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11:05 PM ET, December 22, 2017

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Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump-supporting singer claims Lewandowski slapped her butt at recent party  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been accused of unwanted touching by a singer and longtime Trump supporter whose potential “MAGA"-inspired congressional bid in Florida has been endorsed by the president himself.
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
Bannon and Lewandowski Are Asked to Testify to House Russia Investigators  —  President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon and his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski have been asked to testify to House lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Top FBI official linked to reporter who broke Trump dossier story  —  House Republicans are investigating contact between the FBI's top lawyer and a Mother Jones reporter in the weeks before the left-leaning outlet broke the first news story about the existence of a disputed dossier alleging …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Now we know why Republicans are attacking the FBI  —  CNN reported that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe this week testified before the House Intelligence Committee and then before members of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Judiciary committees that former FBI director James B. Comey told McCabe …
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Trump criticisms hurting FBI morale: report
Discussion: RedState and Townhall.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier. They got nothing.
New York Times:
Prosecutors Said to Seek Kushner Records From Deutsche Bank  —  Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have sought bank records about entities associated with the family company of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, according to four people briefed on the matter.
Washington Post:
It's ‘very gold’: The presidential coin undergoes a Trumpian makeover … For two decades, the commander in chief has doled out distinguished-looking coins as personal mementos.  Now, the presidential “challenge coin” has undergone a Trumpian transformation.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban 3.0  —  A federal appeals court ruled that the latest version of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban policy should be partially blocked because the president appears to have exceeded his authority in issuing the directive.
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Appeals court rules that Trump's third travel ban is illegal
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court faults Obama administration for elephant hunting policy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
abc7news.com:
FBI: Man planned Christmas terror attack for SF's Pier 39 … <iframe width="476" height="267" src="http://abc7news.com/video/embed/ ?pid=2812618" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  —  Officials have stopped a man who reportedly stated that “Christmas was the perfect day” …
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NBC Bay Area:
FBI Arrests Man Suspected of Plotting ISIS-Inspired Christmas Terror Attack at San Francisco's Pier 39
Discussion: Axios and Project Republic
Fox News:
Sessions orders DOJ review after report Obama administration gave Hezbollah a pass  —  EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is launching a review of a law enforcement initiative called Project Cassandra after an investigative report was published this week claiming the Obama administration gave …
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller's defense  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 40 former U.S. attorneys and Republican and conservative officials are pushing back against efforts to discredit the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Deputy Chief of Staff to Step Down  —  Rick Dearborn, latest high-profile departure from West Wing, plans to pursue private sector work  —  WASHINGTON—Rick Dearborn, one of President Donald Trump's top aides, will step down early next year to pursue private-sector work …
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Top Marine general: 'There's a war coming'  —  The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, told troops Thursday that “there's a war coming” and urged them to be prepared.  —  “I hope I'm wrong, but there's a war coming,” Neller told Marines stationed in Norway, during a visit there, according to Military.com.
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Judge who tossed out Virginia delegate candidate's one-vote win was supported by her GOP opponent: report  —  The judge who threw out Virginia House of Delegates candidate Shelly Simonds' one-vote win and ruled a questionable ballot applicable as a vote for her opponent reportedly has a conflict of interest.
CNN:
US will provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, State Dept. official says  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The US is going to provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, a senior State Department official told CNN.  —  The State Department officially announced Friday evening that the US …
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Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Trump expected to announce plan approval to sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity  —  On Tuesday, in a convention center in West Palm Beach, Florida, amid chants of “USA!” and “The wall is going to be built!,” Donald Trump, Jr. …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Trump endorses DeSantis for governor via Twitter  —  TALLAHASSEE — President Donald Trump shook up the race for Florida governor on Friday by giving what amounts to an endorsement of Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis despite White House denials that the president would get involved with the race.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump visited his properties over 100 times this year
Discussion: Politico and The Atlantic
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Trump Promised to Protect Steel.  Layoffs Are Coming Instead.  —  CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — At this sprawling steel mill on the outskirts of Philadelphia, the workers have one number in mind.  Not how many tons of steel roll off the line, or how many hours they work, but where they fall on the plant's seniority list.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans, fearing midterm disaster, seek course correction  —  A growing number of Republicans say a course correction is needed to prevent their party from losing the House, Senate or both given strong political headwinds that one veteran lawmaker likened to a “hurricane.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
President Trump signs tax bill into law  —  President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code into law at the White House on Friday capping off a victory lap before leaving to spend the holidays in Mar-a-Lago.  —  “Everything in here is really tremendous things for businesses …
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
Did Democrats lose their leverage on DACA?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught lying about the Dutch … A Dutch journalist just asked new U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra why he said there are “no go” areas in the Netherlands, where radical Muslims are setting cars and politicians on fire.  —  Hoekstra denied it, and called the claim “fake news.”
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
James Rosen Out at Fox News  —  James Rosen, a stalwart of Fox News Channel's Washington D.C. bureau, is leaving the network, TVNewser has learned.  —  “James Rosen is exiting the company at the end of the year,” a Fox News spokesperson confirms, without providing further detail.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats who supported spending bill face angry backlash over immigration  —  Democrats who voted on a spending bill this week to keep government open are facing an angry backlash from their own party for not demanding a permanent solution for thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Claudia Luther / Los Angeles Times:
March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95  —  March Fong Eu was the first woman to serve as California secretary of state and the first Chinese American to hold a constitutional office in California.  (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
BBC:
Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration  —  The UN General Assembly has decisively backed a resolution effectively calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  —  The text says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are “null and void” and must be cancelled.
 
 
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Mattathias Schwartz / New York Magazine:
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A. Odysseus Patrick / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
JCT: New tax law won't pay for itself
Arizona Republic:
Our View: John McCain and Jeff Flake tried to save us from ourselves
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
What Happened to Teen Vogue?
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weekly Standard
Elissa Strauss / CNN:
Why kids love ‘fascist’ cartoons like ‘Paw Patrol’ and ‘Thomas’
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Bank of America is giving some employees a $1,000 bonus, citing tax bill
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Axios
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Why medical students are practicing abortions on papayas
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Men, hush now. Let us womansplain it to you
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Mark Hamill Rips His Role In ‘Last Jedi’: 'He's Not My Luke Skywalker'
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Coinbase, one of the biggest bitcoin marketplaces, says buying and selling is temporarily disabled amid price rout
Bloomberg:
How the Carried Interest Break Survived the Tax Bill
Discussion: Fox Business and The Daily Caller