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1:45 AM ET, December 1, 2016

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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Newt Gingrich Mocks Mitt Romney For “Sucking Up” To Donald Trump  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joined radio host Laura Ingraham to discuss the Trump transition and his hopes for the Trump administration.  —  NEWT GINGRICH: There's a scene in ‘Pretty Women’ where Richard Gere goes …
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ABC News:
Clinton's Popular Vote Lead Over Trump Now Exceeds 2.3 Million
Discussion: The Week
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why is Mitt Romney doing this?
Discussion: Rare
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Huckabee: Romney ate ‘big slice of crow’ at Trump dinner
Discussion: RedState
Alan Murray / Fortune:
How Donald Trump Sealed the Deal to Keep Carrier Jobs in the U.S.  —  Even before becoming Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump has become negotiator-in-chief, as illustrated by the deal he struck with air conditioning manufacturer Carrier.  —  A source close to the company said President-elect …
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Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Post:
A company Trump attacked will receive state tax breaks to keep jobs in the U.S.  —  Carrier, the company that changed its plans to shutter a plant in Indianapolis and shift production to Mexico after talks with President-elect Donald Trump, confirmed Wednesday that it would receive financial assistance …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Eric Bradner / CNN:   Carrier victory bolsters Trump's economic chops
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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Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Wins Again as Trump Picks Bankers, Billionaires  —  Mnuchin would be third Goldman Treasury secretary since 1990s  —  Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson was feeling happy Wednesday morning.  —  After Donald Trump ridiculed Wall Street on the campaign trail …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Romney and Giuliani make the final 4 cut for Trump's secretary of state finalists
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: Booman Tribune and Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Trump considering Dan Coats for intel director
abc11.com:
State board orders recount of 94,000 Durham County votes  —  The Durham County Board of Election chairman told ABC11 a recount could take as long as a week and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Discussion: Mediaite and myfox8.com
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Partial Recount Ordered in North Carolina Governor's Race
Discussion: The Week
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cooper's Lead In NC Guv Race Has Surpassed Threshold For Recount
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: Mashable, AOL and alan.com
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Trump will get power to text all Americans
Discussion: Raw Story
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Petraeus would have to notify probation officer if named secretary of State  —  Former Gen. David Petraeus is reportedly one of President-elect Donald Trump  —  's finalists to be secretary of State.  —  If he's chosen, he'll have three days to notify his probation officer.
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Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:
David Petraeus's Probation Officer Would Have to Give Him Permission to Travel As Secretary of State
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Conway asked how she can ‘rationalize’ working for Trump  —  Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President-elect Donald Trump  —  , pushed back Wednesday at a question from a 17-year-old student about how she can “rationalize” working for someone who faces claims of sexual assault.
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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Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Gives Fox News Historic Ratings Boost  —  Fox News just made history.  —  According to figures from Nielsen Media Research, Fox averaged 3,283,000 primetime, viewers in November — a 71 percent jump from November 2015 — making it the highest-rated primetime month in 2016.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Stein files for Michigan recount costing state $4M  —  Green Party candidate Jill Stein's quest to recount Michigan's 4.8 million ballots in an unprecedented autopsy of a presidential election could cost taxpayers more than $4 million.  —  Stein formally requested Wednesday a hand recount …
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Kate Aurthur / BuzzFeed:
Chip And Joanna Gaines' Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage  —  Their pastor considers homosexuality to be a “sin” caused by abuse — whether the Fixer Upper couple agrees is unclear.  —  Chip and Joanna Gaines' series Fixer Upper is one of the most popular shows on HGTV.
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Ali Watkins / BuzzFeed:
Intel Officials Believe Russia Spreads Fake News  —  “This is beyond propaganda, that's my understanding.”  —  WASHINGTON — US intelligence officials believe Russia helped disseminate fake and propagandized news as part of a broader effort to influence and undermine the presidential election …
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.
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.”
GašPer ZavršNik / Politico:
Don't use Melania Trump's face on a cake, Slovenians warned  —  Since her husband became US president-elect, Melania's name is splashed all over her hometown.  —  Slovenians have been told to stop using Melania Trump's name and likeness to sell everything from pastries to honey.
Discussion: Death and Taxes
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Nancy Pelosi's victory shows House Democrats don't think they need to change to win  —  Donald Trump is president-elect, the Republican Party controls both branches of Congress, and Speaker Paul Ryan is hatching plans to shred the social safety net.  —  And Democrats are responding by sticking …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Donald Trump hasn't released his tax returns — but Democrats want to force his Cabinet picks to do so  —  President-elect Donald Trump has refused to release his personal tax returns, but Democrats plan on trying to force his Cabinet picks to do so.  —  On Thursday, the top Democrats …
 
 
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Raveen Hunjan / ABC:
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Knoxville News-Sentinel:
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP leaders aim to pass ObamaCare repeal by inauguration
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Chaffetz on Clinton probe: 'We can't just simply let this go'
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I interviewed the Ohio State attacker on the first day of school.  It felt important.  Now it's chilling.
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New York Times:
Ethics Office Praises Donald Trump for a Move He Hasn't Committed To
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe upbeat about working with Trump, says Clinton is done with politics
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Bob Dylan skips White House event
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The Charlotte Observer:
Charlotte police officer will not face charges in shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Trump considering Goldman Sachs president for top post
 

 
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