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Morning Watch: Trump leaving businesses to focus on presidency

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TRUMP LEAVING BUSINESSES TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENCY, AVOID CONFLICT OF INTEREST

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. "I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again," he tweeted in a series of missives sent before dawn. "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses."

TRUMP AND ROMNEY'S MUTUAL ADMIRATION SHOWS REPUBLICAN OPPOSITES MAY VERY WELL ATTRACT

Donald Trump, 70, and 69-year-old Mitt Romney have far more in common than many realize: Both came to prominence as risk takers and dealmakers, and both have spent much of their lives seeking to emulate and outdo the success of their famous fathers. Trump's father, Fred, was a New York City developer, and Romney's father, George, was a governor of Michigan who unsuccessfully sought the presidency. Romney associates said they see him as a person who would make up for Trump's deficiencies.

PASCO SEEKS TO CURB ABUSERS FROM OWNING NEW PETS

Pasco County commissioners introduced a proposal to keep pets away from convicted animal abusers. But the county will not require abusers to register locally, as mandated in a Hillsborough County ordinance that went into effect Nov. 1. Instead, Pasco plans to provide a Web link to Pasco Circuit Court Clerk records, allowing people selling or putting animals up for adoption to verify whether the individual taking the animal has a record of abuse.

TREVOR DOOLEY BAIL HEARING TODAY

Trevor Dooley fatally shot a neighbor in front of the man's 8-year-old daughter in Valrico in 2010.

A Hillsborough circuit judge is expected to decide today whether to release Trevor Dooley on bail while he further appeals his case. Dooley, who shot and killed a neighbor on a Valrico basketball court in 2010, has been serving an eight-year sentence for manslaughter. He's complaining that his first appellate attorney did not bring up errors in the jury instructions — relating to self-defense that may have confused jurors. The question for now: Will Dooley be free again while all this is playing out? Check back to tampabay.com later.

CLEMSON'S SWINNEY, VIRGINIA TECH'S FUENTE FRIENDLY FOES

Small world, the coaching stratosphere, Joey Knight writes. A colleague one day is a counterpart the next. Happens every week. Which leads to Saturday night's ACC title game, where the coaches — Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente — were darn near co-workers.

CFP RANKINGS: SHOULD FLORIDA STATE BE AHEAD OF THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS?

One of the most interesting parts of Tuesday's latest College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, Matt Baker writes, was that Florida State rose to No. 12, jumping past Louisville in a move that likely puts the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl. You know, the same Louisville team that beat FSU 63-20 in one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history? So what gives?

President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs up as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.. [Associated Press]

President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs up as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.. [Associated Press]

Morning Watch: Trump leaving businesses to focus on presidency 11/30/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:50am]
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