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1:25 AM ET, December 14, 2016


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New York Times:
The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — When Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its computer network, he was transferred, naturally, to the help desk.
New York Times:
Democratic House Candidates Were Also Targets of Russian Hacking  —  WASHINGTON — South Florida has long been a laboratory for some of the nation's roughest politics, with techniques like phantom candidates created by political rivals to siphon off votes from their opponents …
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Huffington Post:
The Humbling Of Mitt Romney, By Donald J. Trump  —  “Mitt Romney is somebody I had respect for,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says.  “I have none anymore.”  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post  —  When Barack Obama first decided that Hillary Clinton would make an able secretary …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Harry Reid Says Electors Should Have Intelligence Briefing
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Alan Thicke — Dead at 69  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  TV icon Alan Thicke has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  We're told Alan had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter.  He was transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center around noon today, and pronounced dead there.
Agence France-Presse:
IBM unveils plan to hire 25,000 in US on eve of Trump meeting  —  12k  —  US technology giant IBM said Tuesday it would hire 25,000 people in the country over the next four years, a day before President-elect Donald Trump meets with tech industry leaders.  —  About 6,000 of those hirings …
Detroit News:
Records: Too many votes in 37% of Detroit's precincts  —  Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month's presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Detroit's voting irregularities spur state audit
Wall Street Journal:
Evacuations Set to Begin as Assad Reclaims Aleppo  —  Deal brokered by Russia and Turkey calls for civilians to leave last opposition-held areas; residents report atrocities by regime's forces  —  Tens of thousands of civilians and the remaining rebels are preparing to evacuate the decimated city of Aleppo …
Washington Post:
Russian envoy: Evacuation deal reached for last rebel zones in Syria's ravaged Aleppo
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate already bickering over Sessions  —  Jeff Sessions is still weeks away from his confirmation hearings to become Donald Trump's attorney general.  But top senators are already flinging accusations at each other, with Democrats demanding more time to review Sessions' record …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Is Sessions, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Trying to Paper Over His Record?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump  —  Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers …
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Energy Department Denies Trump Team Request to Name Employees on Climate Policy
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Energy Dept. rejects Trump's request to name climate-change workers, who remain worried
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump selects Zinke as interior secretary  —  President-elect Donald Trump has offered the interior secretary position to Montana's freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy Seal commander, according to two transition officials and someone familiar with the offer.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary
E! Online:
Why Kanye West and President-Elect Donald Trump Met  —  Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump met at Trump Tower Tuesday morning to discuss a potential role for the rapper, E! News has learned exclusively.  —  The “Jesus Walks” rapper met with Trump to discuss becoming an …
Mike Males / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why do California's whites vote so differently than whites elsewhere?  —  My tribe, Caucasoid Californicus, is dwindling.  Over the last quarter century, California's non-Latino white population has plunged by 2 million as Latinos and Asians burgeoned.  In 1990, nearly six in 10 Californians were white …
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones Scrubs Pizzagate Content; Complaint Reveals New Tie Connecting Shooter To Jones  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is scrubbing online content pushing the false and dangerous conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton's campaign trafficked children through a D.C. pizzeria.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Feds: alleged ‘Pizzagate’ gunman circulated InfoWars conspiracy video
Discussion: RedState, Politico and New York Times
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Gates, Rice, Baker pushed Tillerson nomination despite ties to ExxonMobil  —  Washington (CNN)Condoleezza Rice, James Baker and Robert Gates all played a crucial role in convincing President-elect Donald Trump to pick ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of state …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Marco Rubio Joins Other GOP Senators Voicing Concern Over Rex Tillerson
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Labor Secretary Tom Perez will join race to run DNC  —  Labor Secretary Tom Perez will launch a campaign to be Democratic National Committee chairman this week, becoming the first serious challenger to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for a lead role in rebuilding a shellshocked party.
Discussion: The Week
Daniel Strauss / Politico:   Indiana mayor weighs DNC chair bid
Associated Press:
The Latest: Judge Says Colorado Electors Can't Switch Votes  —  The Latest on Colorado electors trying to stop a Trump presidency (all times local):  —  A Colorado judge is ordering the state's nine electors to vote for Hillary Clinton.  —  Two electors had sued in hopes of being freed …
Discussion: Politico
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Gov. John Kasich vetoes Heartbeat Bill, signs 20-week abortion ban  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich today vetoed the Heartbeat Bill forbidding abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected while signing into law a second bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump victory rally is a warning for Ryan  —  Donald Trump warned Paul Ryan on Tuesday night that if the speaker “ever goes against me,” the president-elect will stop defending him — although he seemed to use a lighthearted tone when he said it.  —  During a “thank you” rally in West Allis …
Discussion: ABC News
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Al Franken Faces Donald Trump and the Next Four Years  —  The two-term Democratic senator, who once made a living satirizing politicians, envisions an unfunny future.  —  'D  —  onald Trump never laughs," Al Franken said.  —  This was the senator's first observation to me on a recent afternoon.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi doubts GOP can pull off ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Hot Air
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Reversing Course, E.P.A. Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump team working to remove top NATO official
Discussion: Daily Kos
Briton jailed over Trump death plot
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Keyword:
Sharing National Security Letters with the Public
Discussion: Hit & Run, Engadget and The Verge
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Abby Huntsman named new co-host of ‘Fox and Friends Weekend’
Discussion: RedState
Linda Trischitta / Sun-Sentinel:
Driver dodges boat oar as it pierces windshield on Alligator Alley
Discussion: AOL, Associated Press and
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N.J. judge orders newspaper to stop publishing articles
Steven Nelson / US News:
Marijuana Is Harder Than Ever for Younger Teens to Find
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Rick Perry, Ex-Governor of Texas, Is Trump's Pick as Energy Secretary