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Ohio governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, seems to have fallen back into the crosshairs of Trump.

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“It’s clear that, certainly, based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect. And that transition, for the country’s sake, it’s important for a normal transition to start through,” DeWine – a Republican like Trump – said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And the president can go on his other track and his legal track. We should respect that, but we also need to begin that process.”

As part of his media tour for his new book, former president Barack Obama sat down with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. In that interview he lapped praise on George W. Bush and how the Bush administration handed off the federal government to Obama’s incoming administration.

The Guardian’s Martin Pengelly has more:

In an interview with the Atlantic to mark publication of his memoir A Promised Land, Barack Obama ponders Joe Biden’s chances of working with Republicans in Congress, comes close to admitting to being a never-Trump conservative himself – and compares America under Trump to Central Asia under Genghis Khan.

“If we were going to have a rightwing populist in this country,” Obama says, “I would have expected somebody a little more appealing.”

Related: Obama scolds ‘petulant’ Trump but reveals conservative sympathies

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