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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I Have Power”: Is Steve Bannon Running for President?  —  On a whirlwind tour around the globe, Trump's former aide and alter ego reveals what really went down in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka, his complicated relationship with his erstwhile boss—and his own political ambitions.
CNN:
Top FBI official grilled on Comey, Clinton in Hill testimony  —  Washington (CNN)FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faced numerous questions this week about his interactions, conversations and correspondence with his one-time boss, former FBI Director James Comey, spanning both the FBI's Russia investigation …
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Ryan Struyk / CNN:
Most Americans doubt Trump on Russia probe, while Mueller approval tilts positive  —  Berman: Trump wrong to claim collusion ‘disproven’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — 56% of Americans think Trump's public statements on the Russia probe have been mostly or completely false
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
A trio of House Republicans lobbing attacks on Mueller have been in touch with the White House
Washington Post:
U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. decision on Jerusalem in pointed rebuke … The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which was repeatedly criticized as undermining prospects for peace.
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New York Times:
Defying Trump, U.N. General Assembly Condemns U.S. Decree on Jerusalem  —  UNITED NATIONS — A lopsided majority of United Nations members rebuked the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ignoring President Trump's threats to retaliate …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Nikki Haley Confronts the U.N.'s ‘Jackals’
Peter Beaumont / The Guardian:
UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital
Discussion: IJR and Lawfare
ABC News:
Nikki Haley addresses UN in wake of ‘taking names’ warning
Discussion: Politico
Colin Dwyer / NPR:
U.N. Votes Overwhelmingly To Condemn U.S. Decision On Jerusalem
Discussion: Eschaton
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Congress races to fund the government and avert a shutdown  — Congress races to pass a short-term spending bill aimed at averting a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.  — The measure also contains a provision that would allow President Trump to sign the GOP tax bill immediately …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate passes stopgap spending bill, allowing Congress to avert partial government shutdown
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
Five Women Are Accusing A Top Left-Leaning Media Executive Of Sexually Harassing Them  —  Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, was placed on “indefinite leave” after BuzzFeed News asked his oversight board about accusations that he inappropriately touched employees, sent lewd emails, and showed them explicit photographs.
Kelsey Snell / NPR:
McConnell Ready To ‘Move On’ From Obamacare Repeal, Others In GOP Say Not So Fast  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants 2018 to be a year of bipartisanship, even if that means moving on from GOP dreams of cutting welfare and fully rolling back the Affordable Care Act.
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Paul Demko / Politico:
Obamacare sign-ups surge, despite Trump's declaration on ‘repeal’
Discussion: cms.gov, Balloon Juice and ACA Signups
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge dismisses suits claiming Trump violated emoluments clause  —  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming that President Donald Trump's failure to divest himself of his real estate empire and other business holdings violated the Constitution's provision banning receipt of foreign …
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and The Week
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:   Judge Dismisses Suit Against Trump Over Business Dealings
Washington Post:
Trump advisers vent frustrations about 2018 strategy as president listens … Within hours of celebrating President Trump's biggest legislative achievement, at the South Portico of the White House on Wednesday, his aides and outside advisers had a spirited, and at times tense …
Discussion: Politico
Joseph Pisani / Associated Press:
Papa John's Founder To Step Down As CEO After Backlash Over NFL Comments  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO next month, about two months after he publicly criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by football players — comments for which the company later apologized.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Balloon Juice
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.
New York Times:
Trump Administration Considers Separating Families to Combat Illegal Immigration  —  The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would separate parents from their children when families are caught entering the country illegally, according to officials who have been briefed on the plans.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Mueller Is Looking Into a U.S. Foundation Backed by Russian Money  —  Foundation got $500,000 in undisclosed Russian donations  —  Representatives attended meeting with Trump campaign officials  —  Sara Peterson flew to Moscow in 2012 to take home two Russian orphans just as the Kremlin …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
