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5:55 PM ET, December 4, 2016


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Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Vice President-Elect Defends Trump's Unsubstantiated Claim of ‘Millions’ of Illegal Votes  —  Vice President-elect Mike Pence defended President-elect Donald Trump's recent tweet claiming without evidence that “millions” of fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
‘Hitting the Media is Always a Crutch For You Guys’: Chuck Todd Pushes Back Against Mike Pence  —  Towards the end of his interview with Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd wouldn't let Pence's swipe at the media pass without getting in a shot of his own.
Discussion: The Week
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Watch Mike Pence try to defend Trump's false claim that ‘millions’ voted illegally … One week ago, perhaps inflamed by reports that Hillary Clinton was leading in the popular vote by more than 2 million votes or by impending recounts in three states that he had won, President-elect Donald Trump sent out a curious tweet.
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and Gen. David Petraeus  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on December 4, 2016 and it will be updated.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC HOST: Let's get right to it.  —  We are joined by the man leading the Trump transition, Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and The Guardian
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Trump to intervene to keep U.S. jobs at home on ‘day-by-day’ basis, Pence says
Discussion: The Week
Stan Collender / Forbes:
You Heard It Here First: Trump May Not Propose A Budget Next Year  —  The Trump administration is seriously thinking about not submitting a budget to Congress next year .  —  Although the Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit the fiscal 2018 budget to Congress between January 2 …
Associated Press:
AP: Jon Hunstman Jr. in late running for secretary of state  —  The Salt Lake Tribune) Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. jokes with students as he helped deliver teaching materials to Melody Francis' 4th grade classroom at Rose Park Elementary in association with Chevron's 2014 Fuel Your School Program, Wednesday, september 3, 2014.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
AP: Huntsman among secretary of State possibilities
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Cheney To CNN's Barbara Starr: Trump Took Us To Point Where We Don't Need You Guys Anymore  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta talk the new era of foreign policy under President-elect Donald Trump with CNN's Barbara Starr at the Reagan Library.
New York Daily News:
‘Hero’ Muslim cop, her son harassed by bigot in Brooklyn who shouted ‘I will cut your throat’  —  A Muslim off-duty NYPD officer, hailed by the mayor as a hero, and her 16-year-old son became the city's latest hate crime victims Saturday when a bigot in Brooklyn yelled at them to “go back to your country,” police sources said.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
A Problem Like Keith Ellison  —  And the more serious question of the Muslim Brotherhood  —  Keith Ellison (or Keith E. Hakim, or Keith X. Ellison, or Keith Muhammad, etc.) is campaigning for office.  Not for the safe House seat he holds, but for the leadership of the Democratic party …
Discussion: CNN
Austria far-right candidate Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll  —  On Facebook, he described himself as “infinitely sad” and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, on his victory.  —  Although the post is ceremonial in Austria, the poll had been seen …
Live Austria election: Norbert Hofer concedes defeat as independent rival takes clear lead in the polls
Discussion: Israpundit
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
It ain't over til it's over  —  Yesterday, in a post called “It's Over,” I noted that Jill Stein and her friends have withdrawn their state court suit which sought a recount of the Pennsylvania presidential vote.  But Team Stein hasn't quit, after all.  Instead, it has resorted to federal court.
Fox News:
Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Jill Stein's Pennsylvania Recount Effort Is Dealt a Major Setback
Discussion: NPR and The Verge
Washington Post:
D.C. Police detain suspect with an assault rifle at Comet Ping Pong restaurant  —  D.C. Police responding Sunday to a report of a gunman at a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington detained a man armed with an assault rifle, according to a police spokeswoman.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
‘Apolitical’ Petraeus says he did not vote in election  —  Retired Gen. David Petraeus said early Sunday that he does not vote and therefore did not cast a ballot for or against President-elect Donald Trump  —  “I don't vote, so that's an easy answer,” Petraeus told ABC's “This Week.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Petraeus on His Mishandling of Classified Information: ‘I Made a Serious Mistake’
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
Polina Devitt / Reuters:
Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities  —  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV.  —  Putin has spoken previously of his hope …
Discussion: The Week, AOL and
Fox News:
Why Trump was right to talk with Taiwan's president
Discussion: New York Times and The Guardian
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pence Shrugs off Questions on Taiwan Call
Discussion: Politico
James Barron / New York Times:
Not Sleeping Enough?  Arianna Huffington Wants to Help  —  Arianna Huffington has a lot to say about sleep, but not because she has lost any since Election Day.  The fact that Donald J. Trump won the presidential election last month — and as a candidate called her a “dummy” and a …
Trump Takes ‘Thank-You Tour’ to Wealthy Donor's Costume Ball  —  President-elect pays respects to billionaire Robert Mercer  —  Trump comes as himself at ‘Villains and Heroes’ gathering  —  President-elect Donald Trump took a break from the blue-collar Midwestern rallies of his …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump attends lavish costume party
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Exclusive: Snowden says Petraeus disclosed ‘far more highly classified information than I ever did’
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
David Helvarg / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Is Florida's climate change model …
NBC News:
MEET THE PRESS 12/04/16  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  This Sunday …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
In Mr. Pence's new D.C. neighborhood, not exactly the welcome wagon
Rouhani Urges Obama to Block Iran Sanctions Law Extension
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Post:
The real reason for New York City's traffic nightmare
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says US, partners need to stay in Iraq after ISIS defeat
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Where Does Trump Get His News?
Discussion: Mediaite and
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Baldwin offers to stop ‘SNL’ impersonation if Trump releases taxes
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: Companies that leave the US will face ‘retribution’
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Lieberman: Dems won't win with slide to left
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
Couple's house trashed, tagged with swastikas
Discussion: Raw Story and