Check out Mini-memeorandum for simple mobiles or memeorandum Mobile for modern smartphones.
11:05 PM ET, December 9, 2016


 Top Items: 
Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House  —  The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Obama orders ‘deep dive’ of election-related hacking  —  President Barack Obama has ordered a “deep dive” into the cyberattacks that plagued this year's election, the White House said Friday.  —  Obama has asked the intelligence community to deliver its final report before he leaves office.
Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Plans Major Social Security Cuts  —  We'll have a story coming shortly on what I just mentioned a short time ago: that Republicans are now planning to pass major cuts to Social Security this year.  Specifically, this bill is being introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson, Chairman of the House Ways …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Key House GOPer Introduces Bill With Major Cuts To Social Security  —  A key House Republican on the issue of Social Security introduced a bill Thursday that would impose major cuts to the program.  The bill, the Social Security Reform Act of 2016, was introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) …
Discussion: Forbes and The Mahablog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Going for the Big Enchilada  —  Republicans apparently aren't going to be satisfied with phasing out Medicare.  They're going to try to pass huge cuts to Social Security this year too.  Not Bush-style partial phaseout but just big, big cuts.  And you're out of luck even if you're a current beneficiary.
Discussion: Daily Kos and alicublog
Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
Key GOP lawmaker introduces Social Security reform plan  —  A Republican lawmaker introduced legislation Thursday to shore up Social Security's finances and boost benefits for low-income workers without raising taxes, a conservative version of reform that could gain attention under unified GOP government next year.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Johnson, Sam:
Sam Johnson Unveils Plan to Permanently Save Social Security  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced legislation that will permanently save Social Security, ensuring this vital program continues to work for today's workers and beneficiaries and future generations.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Andrew Biggs / Forbes:
At Last: A New Social Security Reform Plan  —  Social Security has been a quiet subject for Republicans since the collapse of President Bush's reform efforts in 2005.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Republican Members of Congress were seemingly lining up to present new plans …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Giuliani won't serve in Trump administration  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a longtime Donald Trump  —  ally, will not be serving in the president-elect's administration.  —  Giuliani has removed himself from consideration for any position in the new administration, the Trump transition team announced Friday.
Discussion: ABC News
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite -transition official
Discussion: RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon's Rex Tillerson Is Top Candidate for Secretary of State
Discussion: Mother Jones and Business Insider
Trump Team's Memo Hints at Broad Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy  —  Advisers seeking to identify staff involved in climate policy  —  Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings
Discussion: NPR, Mashable and The Week
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump blasts early voting: ‘Many things can go wrong’  —  Donald Trump on Friday expressed support for restricting voting rights.  —  Stumping for Louisiana Senate candidate John Kennedy, Trump urged supporters to help elect the Republican state treasurer to the U.S. Senate …
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Hits Early Voting: Who Knows What Happens When Polls Are ‘Locked’
Discussion: TheBlaze
David Wright / CNN:
Conway on Trump ‘Apprentice’ role: He'll do it in his spare time
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Expected to Pick Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Run Interior  —  If confirmed by the Senate, she would lead administration's efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development  —  WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump is expected to tap Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Leftist Students Shouted ‘F*ck You B*itch’ at the Gay Director of a Pro-Trans Movie, Boys Don't Cry  —  There was a time not so long ago when the people shouting “f**k you bitch” at a gender-fluid gay filmmaker would have been bigoted right-wing conservatives.
Ben Weyl / Politico:
Democrats cave and shutdown threat evaporates  —  They went right up to the brink, but Senate Democrats said on Friday night that they never intended to shut down the federal government over a dispute about coal miners' benefits.  —  Though they took a hard line against a GOP proposal to fund …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama's Second Term Was a Complete Failure  —  There's no other way to describe it.  —  Every December, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post picks the biggest political loser of the past year.  —  In 2013, Cillizza's selection was Barack Obama.  He cited the botched rollout of …
Discussion: CNN
T.J. Miller — Arrested for Uber Fight Over Trump ... 'Tis the Season??  —  “Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller got arrested in Hollywood for allegedly making his Uber driver see stars, and not the good rating kind either.  —  Law enforcement sources tell us T.J.'s driver picked him up from the GQ Men …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Report: Trump wants as many as 5 generals in Cabinet  —  is considering tapping as many as five generals for his Cabinet, Politico reported Friday.  —  Trump has already selected three retired top military officers for his administration — Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for national security adviser …
Discussion: Business Insider, and Politico
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
Trump's Cabinet: A Conservative About Face Toward Growth and Change
Discussion: New York Magazine, and Vox
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump over performed the most in counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates  —  THE BIG IDEA: A new study from Penn State University suggests a relationship between the opioid epidemic and support for Donald Trump.  —  The president-elect performed better …
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
Discussion: Salon, The Hill, NBC News and Booman Tribune
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Michigan Supreme Court denies Stein's recount appeal  —  Lansing — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied Green Party candidate Jill Stein's appeal to restart a partially completed presidential election recount, meaning President-elect Donald Trump's 10,704-vote victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton stands.
Gordon Darroch / The Guardian:
Geert Wilders found guilty of inciting discrimination  —  Court declines to sentence Dutch far-right leader over comments that were ‘demeaning towards Moroccan population’  —  The Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders has been found guilty of inciting discrimination against Dutch Moroccans …
Prince George's Co. liquor board chairman charged with DUI after MGM grand opening  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The chairman of the Prince George's County liquor board is facing DUI and reckless driving charges after an accident that took place as he was leaving the grand opening …
Discussion: Raw Story
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
None of the inauguration protests have their proper permits yet.  Here's why.  —  Groups seeking to protest in the nation's capital the day of, and days around, the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump say they are being kept in limbo because officials have yet to issue permits for demonstrations.
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of memeorandum at 11:05 PM ET, December 9, 2016.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 Who's Hiring in Media? 
Add your company here
 See Also: 
memeorandum: site main
memeorandum River: reverse chronological memeorandum
memeorandum Mobile: for phones
memeorandum Leaderboard: memeorandum's top sources
memeorandum RSS feed
memeorandum on Twitter
 More Items: 
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Free-market Republicans contort to defend Trump
James E. Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Sorry, Mad Dog, Waterboarding Works
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Baffler
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Chicago, Bodies Pile Up at Intersection of ‘Depression and Rage’
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Learn from His Mistakes
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Let's relocate a bunch of government agencies to the Midwest
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Surprise! Obamacare Repeal Includes A Stealth Tax Cut For Top Earners
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Balloon Pilot Who Killed 16 Was on Drugs and Had Five DWI Raps
Discussion: KFOR-TV and KXAN-TV
Ted Cruz / Washington Post:
If Republicans really want to drain the swamp, here's how to do it
Discussion: Hot Air, TheBlaze and RedState
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump just offered yet another Goldman veteran a spot in his administration
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them