Donald Trump Heads to Indiana to Bask, as Clinton’s Lead in Popular Vote Breaks 2.5 Million

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The president-elect begins a victory lap on Thursday, celebrating not only his victory in November but also his seeming success at keeping some well-paid manufacturing jobs in the United States.

First, Mr. Trump is scheduled to visit a Carrier plant in Indianapolis after the company announced it would keep 1,000 jobs there, shelving plans to move them to Mexico. The details of what exactly Mr. Trump agreed to in the negotiations with the manufacturer remained unclear. But the decision was a public relations win for the president-elect, who campaigned on the promise that he would work to prevent the export of manufacturing jobs to countries with cheaper labor.

Then Mr. Trump will head to a rally in Cincinnati to say thank you to Ohio, which he carried, and where no recount is being demanded. Mr. Trump exulted in his campaign rallies and seems to be itching to return to the adulation of the crowds. It will be interesting to see what tonal change, if any, Mr. Trump adopts after his election victory. Other states are expected to be added to the tour in the days and weeks ahead.

The Trump team appears to be leaving nothing to chance. His campaign bought a radio ad that will air in Cincinnati on Thursday, according to a Republican strategist who tracks the news media. The ad is said to promote the tour.

Just announced: Hello, New Orleans!

The victory tour dates are dribbling out. Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be in New Orleans on Saturday. Tickets are now available.

Clinton’s lead in popular vote passes 2.5 million.

To some it is just trivia: Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote lead over Mr. Trump reached 2,526,184 — five times Al Gore’s lead over George W. Bush in 2000. At 1.9 percentage points, her lead is now larger than those of 10presidents, and it is approaching Jimmy Carter’s margin over Gerald Ford in 1976.

So what?

Well, her lead is close to what the final polls before Election Day had shown, pointing to a geographic concentration of Democratic voters and a daunting disadvantage in the Electoral College. Do Democratic presidential candidates now need to build a four percentage-point lead to assure victory?

That bizarre conversation with Pakistan’s prime minister.

On Wednesday, the Pakistani government released an account of a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Mr. Trump that sounded, well, Trumpian.

While not exactly confirming the content, the Trump transition team did acknowledge the call, as well as one with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

Senate Democrats try to pry taxes from Trump choices.

Democrats may have failed to shame Mr. Trump into releasing his federal tax returns, but they are determined to at least see the returns of his cabinet and top staff picks.

Senate Democrats will use the routine adoption of rules and procedures in January to force committees to require all cabinet picks to submit the last three years of their tax returns before their confirmation hearings. The Finance and Homeland Security committee already have the requirement, meaning the tangled finances of Steven Mnuchin are likely to spill out before he can be confirmed as Treasury secretary.

But other billionaires could skate through without the rules change, including Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary pick, who will go before the Senate Commerce Committee, and Betsy DeVos, the choice for education secretary, who will answer questions from the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

If Democrats prevail on the requirement, there could be consequences. The Finance Committee’s tax examination nearly derailed President Obama’s first Treasury nominee, Timothy F. Geithner, and thwarted his first health secretary, Tom Daschle.

At first blush, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. seems to be open to a democratic process as it considers whom to back as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Please indicate your preference regarding an A.F.L.-C.I.O. endorsement, the electronic ballot reads.

But the choices are lacking: No — Make no endorsement at this time; or Yes — Endorse Congressman Keith Ellison.

The only name on the ballot belongs to an ardent progressive from Minneapolis. Seems like the White House’s search for an alternative may be losing steam.

The A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s president, Richard L. Trumka, noted in an email that many union presidents and members have already publicly endorsed Mr. Ellison, and that other unions have indicated their desire to back his candidacy.

Mr. Ellison has collected the most support to date in the race, which will be decided when the committee meets in February, but the field of candidates may not yet be fully formed.

As Mr. Trumka wrote in his message: “Several others have reached out to me and to many of you, including Labor Secretary Tom Perez, about possibly getting into the race, and it’s expected that others will join the race in the coming weeks.”

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