News@noon: Checking in with President-elect Trump

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, and the election recount in Michigan is underway. But all is not well.

The Michigan Republican Party is seeking to stop the state’s presidential recount, appealing a federal court order granting a request by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. For her part, Stein wants two Republican-nominated justices on the Michigan Supreme Court disqualified from considering the lawsuit seeking to stop the election recount because they’re on President-elect Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination short list.

Stacks of Ingham County voter paper ballots are recounted by workers at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, Dec. 5, 2016.

About that lawsuit, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a request Tuesday with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to join it. Schuette has also asked the Michigan Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals to hold an emergency hearing this week.

An emergency hearing will be held at the Court of Appeals later Tuesday to block the recount from going forward (The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Lansing).

Adding to the complications

  • One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots.
  • Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month. Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662.
  • According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand.

In praise and protest of Trump

  • Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key administration posts, chose former campaign rival and Detroit native Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson would oversee a budget of nearly $50 billion that provides rental assistance for more than 5 million households. Not everyone believes he is a good pick. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi went so far to say said Carson had no credentials for the job and was a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice.”

Kid Rock released three pro-trump t-shirts and a “Make American Bad Ass Again” red trucker hat on his website Monday.

'Bully businesses'

  • The government should cancel its multibillion-dollar order for new Air Force One presidential planes, Donald Trump declared Tuesday, serving notice he’s ready to jump in and start making decisions six weeks before his inauguration. Costs for the two Boeing 747s are “totally out of control,” Trump told reporters in the lobby of his New York skyscraper.
  • The contract for the planes was to be about $3 billion, but costs have been reported to be rising. Trump tweeted early Tuesday, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”
  • One thing is certain: Trump is prepared to bully businesses, says columnist Daniel Howes. "His serial bashing of Ford Motor Co., and his bilateral talks to persuade Carrier Corp. to partly reverse plans to ship jobs to Mexico, are proving mere tastes of a willingness to use his new bully pulpit to try to bend business to his will — and strengthen his populist bona fides in the industrial Midwest."

President Barack Obama arrives at Bishop International Airport in Air Force One for a visit to Northwestern High School in Flint.

Is Trump to blame?

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