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2:30 PM ET, November 22, 2016

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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows  —  President-elect Donald Trump's charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity's money to help themselves …
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New York Times:
Decision to Pull Back on Case Against Clinton Provokes Backlash  —  The apparent decision by President-elect Donald J. Trump not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton may be provoking a backlash in the ardently conservative corners of the electorate that propelled his victory.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Trump, After Canceling, Attends New York Times Meeting  —  The strained relationship between Donald J. Trump and The New York Times took an odd path on Tuesday when a planned meeting between the president-elect and the newspaper was abruptly canceled by Mr. Trump and then quickly rescheduled.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Trump won't pursue case against Clinton, Conway says  —  President-elect Donald Trump has decided that his administration will not pursue criminal investigations related to former rival Hillary Clinton's private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said Tuesday.
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Donald Trump at The New York Times: Live on Twitter  —  Trump gets asked about his commitment to first amendment, says, “I think you'll be happy.”  — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016  —  Open up the libel laws?  Trump says someone told him, “You know, YOU might be sued a lot more.' I said …
Erin McClam / CNNMoney:
Trump backs out of meeting with New York Times
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Kellyanne Conway Confirms Trump 'Doesn't Wish to Pursue' Hillary Charges
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's threat to prosecute Hillary Clinton was always hollow
Discussion: NPR, CBS New York and Jezebel
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump Meeting The New York Times After All
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Donald Trump Personally Blasts the Press  —  The fantasy of the normalization of Donald Trump—the idea that a demagogic candidate would somehow be transformed into a statesman of poise and deliberation after his Election Day victory—should now be a distant memory, an illusion shattered.
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Rust Belt Dems broke for Trump because they thought Clinton cared more about bathrooms than jobs  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—Back in May, the longtime chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party sent a private memo to leaders in Hillary Clinton's campaign warning …
New York Post:
Donald Trump's media summit was a ‘f—ing firing squad’  —  More On:  —  President-elect Donald Trump exploded at media bigs in an off-the-record Trump Tower powow on Monday, sources told The Post.  —  “It was like a f—ing firing squad,” said one source.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Airs Grievances, Fields Questions In Meeting With Top TV News Figures
New York Times:
Trump Summons TV Figures for Private Meeting, and Lets Them Have It
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democratic presidential electors revolt against Trump  —  At least a half-dozen Democratic electors have signed onto an attempt to block Donald Trump from winning an Electoral College majority, an effort designed not only to deny Trump the presidency but also to undermine the legitimacy of the institution.
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Report: Presidential electors planning to undermine Electoral College  —  A number of Democratic Electoral College electors are planning to use their votes to undermine the election process in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump  —  , Politico is reporting.
RADAR:
Hamilton Hypocrites!  PROOF Cast Members Who Slammed Mike Pence Don't Vote  —  Election records reveal the truth about their patriotism.  —  Cast members for the hit Broadway show Hamilton had no problem mouthing off to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, but RadarOnline.com has learned …
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Daily Mail:
REVEALED: Number of Hamilton stars haven't voted in YEARS despite clash with vice president …
Tamerra Griffin / BuzzFeed:
Draft Washington Post Column Claimed Trump Said He Was “Sexually Attracted” To His Teenage Daughter  —  The line appeared in a draft of Richard Cohen's syndicated column, but vanished prior to publication.  —  Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that President-elect Donald Trump once asked …
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Exclusive Interview: How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House  —  It's been one week since Donald Trump pulled off the biggest upset in modern political history, and his headquarters at Trump Tower in New York City is a 58-story, onyx-glassed lightning rod.  Barricades, TV trucks and protesters frame a fortified Fifth Avenue.
New York Times:
Donald Trump Rages, at the Wrong Target  —  Millions of Americans are justifiably frightened by the tide of racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia that has swept the country since the election of Donald Trump, whose campaign stoked these views and who named Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News his chief strategist in the White House.
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Daniel Lombroso / The Atlantic:
‘Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President Elect
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Democrats won the most votes in the election.  They should act like it.  —  Democrats need to be an opposition party, not a minority party.  —  More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump.  More Americans voted for Democratic Senate candidates than for Republican Senate candidates.
Discussion: TIME
Jessica Wick / Facebook:
11/20/16.  —  So.  Today I met Hillary Clinton.  This was a surprise and I can't imagine meeting anyone else who looms as large.  I wasn't as eloquent as I'd have liked to be.  I didn't want to take her & her family out of their day together.  I also didn't want to cry …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
White House confirms Obama has held more talks with Trump  —  President Barack Obama has spoken with President-elect Donald Trump “at least once” since the two men met earlier this month inside the Oval Office, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Abolish the Office of the First Lady  —  Melania Trump has done the nation a great service by deciding to maintain Trump Tower as her full-time residence and not to move to the White House any time soon.  But her resistance shouldn't stop there.  Now is as good a time as any to eliminate …
Discussion: National Report and CNN
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit  —  WASHINGTON — Not long after he took office, President Obama sought advice from the Justice Department about a potential conflict of interest involving a foreign government.  He wanted to know whether he could accept the Nobel Peace Prize.
NBC News:
Kanye West Hospitalized After Tour Canceled: Sources  —  Kanye Cancels Tour After Trump/Race Rant 2:12  —  Kanye West was under observation at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday after the remaining dates of his national tour were abruptly canceled, multiple authorities familiar with the case told NBC News.
Victoria Stroup / Campus Reform:
Message mocking Trump trauma investigated as ‘hate crime’  —  A message mocking students for grieving over Donald Trump's election victory is being investigated as a hate crime at Edgewood College.  —  According to a letter sent out by Vice President for Student Development Tony Chambers …
Discussion: Infowars and MILO
 
 
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Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney:
Stunning! Dow hits new high of 19,000 as Trump rally continues
Discussion: New York Magazine
Pete Peterson / RealClearPolicy:
Where Bernie-nomics Goes to Die
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Most Voters Want Trump to Shutter His Personal Twitter Account
Discussion: The Week
Paul Cruickshank / CNN:
US issues Europe travel alert after France foils ISIS-linked plot
Discussion: AOL, Washington Free Beacon and Jezebel
Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times:
Secessionists formally launch quest for California's independence
Discussion: SFist, CNBC and Business Insider
Rolando Zenteno / CNN:
Ex-NBA Star Dennis Rodman charged with hit and run
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
Migrants Burn Down Hall: 'There's Not Enough Nutella and Gummibears!'
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Geller Report
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
The secretive brain trust of Silicon Valley insiders who are helping Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump May Face An Early Test On Obamacare That Could Tell Us A Lot
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed:
College Trump Supporters: “We're The New Counterculture”
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Mattis as defense secretary: What it means for us, for the military, and for Trump
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Pat McCrory Lost the North Carolina Governorship. Now He's Trying to Steal It.
New York Times:
With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight