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2:00 PM ET, November 25, 2016

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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Report: Trump team wants Romney to apologize  —  Fox News is reporting that Donald Trump  —  's transition team wants Mitt Romney to publicly apologize for railing against the president-elect during the campaign.  —  According to Mediaite, a transition official told Fox's Ed Henry …
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Wall Street Journal:
Rudy Giuliani Lobbies to Be Secretary of State  —  Former New York City mayor says his experience makes him uniquely qualified  —  Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City Mayor and Donald Trump loyalist, has spent the past decade in the private sector traveling the world and making millions …
Discussion: The Guardian, Politico and Instapundit
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:   REPORT: Mitt Romney May Be Forced to Publicly Apologize to Trump in Exchange For Sec of State Bid
New York Times:
Republicans Divided Between Romney and Giuliani for Secretary of State
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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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.
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
First U.S. service member killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR
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 he sells his companies and puts …
Discussion: Business Insider
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Trump taps KT McFarland for deputy national security adviser  —  has tapped K.T. McFarland to serve as his deputy national security adviser.  —  McFarland has worked under three Republican administrations and is currently a national security analyst for Fox News.
Discussion: RedState
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump taps K.T. McFarland to be deputy national security adviser
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
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 …
Anita Gates / New York Times:
Florence Henderson, Upbeat Mom of ‘The Brady Bunch,’ Dies at 82  —  Florence Henderson, who began her career as an ingénue soprano in stage musicals in the 1950s but made a more lasting impression on television, as the perky 1970s sitcom mom on “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday.  She was 82.
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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.”
New York Times:
Donald Trump and the Lawsuit Presidency  —  Donald Trump will take office as president facing a tsunami of litigation over his business practices and personal behavior.  He may have settled the fraud suits involving Trump University, but at least 75 other lawsuits are underway against him or his companies, according to USA Today.
Discussion: alan.com
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.
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 and CANNONFIRE
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
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Trump Stock In Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Raises Questions  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump's investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president.
Discussion: alan.com and Law News
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall.  Then He Sent Residents the Bill.  —  BALMEDIE, Scotland — President-elect Donald J. Trump has already built a wall — not on the border with Mexico, but on the border of his exclusive golf course in northeastern Scotland, blocking the sea view of local residents who refused to sell their homes.
Discussion: Politico
Mari A. Schaefer / Philly.com:
Jill Stein raises nearly $4.8 million for election recount, including Pa.  —  Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised nearly $4.8 million to pursue an election recount in three key Rust Belt states won by Donald Trump, including Pennsylvania.  —  The funds are needed to post bonds necessary …
 
 
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Isaac Butler / Slate:
Donald Trump's Love of Evita Says a Lot About His Presidency
Discussion: Politicus USA
Page Six:
Kirsten Gillibrand reaching out to Hillary's donors
Robert Pear / New York Times:
A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Western Allies Push Iran on New Measures to Bolster Nuclear Deal
Myriah Towner / Daily Mail:
BLACK FRIDAY INTERNET SALES MAY REACH $8.4 BILLION
Discussion: Infowars
Associated Press:
Reno Police investigating after deadly Walmart shooting
 Earlier Items: 
CBS Philly:
1 Shot Dead, Another Wounded Outside of South Jersey Mall On Black Friday
Discussion: The Guardian and Mediaite
CNN:
Dylann Roof competent to stand trial, judge rules
Discussion: Atlanta Black Star and The Root
Kelly J. Baker / New York Times:
White-Collar Supremacy  —  Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
House GOP Business-Tax Plan Upends U.S. Policy, Bares Corporate Fault Lines
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Bloomberg:
Trump Expected to Pick Ross for Commerce Job, Person Says
New York Times:
One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of F.B.I. Program
Discussion: The Geller Report
Yahoo:
Terror gang was set to hit Paris on Dec 1: source
 

 
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