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9:15 AM ET, December 21, 2017

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John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans quietly investigate perceived corruption at DOJ, FBI  —  A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally …
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Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
“Are Republicans dead inside?”  GOP host slams her own party in disgust  —  As the investigation into Russia breaks new ground, Donald Trump and his allies are ramping up their baseless attacks on the FBI and senior Justice Department officials for allowing it to continue.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Group of House Republicans have been quietly investigating the DOJ and FBI for weeks
Discussion: RedState
Liz Moyer / CNBC:
Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp unveil minimum wage hikes after tax bill passage  — Fifth Third and AT&T are paying employees special bonuses after getting tax cuts under the Republican tax plan.  — Wells Fargo said Wednesday that it would boost minimum wages for employees to $15 an hour …
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AT&T:
With Tax Reform, AT&T Plans to Increase U.S. Capital Spending $1 Billion and Provide $1,000 …
MediaRoom:
Boeing announces immediate additional employee-related and charitable investments of $300 million as a result of new law
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wall Street Journal Killed Editorial on Trump's Mob Ties  —  In a short period of time, five staffers have departed The Wall Street Journal editorial page.  The general cause of their departures, willing and otherwise, is known: the Journal editorial line has increasingly conformed …
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Trump Plans Tax Signing on Jan. 3 Due to Technical Issue  —  President Donald Trump plans to sign the tax bill on Jan. 3 to ensure automatic spending cuts to Medicare and other programs don't take effect, according to a House Republican aide familiar with the plans.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Superlatives and doom and gloom, Republicans, Democrats fall back on old tropes in describing tax plan
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Republicans finally get what they wanted out of Trump
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
President Commutes Sentence of Iowa Meatpacking Executive  —  President Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, whose Iowa meatpacking plant was the target of a huge immigration raid in 2008, and whose 27-year prison sentence angered many Orthodox Jews.
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Luke Nozicka / Des Moines Register:
President Trump commutes sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, ex-Iowa slaughterhouse executive
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Court tosses out one-vote victory in recount that had briefly ended a Republican majority in Virginia  —  A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats …
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Jordan Pascale / Virginian-Pilot:
Republican awarded 1 more vote, causing a tie in House race that will decide balance of power
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
You Cannot Be Too Cynical About the Republican Tax Bill  —  The rush to enact the tax bill was designed to mask — as a break for the middle class — what is in fact a $1.4 trillion package of benefits for key donors and lobbyists, the richest members of Congress, President Trump, his family and other families like his.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The tax cut expectations game
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
The Daily Beast:   Trump Falsely Claims GOP Tax Bill ‘Repealed Obamacare’
The Commercial Appeal:
Memphis removing Confederate statues from Downtown parks  —  Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal  —  The city of Memphis sold two public parks containing Confederate monuments to a nonprofit Wednesday in a massive, months-in-the-planning operation to take the statues down overnight.
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New York Times:
Confederate Statues in Memphis Are Removed After City Council Vote
Discussion: The Root
New York Times:
Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination  —  This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.  —  A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants …
NBC News:
Prosecutors ask FBI agents for info on Uranium One deal  —  On the orders of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department prosecutors have begun asking FBI agents to explain the evidence they found in a now dormant criminal investigation into a controversial uranium deal that critics …
Murray Waas / Foreign Policy:
White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law  —  Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.  —  The White House turned over records this fall to special counsel Robert Mueller revealing …
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump praises ‘Fox & Friends’ for being named ‘most influential’ because he watches it  —  on Thursday praised “Fox & Friends” after a media website named it the “most influential” because he watches it.  —  “Was @foxandfriends just named the most influential show in news?”  Trump tweeted.
Discussion: RedState, Reuters and Raw Story
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Mediaite:
Most Influential in Media 2017  —  5. Rachel Maddow
Discussion: Raw Story
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Puerto Rico governor vows midterm revenge for tax bill  —  Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he plans to mobilize 5.3 million Puerto Ricans living on the mainland to shake up the midterm elections in states ranging from Florida to California.  —  Rosselló …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:   One potential loser in the new GOP tax bill: Puerto Rico
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Forget what they say — House Democrats are readying for impeachment  —  To fill their top spot on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats had a choice between experts in two critical policy arenas: a constitutional law ace with firsthand experience battling President Trump, and an architect of sweeping immigration legislation.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Glenn Thrush, Suspended Times Reporter, to Resume Work but Won't Cover White House  —  The New York Times said on Wednesday that Glenn Thrush, one of the paper's most prominent political reporters, would remain suspended until late January and then be removed from the team covering the White House …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Ridiculous video emerges of wealthy Koch heir — and the internet is dying of laughter  —  The billionaire heir of conservative industrialist Bill Koch stands to benefit mightily from the newly passed Republican tax overhaul.  —  Wyatt Ingraham Koch is president and CEO of the Wyatt Ingraham clothing brand …
Yascha Mounk / New York Times:
The Real Coup Plot Is Trump's  —  When Donald Trump's campaign was accused of spreading “fake news,” he quickly appropriated the term for himself.  The true purveyors of fake news, he claimed, were television networks like CNN and newspapers like this one.  —  Now, as Mr. Trump and his allies seem …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Democracy dies in dimness  —  There's fake news and there's non-news.  Between the two, they account for way too much of what the mainstream media reports.  —  Here's an example of non-news.  The Washington Post tells us that “Tom Hanks would vote no to attending a screening of ‘The Post’ at the White House.”
Discussion: Instapundit
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Yahoo:
Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote  —  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington  —  WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Great American Tax Heist  —  With their tax bill, Donald Trump and the Republicans are raiding the Treasury in plain sight, throwing crumbs to the masses as the millionaires and billionaires make off with the cake.  —  America should be aghast not only at the looting but also at the brazenness of its execution.
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Washington Post:
A win for the wealthy, the entitled and the irresponsible
Dean L. Winslow / Washington Post:
I spoke my mind on guns.  Then my Senate confirmation was put on hold.  —  Dean L. Winslow, a retired Air Force colonel and flight surgeon, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University.  —  Last week, I withdrew my name from consideration to be assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill Ervolino / USA Today:
Dec. 21 will be the worst day of 2017, astrologers say … The winter solstice — also known as Yule, Midwinter, the Shortest Day of the Year and the Longest Night — occurs at 11:28 a.m. ET Thursday.  —  But this short, little day with the great many names also may be the worst day of the year, according to astrologers.
 
 
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Fox Business:
Money Talks: Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR dial up donations to key GOP lawmakers as tax bill protects …
Discussion: Washington Post
James Piereson / American Greatness:
Good Riddance to the Blue State Model
Washington Post:
Taxpayers will have to wait to find out how they did under new legislation
CNN:
Chief Justice Roberts calls for review of procedures for protecting court employees from misconduct
Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
Judge declares mistrial in Bundy Ranch standoff case
Politico:
House to vote on government funding Thursday
Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
Chuck Close Apologizes After Accusations of Sexual Harassment
Discussion: The Daily Beast and HuffPost
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Sun-Sentinel:
Venus Williams fatal crash: No one is to blame, police say
Discussion: The Root and NPR
Detroit Free Press:
Ex-MSP trooper charged with murder in death of Detroit boy being chased on ATV
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Kira Davis / RedState:
Tim Scott is Not Here for Your White Savior Complex
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Has Trump Persuaded Orrin Hatch to Block Mitt Romney's Senate Bid?
Discussion: Politico
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Congress Will Not Renew the Children's Health Insurance Program This Year
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump administration approves lethal arms sales to Ukraine
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 

 
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