Today’s Buzz features the state of Washington suing Monsanto, Trump’s governing strategy, and the persistent inequality of neighborhoods. Portland just survived a storm of epic proportions – and inch or two of snow covered by ice! Shut the whole city down. In honor of what has become a four-day weekend, I bring you snowy, icy images. Grab your tea and get warm!

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We’re Buzzin’

Obama Orders Sweeping Review Of International Hacking Tied To U.S. Elections: President Obama has ordered the intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of “malicious cyber activity” timed to U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.

Trump Picks Multi-Millionaire Fast-Food Executive for Labor Secretary: The president-elect has chosen Andrew Puzder, a vocal critic of minimum-wage hikes and new overtime rules.

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The Town That Forgot About Its Japanese Internment Camp: A small town in rural Ontario harbored a World War II-era secret. Should it find a way to preserve a dark moment in its history, or let the past disappear for good?

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods: The places we’re born have a profound influence on our ability to move up the economic ladder.

Trump’s Continued Ties To ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Raise More Conflict Questions: Even after he becomes president, Donald Trump will hold another title dear to his heart: executive producer. The next head of the U.S. government is to retain a stake and a credit for the NBC reality series Celebrity Apprentice, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks tells NPR.

Black model recreates fashion campaigns to point out lack of diversity: Model Deddeh Howard was sick of the lack of diversity in major fashion campaigns. So, the Liberian model collaborated with photographer Raffael Dickreuter on the Black Mirror project, in which Howard recreated nine fashion brands’ advertisements that feature white models.

Trump’s governing strategy is taking shape — and it could be a political winner: The president will participate in populist stunts, while his Cabinet enacts hard-right policies.

Let’s relocate a bunch of government agencies to the Midwest: Time to shift economic activity from the overcrowded coasts to places that need more of it.

Local Gov Confidential

SeaWorld parks cut back amid financial difficulty: SeaWorld Entertainment is eliminating 320 positions companywide Tuesday, Dec. 6. The eliminations are a combination of layoffs and vacant positions.

In Oklahoma, People Are Suing Fracking Companies After Earthquakes Damaged Their Houses: The state’s fracking boom has also resulted in an enormous number of earthquakes. Now people want the energy companies to pay for the recovery.

Washington sues Monsanto over ‘significant harm’ caused by toxic chemicals: Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case “lacks merit.”

Alabama Inmate Coughed, Heaved For About 13 Minutes During Execution: An Alabama man convicted of murdering a convenience store clerk in 1994 was put to death by lethal injection on Thursday night, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay the execution and amid ongoing legal challenges to the state’s lethal injection protocol.