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1:15 PM ET, December 2, 2016


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Washington Post:
Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton's campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fueling and legitimizing racism to elect Donald Trump.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump & Hillary Aides Tussle in ‘Goddamn Foodfight’ Screaming Match  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts—The Trump era is upon us, and senior aides and key operatives of the long, brutal 2016 presidential campaigns gathered this week at Harvard University for a two-day conference of talking, eating, and drinking away their feelings.
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Kellyanne Conway Dodges Question on Trump's Claim That ‘Millions’ Voted Illegally
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Campaign operatives blast Jeff Zucker over CNN coverage at Harvard event
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Quote of the Day: There's No Such Thing as Facts Anymore
New York Times:
Chris Christie's Hopes for R.N.C. Job Dim; Economic Numbers Give Trump-Pence a Head Start  —  President-elect Donald J. Trump is back at Trump Tower as his team takes shape.  —  He will meet with Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a Democrat who seems interested in a job in Mr. Trump's cabinet …
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until USDL-16-2233 8:30 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 2, 2016  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 * *
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Rose 178,000 in November; Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.6%  —  Federal Reserve is likely on track to raise interest rates later in December  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. employers hired at a steady clip in November while the unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in nine years …
Ana Swanson / Washington Post:
U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent
Discussion: Forbes and Wall Street Journal
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Payrolls rise solidly; jobless rate at nine-year low
Discussion: Bloomberg, ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Trump allies try to freeze recount efforts  —  Allies of Donald Trump are trying to freeze recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — three states in which the president-elect narrowly beat Hillary Clinton — as they seek to preserve the legitimacy of Trump's win.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Wisconsin's Walker Doesn't Expect Vote Changes  —  The Latest on presidential recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (all times local):  —  Michigan's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to block a potential recount of the state's presidential vote …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump team moves to block Pennsylvania recount
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Paul Ryan: I've discussed Constitution ‘extensively’ with Trump  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump have discussed the Constitution “extensively” in their almost daily conversations.  —  In an excerpt of a “60 Minutes” interview to air Sunday, Ryan was asked whether …
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Senate GOP Shies From Fight Over Medicare
Discussion: Politico
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
Obamacare RIP: Republicans Finally Have a Plan
CBS News:
Speaker Ryan says he and Trump have patched things up
Discussion: CBS New York and Washington Times
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Carrier Shakedown  —  Workers don't prosper when politicians force companies to make noneconomic decisions.  —  A giant flaw in President Obama's economic policy has been the politicized allocation of capital, from green energy to housing.  Donald Trump suffers from a similar …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Pence denied request to help Carrier in 2014
Discussion: Politico and
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump's Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump inherited a complicated world when he won the election last month.  And that was before a series of freewheeling phone calls with foreign leaders that has unnerved diplomats at home and abroad.
Virginia schools ban ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Huckleberry Finn’ for racial slurs  —  A Virginia school has temporarily banned two American classics after a parent said her high school-age son was negatively impacted by the racial slurs they contain.  —  The decision to remove …
Wtvrwebstaff / WTVR-TV:
Virginia school district bans classic novels over racial slurs
Discussion: CBS Philly and Hit & Run
Alison Daye / CNN:
Young cancer victim's wish to ‘blow stuff up’ comes true  —  Boy with cancer granted ‘blow stuff up’ wish  —  (CNN)The Make-A-Wish Foundation is in the business of making dreams come true — even when the dream is to blow stuff up.  —  And that was great news for Declan McLean-Pauley, a 12-year-old who is in remission from lukemia.
Trump Exults in Victory and Mocks Critics at Cincinnati Rally  —  The president-elect began a victory tour in a state he won  —  Rally followed tour of Indiana factory he kept from closing  —  President-elect Donald Trump exulted in his surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Promises to Usher In New ‘Industrial Revolution’ in Ohio Rally
Discussion: Politico
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Economic Stupidity of the Carrier Bailout  —  It's not conservative, but rather a rejection of economic reality.  —  One particularly tough and indigestible nugget of talk-radio stupidity afflicting the guts of conservatism is the idea that there is some sort of fundamental difference between bribing …
Manuel Mogato / Reuters:
Philippines' Duterte gets Trump invite during ‘animated’ call: aide  —  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke on the telephone on Friday with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte and invited him to the White House next year during a “very engaging, animated” talk, an aide to Duterte said.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Stanton S. Coerr / The Federalist:
I Served With James Mattis.  Here's What I Learned From Him  —  America knows Gen. James Mattis as a character, Mad Dog Mattis, the font of funny quotes and Chuck Norris-caliber memes.  Those of us who served with him know that he is a caring, erudite, warfighting general.
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump-Inspired Dating Site Gets Post-Election Membership Boost  —, with the slogan “Making Dating Great Again,” was created in May as a safe space for Trump supporters to find love.  —  When former reality TV coordinator Dave Goss (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) …
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Scarborough: Trump considering Exxon CEO for secretary of State  —  is considering ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State, according to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.  —  Scarborough tweeted that while Trump thought his meeting with potential nominee Mitt Romney was “great,” he's also started considering Tillerson.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Hullabaloo
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Decline of America's white population accelerating, study finds  —  A rapidly aging white population and fast-growing younger minority groups are speeding demographic changes across the nation, hastening a political divide likely to have long-term ramifications.
Discussion: AOL
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
The ultimate symbol of Trump Derangement Syndrome?  —  We may have found the perfect example of the madness gripping progressives and even some conservatives in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president.  If I were a screenwriter, I could not come up with a more emblematic scene …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN commentator Scottie Nell Hughes: Facts no longer exist  —  In an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show,” Donald Trump supporter and CNN political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes declared the end of facts.  Or, in her own words: “There's no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts.”
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Lewandowski: Times editor Dean Baquet ‘should be in jail’ for publishing Trump tax docs  —  Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's first campaign manager, said Thursday that New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet “should be in jail” because the newspaper published parts of the president-elect's tax returns during the race.
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Dead man found inside SUV with pile of parking tickets on windshield
Discussion: Associated Press
Melissa Jacobs / Fox News:
Obama administration stiff-arms lawmakers questioning secret refugee deal
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Donald Trump makes surprise call to Al Sharpton
Discussion: Rare
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Medical examiner ‘threatened’ by Clarke over jail deaths
Discussion: Rare and Raw Story
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 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NEWT ups his speaking fees, agency cites ‘insight’ into Trump …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Van Jones: Dems ‘have a problem with elitism’
Discussion: Mediaite
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump to announce ‘almost all’ Cabinet picks next week
Discussion: Political Wire