Obama holds cordial, ‘excellent’ meeting with Trump

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President-elect Donald Trump meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House Oval Office on Thursday.

Everything’s fine. The New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes: “President Obama and Donald J. Trump made a public show on Thursday of putting their bitter differences aside after a stunning election upset. The Oval Office meeting brought together a president who has darkly warned that Mr. Trump could not be trusted with the nuclear codes and a successor who rose to political prominence questioning Mr. Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy. … ‘I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds,’ Mr. Obama told Mr. Trump as the two sat side-by-side after the roughly 90-minute meeting. The president called the session ‘excellent’ and wide-ranging.

Tuesday’s election result was great news … … FOR AMY KLOBUCHAR!! MPR’s Bob Collins reports: “The pundits who got things so wrong in the election are still working today and we’re still paying attention to what they’re saying. Nothing else to do until January, we suppose. … They’ve switched from writing about the death of the Republican Party to writing about the death of the Democratic Party. … But the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza notes today that if there’s still a light flickering in the party, Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the few holding a candle. … We’ve written over the years about Klobuchar’s legendary ability to get her name in these sorts of articles, but this time there’s a pathway to her aspirations: she’s one of the few Democrats still standing.”

DFL might need to reconsider its standing up north. The Duluth News Tribune’s Peter Passi reports: “This most recent vote shows that an area once considered a stronghold for Democrats is increasingly up for grabs. … President-Elect Donald Trump won Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District by about a 54-to-38 percent margin, with the Arrowhead standing out on the map as the last bastion of blue in the presidential race. … In the same district, Democrats prevailed in the last presidential contest, re-electing President Barack Obama by a respectable 51- to-46 percent margin in 2012.”

A sad result. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “A seasoned visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, missing for days, has been found dead in a lake, authorities said. … The body of Michael Raymond Hickey, 59, of Duluth, was discovered by searchers late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. … His body, in roughly 80 feet of water, was detected using sonar technology provided by search and rescue personnel with neighboring St. Louis County. … The Sheriff’s Office said it was alerted midafternoon Monday to the disappearance of Hickey, who was believed to be in a canoe on Pine Lake off the Arrowhead Trail.”

In other news…

Another one: “Pryes Brewing Announces New Brewery” [Minnesota Beer Activists]

A cool $315 million: “City Center in downtown Minneapolis sells for record price” [Star Tribune]

Uh, yeah: “Surly Brewing teases ‘big news’ involving Leinenkugel’s; everyone freaks out” [City Pages]

Of local interest: “Delta pilots begin voting on contract with 30 percent pay raises over four years” [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Meh: “Target, Best Buy Open On Thanksgiving For Black Friday” [WCCO] 

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