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4:30 AM ET, December 9, 2016


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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Donald Trump to Remain Executive Producer on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ (EXCLUSIVE) … Donald Trump will remain an exec producer on NBC's “Celebrity Apprentice,” which is returning Jan. 2 after a two-year hiatus with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.  —  MGM confirmed to Variety that Trump has retained his EP credit on the series.
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Mark Burnett: I 'have never been a supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy'  —  Mark Burnett, the executive producer of NBC's “The Apprentice,” is tamping down claims that he a supporter of Donald Trump amid calls for him to release footage from the reality TV show that starred the GOP nominee.
Discussion: ABC News
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
As ‘The Apprentice’ Returns to TV, Trump Stands to Profit
Discussion: Jezebel
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
The reality show president: Trump to retain producing credit on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
Discussion: and Political Wire
Mark Krikorian / National Review:
Trump's Labor Department Pick: Put Americans Last  —  Trump had three cabinet slots to fill that are most important for immigration policy (several others have important, but secondary, roles, such as HHS, which handles refugees once they arrive).  —  The first pick was Sen. Jeff Sessions …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Sarah Fenske / News Blog, Riverfront Times:
Andrew Puzder, Trump's Pick for Labor Department, Was Accused of Abusing Wife  —  Andrew Puzder, the St. Louis attorney who rose to become CEO of Carl's Jr. and now stands as Donald Trump's pick to be Secretary of Labor, was accused of abuse by his first wife in the 1980s — with police twice summoned to the couple's home.
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
Trump Expected to Tap Labor Secretary Who Prefers Foreign Labor to American Workers
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Expected to Name Fast-Food Executive Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary
Jonnelle Marte / Washington Post:
Trump to name Andrew Puzder, a fast-food CEO and critic of substantially raising the minimum wage …
Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
John Glenn, American hero, aviation icon and former U.S. senator, dies at 95  —  His legend is other-worldly and now, in his 95th year, that's where John Glenn has gone.  —  An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University …
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95
Discussion: Towleroad and Outside the Beltway
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Carrier to ultimately cut some of jobs Trump saved  —  It sounded like great news when Carrier said last week that it would invest millions in the Indiana plant it decided to keep in the U.S.  —  The company's deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep a furnace plant from moving to Mexico …
Chuck Jones / Washington Post:
I'm the union leader Donald Trump attacked.  I'm tired of being lied to about our jobs.  —  Trump swore he'd save our jobs.  He didn't.  —  I'm a union leader in Indianapolis.  I represent the Carrier workers whose jobs Donald Trump has pledged to save.  And I'm tired of being lied to.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Trump's Transition Team ‘Is Like Game of Thrones’  —  As the least experienced, least ideological, and therefore perhaps most malleable president-elect in history prepares to take office, all eyes are on who is influencing his decisions.  And so far, Donald Trump's administration is shaping …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump zeroes in on RNC chair pick
Discussion: Political Wire
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Low Approval of Trump's Transition but Outlook for His Presidency Improves  —  Growing numbers see ‘strong’ partisan and racial conflicts  —  Nearly a month after Donald Trump's election as president, the public views his transition to the White House less positively than those of past presidents-elect.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Born in 1980  —  92%  —  79%  —  62%  —  61%  —  The phrase “American dream” was invented during the Great Depression.  It comes from a popular 1931 book by the historian James Truslow Adams, who defined it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.”
The Washington / Toronto Star:
Belleville woman helped cook up Pizzagate  —  Writer disavows responsibility for Sunday's attack, but passed explosive allegations along.  —  Following the spread of fake news and “Pizzagate” — which inspired a violent incident in a Washington, D.C. eatery and might have even affected …
Ben Stein / The American Spectator:
They've Gone Insane  —  And hating Trump hasn't made them any nicer either.  —  I just don't get it.  People are going insane about Donald Trump being president-elect.  It's beyond the wildest anger and fear I saw even about Richard Nixon, my hero.  And, as I say, I just cannot see it.
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
On Campus, Trump Fans Say They Need ‘Safe Spaces’  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Amanda Delekta, a sophomore at the University of Michigan and political director of the College Republicans, was ecstatic when her candidate, Donald J. Trump, won the presidential election.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Republicans ready to launch wide-ranging probe of Russia, despite Trump's stance  —  Leading Senate Republicans are preparing to launch a coordinated and wide-ranging probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. elections and its potential cyber threats to the military …
CBS News:
Trump has declined many intelligence briefings offered to him according to Senate aide  —  Intelligence community officials have confirmed that president-elect Donald Trump has declined many of the daily intelligence briefings that have been offered to him, a Senate aide confirmed to CBS News' Margaret Brennan.
Discussion: Raw Story, Hot Air and Mediaite
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
An admiral basically took a dig at Colin Kaepernick.  The Pentagon tweeted the quote, then deleted it.  —  On the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, addressed a crowd of World War II veterans and survivors of the battle …
Scott Stump /
Mark Zuckerberg details Facebook's new plans amid fake news concerns  —  “We've been working on this for a long time, and we've taken important steps, but there's a lot more to do,” Sandberg said.  “We know that people don't want to see hoaxes on Facebook, and we don't want to see hoaxes on Facebook.
Shan Li / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. prosecutors are accusing four big retailers — JC Penney, Sears, Kohl's and Macy's — of tricking shoppers  —  The Los Angeles city attorney's office said it plans to sue four big retailers— JCPenney, Sears, Kohl's and Macy's— for deceptive advertising.
Discussion: The Root and KTLA
Susan Jones / CNSNews:10 minutes ago
Obama Reminds Troops They Have the Right to ‘Protest Against Authority’ and ‘Criticize Our President’  —  ( - In a speech at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, President Obama focused on his eight-year effort to protect the homeland, fight terrorism, and strengthen U.S. allies.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
As ‘The Apprentice’ Returns to TV, Trump Stands to Profit   Find
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Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Top Ten Reasons Andy Puzder Is a Great Pick for Labor Secretary   Find
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Stephanie Susskind / WPTV:
Satanic display causes controversy in Boca Raton   Find
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Stephanie Susskind / WPTV:
Satanic display causes controversy in Boca Raton
Associated Press:
Right to the End, Trump Campaign Spent Less Than Clinton's
Discussion: Politico
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
Alabama Executes Inmate After Split Supreme Court Allows It To Proceed
Discussion: Associated Press and
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Color of 2017? Pantone Picks a Spring Shade
Discussion:, Boing Boing and Food52
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Clinton blasts ‘epidemic’ of fake news
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump: Madman of the Year
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Everything You Need to Know About Rogue Electors
Discussion: Politico
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The collapse of the political Left
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Savage / BBC:
Greg Lake: King Crimson and ELP star dies aged 69
Discussion: Balloon Juice, AOL and East Bay Times
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Can cops kill with impunity? Now we know the answer.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post honors David Fahrenthold with inaugural Ben Bradlee Prize
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Did Putin elect Trump?
Washington Post:
The populist revolt to ‘The System Worked’
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Biden: I'm ‘embarrassed’ by the campaign
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Ryan Plays the DC Press Corps Like a Fiddle
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alexandra Clough / Palm Beach Post:
Exclusive: Judge to Trump: No getting out of Jupiter golf club lawsuit