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House back in session after "contentious" election

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 01:46

The House of Representatives convenes for the first time since Donald Trump's election as president, with Democrats, civil rights groups and even some Republicans slamming Trump's decision to appoint controversial advisor Stephen Bannon to a top White House job. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The House of Representatives get back to session, Monday (November 14) for the first day since Republican Donald Trump became president-elect. The opening prayer reminded congress of their history of "coming together in the wake of contentious election." Democrats, civil rights groups and even some Republicans slammed Trump on Monday for choosing right-wing firebrand Stephen Bannon as a key aide, saying it would elevate the white nationalist movement into the top levels of the White House. Making his first appointments since last week's upset win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump picked Bannon as his chief strategist and counselor, and Washington insider Reince Priebus as his chief of staff on Sunday, saying the two would share the task of steering his administration as "equal partners." The choice of Priebus was seen as a conciliatory signal of Trump's willingness to work with Congress after he takes office on Jan. 20. But critics blasted the selection of Bannon, who spearheaded a shift of the Breitbart News website into a forum for the "alt-right," a loose online group of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.

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House back in session after "contentious" election

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 01:46