Daily Donkey, January 3rd

Senator Tina Smith

Tina Smith will replace Al Franken in Senate Wednesday. Here’s how it will go down., MPR

Tina Smith prepares to enter U.S. Senate, Star Tribune

Franken replacement looks to hang on to seat for Dems, The Hill

Smith resigns as Lt. Governor, prepares for start in the Senate, Fox 9


St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

In inaugural speech, Mayor Melvin Carter promises review of police, college savings for every St. Paul student, Pioneer Press

From St. Paul kid to St. Paul mayor: Carter takes over, MPR

Melvin Carter sworn-in as St Paul’s first African-American mayor, Fox 9

In Inauguration Speech, Melvin Carter Addresses St. Paul’s ‘Deep’ Inequities, Minnesota CBS


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Mayor Frey’s first day: An open door, an inauguration and a garbage truck, Kare 11

Mayor-elect Jacob Frey meets the community, MSR

New Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he has ‘hit the ground running very hard’, Star Tribune


U.S. Senate

Senate Transforms With Arrival Of 2 New Democrats, NPR

Senator-Elect Doug Jones hires diverse staff for senior positions, AL.com

Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer says in interviews he is a “passionate supporter” of Doug Jones, CBS News

Utah’s Hatch to Retire From Senate, Opening Door for Romney Bid, Politico

Orrin Hatch didn’t need to stay in the Senate. Republican donors had been served, NBC News


Federal Courts

There Aren’t Enough Vacancies for Trump to Push the Courts to the Right, Bloomberg

Chief justice orders review of sexual harassment standards in U.S. judiciary, St. Cloud Times


Other News

NSA’s top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization, Washington Post

Trump Says His ‘Nuclear Button’ Is ‘Much Bigger’ Than North Korea’s, NY Times

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