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4:45 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
Discussion: The Guardian, Instapundit and Politico
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
REPORT: Mitt Romney May Be Forced to Publicly Apologize to Trump in Exchange For Sec of State Bid
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Republicans Divided Between Romney and Giuliani for Secretary of State
Rachel Stockman / Law News:
Jill Stein Can't ‘Guarantee’ Money Will Go to Recount, Changes $$$ Goal  —  Before you donate to Green Party candidate Jill Stein's effort to demand a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, you may want to read the fine print on her website.  So far, she has raised $4.8 million …
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Mari A. Schaefer / Philly.com:
Jill Stein raises nearly $4.8 million for election recount, including Pa.
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Mary-Ann Russon / International Business Times:
Oops!  CNN's Boston TV channel accidentally broadcasts 30 minutes of hardcore porn  —  Cable provider RCN accidentally broadcast 30 minutes of pornography on a live CNN TV channel in Boston.  —  CNN accidentally broadcast 30 minutes of hardcore pornography to bemused viewers in Boston …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump taps K.T. McFarland to be deputy national security adviser  —  Donald Trump has selected K.T. McFarland to be his deputy national security adviser, the president-elect's transition team announced.  —  McFarland, a Fox News analyst, served as an official in the Reagan White House.
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and The Week
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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 and The Gateway Pundit
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Top Dem Says GOP Efforts To Overhaul Medicare Will Fail: ‘Make Our Day’  —  Minority leader-elect Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a defiant statement on Friday in response to reports that Congressional Republicans plan to shift Medicare towards a more privatized system now that the GOP controls …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not
Discussion: alan.com and Mother Jones
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 …
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Noam Chomsky: People Who Didn't Vote For Clinton To Block Trump Made A ‘Bad Mistake’  —  “I didn't like Clinton at all, but her positions are much better than Trump's on every issue I can think of.”  —  Noam Chomsky, the renowned scholar and MIT professor emeritus, said people who didn't vote …
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: Mediaite and Politico
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
British benefits payments used to fund Paris and Brussels attack suspects' campaign of terror, court hears  —  The jihadists suspected of carrying out the bomb and gun attacks in Paris and Brussels used British benefits payments to fund international terrorism, a court has heard.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Geller Report
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.”
Roy S. Johnson / al.com:
Regions employee ‘no longer with the company’ after comments about Obama, family  —  “I prefer a man who can buy Michele (sic) and Barack and sell them several times over,” Pridmore wrote.  —  A Regions Bank senior-level employee who was labeled “Racist of the Week” on social media …
Discussion: Raw Story and theGrio
Jim Smith / Butler Eagle Online:
Police say dad apparently overdoses with son in car  —  A 13-year-old boy jumped from the back seat of a car that went out of control in a Butler shopping plaza Thanksgiving morning when his father suffered an apparent heroin overdose, authorities said.  —  Neither the boy nor his father …
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS Pittsburgh
Kimberly Hefling / Politico:
Trump's education secretary pick supported anti-gay causes  —  Civil rights groups say they're “deeply concerned” that the extension of civil rights protections to gay and transgender students by President Barack Obama's Education Department will be dismantled by Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick to lead the department.
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.
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
 
 
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Ingraham wants to be more than just Trump's flack
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Reuters:
Trump names Don McGahn as White House Counsel - transition official
Alisa Odenheimer / Bloomberg:
Israel Accepts Egypt, Jordan Firefighting Help as Suspects Held
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Isaac Butler / Slate:
Donald Trump's Love of Evita Says a Lot About His Presidency
Discussion: Politicus USA
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Trump Stock In Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Raises Questions
Discussion: Law News and alan.com
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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Pence reportedly takes lead on Carrier negotiations
Discussion: RedState
Cory Bennett / Politico:
Trump inspires scramble on spying powers
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Political Wire
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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