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11:35 AM ET, December 22, 2017

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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.
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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 …
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
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump advisers express midterm concerns in tense meeting: report
Discussion: RedState
CNN:   Top Trump aide Rick Dearborn to depart White House
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.
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. …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: James O'Keefe Believes Roy Moore's Accusers Despite Attempt to Debunk Their Stories  —  Not only does James O'Keefe not regret paying a woman to pose as a rape victim in a botched hit-job that would serve to discredit Roy Moore's accusers — in a surprising twist …
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Breitbart editor now says he believed Leigh Corfman and thought Roy Moore was ‘terrible’
Discussion: Raw Story
Kerry Howley / New York Magazine:
'The World's Biggest Terrorist Has a Pikachu Bedspread'  —  Not every leaker is an ideological combatant like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning.  Reality Winner may be the unlikeliest of all.  —  Reality Winner grew up in a carefully kept manufactured home on the edge of a cattle farm 100 miles north …
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Jewish and evangelical Americans are divided over plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem  —  The United Nations General Assembly isn't alone in its lack of support for the Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  —  On Thursday, the body …
Discussion: Raw Story and Booman Tribune
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Nikki Haley / Weekly Standard:
‘We Will Remember’  —  Photo Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP / Getty
Discussion: Power Line and usun.state.gov
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.
Discussion: bizpacreview.com
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Media Matters for America:
Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski chastises Mark Halperin's sexual harassment victims for not wanting to see him so he can apologize  —  MIKA BRZEZINSKI (CO-HOST): We also have — some men who are willing to face the music, who are willing to face the facts, who are willing to admit to their actions 10, 20 years ago, even five years ago.
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
Ben White / Politico:
That's a wrap on 2017  —  PROGRAMMING NOTE: Morning Money will not publish from Dec. 25-Jan. 1.  Our next Morning Money newsletter will publish on Tuesday, Jan. 2.  —  THAT'S A WRAP ON 2017 — Welcome to the last Morning Money of the year.  What a year it was.
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 …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
The Miss America Emails: How The Pageant's CEO Really Talks About The Winners  —  Internal correspondence reveals name-calling, slut-shaming and fat-shaming in emails between the Miss America CEO, board members and a pageant writer.  —  In late August 2014, the CEO of the Miss America Organization …
New York Times:
E.P.A. Officials, Disheartened by Agency's Direction, Are Leaving in Droves  —  This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.  —  WASHINGTON — More than 700 people have left …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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 …
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
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.
MJ Lee / CNN:
Exclusive: Ex-Farenthold aide told House Ethics Committee she was pressured to perform campaign duties  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)A former aide to GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold contacted the House Ethics Committee last week to detail what she said were regular requests from the congressman …
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 …
Facebook:
Grand Rapids Police Department  —  Press Release: GRPD Concludes Internal Investigation and Announces Next Steps  —  The Grand Rapids Police Department today released the remaining 100 minutes of the body worn camera footage from the December 6 incident involving an 11-year-old on the City's Northwest Side.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell ready to defend Senate majority from Democrats — and Steve Bannon  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to play a central role in the midterm elections, using his affiliated super PAC to block insurgent Republicans and help his party withstand the headwinds from President Trump's low approval ratings.
Discussion: RedState, Politico and Daily Kos
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Once again, Ivanka Trump shows off her cluelessness  —  She's a walking advertisement for the danger of nepotism, an exemplar of class privilege and a perfect representative for Republican know-nothingism.  She was supposed to be the brains of the family and the moral ballast; instead, she's a self-righteous enabler.
 
 
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The White House:
Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption
Discussion: Politico
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM  —  Two weeks of insight: Between now and New Year's Day …
Reuters:
In Silicon Valley, much-feared tax bill pays dividends for workers
Nick Tabor / New York Magazine:
55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017
Tennessean.com:
Tennessee lawmakers to allow guns but prohibit ‘hand-carried signs’ in new building
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
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Feeble Resistance  —  Look at what the Democrats haven't accomplished.
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Sessions rescinds Justice Dept. letter asking courts to be wary of stiff fines and fees for poor defendants
Discussion: BuzzFeed and bizpacreview.com
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Callista Gingrich becomes Trump's envoy to pope as differences mount
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Deep Racism of the Left
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obamacare Sign-ups at High Levels Despite Trump Saying It's ‘Imploding’
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump just gave a bigger Christmas gift to Putin than corporate America — while no one was watching