All 6 Defendants Not Guilty In Key Felony Trial Of Trump Inauguration Protesters  —  The case could determine the fate of many of the nearly 200 people arrested during the inauguration.  —  All six defendants in a crucial trial involving demonstrators arrested during President Donald Trump's inauguration …
mypalmbeachpost:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's Mar-a-Lago tax deal veiled from IRS review  —  PALM BEACH POST INVESTIGATION … Donald Trump stands in the living room at Mar-a-Lago, 1992.  Photo by Katie Deits / Zuma Press  —  PALM BEACH — Donald Trump's deal with the town of Palm Beach to turn Mar-a-Lago …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Sore loser Roy Moore lashes out at Doug Jones' gay son  —  He's blaming everyone but himself.  —  Republican Roy Moore has still not conceded his loss in the Alabama Senate race, and in recent days, has seemed to pin the blame at minority groups he is known for despising.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump just gave a bigger Christmas gift to Putin than corporate America — while no one was watching  —  While most of the country was focused on Alabama's Senate race, Trump was playing Secret Santa with Putin.  —  In a move that went largely unnoticed last week, Donald Trump quietly handed …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Pence pays surprise visit to Kabul  —  KABUL — Vice President Pence arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday for an unannounced visit with U.S. troops, many of whom were just children when the war began here more than 16 years ago, and to meet with top Afghan leaders to discuss President Trump's strategy for the conflict.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump visits US troops at Walter Reed
Discussion: IJR
Jordan Pascale / Virginian-Pilot:
Virginia officials will randomly pick winner of tied House of Delegates race on Dec. 27  —  Politicos, mark your calendars for Wednesday Dec. 27.  —  That's the day the Virginia Board of Elections will randomly pick the winner of the high stakes and tied 94th House District race.  —  The impact?
Manohla Dargis / New York Times:
Review: In ‘The Post,’ Democracy Survives the Darkness  —  THE POST - NYT Critic's Pick - Directed by Steven Spielberg - Biography, Drama, History, Thriller - PG-13 - 1h 55m  —  Steven Spielberg's exhilarating drama “The Post” is about a subject that's dear to the heart of journalists: themselves!
Discussion: Splinter
Bakari T Sellers / The Guardian:
A new generation of young black politicians is coming - the Democrats should listen  —  Democrats have every right to feel optimistic after a major win in Alabama, but keeping up momentum will require more than taking black voters for granted … he recent upset in the special election …
Luke Nozicka / Des Moines Register:
President Trump commutes sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, ex-Iowa slaughterhouse executive  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of former Iowa slaughterhouse executive Sholom Rubashkin, who was sentenced to 27 years for bank fraud and money laundering, the White House said.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate poised to punt on disaster aid  —  The Senate is poised to delay a House-passed disaster relief bill until January as lawmakers appear unable to reach a deal to speed up consideration of the legislation.  —  Sen. John Cornyn  —  (R-Texas), whose state was hit by Hurricane Harvey earlier this year …
Discussion: Politicus USA
David Crook / DCReport.org:
Deducting a CEO's Jet, But Not a Cop's Uniform  —  What the Republicans' Tax Bill Really Means for People Like Us  —  By David Cay Johnston, DCReport Editor-in-Chief  —  Donald Trump often declares his support, even love, for police, firefighters and other first responders.
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Breitbart editor now says he believed Leigh Corfman and thought Roy Moore was ‘terrible’  —  In the final weeks of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, Breitbart News strained to discredit Leigh Corfman, who accused Republican Roy Moore of sexually touching her when she was 14 and he was 32.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNNMoney
 
 
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ethics committee expands Rep. Farenthold probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
In ‘defense of science,’ researchers sue EPA over move to overhaul advisory boards
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules
Discussion: Axios and California Attorney …
Samantha Bomkamp / Chicago Tribune:
Restaurant workers at O'Hare airport go on strike on peak travel day
Discussion: NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
The presidency survived the Watergate, Iran-contra and Clinton scandals.  Trump will exact a higher toll.
Bloomberg:
Mueller Avoids Pitfalls by Giving Trump the Silent Treatment
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Cochran's future in the Senate in doubt
Yascha Mounk / New York Times:
The Real Coup Plot Is Trump's
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 

 
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UK High Court rules that Julian Assange can appeal against his extradition to the US because judges deemed US assurances insufficient

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Pew Research Center:
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