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12:10 AM ET, December 17, 2017


 Top Items: 
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 …
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: Fox News and Mediaite
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump's transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling …
Discussion: The Hill
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump lawyer denies rumors of Mueller's impending firing  —  's lawyer managing his response to Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia denied rumors that the president is considering firing the special counsel.
Discussion: RedState
Adam Schiff / KQED News:
White House Lawyer Denies ‘Rumor on the Hill’ of Trump Plan to Fire Mueller  —  Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) told KQED Newsroom on Friday that she believes Republicans are trying to shut down the House Intelligence Committee's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Democrat: Rumor is Trump could fire Mueller before Christmas
Discussion: IJR and Hullabaloo
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Trump Campaign Claims A Federal Office Illegally Turned Over Transition Emails To The Special Counsel
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
New York Times:
2 Navy Airmen and an Object That 'Accelerated Like Nothing I've Ever Seen'  —  The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into U.F.O.s have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation, and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s.
Bryan Bender / Politico:
The Pentagon's Secret Search for UFOs
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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
Michelle Rindels / The Nevada Independent:
Woman in D.C. says Congressman Kihuen made unwanted overtures toward her this fall
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:
So much losing: Trump is least popular first year president ever, down 49 points from Obama  —  Donald Trump's plunging approval rating has officially made him the most unpopular first-year president in the history of presidential polling, according to the latest figures from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
On the eve of the tax vote, Republicans place a big bet for 2018
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: 52 percent say country worse off under Trump
Discussion: Shareblue Media
New York Times:
World's Most Expensive Home?  Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince  —  A $300 million chateau is one of a string of extravagant purchases for a prince who is cracking down on ill-gotten wealth and preaching fiscal austerity.  —  LOUVECIENNES, France — When the Chateau Louis XIV sold …
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Renowned Art House Theater, to Close  —  Much that has been written about the Lincoln Plaza Cinema on the Upper West Side of Manhattan includes the words “legendary,” “renowned” or “celebrated.”  —  Soon, another adjective may need to be added: closed.
Discussion: Deadline
Washington Post:
After Alabama loss, Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms  —  President Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning.
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Anita Hill chosen to lead Hollywood sexual harassment commission  —  Anita Hill has been picked to lead a newly formed commission on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.  —  As announced late Friday by the commission — an initiative spearheaded by producer Kathleen Kennedy …
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Bonnie Wertheim / New York Times:
Are High Heels Headed for a Tumble?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Howell Raines / New York Times:
Alabama's Unlikely Rebel
The Hill:
Listen: Gutiérrez says DACA fix may not come until 2018
Clark Kauffman / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Register's use of court records
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump's Campaign?
Discussion: American Greatness
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
How the oldest Senate ever is taking a toll on the business of Washington
John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Ambassadors Are Going Rogue On Twitter
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Trump calls wife of hospitalized Sen. John McCain
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Axios
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
The owner of Steve Bannon's D.C. rowhouse wants a 3-foot security fence.  D.C. government is not having it.
Discussion: The Hill
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
“It just seems wrong.” GOP rep admits tax scam he voted for rips off working people
Discussion: The Daily Beast and CNBC
Daily Mail:
Jared Kushner's parents are spotted at his D.C. home
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening
Discussion: Politico
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
The two expat bros who terrorized women correspondents in Moscow
New York Times:
‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President's Name Became a Racial Jeer
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA