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1:05 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 and The Week
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
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
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: ABC News
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump signs tax cuts before flying to Florida for Christmas
Discussion: 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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Power Line
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Bloomberg:
How the Carried Interest Break Survived the Tax Bill  —  Treasury chief sought to keep break for private equity funds  —  Congress imposed three-year holding requirement in legislation  —  President Donald Trump's plan to abolish a tax break for hedge-fund managers was kept …
Discussion: Fox Business and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Mark Hamill Rips His Role In ‘Last Jedi’: 'He's Not My Luke Skywalker'
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
New York Times:
Myanmar says the story of these people is “fake news.”
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
In Silicon Valley, much-feared tax bill pays dividends for workers
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
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Corker on media: I have ‘newfound empathy’ for Trump
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I Have Power”: Is Steve Bannon Running for President?