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7:50 PM ET, November 25, 2016

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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 …
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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 …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Historic recount will have to move quickly  —  Wisconsin will begin a historic presidential recount next week and the state could risk losing its ability to have its 10 electoral votes counted if it doesn't meet key deadlines next month.  —  Hitting a Dec. 13 deadline could be particularly tricky …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
Green Party files for Wisconsin recount, audit
Discussion: Heat Street
Eric Walsh / Reuters:
Green Party files for vote recount in Wisconsin: state election commission
Discussion: alan.com
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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 …
The Independent:
CNN denies airing 30 minutes of hardcore porn
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: Vox Popoli and alan.com
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
REPORT: Mitt Romney May Be Forced to Publicly Apologize to Trump in Exchange For Sec of State Bid
Discussion: Boing Boing and Washington Times
Reuters:
Trump turns to Washington lawyer to navigate legal, ethics issues  —  President-elect Donald Trump on Friday chose Washington insider Donald McGahn to be his White House counsel, giving him the job of untangling potential conflicts of interest that the New York businessman's presidency may present.
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Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:   Trump Picks White House Counsel
Reuters:   Trump names Don McGahn as White House Counsel - transition official
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 …
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.
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.
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: Breitbart, Washington Post and The Week
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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Trump taps KT McFarland for deputy national security adviser
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
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, Political Wire and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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
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.
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
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.
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Russia tells U.S. to get out of the way in Syria
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 …
 
 
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Shachar Peled / CNN:
E-cigarette explodes in man's pants, attorney says
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Kentaro Hamada / Reuters:
Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future
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Kimberly Hefling / Politico:
Trump's education secretary pick supported anti-gay causes
Discussion: Breitbart and New York's PIX11
Jim Smith / Butler Eagle Online:
Police say dad apparently overdoses with son in car
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS Pittsburgh
Roy S. Johnson / al.com:
Regions employee ‘no longer with the company’ after comments about Obama, family
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
British benefits payments used to fund Paris and Brussels attack suspects' campaign of terror, court hears
Discussion: The Geller Report and Jihad Watch
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall. Then He Sent Residents the Bill.
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Trump Stock In Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Raises Questions
Discussion: RT and Law News
Page Six:
Kirsten Gillibrand reaching out to Hillary's donors
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Donald Trump and the Lawsuit Presidency
Discussion: alan.com
Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna / Politico:
Steve Bannon's First Pick For President