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8:40 AM ET, December 3, 2016

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Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Former Bush spokesman on Trump's Taiwan call: ‘China will go nuts’  —  Former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that “China will go nuts” after President-elect Donald Trump  —  made a historic phone call to Taiwan on Friday.  —  “Uh-oh.  I wasn't even allowed to refer to the gvt ‘of’ Taiwan.
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, a major break with decades of U.S. policy on China  —  President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan's president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for the incoming president's relations with China.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump's unusual phone call is great for his business, dangerous for America
The Hill:
GOP lawmakers praise Trump for Taiwan call
Discussion: The Guardian and Business Insider
Gov. Sarah Palin / Young Conservatives:
Sarah Palin: But... Wait... The Good Guys Won't Win With More Crony Capitalism  —  I am ecstatic for Carrier employees!  Their bosses just decided to keep shop onshore.  What a relief for hundreds of workers.  Merry Christmas Indiana!  We don't yet know terms of the public/private deal …
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Trump's Carrier deal is ‘crony capitalism’  —  Another conservative is calling “crony capitalism” on Donald Trump's deal with Carrier, albeit an unexpected one — Sarah Palin.  —  In an op-ed for the website Young Conservatives, the former Alaska governor allowed that the details behind …
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Palin slams Trump Carrier deal as ‘crony capitalism’
Discussion: Rare
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CNN:
Trump risks showdown with China after call with Taiwan  —  (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the President of Taiwan Friday, according to a statement from his transition team, in a move that threatens to trigger a diplomatic showdown with China.  —  “President-elect Trump spoke …
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:20 minutes ago
China blasts ‘petty’ Taiwan call with Trump  —  BEIJING — On Friday, President Xi Jinping told Henry Kissinger that he hoped for “stability” in U.S.-China ties under the new administration.  Nobody told Donald Trump.  —  The president-elect on Friday broke with four decades of diplomatic practice …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Speaks With Taiwan's Leader, a Possible Affront to China
Discussion: Reuters
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Federal judge denies quick halt to recount  —  Madison — A federal judge Friday denied an emergency halt to the recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, allowing the process to continue until a Dec. 9 court hearing at least.  —  There is no need to halt the recount just yet …
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald J. Trump promised.  But they also are likely to delay the effective date …
Benjamin Wermund / Politico:
Trump's education pick says reform can 'advance God's Kingdom'  —  The billionaire philanthropist whom Donald Trump has tapped to lead the Education Department once compared her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God's Kingdom.”
Jake Horowitz / Mic:
Obama considering post-presidential digital media career, sources say  —  President Barack Obama has been discussing a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company, according to multiple sources who spoke on background because they were not authorized to speak for the president.
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Peter Sterne / Politico:
White House: President Obama ‘has no plans to enter the media business’
Discussion: TheBlaze, Hot Air and Mashable
Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Make Kellogg's Gr-rr-rr-rr-rreat Again  —  Last weekend's Castro droologies reminded us that, for Justin Trudeau and too many others, mass-murdering dictators are kind of a turn-on, a geopolitical S&M fetish - as long as it's millions of distant, disposable Third World types making up the M end of the deal.
Discussion: Power Line
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Candice Williams / Detroit News:
Prominent gay Republican said DeVos stood up for him  —  Greg McNeilly, political advisor to Betsy DeVos and a prominent gay Republican, spoke Friday of the incoming education secretary saying she stood up for him at a time when his sexual orientation wasn't widely known.
Philly.com:
Philly Clout: Turnpike manager rips his bosses in email minutes before retirement  —  FILE THIS ONE under: “Well, You Asked.”  —  Michael Stuban, a midlevel manager at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, retired on Thanksgiving after a 35-year career that started in a tollbooth.
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
CNN apologizes, disciplines producer after employee was caught on hot mic joking about Trump's plane crashing  —  CNN on Friday apologized after one of its producers was caught on a hot mic making a joke about President-elect Donald Trump's plane crashing.  —  “An unfortunate and inappropriate remark …
Discussion: AOL, The Last Refuge and twitchy.com
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CNN:
Democrats want Russian hacking intelligence declassified  — The call to release the information came in a short letter to President Obama released by seven Democratic senators  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic senators are pressing the Obama administration to more forthrightly state …
Discussion: Central Maine and CANNONFIRE
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The 2016 Election Is a Disaster Without a Moral  —  Marge: The moral of the story is that a good deed is its own reward!  —  Bart: But we got a reward, the head is cool!  —  Marge: Well, then maybe the moral is, no good deed goes unrewarded.  —  Homer: Wait a minute! … Homer: Exactly!
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Bowe Bergdahl, Facing Desertion Trial, Asks Obama for Pardon  —  WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former American prisoner of war in Afghanistan who was freed in a 2014 swap for five Taliban detainees, has asked President Obama to pardon him before leaving the White House to President-elect Donald J …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Amy Schumer Playing ‘Barbie’  —  Amy Schumer will play the title role in Barbie, the live action Sony Pictures film based on the venerable Mattel toyline.  The PG movie will begin production in the spring for a global summer 2018 tent pole bow, after Schumer puts her imprint on the script by Hillary Winston.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's Pollster Says the Election Came Down to Five Counties  —  Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, referred to her candidate's electoral win as a “landslide” earlier this week.  But the campaign's top pollster, veteran Tony Fabrizio said just five counties made the difference …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Washington Post and Jezebel
The Hill:
Dean drops out of DNC chairmanship race  —  DENVER — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean dropped out of the race to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday.  —  Dean, who served as DNC chairman from 2005 to 2009, announced in a pre-recorded video to a conference …
 
 
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Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
China blasts ‘petty’ Taiwan call with Trump   Find
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Candice Williams / Detroit News:
Prominent gay Republican said DeVos stood up for him   Find
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Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Palin slams Trump Carrier deal as ‘crony capitalism’   Find
 
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Barry Yeoman / New Republic:
The North Carolina GOP Has a New Suppression Tactic: Voter Defamation
Discussion: The Atlantic
Fox News:
Hampshire College returns US flag to full staff; president denies playing politics
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben White / Politico:
Trump inherits Obama boom
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Carrie Sheffield / Salon:
Calling Jeff Sessions “racist” conveniently ignores the work he's done for Alabama's black community
David French / National Review:
For a ‘Peaceful’ Group, Black Lives Matter Sure Does Love Cop Killers and Murderous Dictators
Discussion: Mother Jones and Power Line
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Bush Ethics Lawyer: Electors Shouldn't Vote For Trump With Current Conflicts (VIDEO)
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Says Trump Team Has Given “Assurances” On Religious Freedom Measure
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Daniel Marans / The Huffington Post:
Before Donald Trump Made A Deal With Carrier, He Sued It
Discussion: Law News, The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Ark. lawmaker wants Clintons' names removed from Little Rock airport
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The post-truth world of the Trump administration is scarier than you think