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7:20 AM ET, December 22, 2017

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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 …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Dispute Over Political Strategy Erupts Inside the White House  —  An Oval Office meeting involving President Trump and his top advisers on Wednesday devolved into a heated exchange between his former campaign manager and the White House political director, people briefed on the discussion said.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans warn Trump of 2018 bloodbath  —  A few weeks before Alabama's special Senate election, President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee leader, Ronna Romney McDaniel, delivered a two-page memo to White House chief of staff John Kelly outlining the party's collapse with female voters.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump eyes former aides as West Wing staffers depart  —  Behind closed doors, the president has lately been talking up the outside advisers who helped usher him into the White House, fueling speculation about new additions in 2018.  —  President Donald Trump is basking in the first big legislative victory …
Discussion: ABC News
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
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Ex-CIA director Brennan goes there, compares Trump to “narcissistic, vengeful autocrats”  —  Foreign relations have been in a tailspin since Donald Trump upended decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and declared America would recognize Jerusalem solely as the capital of Israel.
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Washington Post:
U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. decision on Jerusalem in pointed rebuke
Colin Dwyer / NPR:
U.N. Votes Overwhelmingly To Condemn U.S. Decision On Jerusalem
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
Papa John's Founder to Step Down as CEO
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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: Washington Post, RedState and The Week
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Judge Dismisses Suit Against Trump Over Business Dealings
Discussion: CNNMoney and New York Magazine
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump just gave a bigger Christmas gift to Putin than corporate America — while no one was watching  —  In a move that went largely unnoticed last week, Donald Trump quietly handed Russian President Vladimir Putin the best Christmas gift he could possibly ask for — an invitation …
Washington Post:
FBI's top lawyer said to be reassigned … The FBI's top lawyer, James Baker, is being reassigned — one of the first moves by new director Christopher A. Wray to assemble his own team of senior advisers as he tries to fend off accusations of politicization within the bureau.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Congress Passes Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown Against a Friday Deadline  —  WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Thursday to legislation to keep the government funded into January, averting a government shutdown this weekend but kicking fights over issues like immigration …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate passes stopgap spending bill, allowing Congress to avert partial government shutdown
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obamacare Sign-ups at High Levels Despite Trump Saying It's ‘Imploding’  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that 8.8 million people had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal marketplace, a surprisingly large number only slightly lower …
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Alexa Mills / Washington City Paper:
Long Live City Paper  —  Darrow MontgomeryI am overjoyed to report that local venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein has reached an agreement to purchase Washington City Paper from SouthComm, Inc. The news hit us in the middle of our annual holiday potluck.
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Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:
Local businessman Mark Ein to buy Washington City Paper for undisclosed sum
Discussion: Washingtonian and Politico
ODNI Newsroom:
Joint Statement from DNI Coats, AG Sessions, CIA Director Pompeo, FBI Director Wray, and NSA Director Rogers on FISA Section 702 Reauthorization  —  Reauthorizing Section 702 before it expires is vital to keeping the nation safe.  Let us be clear: if Congress fails to act …
CBS News:
Commentary: Democrats may wish they'd supported Trump's tax cut  —  Why is a plan to cut taxes for working families, enact an Obama-style approach to corporate taxes and increase child-friendly spending the subject of such partisan passion?  It's not policy.  It's not math.  —  It's Trump.
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Callista Gingrich becomes Trump's envoy to pope as differences mount  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Callista Gingrich, wife of the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday became U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, which is at odds with Washington over immigration, climate change and Jerusalem.
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
The Miss America Emails: How The Pageant's CEO Really Talks About The Winners  —  Internal correspondence reveals name-calling, slut-shaming and fat-shaming in emails between the Miss America CEO, board members and a pageant writer.  —  In late August 2014, the CEO of the Miss America Organization …
Discussion: Mashable and thecut
New York Times:
Ford Apologizes for Sexual Harassment at Chicago Factories  —  Ford Motor Company apologized to its employees on Thursday for sexual harassment at two Chicago plants, addressing accusations that span more than a quarter-century.  —  Jim Hackett, Ford's president and chief executive …
 
 
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Corker on media: I have ‘newfound empathy’ for Trump
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Tax Cuts Buoy Republicans, but They're Swimming Against an Undertow
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Children's insurance program receives only patchwork funding
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Deep Racism of the Left
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ethics committee expands Rep. Farenthold probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate poised to punt on disaster aid
Discussion: Politicus USA
 Earlier Items: 
Bakari T Sellers / The Guardian:
A new generation of young black politicians is coming - the Democrats should listen
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Breitbart editor now says he believed Leigh Corfman and thought Roy Moore was ‘terrible’
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
All 6 Defendants Not Guilty In Key Felony Trial Of Trump Inauguration Protesters
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
The presidency survived the Watergate, Iran-contra and Clinton scandals.  Trump will exact a higher toll.
mypalmbeachpost:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's Mar-a-Lago tax deal veiled from IRS review
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Manohla Dargis / New York Times:
Review: In ‘The Post,’ Democracy Survives the Darkness
Discussion: Splinter