The Note: As Trump Plans New Administration, Dems Plot a Comeback


--REP. KEITH ELLISON TO ANNOUNCE ‘REAL SOON’ IF HE’LL RUN FOR DNC CHAIR: Ellison of Minnesota, a leading member of the Democratic Party's progressive wing, said on ABC News' "This Week" that the next chair of the Democratic National Committee needs to have “vision” and the ability to mobilize party members at the grassroots level. Democratic politicians need to be talking to “guys in the barber shop, the lady in the diner, the folks worrying whether or not the plant is going to close. They should be our focus,” Ellison said. Democrats "need to put the voters first, not the donors first." ABC’s MARIAM KHAN reports:

--GIULIANI ADVISES TRUMP TO PUT HIS BUSINESSES IN BLIND TRUST ‘FOR GOOD OF THE COUNTRY’: Giuliani's remarks came as many observers note that the president-elect's business empire -- comprised of more than 500 companies around the globe, including more than 250 bearing his name -- make him potentially susceptible to significant conflicts of interest. "For the good of the country, and the fact you don't want a question coming up every time there's a decision made, he should basically take himself out of it, and just be a passive participant in the sense that he has no decision-making, no involvement," Giuliani said. ABC’s NICKI ROSSOLL has more:

--NEW POLL: 74% CALL ELECTION LEGITIMATE, BUT WITH VAST PARTISAN DIVIDE: Nearly three-quarters of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll accept Donald Trump’s election as legitimate -- but with a vast gap between his supporters and others that underscores the nation’s continued deep political divisions. Seventy-four percent in the national survey say Trump was legitimately elected, including 99 percent of his own supporters. Among others, much smaller majorities agree: Fifty-eight percent of Hillary Clinton’s supporters and 62 percent of those who didn’t support either candidate. ABC’s GARY LANGER has more:

--NIGEL FARAGE ON TRUMP MEETING: ‘HE WAS RELAXED AND FULL OF IDEAS’: President-elect Donald Trump met with Nigel Farage, the head of the UK Independence Party and leader of the Brexit movement, at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan Saturday afternoon. Farage posted a series of tweets about their meeting, including a photo of the two men smiling ear-to-ear amidst the gold detailing of Trump Tower. ABC’S ALEXANDER MALLIN reports:

--CLINTON ‘HEARTBROKEN’ OVER ELECTION, SAYS FBI LETTER WAS TURNING POINT: Hillary Clinton told her top donors in a call today that she is "heartbroken" by the election outcome and she pointed to FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress about a review of newly-found emails as a turning point in the contest between her and Republican Donald Trump. Clinton's call with her top donors was not open to the press, but a source told ABC News that the tone was somber, with Clinton thanking those on the call and referring to the election results as a "very tough loss." ABC’s LIZ KREUTZ and MAIA DAVIS report:


--KELLYANNE CONWAY SAYS TRUMP CHIEF OF STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT IS ‘IMMINENT’: Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has said that the appointment of a White House chief of staff is "imminent,” ABC’s ALEXANDER MALLIN and TARA FOWLER report. Speaking briefly with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower today, Conway said there are "several people being considered and it's Mr. Trump's decision ultimately." She added that Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has expressed interest in the position.

--WHAT A TRUMP CABINET MIGHT LOOK LIKE: One of the top priorities at the start of the presidential transition process is to staff the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump is already believed to be narrowing down possible choices and nominations are expected within the next few weeks. See ABC News’ full list of potential members of the Trump cabinet here:


--POST-ELECTION ‘SNL’ FEATURES SOMBER PERFORMANCE BY McKINNON’S CLINTON SINGING ‘HALLELUJAH’ The first post-election "Saturday Night Live" didn't open with a knee-slapping sketch spoofing the presidential candidates from the previous week, nor did it include Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump. Instead, the show opened on a somber note: Cast member Kate McKinnon -- in character as pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clinton -- kicked off the cold open at a piano playing and singing "Hallelujah" by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died Monday at 82. ABC’s DAVID CAPLAN has more: --NOTED: NEARLY HALF OF AMERICANS HAVE NEGATIVE VIEW OF COUNTRY’S FUTURE AFTER TRUMP’S ELECTION: ABC News partnered with SSRS survey research firm to gauge the reaction of Americans toward Donald Trump's winning election as the 45th president of the United States, and found Americans sharply divided. When asked to give one word on how they feel about the future of the country under a President Trump, 46 percent responded negatively with a wide range of words, including “scared,” “afraid” and "bleak." Thirty-nine percent described having a positive outlook, with "hopeful" and "optimistic" among the single most commonly used words among all respondents. Fifteen percent were uncertain or neutral in their view of the country's future. ABC’s RACHEL TILLMAN has more:


@realDonaldTrump: The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change - doubt it?

@CandaceSmith_: Source on transition team passes on quote from Trump on Ayotte:"Mr. Trump has zero interest in having her in the Cabinet or anywhere else"

@ThisWeekABC: Van Jones, Mary Matalin get into heated exchange over role of race in 2016 election

@ChrisRock: Dave and tribe killed it on SNL.

@Adrian1Silva: Got a ride from @BenSasse #Uber #UberLincoln