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2:00 PM 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 …
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.
Discussion: CNBC, The Week and Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Dispute Over Political Strategy Erupts Inside the White House
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump eyes former aides as West Wing staffers depart
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC 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.
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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Mike Allen / Axios:
Warner sees fire in Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story, YouTube and CNN
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump signs major tax overhaul into law
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
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. …
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.
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
RNC launching multimillion-dollar effort to hit Dems on tax reform in 2018  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) is gearing up to launch a multimillion-dollar effort at the start of 2018 aimed at vulnerable Democrats who voted against the GOP's tax bill.
Discussion: IJR
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Feeble Resistance  —  Look at what the Democrats haven't accomplished.
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 …
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 …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Haley sends ‘friendship’ invites to countries that didn't vote against US Jerusalem decision  —  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  —  issued thanks to the countries that did not vote for a U.N. resolution condemning the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Discussion: RedState
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Jewish and evangelical Americans are divided over plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Discussion: Raw Story and Booman Tribune
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
My Theory on Why Mike Pence Kisses Donald Trump's, uh, Ring So Fulsomely … By now, you've seen the adoration heaped upon President Donald Trump by members of his team and congressional leaders on Wednesday.  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan praised his “exquisite leadership …
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: The Daily Caller
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Coinbase, one of the biggest bitcoin marketplaces, says buying and selling is temporarily disabled amid price rout  — The interruption in service comes as bitcoin briefly tumbled below $11,000, down 44 percent from its record high hit Sunday.  — On Thursday, Coinbase had temporarily disabled buys …
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.
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Trump Could Save More Than $11 Million Under the New Tax Plan  —  Highlighted areas show the parts of President Trump's 2005 tax return that could have been affected by the new tax plan.  —  President Trump would save about $11 million on his taxes, if the new Republican tax overhaul …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mother Jones
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Reuters:
In Silicon Valley, much-feared tax bill pays dividends for workers
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Revokes 25 Legal Guidance Documents Dating to 1975  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he had revoked more than two dozen documents that interpreted and explained a wide range of federal laws, including guidelines on storing explosives and accommodating people with disabilities.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Sessions rescinds Justice Dept. letter asking courts to be wary of stiff fines and fees for poor defendants
Discussion: bizpacreview.com and BuzzFeed
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
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 …
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.
Orlaith Farrell / CNN:
Swipe left if you voted for Trump  —  How dating in New York is changing under the new administration  —  It's your typical midtown Manhattan happy-hour crowd: Groups of co-workers with buckets of beer, a family of tourists and a couple at the bar enjoying the tense chemistry of a successful-looking early date.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier.  They got nothing. … There are some important things the public doesn't know about the so-called “Trump dossier,” such as whether the FBI used information from the dossier to win court permission to spy on Americans.
 
 
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Impeachment fervor fuels Dem tensions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Times:
Georgia regulators say nuclear reactors, nation's first since 1978, will be finished
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Anita Oh / CBS Philly:
4-Month-Old Attacked By Raccoon Inside Home
Discussion: The Root
Bloomberg:
How the Carried Interest Break Survived the Tax Bill
Discussion: Fox Business and The Daily Caller
Ben White / Politico:
That's a wrap on 2017  —  PROGRAMMING NOTE: Morning Money …
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 …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell ready to defend Senate majority from Democrats — and Steve Bannon
Discussion: RedState, Politico and Daily Kos
Andrea Fuller / Wall Street Journal:
Hundreds of People Made Gifts of Stock With Great Timing
Discussion: Washington Post
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal
Discussion: Washington Post
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Corker on media: I have ‘newfound empathy’ for Trump
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Deep Racism of the Left
 

 
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