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Speaker Paul Ryan, a skeptic of Donald Trump throughout the campaign, tells us their relationship is getting better and more productive each day.

"We're very, very different people. He used to call me a Boy Scout, which I actually personally took that as a compliment. I'm not sure he meant it that way, but it's something we joke about with each other every now and then."

Why this matters: Trump insiders tell us the president-elect has a better vibe with Ryan than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "I keep explaining to all who listen, the Senate works a little more slowly than the House," Ryan said. "They use sun dials as watches over there."

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

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Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

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President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.