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12:20 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
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Michigan attorney general files lawsuit to halt recount  —  Michigan's attorney general has filed a lawsuit to stop a recount of the presidential election results requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, his office announced on Friday.  —  “Michigan voters rejected Stein's candidacy …
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
New York Times:
Chris Christie's Hopes for R.N.C. Job Dim, but 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 …
Ana Swanson / Washington Post:
U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent  —  The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released Friday morning.
Discussion: Forbes and Wall Street Journal
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 * *
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Payrolls rise solidly; jobless rate at nine-year low
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Bloomberg:   Payrolls in U.S. Rise; Jobless Rate Falls on Lower Participation
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
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP in talks about helping insurers after ObamaCare repeal
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.
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.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense
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
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.”
Discussion: CNN and Rare
Richard Drew / The Diane Rehm Show:
How Journalists Are Rethinking Their Role Under A Trump Presidency
Discussion: Jezebel, Raw Story and The Atlantic
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 …
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 …
Pandora open to engaging in talks with SiriusXM: Sources  —  Pandora is now open to selling itself, including to longtime suitor SiriusXM, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.  —  SiriusXM is expected to pursue a deal, the people said.  —  One person referred to the situation as being …
Carma Hassan / CNN:
Teen who was relentlessly bullied kills herself in front of her family  —  (CNN)Brandy Vela's bedroom is covered in Post-it notes.  “You will always own a piece of my heart,” says one.  “You will never be forgotten,” says another.  —  Blue hearts, for her “beautiful blue eyes,” are taped up and down her high school hallway.
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Scarborough: Trump considering Exxon CEO for secretary of State
Discussion: Common Dreams and Hullabaloo
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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NEWT ups his speaking fees, agency cites ‘insight’ into Trump …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox's Gutfeld: If Obama Took ‘Victory Lap’ Like Trump, ‘This Network Would Explode’
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story