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Tennessee wildfire. Trump’s team. Fidel Castro. No charges in Charlotte. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Smokes still rises out of the remains of a burned-out business Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a wildfire swept through the area Monday. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
Smokes still rises out of the remains of a burned-out business Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a wildfire swept through the area Monday. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Trump team announcements this week, and lots of them. Retired general James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Defense. Plenty of Wall Street, Goldman Sachs and money. More to come. In Indiana, the president-elect revels in keeping 1,000 Carrier jobs in the USA. Will that scale? We’ve got a three-state election recount. No charges in Charlotte. Fidel Castro, dead at 90. And a stunning wall of fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Kelsey Snell, Congressional reporter for the Washington Post. (@kelsey_snell)

Glenn Thrush, chief political correspondent for POLITICO and host of the “Off the Record” podcast. (@GlennThrush)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post: Trump to GOP: Here’s how to defend my Cabinet picks — "President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has provided detailed instructions to congressional Republicans on how to defend his Cabinet picks, including directions to portray his attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), as a strong defender of civil rights and to play up South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Indian heritage as evidence of Trump’s purported commitment to a diverse administration."

POLITICO: GOP may delay Obamacare replacement for years — "Prepare for the Obamacare cliff. Congressional Republicans are setting up their own, self-imposed deadline to make good on their vow to replace the Affordable Care Act. With buy-in from Donald Trump’s transition team, GOP leaders on both sides of the Capitol are coalescing around a plan to vote to repeal the law in early 2017 — but delay the effective date for that repeal for as long as three years."

Tennessean: 'Unfathomable': Gatlinburg wildfire recovery drags on — "The death toll still stands at seven in the historic wildfire that tore through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this resort town earlier in the week, with no identities of the dead confirmed so far and the search still on for more bodies, authorities said Thursday."

This program aired on December 2, 2016.

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