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10:15 PM ET, November 23, 2016

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Philissa Cramer / Chalkbeat:
What a Betsy DeVos appointment can tell us about Trump's education plans  —  Update: President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary.  —  DeVos, an advocate for school vouchers, has chaired the Michigan Republican party and played …
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Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Trump picks Betsy DeVos for education secretary post  —  Lansing — President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint West Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation's education policy.
Jeb Bush / Facebook:
Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education.  —  She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children's success.  Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder …
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Trump picks billionaire Betsy DeVos, school voucher advocate, as education secretary
Discussion: Vox and Diane Ravitch's blog
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Trump turning away intelligence briefers since election win  —  President-elect Donald Trump has received two classified intelligence briefings since his surprise election victory earlier this month, a frequency that is notably lower — at least so far — than that of his predecessors, current and former U.S. officials said.
J. Alex Halderman:
Want to Know if the Election was Hacked?  Look at the Ballots  —  You may have read at NYMag that I've been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states.  That article, which includes somebody else's description of my views …
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FiveThirtyEight:
Demographics, Not Hacking, Explain The Election Results  —  According to a report Tuesday in New York Magazine, a group of computer scientists and election lawyers have approached the Hillary Clinton campaign with evidence they believe suggests the election might have been hacked to make it appear …
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Trump adviser tells House Republicans: You're no longer Reagan's party  —  's economic adviser Stephen Moore told a group of top Republicans last week that they now belong to a fundamentally different political party.  —  Moore surprised some of the Republican lawmakers assembled …
Discussion: RedState
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
Hannity calls on Trump to freeze out the press  —  Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said that until journalists admit to colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign, President-elect Donald Trump should reconsider granting traditional access to reporters.  —  “Trump can do this and speak directly to you …
Discussion: Washington Post, AOL and Mediaite
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New York Times:
Donald Trump's New York Times Interview: Full Transcript
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Trump Praised His Turkish Business Partner In A Call With President Erdogan  —  Dogan Holding, which owns Trump Towers Istanbul, has butted heads with Erdogan's government.  —  WASHINGTON When President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 9 …
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Former Sanders Spokeswoman: “We Don't Need White People Leading The Democratic Party”  —  Symone Sanders, former spokeswoman for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, appeared on CNN Wednesday afternoon to weigh in on the future of the DNC and the Democratic party.
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   Former Sanders Spox: 'We Don't Need White People Leading the Democratic Party'
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Trump offers housing secretary job to man who wants to gut law banning housing discrimination  —  It would be a bonanza for banks if he succeeds.  —  Remember Dr. Ben Carson, the genius brain surgeon who spent most of his presidential campaign acting as a living demonstration of why great success …
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Reuters:
Trump has not offered Carson U.S. housing post: spokesman
Discussion: RedState and AOL
Wall Street Journal:
Ben Carson Being Considered for HUD Secretary Post
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Jr. Held Talks on Syria With Russia Supporters  —  Disclosure of the Paris meetings in October could heighten focus on the president-elect's desire to cooperate with the Kremlin  —  WASHINGTON—Donald Trump's eldest son, emerging as a potential envoy for the president-elect …
KOB:
Business owner refusing service to Trump supporters  —  There has been so much divisiveness in the two weeks since the presidential election, but an Albuquerque business is going a step further by refusing to have any dealings with Donald Trump supporters.  —  Matthew Blanchfield runs 1st in SEO …
Esther Yu Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Congressman says white supremacists and civil rights protesters are equally ‘disgusting’  —  “Both are disgusting.”  —  During an interview on CNN's The Lead on Tuesday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) defended President-elect Donald Trump's delayed disavowal of his white supremacist supporters …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and alan.com
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
NY Lawmaker Names Bill To Ban Conversion Therapy After Mike Pence  —  A New York legislator has introduced a bill that would ban the practice of conversion therapy for LGBT people in Erie County, local news station WBFO reported Tuesday.  —  The proposal made headlines Wednesday for its acronym …
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Eileen Buckley / WBFO:
County lawmaker calls for ban on conversion therapy
Discussion: Towleroad
Tod Palmer / Kansas City Star:
NCAA investigating alleged academic fraud at Mizzou  —  COLUMBIA  —  A former University of Missouri tutor has blown the whistle on alleged academic fraud within the school's athletic department.  —  Three months after closing an investigation into improprieties within the men's basketball program …
New York Post:
Man accused of trying to push commuter onto tracks for being white  —  More On:  —  A subway rider was shoved toward the tracks in Harlem by aman who said he hates “white people” — and hours later, a train operator was the victim of a similar attack in lower Manhattan, police sources said.
Discussion: Fox News Insider, MILO and Mediaite
Katie Hall / Austin American-Statesman:
Burnet County judge apologizes for ‘time for a tree and a rope’ comment  —  The top elected official in Burnet County commented on Facebook that it is “time for a tree and a rope” in a post regarding the arrest of the man suspected of killing San Antonio police Det.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Robert De Niro changes tune on Trump  —  Robert De Niro is striking a more diplomatic tone regarding President-elect Donald Trump  —  , whom he previously said he'd like to “punch ... in the face.”  —  “I would only say that we're all hoping, waiting and hoping, that he will lead the country …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Raises Prospect of Keeping Ties to His Firms  —  Trump indicated he was unlikely to fully disentangle himself from his businesses, raising questions about conflicts of interest  —  Donald Trump indicated Tuesday he was unlikely to disentangle himself from his business empire …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump to Accept Inauguration Funds From Corporations and Big Donors  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump will allow corporations and wealthy individuals to make large donations to fund the activities surrounding his inauguration, complicating his promise to eliminate special interests from influencing his government.
Discussion: The Hill
William Cummings / USA Today:
Amazon strikes back against Trump trolls' attacks on Megyn Kelly book  —  752 Shares  —  Amazon appeared to remove several politically motivated negative reviews of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's memoir Settle for More after a flood of one-star ratings drew media attention.
Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Police: East End shooter said ‘another piece of trash off the street’ … The 62-year-old man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed teenager on Charleston's East End Monday night was not allowed to have a gun, because of a previous domestic violence conviction.
Discussion: AOL and The Root
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Prepare to Enjoy the Holidays  —  Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time.  While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments.
 
 
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Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
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ABC News:
Trump Releases Thanksgiving Video Message
Discussion: Politico
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
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Discussion: New York Times and twitchy.com
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Obama appears to take shot at Trump during turkey pardon
Discussion: Vox
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Sanders: Difficult to discuss ‘serious issues’ in current media
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Scarborough: Obama came in as ‘Black Jesus’
Discussion: RedState
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and USA Today
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Journalism faces an ‘existential crisis’ in Trump era
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and CNNMoney