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12:40 PM ET, November 30, 2016


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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Said to Continue Auditions for Secretary of State  —  Retired General John Kelly returning for follow-up interview  —  President-elect had dinner in New York with Romney on Tuesday  —  President-elect Donald Trump plans to continue his auditions for secretary of state …
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why is Mitt Romney doing this?  —  Mitt Romney has huddled twice with President-elect Donald Trump in the past two weeks.  And both times, it looked super awkward.  —  Here's meeting 1, when Romney traveled to the Trump National golf club in New Jersey to talk about the prospect of serving as Trump's secretary of state:
Discussion: Rare
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
In an abrupt about-face, Romney emerges from dinner with Trump full of frog legs and high praise
Discussion: RedState
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Trump considering Goldman Sachs president for top post  —  President-elect Donald Trump is considering Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for a senior administration job, possibly as director of the Office of Management and Budget, several sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
New York Times:
Steven Mnuchin Is Donald Trump's Expected Choice for Treasury Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Steven Terner Mnuchin, a financier with deep roots on Wall Street and in Hollywood but no government experience, is expected to be named Donald J. Trump's Treasury secretary as soon as Wednesday, sources close to the transition say.
John Ydstie / NPR:
Trump's Potential Treasury Secretary Headed A ‘Foreclosure Machine’
Discussion: Death and Taxes and NBC News
Jann S. Wenner / Rolling Stone:
The Day After: Obama on His Legacy, Trump's Win and the Path Forward  —  In an interview conducted the day after the election, the commander in chief reflected on the stunning results and how he'll spend his time post-White House.  Pete Souza/The White House
New York Times:
Mr. Trump, Meet the Constitution  —  When Donald Trump, hand on the Bible on Jan. 20, swears to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, we the people will have good reason to doubt he knows what he's talking about.  Consider what he tweeted out on Tuesday:
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Protesters burn flag outside Trump's New York hotel … Protesters burned the United States flag outside of Trump International Hotel in New York City Tuesday, following President-elect Donald Trump  —  's suggestion that flag burners be jailed or lose their citizenship.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S.  —  From the earliest days of his campaign, Donald J. Trump made keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States his signature economic issue, and the decision by Carrier, the big air-conditioner company, to move 2,000 of them from Indiana …
Indianapolis Star:
Donald Trump's deal with Carrier could save 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis
The Charlotte Observer:
Charlotte police officer will not face charges in shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott  —  No charges will be brought against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Brentley Vinson in the September shooting death of a man in University City, District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday.
Discussion: Vox and Infowars
Keith Lamont Scott killing: No charges filed against officer, district attorney says  —  Charlotte police Officer Brentley Vinson's deadly use of force was lawful the day he killed Keith Lamont Scott, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Wednesday.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
More Than A Dozen Pelosi Supporters Consider Turning On Her  —  “I think a lot of people are unsure if we want the faces of the party to be Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi: liberals from New York and California,” one Democrat said.  —  Managing Editor, BuzzFeed DC  —  Alex Wong / Getty Images
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi beats back challenge, is chosen as House Democratic leader
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Times
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump vow to leave business raises more questions  —  President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that he will leave his “great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country” in the White House.  —  But his cryptic announcement, delivered in an early-morning Twitter flurry …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Salim Uzun / Hurriyet Daily News:
Trump's son goes wild deer hunting in Turkish resort Antalya
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The case for normalizing Trump  —  Foreign populists have been beaten by talking issues, not personality.  —  Over the weekend, Donald Trump alleged the existence of massive voter fraud in an election he indisputably won.  Tuesday morning, seemingly inspired by a Fox News segment …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Anti-Trump forces launch attack on Electoral College  —  Anti-Trump forces are preparing an unprecedented assault on the Electoral College, marked by a wave of lawsuits and an intensive lobbying effort aimed at persuading 37 Republican electors to vote for a candidate other than Donald Trump.
Discussion: Law News and Political Wire
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
U.S. border agents stopped journalist from entry and took his phones  —  Award-winning Canadian photojournalist Edward Ou has had plenty of scary border experiences while reporting from the Middle East for the past decade.  But his most disturbing encounter was with U.S. Customs and Border Protection last month, he said.
OPEC Agrees to Cut Production in Drive to End Global Glut  —  OPEC clinched a deal to curtail oil supply, confounding skeptics as the need to clear a record global crude glut — and prove the group's credibility — brought about its first cuts in eight years, Bloomberg News reports.
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump's conservative dream team  —  Donald Trump's education secretary nominee is a huge critic of public schools and has pushed to steer taxpayer dollars to charter schools and voucher programs.  His Health and Human Services pick wants to dismantle Obamacare and privatize Medicare.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Romney and Giuliani make the cut for Trump's secretary of state finalists  —  President-elect Donald Trump's drama-ridden selection process for secretary of state has narrowed to four finalists, including 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump aides said Wednesday.
Discussion: ABC News and Forbes
Martin Baron / Vanity Fair:
Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Has a Message to Journalists in the Trump Era  —  After the election of a president who waged, in his words, an “outright assault on the press,” the paper's executive editor delivered words of advice for reporters when he received the Hitchens Prize in New York on Monday.
Associated Press:
Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts  —  President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, declaring he can successfully avoid conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector.
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Air Force: HypersonicMissiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.  —  The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms, according to a new Air Force study.
Washington Free Beacon:
Sen. Chris Coons Regrets Making Appointments Simpler to Confirm  —  Senator Chris Coons (D., Del.) said on CNN Tuesday that he regrets the rule change Senate Democrats made to the nomination process.  —  “The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency brake on the nomination,” Coons said.
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Voting rights advocates brace for ‘biggest fight of our lifetime’ during Trump administration  —  Voting rights advocates are furious at President-elect Donald Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and concerned that his administration will more vigorously adopt measures …
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Kate Aurthur / BuzzFeed:
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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
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Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
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