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4:30 PM ET, December 18, 2016


 Top Items: 
John Sides / Washington Post:
A new poll shows an astonishing 52% of Republicans incorrectly think Trump won the popular vote  —  Amid the speculation on whether the electoral college will refuse to make Donald Trump president, many Trump opponents are pinning their hopes on one glaring fact: Hillary Clinton's sizable win in the popular vote.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Five things to watch when the Electoral College votes Monday  —  The 538 members of the Electoral College will meet in their state capitols Monday, almost assuredly sealing President-elect Donald Trump  —  's victory.  —  Trump won 306 electoral votes on Election Day …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pa. electors get police protection: ‘This is stupid’  —  Facing a wave of calls, Pennsylvania electors sounding unshakable  —  President-elect Donald Trump during a “thank you” rally in Alabama tonight.  —  President-elect Donald Trump  —  HARRISBURG — Thousands of emails land in their inboxes every day.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 2.8 million. Most Republicans are convinced he won.
Discussion: New York Times and
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
In last-shot bid, thousands urge electoral college to block Trump at Monday vote
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Leak reveals Rex Tillerson is director of Bahamas-based US-Russian oil company  —  Rex Tillerson, the businessman nominated by Donald Trump to be the next US secretary of state, is the long-time director of a US-Russian oil firm based in the tax haven of the Bahamas, leaked documents show.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Americans Believe Trump Will Bring Change but Are Divided Over What Kind
Discussion: AOL
Elana Schor / Politico:   ExxonMobil helped defeat Russia sanctions bill
Margaret Chadbourn / ABC News:
Senior GOP Lawmaker Calls for Investigation of CIA Director Over Media Leaks on Russian Hacking  —  A senior Republican congressman called for an investigation into whether the head of the CIA leaked to the media while withholding from Congress the agency's findings that Russians used hacking …
Discussion: Politico
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Priebus: Trump not yet ready to accept Russian election tampering  —  President-elect Donald Trump isn't ready to accept the conclusion that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election until intelligence agencies release some sort of joint report, his incoming White House chief of staff said Sunday.
Discussion: CNN, AOL and Daily Kos
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Bipartisan Letter Seeks Single Inquiry Into Russian Hacking Claims  —  Four senators, including Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham, called for a select committee to investigate Russian hacking of the American election process.  —  Robert Gates said the Russian hacking was designed to hurt Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Political Wire and Vox
Fox News:
Priebus: Trump ready to accept Russia hacking report, if CIA, FBI get on same page
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 12-18-16: Donna Brazile  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on December 18, 2016 and it will be updated.  —  MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC HOST: Let's take that straight to Donna Brazile, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, which took the brunt of Russia's cyber hack.
Discussion: AOL, Politicus USA and Politico
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
DNC Chair Contradicts Obama: Russian Hackers Came After Us ‘Until End of Election’  —  Democratic National Chair Donna Brazile said Russian hackers persisted in trying to break into the organization's computers “daily, hourly” until after the election — contradicting President Obama's assertion …
Discussion: The Week
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Dem boss demands bipartisan congressional investigation into Russian hacks
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Keila Szpaller / Missoulian:
White supremacist website calls for action in Montana  —  A white supremacist website called The Daily Stormer has posted a call to “TAKE ACTION” against Jewish people in Whitefish, providing personal contact information and urging a “troll storm” against them.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
White nationalists target Jews in small Montana town
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Daily Stormer
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Lynch says reaction to Bill Clinton meeting was ‘painful’  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she regrets not recognizing that her meeting with Bill Clinton over the summer would turn out to be problematic, saying it was “painful” that it called into question the integrity of the Justice Department.
Discussion: BizPac Review, The Week and TheBlaze
Ryan Felton / The Guardian:
Michigan unemployment agency made 20,000 false fraud accusations - report  —  Automated system erroneously accused claimants in 93% of cases, state review finds: 'It's balancing the books on the backs of the poorest,' lawyer says  —  A Michigan government agency wrongly accused individuals …
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Ryan Carter / L.A. Daily News:
Hack of LA County emails exposes personal data of nearly 800,000 people
Discussion: The Guardian and FOX40
Jeff Bergner / Weekly Standard:
The Liberal Ideological Complex
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
Preaching the Gospel of Diversity, but Not Following It
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Outsiders Selected by Trump Aim to Unnerve Washington
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
In the Chappaqua woods, a search for Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Victory Girls Blog and
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Intelligence expert: 10 years ago Trump would have faced a treason trial after being ‘co-opted’ by Putin
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
On victory lap, few signs Trump focusing on unified nation
Discussion: The Root, Power Line, and The Week
Mathew Rodriguez / Mic:
Man running for state legislature says he won't patronize businesses that employ Muslims