win, even if by slight margins. Early into Wednesday, the Democratic nominee had not spoken publicly; a Clinton aide said she called Trump to concede the election and congratulate him on his victory.
*Hillary Clinton Delivers Emotional Concession Speech: ‘I Am Sorry’:
Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech on Wednesday inNew York, apologizing to her supporters for failing to win the White House. “This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for,” a visibly emotional Clinton said. “And I am sorry we did not win this election.” “I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too and so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort,” she continued. Clinton then called for national unity after the divisive election, and said that we as Americans owe Donald Trump “an open mind and a chance to lead.” “We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought but I still believe in America and I always will,” she said. “We must accept this result and look to the future.”
*News Media Yet Again Misreads America’s Complex Pulse:
All the dazzling technology, the big data and the sophisticated modeling that American newsrooms bring to the fundamentally human endeavor of presidential politics could not save American journalism from yet again being behind the story, behind the rest of the country. The news media by and large missed what was happening all around it, and it was the story of a lifetime. The numbers weren’t just a poor guide for election night — they were an off-ramp away from what was actually happening. No one predicted a night like this — that Donald J. Trump
would pull off a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton
and win the presidency. The misfire on Tuesday night was about a lot more than a failure in polling. It was a failure to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media.
*Trump: I Will Govern for All Americans:
President-Elect Donald Trump
took the stage at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan early Wednesday morning to a jubilant crowd, vowing to heal the wounds caused by this year’s presidential campaign. He told the crowd that Hillary Clinton
called him to concede the race. “We owe her a major debt of gratitude to her for her service of our country,” Trump said of Clinton, congratulating her on a hard-fought campaign. He pledged to be a “president for all Americans.” He also delivered a message to the rest of the world, saying: “While we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone, all people are all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility, partnership, not conflict.”
*Dow Opens Higher After Trump Win:
The Dow Jones Industrial Average had an uneven start to the trading day Wednesday, the night after Donald Trump
was elected president in a surprise victory. After initial signs pointed to Trump being elected president Tuesday night, stock futures plummeted with Dow futures down more than 800 points. However, at the start of trading Wednesday, the Dow ticked up a hair. Additionally, the Mexican peso was down 8.5 percent against the U.S. dollar overnight, and gold futures ticked up 3 percent.
*Obama Congratulates Trump, Invites Him to White House:
White House announced Wednesday morning that President Obama
had called Donald Trump
to congratulate him on winning the presidential election and to invite him to visit the Oval Office. Trump’s visit is scheduled for Thursday. Obama initially called Trump while the real-estate mogul was speaking to supporters, but campaign manager Kellyanne Conway
said it was returned when he left the stage. Conway said the discussion was “a very nice talk.”
*Putin Wants to Restore ‘Fully Fledged’ Relations With U.S.:
Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that he wants to restore “fully fledged” relations between the U.S. and Russia in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory. “As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-U.S. relations are in that state,” he said. “Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the U.S. I repeat we understand this will be difficult but we are ready to play our part in it.” Putin was also one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump, and the Russian parliament broke into applause when his victory was confirmed.
*Netanyahu declares Trump ‘a true friend of the state of Israel’ who will help bring ‘peace and stability in our region’ :
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
congratulated Donald Trump
on his election as US president on Wednesday and called him ‘a true friend of the state of Israel’.’I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,’Israeli leader Netanyahu said in a statement. He went on: ‘The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny.
*CA, MA, NV, ME Vote to Legalize Recreational Weed Use:
California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts voters opted to legalize recreational marijuana use on Tuesday night, while one other state rejected the measure. Voters in Arizona came out firmly against the initiative, with many saying they feared stoned drivers on Arizona roads. While marijuana use will remain prescription-only in Arizona, the four other states could soon see a boom in stores selling recreational marijuana, as well as public spaces catering to smokers. In addition to the initiative on recreational marijuana use, four other states—Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota–voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana on Tuesday night.
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*Republicans Retain Senate Control:
The Republican Party retained control of the U.S. Senate when, just past 1 a.m. ET, the Associated Press called Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race for incumbent Pat Toomey
, who defeated his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty
. No matter the outcome in the presidential race, the GOP will have a majority in both the upper chamber and the lower chamber for at least the next two years. Additionally, Richard Burr
and John McCain
won their re-election races in North Carolina and Arizona, respectively. Ron Johnson
kept his seat in Wisconsin, fending off challenger Russ Feingold
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postponed his remaining 2016 and early 2017 tour dates on Tuesday, citing a vocal injury requiring rest. “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time,” he said in a statement. “I’ve been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal.” The singer-songwriter plans to devote several months to his recovery before returning to the stage in 2017.
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, who has spent the last seven years at UTA, has left the agency. Sources say he is not expected to jump to another agency but rather will try to be agentless for film and television for the time being. He will remain managed by his longtime manager Jeff Kwatinetz
of The Firm. ***Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing
has moved from WME to CAA, The Hollywood Reporter
has learned. The Asian A-lister and fashion icon’s lucrative luxury endorsement deals (most notably Louis Vuitton) helped her net $17 million this year, ranking her as Forbes
‘ fifth highest-paid actress in the world (and the only Chinese actress on the list). ***Mark Shapiro
and Ioris Francini
have been elevated to co-presidents of WME/IMG. The two execs have been pillars of the expansion strategy at WME and IMG since the agencies were brought together in early 2014 through WME’s $2.2 billion acquisition of IMG.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lina Gordon:
I said it many times—do not look at the polls—they are not valid—the women came out and silent trump supporters did their job with dedication and heart! They won despite the media trying to intervene! Trump supporter all the way and thank you for not being able to sway the American people’s votes….it is a proud day! The American people voted with their heart!
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