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9:30 AM ET, December 22, 2017

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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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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans warn Trump of 2018 bloodbath  —  A few weeks before Alabama's special Senate election, President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee leader, Ronna Romney McDaniel, delivered a two-page memo to White House chief of staff John Kelly outlining the party's collapse with female voters.
Washington Post:
Trump advisers vent frustrations about 2018 strategy as president listens … Within hours of celebrating President Trump's biggest legislative achievement, at the South Portico of the White House on Wednesday, his aides and outside advisers had a spirited, and at times tense …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Dispute Over Political Strategy Erupts Inside the White House  —  An Oval Office meeting involving President Trump and his top advisers on Wednesday devolved into a heated exchange between his former campaign manager and the White House political director, people briefed on the discussion said.
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump eyes former aides as West Wing staffers depart  —  Behind closed doors, the president has lately been talking up the outside advisers who helped usher him into the White House, fueling speculation about new additions in 2018.  —  President Donald Trump is basking in the first big legislative victory …
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump advisers express midterm concerns in tense meeting: report
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
Top FBI official grilled on Comey, Clinton in Hill testimony  —  Washington (CNN)FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faced numerous questions this week about his interactions, conversations and correspondence with his one-time boss, former FBI Director James Comey, spanning both the FBI's Russia investigation …
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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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Warner sees fire in Russia probe  —  Robert Mueller isn't the only one hot on the trail of the Russians' election interference and Facebook manipulation.  —  Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chair of the Intelligence Committee, tells us that based on witness testimony and documents …
Discussion: Raw Story and YouTube
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell ready to defend Senate majority from Democrats — and Steve Bannon
Discussion: Politico
Nikki Haley / Weekly Standard:
‘We Will Remember’  —  Photo Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP / Getty … To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel.  Both the current and the previous secretary generals have objected to the U.N.'s disproportionate focus on Israel.
Discussion: Power Line and usun.state.gov
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Washington Post:
FBI's top lawyer said to be reassigned … The FBI's top lawyer, James Baker, is being reassigned — one of the first moves by new director Christopher A. Wray to assemble his own team of senior advisers as he tries to fend off accusations of politicization within the bureau.
Discussion: Althouse and Shareblue Media
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.
New York Times:
Opioid Deaths Are Spreading Rapidly Into Black America  —  2016 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 residents  —  In counties with fewer than 10 drug overdose deaths, the map combines observed totals with modeled estimates.  —  The epidemic of drug overdoses, often perceived as a largely white rural problem …
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal  —  Politico published a jaw-dropping, meticulously sourced investigative piece this week detailing how the Obama administration had secretly undermined US law-enforcement agency efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by the terror group Hezbollah.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge dismisses suits claiming Trump violated emoluments clause  —  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming that President Donald Trump's failure to divest himself of his real estate empire and other business holdings violated the Constitution's provision banning receipt of foreign …
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Judge Dismisses Suit Against Trump Over Business Dealings
Discussion: CNNMoney and New York Magazine
Andrea Fuller / Wall Street Journal:
Hundreds of People Made Gifts of Stock With Great Timing  —  Michael Milken is among investors who gave shares near peak prices or before drops, a WSJ analysis shows  —  When Michael Milken donated $27 million of stock to charity in September 2013, the former junk-bond financier's timing scarcely …
Discussion: Washington Post
The Guardian:
Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page accused academics who twice failed his PhD of bias  —  Carter Page, Donald Trump's former foreign policy adviser, accused his British examiners of “anti-Russian bias” after they took the highly unusual step of failing his “verbose” and “vague” PhD thesis, not once but twice.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Corker on media: I have ‘newfound empathy’ for Trump … Sen. Bob Corker  —  (R-Tenn.) said Thursday he has “newfound empathy” for President Trump  —  after a report he benefited from a provision in the final GOP tax bill went viral.  —  “I told (Trump) that I'd had a healthy respect …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Sessions rescinds Justice Dept. letter asking courts to be wary of stiff fines and fees for poor defendants  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era Justice Department letter that asked local courts across the country to be wary of slapping poor defendants with fines …
Discussion: bizpacreview.com and BuzzFeed
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Why I started saying ‘reality-based press’ in 2017, instead of ‘mainstream media’  —  On Jan. 22, Kellyanne Conwaydefended the president's order that Sean Spicer, in his first appearance before the White House press corps, should feed reporters a whopping lie.
Tennessean.com:
Tennessee lawmakers to allow guns but prohibit ‘hand-carried signs’ in new building  —  Video by Michael Schwab/USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee  —  Tennesseans will be allowed to bring their guns to the new home of the legislature but must leave any hand-held signs behind, according to a recently implemented policy.
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
Five Women Are Accusing A Top Left-Leaning Media Executive Of Sexually Harassing Them  —  Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, was placed on “indefinite leave” after BuzzFeed News asked his oversight board about accusations that he inappropriately touched employees, sent lewd emails, and showed them explicit photographs.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump just gave a bigger Christmas gift to Putin than corporate America — while no one was watching  —  In a move that went largely unnoticed last week, Donald Trump quietly handed Russian President Vladimir Putin the best Christmas gift he could possibly ask for — an invitation …
New York Times:
Trump Administration Considers Separating Families to Combat Illegal Immigration  —  The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would separate parents from their children when families are caught entering the country illegally, according to officials who have been briefed on the plans.
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Breitbart editor now says he believed Leigh Corfman and thought Roy Moore was ‘terrible’  —  In the final weeks of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, Breitbart News strained to discredit Leigh Corfman, who accused Republican Roy Moore of sexually touching her when she was 14 and he was 32.
Nick Tabor / New York Magazine:
55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017  —  The GOP tax bill will mark the Trump administration's first major legislative achievement.  It's likely to jolt the economy more than any one political event since Trump's election, if not since the Affordable Care Act was passed …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Feeble Resistance  —  Look at what the Democrats haven't accomplished.  —  Charles Schumer Photo Credit: Win McNamee / Getty  —  Shocked by Donald Trump's election, Democrats adopted a strategy of resistance that's simple and blunt: Anything Trump is for, they're against.
 
