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2:20 AM ET, November 26, 2016

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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama urged Clinton to concede on election night  —  to persuade her to concede the White House on election night, according to a forthcoming book on Clinton's defeat.  —  Authors Amie Parnes, The Hill's senior White House correspondent, and Jonathan Allen cite three Clintonworld sources familiar …
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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 …
Michael Gerstein / Detroit News:
Mich. readies for presidential recount as cutoff looms  —  Lansing — Elections officials are preparing for a possible presidential election recount in Michigan that could begin as soon as next week, state Director of Elections Chris Thomas said Friday.  —  Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Historic recount will have to move quickly
Discussion: Political Wire
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Officials Defend Integrity of Vote, Despite Hacking Fears
Discussion: Business Insider
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
Green Party files for Wisconsin recount, audit
Discussion: Heat Street
BBC:
Cuba's Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90  —  Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, state TV has announced.  —  It provided no further details.  —  Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century …
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Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90  —  Mr. Castro brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere, bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war.  —  Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War …
Discussion: alan.com and Mother Jones
Glenn Garvin / miamiherald:
Fidel Castro is dead  —  Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90.  His brother Raul announcedthe death late Friday night.
Talking Points Memo:
Fidel Castro Dead at 90
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Madeline Schmitt / KRQE-TV:
Picture captures person accosting woman wearing hijab at Smith's  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - It was an unpleasant experience for Smith's shoppers in Albuquerque Wednesday morning, particularly for a woman wearing a hijab, when another customer accosted her.
Harold Pollack / The Reality-Based Community:
The Democrats' biggest mistakes  —  Over Twitter, Kevin Drum asked me to identify the Democrats' three biggest mistakes. … I have mixed feelings about answering that question.  When a comprehensively dishonorable and unfit demagogue ascends to the presidency, all the traditional gatekeepers …
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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Daily Mail:
Trump transition aides mull asking Mitt Romney to issue public APOLOGY for calling Trump 'phony …
Discussion: alan.com and Vox Popoli
Dan Evon / New Urban Legends:
Ivanka Trump Said If Donald Trump Wasn't Her Father, She Would ‘Mace’ Him?  —  A quote purportedly from Donald Trump's daughter actually seems to have originated in a comedy bit.  —  CLAIM: Ivanka Trump said that she would “mace” her “father” during an appearance on a talk show.  —  FALSE
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Trump's presidency, overseas business deals and relations with foreign governments could all become intertwined  —  Days after Donald Trump's election victory, a news agency in the former Soviet republic of Georgia reported that a long-stalled plan for a Trump-branded tower in a seaside Georgian resort town was now back on track.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Vox
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ingraham wants to be more than just Trump's flack  —  Laura Ingraham doesn't want to be just another flack.  —  The popular conservative radio talk show host is willing to accept the position of White House press secretary in Donald Trump's administration, but she wants a bigger title …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Mediaite and Political Wire
Washington Times:
Author dies after diagnosing himself with ‘Post-Trump Stress Disorder’  —  Acclaimed author Jeff Gillenkirk died of a heart attack this week, two days after publication of his final article, “The New PTSD: Post-Trump Stress Disorder.”  —  Gillenkirk, 67, suffered the heart attack Tuesday …
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
Arizona Republic:
Grandma's accidental Thanksgiving invite makes for memorable meal  —  Jamal Hinton, 17, spent part of Thanksgiving with Wanda Dench of Mesa.  The grandmother accidentally texted Jamal with a Thanksgiving invitation and when she realized the mistake, she invited him to come for dinner anyway.
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and CBS Sacramento
WTTG-TV:
Domino's training reindeer to deliver pizzas in Japan  —  (FoxNews.com) - Domino's is taking a page out of Santa's book on efficient winter transportation.  —  The global pizza chain, which has already invested in high-tech delivery methods like autonomous robots, drones, “zero-click” …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See  —  One of the themes that has emerged during the controversy over “fake news” and its role in the election of Donald Trump is the idea that Russian agents of various kinds helped hack the process by fueling this barrage of false news.
 
 
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Andrew Gumbel / The Guardian:
Doctors see a new condition among immigrant children: fear of Trump
Discussion: Common Dreams
Shachar Peled / CNN:
E-cigarette explodes in man's pants, attorney says
Discussion: TheBlaze and Fox News Insider
Kentaro Hamada / Reuters:
Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future
Discussion: Engadget and Washington Post
Kimberly Hefling / Politico:
Trump's education secretary pick supported anti-gay causes
Discussion: New York's PIX11
Jim Smith / Butler Eagle Online:
Police say dad apparently overdoses with son in car
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS Pittsburgh
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
British benefits payments used to fund Paris and Brussels attack suspects' campaign of terror, court hears
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Geller Report
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall. Then He Sent Residents the Bill.
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Page Six:
Kirsten Gillibrand reaching out to Hillary's donors
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump taps K.T. McFarland to be deputy national security adviser
Discussion: Breitbart, Washington Post and The Week