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6:30 AM ET, December 23, 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.
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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Rhona Graff, longtime Trump assistant, to be interviewed by House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
New York Times:
F.B.I. Director Wants to Move Forward, but the President Is Making His Job Harder  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump tapped Christopher A. Wray to be his next F.B.I. director, it signaled a clear break from the tenure of James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump had grown to distrust and eventually fired.
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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
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sessions orders review of abandoned Hezbollah-linked drug prosecutions  —  Inquiry follows POLITICO report that potential cases languished amid Obama drive for Iran nuclear deal.  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to dig into allegations in a POLITICO report …
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 …
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.
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: Project Republic and Axios
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:   US to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine
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.
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
Michal Kranz / Business Insider:
Nikki Haley invited UN countries that didn't vote to condemn the US decision on Jerusalem to a ‘friendship’ party  — US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley invited countries that didn't vote to condemn the US's decision on Jerusalem to a “friendship” party.
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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.”
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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump leaves Washington without holding year-end news conference  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump  —  left Washington on Friday for Christmas vacation without holding a year-end news conference, a break from his predecessors.  —  Trump took a handful of questions from a small group …
Discussion: CNN and Axios
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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
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 …
 
 
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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
Associated Press:
AP finds climate change risk for 327 toxic Superfund sites
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats who supported spending bill face angry backlash over immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
JCT: New tax law won't pay for itself
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’
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Bank of America is giving some employees a $1,000 bonus, citing tax bill
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Axios
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
‘Pumping sunshine’: Pennsylvania Congressman delivers epic pro-Trump rant
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
James Rosen Out at Fox News
Bloomberg:
Bitcoin Tumbles More than 25% as Sharks ‘Beginning to Circle’
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught lying about the Dutch
Jacqueline Maley / Sydney Morning Herald:
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