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3:00 PM ET, November 17, 2016


 Top Items: 
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’  —  What do the Amish lobby, gay wedding vans and the ban of the national anthem have in common?  For starters, they're all make-believe — and invented by the same man.  —  Paul Horner, the 38-year-old impresario …
NBC News:
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns  —  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper submitted his resignation Wednesday evening.  —  Clapper has said in interviews with NBC News over the last year that he was counting down the days to stepping down at the end of President Obama's final term in office.
Bryan Bender / Politico:
National intelligence chief Clapper resigns
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Daily Kos
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Tom Price Reveals Republicans Eyeing Medicare Overhaul In 2017  —  Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the chairman of the budget committee, told reporters on Thursday that Republicans are eyeing major changes to Medicare in 2017.  —  Price, who is being floated as a possible Health …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
House GOP eying major Medicare overhaul in 2017  —  The head of the House Budget Committee said Thursday that lawmakers are eying an overhaul of Medicare next year.  —  Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said he expects lawmakers to push forward with an overhaul …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
CBS News:
Jon Stewart on why Donald Trump is a “repudiation of Republicans”  —  After Jon Stewart left “The Daily Show” last summer, much of the presidential campaign went on without his unique and satirical point of view.  —  He spoke with “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose Wednesday to discuss …
Discussion: Guardian, CBS Philly, Jezebel and Gothamist
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Trump camp calls for short-term spending bill despite Senate concerns … President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday made his first stamp on Congress, as House Republicans bowed to his wishes and announced plans to extend government funding through March, despite warnings from top GOP senators …
Associated Press:
Chance of Dem Challenge to Pelosi Grows
Discussion: Politico
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Key Republican Puts Dagger In Push To End Filibusters
Fox News:
Trump transition team announces five-year lobbying ban for appointees  —  Appointees to President-elect Donald Trump's administration will be asked to sign a form barring them from being a registered lobbyist for five years after they leave government service, officials announced Wednesday …
Discussion: RedState and NBC News
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Hoekstra: I'd take CIA director job if offered
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pence Departs GOP Huddle With Optimistic Words
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says  —  A spokesman for a major super PAC backing Donald Trump said Wednesday that the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a “precedent” for the president-elect's plans …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Surrogate: Japanese Internment Camps A ‘Precedent’ For Muslim Registry (VIDEO)
Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
You Are Still Crying Wolf  —  [Content warning: hate crimes, Trump, racism.  I have turned off comments to keep out bad people who might be attracted by this sort of thing.  Avoid sharing in places where this will attract the wrong kind of attention, as per your best judgment.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Son-in-Law Could Get Key White House Role  —  Real-estate developer Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump, mulls prospect of being senior adviser or special counsel  —  President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is poised to play a powerful position in Trump's presidency …
New York Times:   Trump's Son-in-Law Consults With Lawyers About Joining Administration
Debby Wu / Nikkei:
Apple could make iPhones in US in future: sources  —  TAIPEI — iPhones might one day soon carry “Made in America” labels.  —  Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CNBC
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Video: Miami Man Screams “Trump!” at Black Starbucks Employee, Claims “White Discrimination”  —  Around 4:30 p.m. today, Jorge de Cárdenas was getting some work done in a Starbucks on South Dixie Highway near the University of Miami.  A group of people stood waiting in line at the counter for their coffee and snacks.
Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Hanks Hopes Donald Trump “Does Such a Great Job That I Vote for His Re-Election”  —  The actor was honored by the Museum of Modern Art at a gala also attended by Steve Martin, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, Emma Watson and Meg Ryan, among others.  —  A week after the election …
Ben White / Politico:
Bankers celebrate dawn of Trump era  —  NEW YORK — Christmas has arrived early for Wall Street in the early days of the Donald Trump era.  —  A populist candidate who railed against shady financial interests on the campaign trail is now putting together an administration that looks like an investment banker's dream.
Arizona Republic:
