First Read’s Morning Clips: The 12 Days That Changed the ’16 Election

TRUMP AGENDA: Here are the 12 days that changed the ’16 election

The big read this morning! One of us(!) takes a big, deep dive into how Hillary Clinton lost. “In the nine months since the election, political observers have pointed to various reasons why Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won: FBI Director James Comey’s intervention; Russia and WikiLeaks; Clinton’s failure to campaign in Wisconsin; African-Americans who didn’t turn out as strongly as they did for Obama; and Trump’s strong performance among working-class white voters in the Rust Belt. But the real tale of 2016 is how the final 12 days of the election turned a race that seemed out of reach on Oct. 27 into an upset decided by a total of 80,000 votes in three states. To tell that story, NBC News interviewed nearly a dozen top Clinton and Trump operatives for their insight and perspective. Both sides agreed that the underlying volatility of the race, combined with the way the final days unfolded, produced a most unexpected result.”

From NBC’s Ali Vitali: “President Donald Trump strongly hinted Tuesday night that he might pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying Arpaio will be “just fine” despite being found guilty of criminal contempt for violating a court order. “Do the people in this room like

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