WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, mostly sunny of 54; Harrisburg, showers, high of 49; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 43.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* A feud between Gov. Tom Wolf and senate Republicans over Labor & Industry jobs continues to intensify.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* US Sen. Pat Toomey called on Donald Trump to cut funding as punishment for “sanctuary cities” like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, WHYY reports.
* In the face of political backlash against undocumented immigrants, UPenn announced it would become a “sanctuary campus” to protect its students, the Philly Voice reports.
* Philadelphia city attorney Duncan Lloyd was identified as party to a vandalism incident involving anti-Trump graffiti, prompting a rebuke from the local GOP, Billy Penn writes.
* Former Gov. Ed Rendell called a Jill Stein-led recount effort in PA a “big waste of time,” according to the AP.
* State Republicans nevertheless sought to prevent recount efforts in certain precincts, the Post-Gazette writes.
* A new study linked PA charter school growth to declines in school district resources and funding, the Post-Gazette writes.
* Philly hired its first “complete streets” director, who will promote best practices for bike, ped and auto-related street improvements, WHYY reports.
* A Billy Penn report examines the rise of rural political power in Pennsylvania.
* Philadelphia officials asked the state to relax regulations on siting medical marijuana dispensaries that were too burdensome for urban areas, the Inquirer reports.
* Pittsburgh’s City Council mulled ways to fund new affordable housing initiatives – including a real estate transfer tax increase and direct funding, the Post-Gazette writes.
* A Philly controller’s report found that the city failed to repave most streets within an ideal 10- to 20-year window, writes the Inquirer.
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* The Inquirer sounds the alarm over younger generations’ inability to tell fake news from the real thing – and what educational institutions are doing about it.
* The Patriot News helpfully offers up suggestions on how to fix the state’s Open Records law when the Legislature comes back into session in January.
* The Standard-Speaker uses grim revenue stats to illustrate why PA GOP lawmakers will need to reform the state’s tax structure to prevent looming budget deficits.
* The Post-Gazette recommends police departments rethink their policies on pursuit in the wake of a Thanksgiving Day crash that killed three bystanders in North Versailles.
* LancasterOnline explores options for reducing the number of illegal deer kills in Lancaster County.
* The Daily Times goes beyond the speculation and angst to talk to Andy Reilly, a local member of PA’s Electoral College, about what will happen when votes are cast Dec. 19.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman tries to make sense out of Americans who voted for Trump against their own best economic and health interests.
* The Times-News applauds the decision to create a fire commission to determine how best to serve Millcreek’s 50,000+ residents.
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10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Room 400, Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join James H. J. Tate’s son Francis X. Tate and daughter Anne M. Star to commemorate the installation of their father’s portrait. Mayor Tate served Philadelphia from 1962-1971. Lobby of Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will tour the offices, recognize outstanding Philly 311 agents and personally respond to Twitter service requests. Philly 311 Offices, City Hall Room 167, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: "Believe me, if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would. But this is a big waste of time." – Former Gov. Ed Rendell slams Green Party recount efforts in PA. From the AP.