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5:30 PM ET, December 7, 2016


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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Donald Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry, to Lead E.P.A.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, a transition official said …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump to pick oil ally Pruitt to head EPA  —  President-elect Donald Trump is planning to pick Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, putting one of the agency's most hostile critics and a skeptic of climate change science at its helm, sources close to the transition said Wednesday.
Fox News:
Trump to nominate EPA critic Pruitt to lead agency
Samantha Page / ThinkProgress:   Trump to tap vocal EPA opponent to head the EPA
The Last, Greatest Deal  —  For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair.  Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country.
New York Times:
John Kelly, Retired Marine General, Is Trump's Choice to Lead Homeland Security  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has settled on Gen. John F. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan, as his choice for secretary of homeland security …
Gabby Morrongiello / Washington Examiner:
Trump likely to have Kobach, Kelly run DHS
Discussion: Vox, and The Last Refuge
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Jarrett: Trump's victory felt like ‘a punch to the stomach’  —  Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump's surprise victory on Election Day was “like a punch to the stomach” and “soul-crushing,” but that the mood inside the White House has improved since then.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump says he's consulted Obama on Cabinet picks
Discussion: CNBC and TheBlaze
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Schumer: If Republicans destroy our health system, we won't throw them a lifeline  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  The emerging GOP plan to repeal Obamacare on a delayed schedule — and then maybe kinda sorta replace it later — has raised a big question: Will Democrats help Republicans pass …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
How Branstad to Beijing could reshape Iowa's political landscape  —  Should Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad be named ambassador to China - a strong possibility, it appears - it'll be big news in Washington and Beijing.  —  But don't overlook its impact in Des Moines.
John Le / WLOS-TV:
Bad Santa?  Boy claims he was body shamed by St. Nick  —  FOREST CITY, N.C. (WLOS) - It's practically straight out of a “Bad Santa” movie.  —  A North Carolina mother wants the local Santa Claus fired after saying things that put her 9-year-old son in tears.
Rodney Ho / Radio and TV Talk:
Black employees file class-action lawsuit against CNN, Turner  —  This was posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog  —  Former and current black employees on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against Atlanta-based CNN, Turner Broadcasting …
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
Exclusive: Internal documents detail secret VA quality ratings  —  Hospitals run by the VA are graded on a 5-point system.  Up until now, those grades have been kept private.  USA TODAY's Donovan Slack shares what she learned while uncovering them.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Denzel Washington blasts media for selling ‘BS’  —  He was at the center of a fake news story, but Denzel Washington says it's the mainstream media that's selling “BS.”  —  “If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed.  If you do read it, you're misinformed,” Washington …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Clinton to throw thank-you party for millionaire donors  —  are planning a thank-you party next week for those who donated millions to their presidential campaign.  —  The party at the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom on Dec. 15 is expected to feature fashion icon Anna Wintour, investor Alan Patricof …
Thomas E. Patterson / Shorenstein Center:
News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters  —  A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald …
Urban Institute:
Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation  —  Abstract  —  Congress is now considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process.  Since only components of the law with federal budget implications can be changed through reconciliation …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sofía Vergara sued by her own embryos  —  MORE FROM:  —  The battle over Sofia Vergara's embryos took an extraordinary turn Tuesday — when a right-to-live lawsuit was filed on behalf of the fertilized eggs against their mom.  —  The female embryos are listed as plaintiffs “Emma” …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Majority of Americans Say Trump Can Keep Businesses, Poll Shows  —  51 percent confident he will put U.S. interests first  —  Nearly two-thirds say he won't build Mexico border wall  —  Two-thirds of U.S. adults think Donald Trump needs to choose between being president or a businessman …
ISIS rise surprised Obama, US intelligence  —  Obama reflects on the unforeseen rise of ISIS  — He was conflicted about how to deal with the rise of ISIS, which he says surprised US intelligence … Washington (CNN)ISIS' march across Iraq and Syria — a campaign that's forced President Barack Obama …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
What It's Like to Apply for a Job in Donald Trump's White House  —  WASHINGTON — When former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia stepped off the elevator on the 26th floor of Trump Tower last week for his interview with Donald J. Trump, he expected a grilling by the president-elect and a phalanx of associates …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
GOP plans new assault on unions  —  Republicans in crucial states across the country are planning a renewed assault on the political power of labor unions after GOP victories in November's elections handed the party control of states where Democrats have long defended union rights.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The Next Class of California Political Leaders  —  LOS ANGELES - Democrats are reeling after Republicans captured the White House and Congress.  In Washington, the infighting has begun.  And potentially most alarming for the party about to be out of power, there is a paucity of younger Democrats ready …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Sacramento Bee
Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Online:
Lawsuit: Stanford acted with ‘deliberate indifference’ to reports of sexual assault  —  Student seeks damages and a jury trial  —  A female Stanford University student who says the same male student sexually assaulted her and several other women has filed a lawsuit against the university …
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Discussion: JustOneMinute
Agence France-Presse:
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Andrew Nagorski / Politico:
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Chris Kennedy moving closer to bid for governor
Discussion: Political Wire
Equitable Growth:
Economic growth in the United States: A tale of two countries
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Columbus Dispatch:
Heartbeat abortion bill approved in Ohio Senate, headed for House
Page Six:
Network planning to move Scott Pelley off ‘CBS Evening News’
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