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2:20 PM 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.
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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.
Erin McCann / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Time's Person of the Year, to No One's Surprise
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump says he's consulted Obama on Cabinet picks
Discussion: TheBlaze
New York Times:
John Kelly, Retired Marine General, Is Trump's Choice to Lead Homeland Security  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has settled on Gen. John F. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan, as his choice for secretary of homeland security …
Charles Dunlap / Vox:
Trump's Cabinet of ex-generals will help keep him out of wars, not push him into one  —  With retired Gen. James Mattis as President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of defense, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as his choice for national security adviser, retired Gen. John Kelly likely getting …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly picked to head Department of Homeland Security
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
CBS News:
Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security secretary
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump expected to tap Kelly to head DHS
Discussion: ABC News, Defense One and NBC News
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:
Trump likely to have Kobach, Kelly run DHS
Discussion: Vox, and The Last Refuge
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Schumer: If Republicans destroy our health system, we won't throw them a lifeline  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  The emerging GOP plan to repeal Obamacare on a delayed schedule — and then maybe kinda sorta replace it later — has raised a big question: Will Democrats help Republicans pass …
Urban Institute:
Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation  —  Abstract  —  Congress is now considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process.  Since only components of the law with federal budget implications can be changed through reconciliation …
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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Steve King mulling run for governor
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Allison Sherry / Star Tribune:
Rep. Keith Ellison: I will resign my seat if I win DNC chair  —  The party wants a full-time chair, Ellison acknowledged.  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will vacate his congressional seat if he wins the chairman job at the Democratic National Committee, he told the Star Tribune Wednesday morning.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Keith Ellison pledges to leave House if he wins DNC race
Discussion: Hot Air and WCCO | CBS Minnesota
Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Online:
Lawsuit: Stanford acted with ‘deliberate indifference’ to reports of sexual assault  —  Student seeks damages and a jury trial  —  A female Stanford University student who says the same male student sexually assaulted her and several other women has filed a lawsuit against the university …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Law News
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Stanford accused in lawsuit of ignoring complaints about serial sexual ‘predator’
Discussion: Raw Story and Jezebel
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed:
Here Are 9 Things Trump's National Security Adviser Pick Actually Thinks About Islam  —  In his book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, Michael Flynn, the retired lieutenant general President-elect Donald Trump has picked as national security adviser …
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 …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Clinton to throw thank-you party for millionaire donors  —  are planning a thank-you party next week for those who donated millions to their presidential campaign.  —  The party at the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom on Dec. 15 is expected to feature fashion icon Anna Wintour, investor Alan Patricof …
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 …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sofía Vergara sued by her own embryos  —  MORE FROM:  —  The battle over Sofia Vergara's embryos took an extraordinary turn Tuesday — when a right-to-live lawsuit was filed on behalf of the fertilized eggs against their mom.  —  The female embryos are listed as plaintiffs “Emma” …
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.
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!
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
What It's Like to Apply for a Job in Donald Trump's White House  —  WASHINGTON — When former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia stepped off the elevator on the 26th floor of Trump Tower last week for his interview with Donald J. Trump, he expected a grilling by the president-elect and a phalanx of associates …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sources: Trump leaning toward Oklahoma AG Pruitt for EPA chief  —  President-elect Donald Trump is poised to name Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, sources close to the transition told POLITICO.  —  Pruitt, who has bashed President Barack Obama's EPA, is meeting with Trump at Trump Tower today.
Discussion: The Week
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Joy Resmovits / Los Angeles Times:
Students are anxious about Trump, so the L.A. public school district started a support hotline
Discussion: LAist, Mother Jones and Washington Post
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Trump says he has consulted with Obama on Cabinet picks
Discussion: AOL
Eric Garcia / Roll Call:
Hudson Proposes National Concealed Carry Bill
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Chris Kennedy moving closer to bid for governor
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Pizzagate: From rumor, to hashtag, to gunfire in D.C.
Equitable Growth:
Economic growth in the United States: A tale of two countries
Discussion: Mother Jones
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump: 'We're going to work something out' with Dreamers
Discussion: TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
The Columbus Dispatch:
Heartbeat abortion bill approved in Ohio Senate, headed for House
Page Six:
Network planning to move Scott Pelley off ‘CBS Evening News’
Discussion: FTVLive and TVNewser
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump lays out non-interventionist U.S. military policy
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mediaite's 2016 Most Influential in News Media
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katie Lobosco / CNNMoney:
There's a hunger problem on America's college campuses
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump's unpredictable style unnerves corporate America