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6:50 AM ET, December 1, 2016

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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 …
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Elizabeth Gurdus / CNBC:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's Treasury pick says he wants to slash taxes across the board
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
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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 …
Eric Bradner / CNN:   Carrier victory bolsters Trump's economic chops
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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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Huckabee: Romney ate ‘big slice of crow’ at Trump dinner
Discussion: RedState
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
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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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Trump considering Dan Coats for intel director
Reuters:
Just one Trump transition aide for U.S. spy agencies: officials
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP may stall Obamacare replacement for years  —  Prepare for the Obamacare cliff.  —  Congressional Republicans are setting up their own, self-imposed deadline to make good on their vow to replace the Affordable Care Act.  With buy-in from Donald Trump's transition team …
Discussion: The Hill
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP leaders aim to pass ObamaCare repeal by inauguration
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
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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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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Tired Dem donors feel like their money got burned  —  Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton  —  's upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire.  —  The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Conway eyes top spot in Trump's outside political operation  —  Kellyanne Conway is considering taking the helm of the external political operation that will support Donald Trump  —  during his tenure as president, according to sources familiar with the private deliberations.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump, climate czar?  —  In September, as Donald Trump railed against the media and sold himself as the candidate of the forgotten man, Ivanka Trump ventured into the lair of the liberal media and power elite that was laughing at her father.  —  She jetted off to Aspen with her husband …
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.
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 …
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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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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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.
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
ABC News:
Clinton's Popular Vote Lead Over Trump Now Exceeds 2.3 Million  —  It's been more than three weeks since the November 8 general election, but ballots are still being counted — and Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead over President-elect Donald Trump continues to grow.
Discussion: The Week
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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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sheryl Sandberg is donating more than $100 million in Facebook stock to charity
Discussion: New York Times
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Another Mass Grave Dug by ISIS in Iraq, and a Ghastly Ritual Renewed
Washington Post:
Colombia's congress approves historic peace deal with FARC rebels
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Donald Trump hasn't released his tax returns — but Democrats want to force his Cabinet picks to do so
Raveen Hunjan / ABC:
Daraprim drug's key ingredient recreated by high school students in Sydney for just $20
Discussion: Mashable and Raw Story
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
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Discussion: USA Today, NPR, The Week, Daily Wire and WREG-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Chaffetz on Clinton probe: 'We can't just simply let this go'
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 and TheBlaze
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
Discussion: RedState and Vanity Fair
Kate Aurthur / BuzzFeed:
Chip And Joanna Gaines' Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage