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9:05 AM ET, December 17, 2017


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Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Mueller obtains “tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained “many tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails, including sensitive emails of Jared Kushner, transition team sources tell Axios.  — Trump officials discovered Mueller …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
3 Ways Trump Or His Allies Might Try To Disrupt The Mueller Russia Probe  —  From the airwaves of conservative media to the hearing rooms of the House of Representatives, Republican allies of the White House are attacking the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Key Officials Push Back Against Trump Campaign's Claim That A Federal Office Illegally Turned Over Emails To Special Counsel  —  A lawyer for the Trump transition team on Saturday accused a federal agency of illegally and unconstitutionally turning over thousands of emails to the Special Counsel's Office.
Discussion: The Guardian
Fox News:
Trump lawyer: Mueller improperly obtained transition documents in Russia probe  —  A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
How Fox News and President Trump create an anti-Mueller ‘feedback loop’  —  Bernstein: Fox hosts are abetting a cover-up  —  An anti-Robert Mueller, anti-FBI fervor is intensifying among Trump supporters — partly thanks to a campaign by Fox News and other conservative media sources.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump transition lawyer accuses Mueller of unlawfully obtaining emails  —  A lawyer for President Donald Trump's transition team is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of unlawfully obtaining tens of thousands of private emails during its investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.
Discussion: The Week and Al Jazeera English
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP lawmaker: Top FBI officials will be subpoenaed  —  A Republican on the House judiciary committee said Saturday he's gotten a commitment from committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to subpoena top officials at the FBI and Justice Department in their ongoing inquiry into claims of bias against President Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Fox News:
Trump transition lawyer: Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump lawyer denies rumors of Mueller's impending firing
Discussion: RedState
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews  —  An NBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.  —  Two sources familiar …
John Bowden / The Hill:
NBC paid out severance to staffer who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment  —  A former MSNBC employee who accused host Chris Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999 was given a separation payment by the network, according to a Daily Caller report.  —  Two sources told the Caller …
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Words banned at multiple HHS agencies include ‘diversity’ and ‘vulnerable’ … The Trump administration has informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget.
New York Times:
Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Keefe / International Business Times:
Senator Bob Corker Said He Hasn't Read The Tax Bill, Denies Changing His Vote In Exchange For Personal Tax Breaks  —  In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn, denied knowing about a controversial last-minute provision slipped …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Watch: Intel Dem warns of Trump plot to fire Mueller on Christmas weekend  —  Rep. Jackie Speier is sounding the alarm about a potential “Saturday massacre 2.0.”  —  California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier warned on Friday that Donald Trump may be plotting to fire special counsel Robert Mueller …
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Democrat: Rumor is Trump could fire Mueller before Christmas
Discussion: IJR and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
The Winners and Losers in the Tax Bill  —  President Trump has called the $1.5 trillion tax cut that Republican lawmakers are on the verge of passing a Christmas present for the entire nation.  —  But the fine print reveals that some will get a much nicer gift than others …
New York Times:
Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program  —  WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.  —  Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A War Trump Won  —  There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself …
Gary Martin / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Kihuen, accused of sexual harassment, says he won't seek re-election  —  Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., speaks during a DACA anniversary event at the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.  Bridget Bennett Las Vegas Review-Journal @bridgetkbennett
Tiffany Stanley / Politico:
This Evangelical Leader Denounced Trump.  Then the Death Threats Started.  —  Jen Hatmaker is one of the most popular religious figures in America—and she is paying a steep price for speaking out for what she believes.  —  Last fall, Jen Hatmaker, a popular evangelical author and speaker, started getting death threats.
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John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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