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--TRUMP CALLS MEETING OBAMA 'GREAT HONOR': Donald Trump said that "it was a great honor being with" President Barack Obama as the president-elect and president met for the first time ever. Trump said that the meeting was supposed to last for 10 to 15 minutes but went far longer, writes ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY. "The meeting lasted almost for an hour and a half, and as far as I'm concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer," Trump said. "I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel," he added. "I look forward to being with you many, many more times." PHOTOS: A look back at meetings between presidents and presidents-elect:

--OBAMA CALLS CONVERSATION WITH TRUMP 'EXCELLENT': President Barack Obama called his conversation yesterday with President-elect Donald Trump excellent, notes ABC’s SERENA MARSHALL. "As I said last night, my No. 1 priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful," Obama said. "I have been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump's wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, to work together."

--ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTS SWEEP THE NATION FOR A SECOND NIGHT: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of several cities nationwide Thursday in a second night of rallies protesting the election of Donald Trump. While the gatherings were mostly peaceful, late-night vandalism and graffiti turned a march in Portland, Oregon, into what police described as a “riot.” More from ABC’s DAVID CAPLAN:

--TRUMP TWEETS: Overnight, Trump took issue with the protests, tweeting: "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!" Early this morning, the president-elect followed up with a more upbeat message on the night's unrest. “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

--ANALYSIS -- TRUMP SEES CALM AFTER STORM IN FIRST DC TRIP AS PRESIDENT-ELECT: The swamp placed a red carpet over itself to welcome Donald Trump. And the president-elect played it the way you would expect from pretty much any other president-elect. The scenes out of Washington yesterday were striking to anyone who has watched Trump and the wild campaign he just concluded, writes ABC’s RICK KLEIN.


THIS WEEK ON ‘THIS WEEK’: After Donald Trump’s stunning victory on Election Day, the Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, with Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator Van Jones, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel.


TODAY ON ‘GMA’ -- RNC CHAIRMAN ADVISES ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTERS TO 'TAKE A DEEP BREATH'. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus today said he understands that many people are upset over Donald Trump's election victory, but advised protesters to "take a deep breath." "It’s the other side now that doesn’t want to accept the fact that they lost the election," Priebus said on ABC News’ "Good Morning America." "So look, I think everyone needs to just take a deep breath, take the weekend -- today’s Veterans Day -- count our blessings and let's come back on Monday." More from ABC’s MORGAN WINSOR:



'HEARTBROKEN' MOM HAS EMOTIONAL CHANCE MEETING WITH CLINTON DURING HIKE IN NEW YORK. On the same day that President-elect Donald Trump was welcomed to the White House and met with President Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton along with their two dogs, were spotted hiking a trail near their home in Chappaqua, New York, by Clinton supporter Margot Gerster. “I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking [my daughter] Phoebe with me to vote for her,” wrote Gerster, who said she was feeling “heartbroken” herself following the election’s result, in a post on Facebook. More from ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI:

PENCE SAID TO PLAY 'LARGE ROLE' IN WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION. Two aides to Mike Pence said it's becoming evident that the vice president-elect will be playing a "large role" in the transition, reports ABC’s INES DE LA CUETARA. "Mike’s presence in the meeting [Thursday] is an indication of the role Mike will play," said an aide. "I think you will see Mike having a very active role as a liaison on Capitol Hill with both Leader [Mitch] McConnell and with Speaker [Paul] Ryan."

CONGRESS GETS DIVERSITY BOOST WITH RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN OF COLOR IN SENATE. White voters played a major role in getting Donald Trump into the White House, but one place where diversity appears to have gotten a boost is on Capitol Hill. The upcoming Congress will be the most diverse in its history and the Senate will have the most women of color in its history -- 35 Democrats and three Republicans, according to EMILY's List, a PAC that supports Democratic pro-choice women candidates in all levels of government. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY notes the several firsts in the four female Senate wins:

HOW A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION COULD RESHAPE THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. As Melania Trump said of her husband in her second and final campaign speech: "He certainly knows how to shake things up, doesn't he?" President-elect Donald Trump's potential to "shake things up" on a global scale is endless. And if he sticks to his campaign rhetoric, nowhere could that be more true than in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In one of his first campaign speeches that relied on the use of a teleprompter, candidate Donald Trump described himself to gathering of Israel's largest lobbying group, AIPAC, as a “lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel.” ABC’s JUSTIN FISHEL has more:

OBAMA'S FINAL FOREIGN TRIP TO TAKE ON 'SOBERING TONE' IN ELECTION AFTERMATH. President Obama’s final foreign trip as the United States' head of state was planned as a reassurance tour in the wake of a contentious presidential campaign. But with the surprise election of Donald Trump, the agenda of the trip has been significantly muddled. So, what will President Obama tell world leaders when he travels to Greece, Germany and the APEC Summit in Peru next week? “In some ways there’s nothing to say,” Heather Conley, the senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS notes.


MEET THE TRUMPS -- A LOOK AT AMERICA'S FUTURE FIRST FAMILY. As Donald Trump gave his victory speech early Wednesday morning in New York City, the president-elect took a moment to thank his family. "To Melania and Don and Ivanka and Eric and Tiffany and Barron, I love you and I thank you, and especially for putting up with all of those hours," Trump said. "This was tough." After Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, 2017 and officially becomes America's 45th president, his family will likely have prominent roles in public life. ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI takes a look at the incoming First Family:



@maryaliceparks: Sen Chuck Schumer backing Rep Keith Ellison for DNC Chair says Bernie-wing of party is rather organized, powerful 3 days after election

@RyanLizza: History will record that President-elect Donald J. Trump's first substantive public statement was an attack on the First Amendment.

@amandacarpenter: I understand the liberals are mad at the electoral college. That's because they've always wanted NY and California to decide everything.

@megynkelly: For the record, my book "Settle for More" does not suggest Trump had any debate Qs in advance, nor do I believe that he did.

@meridithmcgraw: Kelly says she doesn't believe Trump got debate q's. But the @nytimes review describes an anecdote from the book that suggests just that.