Flagstaff police officer placed on leave after violent video surfaces  —  Danny Paredes/Special for The Republic Wochit  —  A Flagstaff police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video showing him punching a woman in the face surfaced Wednesday on Facebook, according to a police spokesman.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Favorability Up, but Trails Other Presidents-Elect  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Donald Trump's favorable rating has improved from 34% to 42% after his election as president.  While a majority in the U.S. still have an unfavorable view of him, his image is the best it has been since March 2011 when 43% viewed him positively.
Discussion: Vox, Politicus USA and Raw Story
Katie Glueck / Politico:
GOP learning wrong lessons from Trump win, Republicans fear  —  Republican operatives spent four years warning that the party needed to diversify — or risk a blowout at the ballot box.  Donald Trump spent the campaign trafficking in divisive racial rhetoric — and he won anyway.
Toni Morrison / New Yorker:
Making America White Again  —  The choices made by white men, who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status.  —  This is a serious project.  All immigrants to the United States know (and knew) that if they want to become real …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
House passes bill targeting ‘midnight’ Obama regs  —  The House on Thursday passed legislation that would allow Congress to overturn in a single vote any regulations finalized in the last days of the Obama administration.  —  Despite Democratic opposition, the Midnight Rule Relief Act passed …
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders won't join Democratic Party  —  (I-Vt.) won't officially join the Democratic Party even though he was appointed to a leadership position within the Senate Democratic caucus this week.  —  “I was elected as an Independent and I will finish this term as an Independent,” …
Craig Jarvis / Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrory team: Election protests filed in 12 counties  —  Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign team announced Wednesday evening that election protests are being filed in 11 more counties, further clouding the outcome of a close race in which the Republican governor trails.
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
16 For '16  —  Bite-sized observations on a wild election  —  Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley, Sabato's Crystal Ball November 17th, 2016  —  Editor's Note: The Crystal Ball is taking the week off for Thanksgiving next week, but we'll be back with another edition on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Discussion: Vox
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sen. Sasse, here are some answers to your questions about ‘paid rioting’  —  Sen. Ben Sasse, a freshman Republican senator from Nebraska, earned accolades from many in his party (and elsewhere) over the course of the 2016 cycle thanks to his principled opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy.
John Carreyrou / Dow Jones Newswires:
The only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this personally is because you are Mr. Shultz's grandson.  —  Tyler Shultz, now 26 years old, was among several Theranos employees who tried to voice concerns inside the company about what they saw as troubling practices …
Discussion: SFist and Unfogged
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump  —  Traumatized by the election results, many Americans are asking: What now?  Here are steps that any of us can take that can make a difference at the margins.  Onward!  —  1. I WILL accept that my side lost …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Washington girds for role reversal on executive power  —  Washington's massive about-face on executive power is underway.  —  Donald Trump's election has triggered a whiplash-inducing role reversal in D.C. legal circles, as liberals who spent the past eight years defending President Barack Obama's use …
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Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
CNN's ‘Unprecedented’: Mike Lee flew to Florida to try and forge Rubio-Cruz alliance
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Eric Fehrnstrom /
Democrats know why they lost, but won't fix their problems
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Washington GOPer Proposes Charging Protesters With ‘Economic Terrorism’
Discussion: ACLU and Daily Kos
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Obama urges Trump to stand up to Russia
Discussion: ABC News
Sanctuary-City Mayors Gird for Fight as Trump Threatens Budgets
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
115th Congress will be most racially diverse in history
Discussion: AOL
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Democrats angry that Clinton had no economic message
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Iran deal critics to Trump: Please don't rip it up
Sherrod Brown / New York Times:
When Work Loses Its Dignity
Discussion: Scene and Heard
Indianapolis Star:
Total abortion ban proposed in Indiana
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox 59
Katy Collin / Washington Post:
The electoral college badly distorts the vote. And it's going to get worse.
Kurt Schlichter /
The Democrats Won't Autopsy Their Own Corpse
Discussion: JustOneMinute

From Techmeme:

Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China, saying it was ordered to do so by China's cyberspace officials citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that creates a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

New York Times:
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