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4:00 PM ET, December 21, 2017

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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.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Defying Trump, U.N. General Assembly Condemns U.S. Decree on Jerusalem  —  UNITED NATIONS — A majority of the world's nations delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ignoring President Trump's threats …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Nikki Haley Confronts the U.N.'s ‘Jackals’  —  The U.S. ambassador, like the president, knows that the organization is irrelevant without its richest member.  —  When U.N. member states vote Thursday on a resolution condemning America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Ambassador Nikki Haley will be watching.
Peter Beaumont / The Guardian:
UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital
Discussion: IJR
ABC News:
Nikki Haley addresses UN in wake of ‘taking names’ warning
Discussion: Politico
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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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 …
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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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: Mother Jones and Raw Story
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 …
Bloomberg:
Mueller Avoids Pitfalls by Giving Trump the Silent Treatment  —  Some Republicans are escalating attacks on Russia probe  —  Special counsel aims to convey credibility, officials says  —  Through all the controversy, threats and noise surrounding the Trump-Russia investigation …
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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?
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:
The Politics of the Republican Tax Bill: A Dissenting View  —  I am not a fan of the new tax bill that the Republican Congress passed.  It will widen the gap between the wealthy and everyone else and increase the likelihood over a decade or so of another crash.
Washington Post:
Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year … American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
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USA Today:
Life expectancy is down for a second year. Drug overdoses are a big reason why.
Discussion: AOL
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dylan Scott / Vox:
This Congress's clear priorities: corporations, not children  —  It's taken Congress three months to do the bare minimum to help CHIP.  —  Congress is preparing to go home for the holidays having delivered a historic tax cut for corporations — and having done only the absolute minimum …
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Modern Healthcare:
MENU  —  House leaders reached a deal on a plan to avert …
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Inauguration Protesters Found Not Guilty On All Charges In Jury Trial  —  Police pursue demonstrators in Washington, DC, on Jan. 20, 2017.  —  A jury on Thursday found six defendants not guilty on all charges they were facing in connection with Inauguration Day protests in Washington, DC, multiple sources reported.
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Trump Protesters Beat Feds in Court: Jury Rules Not Guilty on All Charges
Discussion: UNICORN RIOT
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Kelsey Snell / NPR:
McConnell Wants Bipartisanship In 2018 On Entitlements, Immigration And More  —  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.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Baseball's Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct  —  Major League Baseball forced out the architect of its multibillion-dollar digital-media business last month, after years of troubling workplace behavior that former baseball executives were said to be made aware of at least a decade ago.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Hell freezes over: Media start admitting that Trump's first year isn't a flop  —  I have sensed for weeks now that some in the media were on the verge of rolling out a contrary take on President Trump's first year in office.  —  And in the wake of yesterday's final passage of massive tax cuts, that moment has arrived.
Jeff Smith / Facebook Design:
Designing Against Misinformation  —  Scrolling through News Feed, it can be hard to judge what stories are true or false.  Should you trust everything that you see, even if it comes from someone whom you don't know well?  If you've never heard of an article's publisher, but the headline looks legitimate, is it?
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Cochran's future in the Senate in doubt  —  Sen. Thad Cochran, chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, hasn't presided over a hearing since early September.  The Mississippi Republican has not given a speech on the Senate floor all year, and he's introduced only two bills during that time, both of them minor.
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Verge
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Janet Elder, a Top Editor at The Times, Is Dead at 61  —  Janet Elder, who in a three-decade career at The New York Times rose from reporter to deputy managing editor, along the way spending many years as the editor of news surveys and election analysis, died on Wednesday.  She was 61.
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul: Obama administration against Trump might be ‘worse than Watergate’  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argued Thursday that senior Obama administration officials might be guilty of trying to keep President Trump from getting elected last November.  —  “Time to investigate high ranking …
Bloomberg:
Ryan Pushes Trump to Follow Tax Win With U.S. Welfare Revamp  —  Trump determined use momentum from tax win for big legislation  —  Ryan pressing to top agenda with limits on social safety net  —  Republicans want to channel momentum from the GOP's victory on taxes into a push to overhaul …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and IJR
 
 
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Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
The presidency survived the Watergate, Iran-contra and Clinton scandals.  Trump will exact a higher toll.
David Crook / DCReport.org:
Deducting a CEO's Jet, But Not a Cop's Uniform
Agence France-Presse:
Loud orgies of Mexican fish could deafen dolphins, say scientists
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire Koch Brothers Invest Millions More to Promote Tax Overhaul
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Kos
The Guardian:
Bussed out: how America moves thousands of homeless people around the country
Discussion: Paste
Bloomberg:
How Facebook's Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Chappelle to Trump voters in new special: 'You are poor. He's fighting for me'
Discussion: Raw Story
John W. Schoen / CNBC:
Dozens of lawmakers stand to reap a tax windfall due to a GOP loophole
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Forget what they say — House Democrats are readying for impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Bill Ervolino / USA Today:
Dec. 21 will be the worst day of 2017, astrologers say