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9:15 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.
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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Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump-supporting singer claims Lewandowski slapped her butt at recent party  —  Joy Villa, who wore a MAGA dress to the Grammys, says Trump's former campaign manager surprised her with the unwelcome advance at a Trump International Hotel party.  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign manager …
Associated Press:   Bundy mistrial draws Sessions probe, calls for broad review
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Now we know why Republicans are attacking the FBI
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier. They got nothing.
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.
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban 3.0  —  Decision to block presidential order won't have immediate effect due to Supreme Court stay.  —  A federal appeals court ruled that the latest version of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban policy should be partially blocked …
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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
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.
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
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.
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. …
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
Arizona Republic:
Our View: John McCain and Jeff Flake tried to save us from ourselves  —  Editorial: John McCain and Jeff Flake stood for core American values.  That's what makes them 2017 Arizonans of the Year.  —  CONNECT  —  Arizona's Republican senators distinguished themselves globally and nationally …
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 …
 
 
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Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Trump expected to announce plan approval to sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government …
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Magazine:
Maria's Bodies  —  The hurricane in Puerto Rico has become …
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Tegna / WLTX-TV:
Homeless Man Comes to Rescue of Columbia Police Officer
Discussion: Fox News, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
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
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: James O'Keefe Believes Roy Moore's Accusers Despite Attempt to Debunk Their Stories
The Guardian:
Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page accused academics who twice failed his PhD of bias
Discussion: Raw Story