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11:45 AM ET, December 22, 2016


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David Wright / CNN:
Kellyanne Conway lands top WH job in Trump administration  —  Conway on terror: ‘Everything is on the table’  —  (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump tapped former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as “counselor to the president,” the presidential transition announced Thursday morning.
New York Times:
Kellyanne Conway, ‘Trump Whisperer,’ Will Be Counselor to President  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Kellyanne Conway, the Republican pollster and strategist who helped guide President-elect Donald J. Trump to victory in November, will be appointed counselor to the president …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump picks Kellyanne Conway to serve as counselor to the president
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Names Kellyanne Conway To Senior Advisory Role
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fox News:
Trump taps Conway as senior counselor
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Instapundit
New York Times:
Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry Before Trump Can Revive It  —  The Obama administration is dismantling a dormant national registry program for visitors from countries with active terrorist groups — a program that President-elect Donald J. Trump has suggested he is considering resurrecting.
Susan Page / USA Today:
USA TODAY poll: There's a clear Democratic front-runner for 2020  —  WASHINGTON — On the theory that it's never too early to launch the next campaign, the new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll has identified an overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
Trump May Have a $300 Million Conflict of Interest With Deutsche Bank  —  Concern about conflict of interest given bank's federal probes  —  Deutsche Bank faces huge potential fines from U.S. government  —  For years, Donald Trump has used a powerful tool when dealing with bankers: his personal guarantee.
Dakin Campbell / Bloomberg:
Goldman Is Back on Top in the Trump Administration  —  Politicians love to criticize the firm but run to it for capital-market expertise.  —  by  —  Dakin Campbell  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  One night in early December, a Goldman Sachs partner walked out of the Pierre hotel in Manhattan with a big grin on his face.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
North Carolina Fails to Repeal Bathroom Law That Prompted Boycotts  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — After more than nine hours of closed-door meetings, jawboning and complicated legislative stratagems, North Carolina legislators went home in frustration Wednesday after failing to repeal the state law …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
North Carolina lawmakers leave ‘bathroom bill’ in place
New York Times:
Trump's Son, Fearing ‘Quagmire,’ to Stop Soliciting for Charity  —  WASHINGTON — Eric Trump said on Wednesday that he had decided to stop directly soliciting contributions for his charitable foundation, which supports causes like the fight against childhood cancer, because he now recognizes …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: What if? 94 questions that still keep some Democrats up at night
Ivanka Trump Accosted by Passenger on JetBlue Flight (PHOTO + UPDATE)  —  Ivanka Trump — Accosted by Passenger on JetBlue Flight  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Ivanka Trump just had a bumpy start to her Xmas holiday ... an out-of-control passenger on her flight began verbally berating her and “jeering” at her 3 kids.
Trump, Netanyahu urge Obama to veto U.N. resolution on halting settlements  —  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Obama administration on Thursday to veto a U.N. Security Council draft resolution calling for an immediate halt …
Discussion: Politico, France 24 and The Guardian
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Will Palestinians get a Security Council motion passed - and will it matter?
Discussion: Washington Post
Rachel Stockman / Law News:
Delta Concludes From Multiple Witnesses That YouTube Prankster Was Actually Shouting, Disruptive  —  So you know that video that went viral that allegedly showed Delta kicking off a passenger for speaking Arabic?  Well, apparently, Delta investigated the situation, and now says it's not quite what it all seemed.
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
YouTube Stars Say They Were Removed From Delta Flight for Speaking Arabic
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
The attorney general could have ordered FBI Director James Comey not to send his bombshell letter on Clinton emails.  Here's why she didn't.  —  Twelve days before the presidential election, FBI Director James B. Comey dispatched a senior aide to deliver a startling message to the Justice Department.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   James Comey's year of unintended — and ruinous — consequences
Washington Post:
Donald Trump is holding a government casting call.  He's seeking ‘the look.’  —  Donald Trump believes that those who aspire to the most visible spots in his administration should not just be able to do the job, but also look the part.  —  Given Trump's own background as a master brander …
Alana Goodman / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Facebook ‘fact checker’ who will arbitrate on ‘fake news’ is accused of defrauding website to pay for prostitutes - and its staff includes an escort-porn star and ‘Vice Vixen domme’  — Facebook has announced plans to check for ‘fake news’ using a series of organizations to assess whether stories are true
John King / CNN:
Trump team floats tariffs  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump transition team is floating the possibility of an early executive action to impose tariffs on foreign imports, according to multiple sources.  —  Such a move would deliver on President-elect Donald Trump's “America First” campaign theme.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Exchange Enrollment Jumps, Even as G.O.P. Pledges Repeal  —  WASHINGTON — About 6.4 million people have signed up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday, as people rushed to purchase plans regardless of Republican promises that the law will be repealed within months.
Discussion: The Week
Kelsey Ott / WREG-TV:
Arrest made in ‘Vote Trump’ burning of Mississippi black church  —  GREENVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi authorities have made an arrest in the burning of an African-American church spray-painted with the words, “Vote Trump.”  —  Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Exclusive: Clinton aides kept tabs on anti-Trump elector gambit  —  Hillary Clinton's top advisers never publicly backed an effort by Democrats on the Electoral College to block Donald Trump's election.  When it failed on Monday, one aide mocked it as an unserious “coup” attempt.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Trump's Tweets Are a Threat to Our National Security  —  His lies are a problem, but his belligerence is worse: It could start a war.  —  The Washington Post has created a nifty tool designed to address one of the novel problems of our political era: a president-elect who persistently uses Twitter to spread lies.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ron Paul: 'We don't have very much room for condemning' Russian election meddling  —  Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) says America has little room for criticizing Russia's apparent meddling in the most recent U.S. presidential election.  —  “I think it is politics more than anything else,” …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Financial Vetting Goes Slowly for Trump's Wealthy Cabinet Picks  —  WASHINGTON — Moving some of President-elect Donald J. Trump's highest-profile cabinet nominees — with their millions in assets and complex business arrangements — through an arduous financial disclosure examination …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
KELLYANNE going into WH —TRUMP, PENCE invited to GOP retreat — DEMS plan Miami inaugural bash …
Discussion: Political Wire and
John Eligon / New York Times:
Bored, Broke and Armed: Clues to Chicago's Gang Violence
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
One Problem for Democratic Leaders Is Democratic Voters
Discussion: EPIC JOURNEY
New York Times:
Berlin Attack Sets Off Hunt for a Tunisian in Germany
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RT
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Alabama Governor Interviews Disgraced Anti-Gay Judge Roy Moore for Sessions' Senate Seat
Lucas Nolan / Breitbart:
Edward Snowden: Don't Rely on ‘Referee’ to Censor ‘Fake News’
 Earlier Items: 
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Invasion of the Agency Snatchers
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Monsieur Vogue Is Leaving Trumpland
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Magazine
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Twitter is ‘toast’ and the stock is not even worth $10: Analyst
Discussion: Instapundit
Karen Herzog / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
GOP, UW at odds again — this time over ‘whiteness’ course
Discussion: Jezebel and Althouse