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12:05 PM ET, November 25, 2016

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Lawrence Lessig / Washington Post:
The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner.  They should choose Clinton.  —  Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of “Republic, Lost: Version 2.0.” In 2015, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Russia tells U.S. to get out of the way in Syria  —  If the U.S. won't fight terrorists in Syria, it should stop getting in the way, said Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.  —  Konashenkov was responding to the U.S. State Department's calls to other countries …
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New York Times:
One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of F.B.I. Program  —  WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2015, armed American drones over eastern Syria stalked Junaid Hussain, an influential hacker and recruiter for the Islamic State.  —  For weeks, Mr. Hussain was careful to keep …
Discussion: The Geller Report
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
First U.S. service member killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say  —  The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton …
James Rosen / miamiherald:
Since his election win, Trump has talked to Putin more than any other world leader  —  WASHINGTON  —  In the scarcely two weeks since Donald Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken at least twice by phone.  —  Their aides have had additional contacts.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Electoral College must reject Trump unless he sells his business, top lawyers for Bush and Obama say  —  Ethics lawyers for the last two presidents are in agreement.  —  Members of the Electoral College should not make Donald Trump the next president unless his sells his companies and puts …
Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna / Politico:
Steve Bannon's First Pick For President  —  Steve Bannon thought he had found his perfect presidential candidate.  This person was “an outsider,” someone who was “not part of the political establishment,” “not for sale,” with “an ‘America First’ foreign policy approach” and “a ‘Drain the Swamp’ mentality about Washington, DC.”
NPR:
‘Brady Bunch’ Mom Florence Henderson Has Died  —  Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her manager and her publicist said.  She was 82.  —  Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center …
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New York Times:
Republicans Divided Between Romney and Giuliani for Secretary of State  —  WASHINGTON — Rival factions of Republicans are locked in an increasingly caustic and public battle to influence President-elect Donald J. Trump's choice for secretary of state, leaving a prominent hole …
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Trump Tower security may take over 2 floors — and cost millions  —  More On:  —  The Secret Service is in negotiations with the Trump Organization to take over two vacant floors in the gilded 68-story Fifth Avenue tower, law enforcement sources told The Post.
CNN:
Dylann Roof competent to stand trial, judge rules  —  (CNN)Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Friday.  —  In his order, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel said he was sealing a document detailing the factual reasons behind his finding.
Discussion: The Root
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Pence reportedly takes lead on Carrier negotiations  —  is mainly handling the Trump administration's negotiations to keep a Carrier air conditioning plant in Indianapolis, according to a Friday report from CNBC.  —  Carrier announced earlier this year it would move the factory to Monterrey …
Discussion: RedState
Cory Bennett / Politico:
Trump inspires scramble on spying powers  —  Tech and civil liberties advocates are imploring the Obama administration to rein in the government's massive surveillance apparatus before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, fearful he will carry out his campaign promises to register Muslims …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Kelly J. Baker / New York Times:
White-Collar Supremacy  —  Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer …
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
House GOP Business-Tax Plan Upends U.S. Policy, Bares Corporate Fault Lines
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Yahoo:
Terror gang was set to hit Paris on Dec 1: source
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The American Interest:
Licensing Laws Continue to Drain U.S. Economy
Laura Hughes / Telegraph:
Brexit can be stopped, insists Tony Blair as he rules out return to frontline politics
Discussion: Sputnik International
Sarah Knapton / Climate Depot:
Antarctic Sea Ice Has Not Shrunk In 100 Years
Discussion: ScienceAlert and Telegraph
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Massachusetts college won't fly US flag on campus
 

 
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Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

 
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