SO TRANSPARENT. Trump transition team forced to sign non-disclosure agreement: “The agreement legally bars transition staffers from disclosing info about major portions of the transition work, like policy briefings, personnel material, donor info, fundraising goals, budgets, contracts, or any draft research papers. It also demands that if anyone on the team suspects a colleague of leaking material, he or she must tell transition team leadership. And it gives the Trump team grounds to tell those who run afoul of the rules: ‘You’re fired.'”
SIGNIFICANT DISTRACTION. Michael Flynn’s son resigns from transition team: “Flynn the younger was given the distinct impression that his tweets on fake news had become problematic and the transition did not intend to expend the energy or political capital necessary to defend him. He did scheduling things for his father and other tasks, but senior transition officials don’t know the extent of his work for his father. But he had quickly become a problem that was going to be solved immediately: he resigned before he was fired. Possibly seconds before, Garrett reported.”
FLORIDA. Voters sue, demanding recount, believe Clinton won.
LAKE COUNTY. Central Florida middle school students have the right to form Gay-Straight Alliance, says federal appeals court: “The decision Tuesday by the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came after the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida appealed a previous judge’s decision that school officials could deny the club recognition. The court’s reversal opinion found the club should have equal access to use school facilities, just like other extra-curricular clubs.”
BEEFCAKE BEACH. Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef hit the beach in Mexico.
PAKISTAN. Pakistan International Airlines plane crashes with 47 people on board en route to Islamabad: “Khan said witnesses told him that the aircraft crashed in a mountainous area and was on fire before it hit the ground. Pakistani media reported that Junaid Jamshed, a pop star turned evangelical preacher, was feared to have died in the crash. Civil aviation sources said contact with flight PK661 was lost at about 4.30pm local time (11.30am GMT).”
MOST POPULAR. Apple says the most popular app of the year was Snapchat: “Though much of the list will come as little surprise as Facebook, Instagram, Google Maps and YouTube regularly land the top spots in the App Store, the order may be less expected. Facebook’s much-maligned app, Messenger (which currently has an average App Store rating of just three stars) landed the second spot, while the summer’s massive hit Pokémon Go came in at number three.”
VENGEANCE MEOW. Man gets revenge on his cat for waking him up at night.
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA. Nick Robinson in talks to star in the Greg Berlanti-helmed film: “The film is an adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s 2015 book about a gay teen who has not come out to his classmates. But when an email he sent to a boy (that he’s never met) falls into the wrong hands, he finds himself in a complicated situation when he’s blackmailed by the class clown.”
XAVIER DOLAN. A set visit to his new film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. “Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman and Thandie Newton all star in the film which follows an American TV star (Harington) in his late 20s, his correspondence with a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Things take a turn when their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed.”
LUXURY PET ROCK. Nordstrom is selling these?
HOLIDAY WINDOWS. Take a virtual tour of NYC’s retail establishments.
HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Jamal Kombaté.
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