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4:00 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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Hot Air and Raw Story
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
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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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.
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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: Politicus USA and alan.com
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Bob Dylan skips White House event
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.
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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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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi chosen again as House Democratic leader — but tally suggests deep division
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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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
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: WCMH-TV and Raw Story
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
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump announces he will leave business ‘in total’ — leaving open how he will avoid conflicts of interest  —  President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would soon leave his “great business in total” to focus on the presidency, a response to growing worries over the businessman …
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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.
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: AOL and Mashable
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 …
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.
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Tech groups reach out to Trump  —  More than a dozen tech groups extended an olive branch to Donald Trump  —  on Wednesday, penning a joint letter to the president-elect congratulating him on his win and offering recommendations for working with the tech sector.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Emily Crockett / Vox:
Texas will now require aborted fetuses to be cremated or buried  —  Unless legal challenges go forward soon, Texas will become the first state to enact this kind of regulation.  —  The Texas health department finalized rules this week that will require fetal tissue to be cremated or buried, no matter the stage of development.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe upbeat about working with Trump, says Clinton is done with politics  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe was upbeat Wednesday about Virginia's prospects for landing the new FBI headquarters building under the incoming Trump administration — despite the governor's ties to Hillary Clinton …
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
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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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
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Facebook has cut off Prisma's Live Video access
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Forgive at Least $108 Billion in Student Debt in Coming Years
Discussion: AOL and RedState
Max Fisher / New York Times:
French Election Hints at a European Shift Toward Russia
Lisa Boothe / Washington Examiner:
The Democratic Party enters the wilderness
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Discussion: The Guardian
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Natalie Neysa Alund / Tennessean.com:
20 Tennessee co-workers to split $420M Powerball jackpot
Discussion: AOL
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
U.S. border agents stopped journalist from entry and took his phones
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The case for normalizing Trump
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S.