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1:40 PM ET, November 30, 2016

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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
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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
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
In an abrupt about-face, Romney emerges from dinner with Trump full of frog legs and high praise
Discussion: RedState
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi holds onto leadership  —  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign, defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in a closed-door vote prompted largely by Donald Trump  —  's unlikely ascension to the White House.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
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Lisa Boothe / Washington Examiner:   The Democratic Party enters the wilderness
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi chosen again as House Democratic leader — but tally suggests deep division
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Times
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
Congressional Black Caucus Furious With Pelosi Over Proposed Leadership Changes
Discussion: Washington Post
Elizabeth Gurdus / CNBC:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's Treasury pick says he wants to slash taxes across the board  —  Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin: We can sustain 3-4% economic growth  —  In line with President-elect Donald Trump's proposals, Steve Mnuchin told CNBC on Wednesday his focus as Treasury secretary …
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New York Times:
Steven Mnuchin Is Donald Trump's Expected Choice for Treasury Secretary
CNNMoney:
Trump taps ex-Goldman banker Mnuchin for Treasury post
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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:
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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.
Janet Napolitano / New York Times:
The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA
Discussion: CityLab
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
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, Death and Taxes, Infowars and The Root
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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.
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 …
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
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
Gordon Corera / BBC:
CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal ‘height of folly’  —  The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be “disastrous” and “the height of folly”.  —  In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to be wary …
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and NBC News
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.
Liz McNeil / People.com:
What Jackie Kennedy Knew about JFK's Cheating — and Why She Looked the Other Way  —  What did Jackie really know?  Get new details about her complicated marriage to JFK, suicidal despair after his death and how she found the strength to go on.  Subscribe now to get instant access to this Kennedy confidential, only in PEOPLE!
Discussion: Independent Journal Review and AOL
Bloomberg:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
 
 
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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Forgive at Least $108 Billion in Student Debt in Coming Years
Discussion: RedState and AOL
Max Fisher / New York Times:
French Election Hints at a European Shift Toward Russia
Alison Kodjak / NPR:
Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills
Discussion: The Guardian
Brett T. / twitchy.com:
Newsweek offers Hillary supporters in mourning dispatches from an alternative reality where she won
Natalie Neysa Alund / Tennessean.com:
20 Tennessee co-workers to split $420M Powerball jackpot
Discussion: AOL
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Voting rights advocates brace for ‘biggest fight of our lifetime’ during Trump administration
 Earlier Items: 
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Romney and Giuliani make the cut for Trump's secretary of state finalists
Discussion: ABC News and Forbes
Salim Uzun / Hurriyet Daily News:
Trump's son goes wild deer hunting in Turkish resort Antalya
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Martin Baron / Vanity Fair:
Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Has a Message to Journalists in the Trump Era
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Should the U.S. spend $200,000 on how 500-year-old fish bones relate to Tanzanian social status?
 

 
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Alexandra Topping / The Guardian:
The BBC says Newsnight will become a “30-minute interview, debate, and discussion show” and cuts 30+ jobs to save £7.5M as part of plans to make £500M in cuts

Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Music and culture outlet Paste Magazine buys Jezebel, with plans to start publishing today, and Splinter, the political news site shut down by G/O Media in 2019

CBC News:
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