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10:15 PM ET, December 22, 2017

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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.
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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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Trump criticisms hurting FBI morale: report  —  's criticism of the FBI is reportedly damaging morale among agents in the bureau, current and former FBI officials told The New York Times.  —  The agency's new director is also reportedly under pressure to remove people whom he perceives as loyal to former Director James Comey
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier. They got nothing.
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.
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.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Beast
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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
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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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
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.
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. …
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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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Haley sends ‘friendship’ invites to countries that didn't vote against US Jerusalem decision
Discussion: ABC News, The Atlantic and RedState
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
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.
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.”
Associated Press:
Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally  —  PARIS (AP) — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
‘Young Turks’ Founder Cenk Uygur Apologizes for ‘Ugly,’ ‘Insensitive’ Old Blog Posts (Exclusive)  —  Liberal host once wrote that women are genetically “flawed” because they don't want to have sex often enough  —  “Young Turks” creator and host Cenk Uygur made multiple graphic and disparaging remarks …
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Mark Hamill Rips His Role In ‘Last Jedi’: 'He's Not My Luke Skywalker'  —  The actor dishes on his creative differences with director Rian Johnson.  —  The actor Mark Hamill just lasered in on why he disliked how director Rian Johnson had him play Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Bank of America is giving some employees a $1,000 bonus, citing tax bill  — “Beginning in 2018, we will see benefits from the tax reform ... in the form of lower corporate tax rates,” CEO Brian Moynihan said in an internal memo to employees obtained by CNBC.
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Axios
 
 
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Claudia Luther / Los Angeles Times:
March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Trump expected to announce plan approval to sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government …
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Magazine:
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A. Odysseus Patrick / Washington Post:
Australian police: Melbourne driver says attack motivated by mistreatment of Muslims
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
JCT: New tax law won't pay for itself
Gal Tziperman Lotan / Orlando Sentinel:
FBI expert on Noor Salman: ‘I realized ... that she knew’ about Pulse attack
Discussion: AOL and Law & Crime
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
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Elissa Strauss / CNN:
Why kids love ‘fascist’ cartoons like ‘Paw Patrol’ and ‘Thomas’
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
‘Pumping sunshine’: Pennsylvania Congressman delivers epic pro-Trump rant
Jacqueline Maley / Sydney Morning Herald:
Men, hush now. Let us womansplain it to you
Orlaith Farrell / CNN:
Swipe left if you voted for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: James O'Keefe Believes Roy Moore's Accusers Despite Attempt to Debunk Their Stories