 
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MJ Lee / CNN:
Exclusive: Ex-Farenthold aide told House Ethics Committee she was pressured to perform campaign duties
Discussion: The Hill and Roll Call
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Remodeling contractor hired a hit man to kill homeowner.  The hit man was a cop (with a video camera).
Discussion: TheBlaze
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tax-Cut Santa Is Coming to Town
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Washington Times http / Washington Times:
How Obama manipulated sensitive secret intelligence for political gain
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Republicans plan mega marketing push to sell unpopular tax plan
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Callista Gingrich becomes Trump's envoy to pope as differences mount
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Children's insurance program receives only patchwork funding
Discussion: Axios
Alexa Mills / Washington City Paper:
Long Live City Paper
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Deep Racism of the Left
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
The Miss America Emails: How The Pageant's CEO Really Talks About The Winners
Discussion: Mashable and thecut
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obamacare Sign-ups at High Levels Despite Trump Saying It's ‘Imploding’
CBS News:
Commentary: Democrats may wish they'd supported Trump's tax cut
Joseph Pisani / Associated Press:
Papa John's Founder To Step Down As CEO After Backlash Over NFL Comments
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Balloon Juice
 

 
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Internal email: Participant Media, which backed films like Green Book and Spotlight, is shutting down; sources: almost all of its 100 employees will be let go

Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube strengthens its “enforcement on third-party apps” violating its ToS, “specifically ad-blocking apps”, leading to error messages and “buffering issues”

Richard Stengel / The Atlantic:
Publications should suspend paywalls for all 2024 US election coverage, as they get in the way of the public being informed, the foundation of democracy

 
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