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5:25 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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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump's takeover of the GOP is now complete  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  For Republicans fearful of a Donald Trump presidency, Mitt Romney was their voice and conscience.  The GOP's 2012 presidential nominee became the unyielding face of the resistance to the party's 2016 nominee.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Said to Continue Auditions for Secretary of State
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Business Insider
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump had a different take on flag burning when he visited David Letterman last year  —  President-elect Donald Trump, who on Tuesday suggested jailing or stripping the citizenship of those who burn the American flag, offered a different view less than six months before joining the presidential race.
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New York Times:
Mr. Trump, Meet the Constitution
Janet Napolitano / New York Times:
The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA
Discussion: CityLab
Jake Swearingen / New York Magazine:
Starting January 20, Donald Trump Can Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages to the Entire Nation  —  You've probably, at some point, gotten a text alert on your phone about some nasty weather, an Amber Alert about a missing child, or even a (very poorly worded) alert about police looking for a criminal.
Discussion: alan.com, AOL and Mashable
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Trump will get power to text all Americans  —  Donald Trump, president-elect of the US and Twitter aficionado, will be able to send unblockable mobile alerts to all Americans starting January 20.  —  Mobile  —  President-elect Donald Trump will have access to a system that can send unblockable texts …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Romney and Giuliani make the final 4 cut for Trump's secretary of state finalists
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC 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
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House downplays Trump Carrier announcement  —  The White House on Wednesday scoffed at President-elect Donald Trump  —  's agreement to keep 1,000 manufacturing jobs in Indiana, saying it does not come close to President Obama's “high standard” for creating similar jobs.
Discussion: alan.com and Politicus USA
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Bob Dylan skips White House event
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.
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Lisa Boothe / Washington Examiner:   The Democratic Party enters the wilderness
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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 …
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Reuters:
Just one Trump transition aide for U.S. spy agencies: officials
Discussion: Political Wire
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
Sarah Palin Under Consideration for VA Secretary  —  Sarah Palin is under consideration for secretary of veterans affairs, a close Palin aide and a top Donald Trump transition official tell ABC News.  —  The Palin aide tells ABC News that in “recent days,” Palin told Trump transition officials …
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump considering Palin to lead Veterans Affairs
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  “We were like this is unreal, this is unbelievable,” McCord said.  “When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other — and I will never forget this moment — we both burst into tears.  I was ghost white, and we just prayed.  There was nothing else to do.
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Kylee Wierks / Fox 59:
‘Talk about goosebumps’ Dollywood employee finds burned Bible page while cleaning after wildfires
Discussion: CW39 NewsFix
Lloyd Sowers / FOX13news:
Veteran's home vandalized, torched  —  PLANT CITY (FOX 13) - There are lots of questions surrounding a fire that gutted a home on Johnson Street in Plant City overnight.  —  Along with heavy damage, anti-Trump graffiti was sprayed on the house, inside and out.
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Michael Paluska / WFTS:
Veteran's home set on fire, vandalized, investigators find anti-Trump graffiti racial slurs on walls
Discussion: Raw Story and WCMH-TV
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.
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.
Breitbart:
DumpKelloggs: Breakfast Brand Blacklists Breitbart, Declares Hate for 45,000,000 Readers  —  Kellogg Co. announced on Tuesday its decision to pull ads from conservative media giant Breitbart.com because its 45,000,000 monthly conservative readers are not “aligned with our values as a company.”
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Graham preparing ‘Dreamers’ bill  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is readying legislation that would extend legal protections for previously undocumented immigrants who came here as children — benefits granted under a 2012 directive from President Barack Obama that are at risk with the incoming Trump administration.
Discussion: Mediaite, alan.com and The Daily Caller
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cooper's Lead In NC Guv Race Has Surpassed Threshold For Recount  —  Democratic North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's lead over the state's governor, Pat McCrory, has now surpassed 10,000 votes, the threshold for requesting a recount, though the vote tally is not yet finalized.
 
 
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Chaffetz on Clinton probe: 'We can't just simply let this go'
Discussion: alan.com
Rolando Zenteno / CNN:
Canadian cops to punish drunk drivers with Nickelback tunes
Discussion: USA Today and WCMH-TV
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Presidential recount request expected later today
Kevin Stankiewicz / Washington Post:
I interviewed the Ohio State attacker on the first day of school.  It felt important.  Now it's chilling.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Tech groups reach out to Trump
Discussion: RedState
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Facebook has cut off Prisma's Live Video access
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe upbeat about working with Trump, says Clinton is done with politics
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Forgive at Least $108 Billion in Student Debt in Coming Years
Discussion: Consumerist, AOL and RedState
Alison Kodjak / NPR:
Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills
Discussion: The Guardian
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Air Force: HypersonicMissiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
U.S. border agents stopped journalist from entry and took his phones
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump's conservative dream team
Discussion: Washington Post and PoliPundit.com
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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