Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Johnson says people calling for Bannon's ouster are 'exploiting a political difference': Greg Neumann of WKOW writes: "Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) told a local radio reporter Thursday morning that people calling for Donald Trump to withdraw his appointment of Steve Bannon to the position of White House Chief Strategist were 'exploiting a political difference.' Sen. Johnson made his comments in an interview with Andrew Beckett of the Wisconsin Radio Network. The following is an excerpt from that interview: Beckett: 'On that topic of political difference issues here, the president-elect has been facing a lot of criticism this week over the appointment of Steve Bannon in his administration. Do you have any thoughts on his inclusion in a Trump White House?' Johnson: 'You've got people who opposed President-elect Trump's election here. They're exploiting a political difference right off the bat. Why don't we give President-elect Trump and his administration a chance to stand up their administration and start governing?' The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) decried Trump's appointment of Bannon earlier this week - citing his embrace of the alt-right, which the ADL defines as 'a loose network of white nationalists and Anti-Semites.' The ADL is a 103 year-old Jewish group dedicated to 'stopping the defamation of Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.'" Read more.
Reports: Trump picks Jeff Sessions for attorney general: Mary Troyan of USA Today writes: "President-elect Donald Trump has offered the job of attorney general, the nation's top law enforcement official, to Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, according to media reports. The New York Times and CBS News reported Friday that Sessions was picked for the senior cabinet post after meeting with the president-elect on Thursday in New York. CBS News quotes sources directly involved in the selection process regarding the selection and the Times quotes officials close to the transition. Transition official Sean Spicer says Trump is expected to announce the appointment later Friday, along with the pick of Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director, Politico reports. Sessions, 69, has been in the Senate since 1997. He is a former U.S. Attorney in Mobile, Ala., and former Alabama Attorney General. He was the first senator to endorse Trump during the Republican primary early this year, and has been a close adviser to Trump ever since." Read more.
Clarke wants radical overhaul of U.S. security: Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. wants to bring the war on terror to the home front. Clarke, who is in the running for a top job in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, says in his upcoming memoir that the U.S. needs a major overhaul of its homeland security program. Authorities, he writes, should treat American citizens suspected of being terrorists as 'enemy combatants' who can be questioned without an attorney, arrested by authorities and held indefinitely. Their cases would then be handled by military tribunals, not the traditional court system. 'We are at war. Homegrown radicalization has the enemy inside our borders,' Clarke writes. 'Islamist radicalized Americans are not criminals; they are enemy combatants.' One local law professor said Clarke's plan is very 'troubling' because of its disregard of due process protections and other constitutional protections for those on U.S. soil. 'You can call his plan 'extreme' because it falls well outside of Supreme Court precedent and mainstream academic thought,' said Edward Fallone, a left-leaning associate professor at Marquette University Law School and a constitutional law expert." Read more.
Dassey legal team fighting for quick release: Tom Kertscher, John Ferak and Alison Dirr of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin write: "The federal judge in Milwaukee who overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey in the case made famous by 'Making a Murderer' has ordered that Dassey be freed from prison, under supervision, pending further court developments. The order was made Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Duffin in a 17-page ruling. State Attorney General Brad Schimel quickly moved to block the release, at least temporarily. His office announced it would file an emergency motion asking a federal appeals court to stay the release order. Dassey was not released Monday, as many of his supporters had speculated, but his legal team is hoping for a short timeline, one of his attorneys, Steven Drizin, told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on Monday. 'It’s not going to happen today but we are very hopeful we will have Brendan home by Thanksgiving, if not sooner,' Drizin said." Read more.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, tests legal path to White House job: Julie Hirschfeld and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times write: "Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald J. Trump, has spoken to a lawyer about the possibility of joining the new administration, a move that could violate federal anti-nepotism law and risk legal challenges and political backlash. Mr. Kushner, 35, the husband of Mr. Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, and an influential adviser to his father-in-law during the presidential campaign, had been planning to return to his private businesses after Election Day. But on the morning after Mr. Trump won, Mr. Kushner began discussing taking a role in the White House, according to two people briefed on the conversations who requested anonymity to describe Mr. Kushner’s thinking. Mr. Trump is urging his son-in-law to join him in the White House, according to one of the people briefed. The president-elect’s sentiment is shared by Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist for the White House, and Reince Priebus, who was named chief of staff. Mr. Kushner accompanied Mr. Trump to the White House on Thursday, when the president-elect held his first in-person meeting with President Obama." Read more.
Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says: Derek Hawkins of the Washington Post writes: "A former spokesman for a major super PAC backing Donald Trump said Wednesday that the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a 'precedent' for the president-elect’s plans to create a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. During an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, Carl Higbie said a registry proposal being discussed by Trump’s immigration advisers would be legal and would 'hold constitutional muster.' 'We’ve done it with Iran back awhile ago. We did it during World War II with the Japanese,' said Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and until Nov. 9, the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC. Kelly seemed taken aback by the idea. 'Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope,' she said. 'I’m not proposing that at all,' Higbie told her. 'But I’m just saying there is precedent for it.'” Read more.
Trump takes credit for keeping Ford plant in U.S. that wasn't leaving: Louis Nelson of Politico writes: "Donald Trump bragged Thursday night that the chairman of Ford Motor Company called him personally to inform him that the auto maker would be keeping one of its plants in Kentucky instead of moving it to Mexico. 'Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky - no Mexico,' the president-elect wrote on Twitter. 'I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!' he added in a subsequent post. A spokeswoman for Ford confirmed that the company’s chairman had called Trump to inform him that the Lincoln plant would remain in Kentucky. She said 'we are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States.' The problem with Trump’s claim, according to a report from Reuters, is that Ford was never planning to move the facility in question to Mexico." Read more.