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10:05 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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CNN:
Warner: Firing Mueller would be ‘gross abuse of power’  —  Warner warns of threats against Mueller  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that the firing of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller would be a …
Discussion: Just Security and Axios
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:   “Are Republicans dead inside?” GOP host slams her own party in disgust
John Bowden / The Hill:
Group of House Republicans have been quietly investigating the DOJ and FBI for weeks
Discussion: RedState
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.
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Mediaite:
Most Influential in Media 2017  —  5. Rachel Maddow  —  When it comes to MSNBC prime time, there is Maddow. . and then everyone else.  The 9 PM MSNBC break out star has successfully positioned herself as a leading voice (and perhaps the leading voice) of “The Resistance” …
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
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 …
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 …
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: IJR and Political Wire
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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 and Splinter
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
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 …
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: US making plans for ‘bloody nose’ military attack on North Korea  —  America is drawing up plans for a “bloody nose” military attack on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme, The Telegraph understands.  —  The White House has “dramatically” stepped up preparation …
Discussion: Business Insider
James Piereson / American Greatness:
Good Riddance to the Blue State Model  —  A few years ago, Walter Russell Mead published an insightful article titled, “The Once and Future Liberalism” in which he described two models of governance in the American states.  First is the blue state model—found in states like New York …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
All 11 over-the-top speeches praising Donald Trump at Wednesday's tax celebration, ranked  —  (CNN)Congressional Republicans gathered at the White House Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the passage of a major tax cut bill with President Trump.  It was a love-fest.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Atlantic
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CNN
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Fox Business:
Money Talks: Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR dial up donations to key GOP lawmakers as tax bill protects carried interest loophole  —  If you want to know how one of Wall Street's biggest players managed to keep a massive and controversial loophole in the GOP tax bill, just follow the money.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Arie Shapira / Bloomberg:
Long Island Iced Tea Soars 500% After Changing Its Name to Long Blockchain  —  There's a new leader in the sweepstakes for the zaniest name change in the crypto craze.  —  Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares rose 238 percent after the company rebranded itself Long Blockchain Corp. It's …
John W. Schoen / CNBC:
Dozens of lawmakers stand to reap a tax windfall due to a GOP loophole  — Dozens of lawmakers stand to reap a tax windfall thanks to a loophole inserted in the sweeping GOP tax overhaul bill, according to a review of federal financial disclosures.  — Those benefits will now go to …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple addresses why people are saying their iPhones with older batteries are running ‘slower’  —  Because of a Reddit post and the loose interpretation of subsequent benchmark tests posted by Primate Labs' John Poole, the “Apple throttles old iPhones” meme has reared its ugly head again.
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
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 …
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Will companies spend tax savings to create jobs?  —  The GOP tax bill explained  —  CEOs may like the idea of a big tax cut for businesses, but that doesn't mean they'll use the savings to create American jobs.  —  Just 14% of CEOs surveyed by Yale University said their companies plan to make large …
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
 
 
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ABC News:
Mattis is 1st Pentagon chief to visit Guantanamo since 2002
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Smith / The Guardian:
Trump will personally save up to $15m under tax bill, analysis finds
Sen. Orrin Hatch / Fox News:
Repealing the individual mandate tax is the beginning of the end of the ObamaCare era
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
New York Times:
Palestinian Girl Praised as Hero After Confronting Soldiers
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Cochran's future in the Senate in doubt
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Democracy dies in dimness
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
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Puerto Rico governor vows midterm revenge for tax bill
Discussion: Washington Post
Liz Moyer / CNBC:
Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp unveil minimum wage hikes after tax bill passage
 

 
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