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11:25 AM ET, December 7, 2016

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TIME.com:
The Last, Greatest Deal  —  For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair.  Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country.
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Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
TIME Person of the Year for 2016 is President-elect Donald Trump  —  President-elect Donald Trump, the real estate businessman and political novice whose election campaign made the entire world take notice, has been selected as TIME's 2016 Person of the Year.  —  The magazine revealed its choice Wednesday on TODAY.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump says he's consulted Obama on cabinet picks
Discussion: TheBlaze
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump named Time's person of the year
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump picks Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad — a ‘friend’ of China's leader — as Beijing ambassador  —  President-elect Donald Trump has selected Terry Branstad, the long-serving Republican governor of Iowa, to serve as ambassador to China, a transition official confirmed Wednesday.
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Picks Iowa Governor Branstad as China Ambassador  —  Longest serving U.S. governor said to accept the position  —  Branstad, China's Xi have friendship dating back to 1985  —  President-elect Donald Trump offered the post of U.S. ambassador to China to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
How Branstad to Beijing could reshape Iowa's political landscape  —  Should Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad be named ambassador to China - a strong possibility, it appears - it'll be big news in Washington and Beijing.  —  But don't overlook its impact in Des Moines.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: How Trump has zigged and zagged on the Muslim ban since proposing it one year ago today
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP still splintered over Obamacare after Pence meeting  —  After meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Tuesday to hash out plans to repeal Obamacare, top Senate Republicans are no closer to resolving an issue that's splintering the GOP heading into the start of Donald Trump's presidency …
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Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed
The Huffington Post:   GOP Vows Obamacare Repeal To Start 2017. Dems Dare Them.
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
Trump traumatizes Democrats  —  Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States about a month ago, and he has already done two things that suggest he will bring energy and vigor to the presidency.  First, he stepped in to keep a campaign promise and negotiate a deal with Carrier …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump follows Obama's political blueprint  —  I'll protect your livelihoods, the newly elected president promised factory employees whose jobs were in danger.  —  I'll save you money by rejecting a costly overhaul of my own aircraft, he told taxpayers a couple of weeks later.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump's and Obama's national security advisers to meet amid controversy  —  Incoming national security adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn will meet with national security adviser Susan E. Rice for the first time Wednesday at the White House, as congressional criticism of Flynn increases regarding …
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New York Times:
Trump Fires Adviser's Son From Transition for Spreading Fake News
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed:
Here Are 9 Things Trump's National Security Adviser Pick Actually Thinks About Islam
Discussion: Mediaite
Nick Baumann / The Huffington Post:
The FBI Is Investigating Me Because I Tweeted A Joke About Fake News  —  Seriously?  Seriously.  —  Senior Enterprise Editor, The Huffington Post  —  This is a story about how the FBI came to investigate a joke I tweeted about fake news.  —  I'm a journalist, and I've written lots of stories about the FBI.
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Majority of Americans Say Trump Can Keep Businesses, Poll Shows  —  51 percent confident he will put U.S. interests first  —  Nearly two-thirds say he won't build Mexico border wall  —  Two-thirds of U.S. adults think Donald Trump needs to choose between being president or a businessman …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump's unpredictable style unnerves corporate America  —  The turbulence began Tuesday morning with one of President-elect Donald Trump's signature tweets of wrath: a public jab at Boeing alleging that the cost of building Air Force One had spiraled out of control.
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Thomas E. Patterson / Shorenstein Center:
News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters  —  A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald …
CNN:
Ohio's ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill awaits Gov. Kasich's signature  —  (CNN)Ohio lawmakers have passed a controversial “Heartbeat Bill” that would ban abortions in that state from the moment the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected — which usually occurs about six weeks into a pregnancy.
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Page Six:
Network planning to move Scott Pelley off ‘CBS Evening News’  —  More On:  —  Buzz is growing that Scott Pelley's time as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” is coming to an end.  —  While CBS denies it, multiple sources tell Page Six that the network is planning to move Pelley over to …
Discussion: TVNewser and FTVLive
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Most Americans Who See Fake News Believe It, New Survey Says  —  Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time, according to a large-scale new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News.  —  The survey also found that people who cite Facebook as a major source …
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
Donald Trump: Mitt Romney is still in the running for secretary of state  —  Mitt Romney is still in the running to become secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump revealed Wednesday during a live phone interview on TODAY.  —  “Yes he is,” Trump said in his first TODAY interview since winning …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy  —  President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.  —  In the latest stop on a “thank you” …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope warns media over ‘sin’ of spreading fake news, smearing politicians  —  Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Katie Lobosco / CNNMoney:
There's a hunger problem on America's college campuses  —  Montclair State University's food pantry is tucked away down a maze of hallways in the student center.  Like the hunger problem on campus itself, the pantry is not quite out in the open.  —  It opened on the New Jersey college's campus in April …
Mediaite:
Mediaite's 2016 Most Influential in News Media  —  At long last, we have arrived at the end of 2016, a journey into often surreal political worlds most of us would have thought too fantastical to believe.  To be sure, the vicious, often bizarre, presidential election that transfixed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Weather Channel:
Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans  —  Global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com wrote in an article published last week.  —  Though we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage …
Yahoo! News:
Starbucks courts millennials with $10 coffee at new Reserve bars  —  LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp co-founder Howard Schultz's plan to build a new prestige brand is a bet that moving upscale can raise the profile of the world's largest coffee brand with millennials like Megan Sauers.
People.com:
Michelle Obama Breaks Her Silence About the Night Donald Trump Was Elected: ‘I Went to Bed’  —  President Obama and the First Lady open up about their life together and last days in the White House.  Subscribe now to get instant access to this exclusive interview plus the events and people that shaped 2016, only in PEOPLE!
Discussion: Politico and Fox News Insider
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump: 'We're going to work something out' with Dreamers
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Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Man Who Hacked Celebrities' Email Accounts Gets 5 Years in Prison
Helen Briggs / BBC:
Caesarean births ‘affecting human evolution’
Discussion: AOL and New York Magazine
Katy Murphy / Mercury News:
Stanford accused of mishandling sexual assault complaints against alleged serial abuser
Discussion: The Guardian and AOL
New York's PIX11:
‘The Moms’ co-host Denise Albert, who is battling cancer, says she felt ‘violated’ during TSA search
David Montero / ArcaMax:
Veteran finally lets himself remember Pearl Harbor
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
China's Foreign Reserves Drop Most in 10 Months as Yuan Slumps
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump transition team members sign non-disclosure agreements
Discussion: The Week, Jezebel and Political Wire