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10:25 AM ET, December 7, 2016


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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.
Eun Kyung Kim /
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.
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 …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed  —  The nation's health insurers, resigned to the idea that Republicans will repeal the Affordable Care Act, on Tuesday publicly outlined for the first time what the industry wants to stay in the state marketplaces …
The Huffington Post:   GOP Vows Obamacare Repeal To Start 2017. Dems Dare Them.
Bernie Becker / Politico:
House rebukes Freedom Caucus effort to oust IRS chief
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump follows Obama's political blueprint
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Fires Adviser's Son From Transition for Spreading Fake News  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday fired one of his transition team's staff members, Michael G. Flynn, the son of Mr. Trump's choice for national security adviser, for using Twitter to spread …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump picks Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad — a ‘friend’ of China's leader — as Beijing ambassador
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Free Beacon
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 …
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 …
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans force Mattis issue in must-pass spending bill
Discussion: RedState and Politicus USA
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 …
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 wrote in an article published last week.  —  Though we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage …
China's Foreign Reserves Drop Most in 10 Months as Yuan Slumps  —  Reserves decreased $69.1 billion to $3.05 trillion in November  —  Authorities have already begun tightening capital controls  —  China's foreign currency reserves, the world's largest, fell the most since January after the yuan declined to an eight-year low.
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.
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
He ‘lied his a- off’: Carrier union leader on Trump's big deal  —  The Secret Service agents told the Carrier workers to stay put, so Chuck Jones sat in the factory conference room for nearly three hours, waiting for president-elect Donald Trump.  He'd grown used to this suspense.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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.
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
Eun Kyung Kim /
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
The Smearing of Keith Ellison Reveals the Warped Priorities of the Israel Lobby  —  The attacks on the would-be DNC chairman are undermining an ally of Jews in America.  —  The first time I visited Shuhada Street in Hebron, a city of 200,000 in Israel's West Bank, I felt as if I'd stepped through a looking glass.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Lewandowski: We can say ‘Merry Christmas’ again under Trump … Corey Lewandowski claimed Tuesday evening that people are now allowed to say “Merry Christmas” again because of Donald Trump  —  's election victory.  —  “You can say again Merry Christmas because Donald Trump is now the president.
New York's PIX11:
‘The Moms’ co-host Denise Albert, who is battling cancer, says she felt ‘violated’ during TSA search  —  LOS ANGELES — A breast-cancer patient said she felt violated and humiliated in a public TSA search at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday after two security agents put her through what she called an aggressive pat down.
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Helen Briggs / BBC:
Caesarean births ‘affecting human evolution’
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Katy Murphy / Mercury News:
Stanford accused of mishandling sexual assault complaints against alleged serial abuser
Discussion: AOL and The Guardian
David Montero / ArcaMax:
Veteran finally lets himself remember Pearl Harbor
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Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Donald Trump to visit Ohio State attack victims, first responders
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump transition team members sign non-disclosure agreements
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Los Angeles Times:
No evidence to verify bomb threat on L.A.'s subway system, investigators conclude
Discussion: KTLA
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Hanna / Politico:
Pence talks up Trump having biggest mandate since Reagan
Discussion: Political Wire and Truthdig
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
California KKK leader arrested in North Carolina stabbing before Trump victory parade
Discussion: The Root and KTLA
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
How to Know What Donald Trump Really Cares About: Look at What He's Insulting
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
SoftBank Pledges to Invest $50 Billion in U.S. After Meeting With Trump