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3:35 PM 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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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: IJR, CNBC, Mediaite and The Week
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.
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
RNC launching multimillion-dollar effort to hit Dems on tax reform in 2018
Discussion: IJR
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
BBC:
Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration  —  The UN General Assembly has decisively backed a resolution effectively calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  —  The text says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are “null and void” and must be cancelled.
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Haley sends ‘friendship’ invites to countries that didn't vote against US Jerusalem decision
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
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught lying about the Dutch … A Dutch journalist just asked new U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra why he said there are “no go” areas in the Netherlands, where radical Muslims are setting cars and politicians on fire.  —  Hoekstra denied it, and called the claim “fake news.”
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
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
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 …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
James Rosen Out at Fox News  —  James Rosen, a stalwart of Fox News Channel's Washington D.C. bureau, is leaving the network, TVNewser has learned.  —  “James Rosen is exiting the company at the end of the year,” a Fox News spokesperson confirms, without providing further detail.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox
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.
New York Times:
Security Council Tightens Economic Vise on North Korea, Blocking Fuel, Ships and Workers  —  UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday that significantly choke off new fuel supplies and order North Koreans working overseas …
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
‘Pumping sunshine’: Pennsylvania Congressman delivers epic pro-Trump rant  —  Mike Kelly apparently hasn't looked at Trump's PA approval ratings  —  In a bizarre Fox News appearance on Friday, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) claimed that President Trump has “changed the entire complexion of our entire country.”
Jacqueline Maley / Sydney Morning Herald:
Men, hush now.  Let us womansplain it to you  —  Is there any way men can speak up about sexual harassment and the #metoo movement without sounding stupid, sexist and part of the problem?  —  It is a question that male celebrities have been interrupting women to answer ever since reports …
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.
Anita Oh / CBS Philly:
4-Month-Old Attacked By Raccoon Inside Home  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A baby had to undergo surgery after being attacked by a raccoon inside a North Philadelphia home earlier this week.  —  Papa John's Founder Stepping Down As CEO Following NFL Anthem Protest Comments
Discussion: The Root
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
California resists: State attorney general spent 2017 relentlessly suing Trump  —  Xavier Becerra was empowered to go after Trump on regulatory rollback — and sued the feds 24 times in 2017  —  California can't save us from the Donald Trump apocalypse, but California Attorney General Xavier Becerra …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Bitcoin Tumbles More than 25% as Sharks ‘Beginning to Circle’
Joanna Walters / The Guardian:
Why medical students are practicing abortions on papayas
Discussion: LifeNews.com and The Daily Caller
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
‘Armageddon:’ Major Companies Announce Hiring, Bonuses, Raises, and Charitable Donations Thanks to Tax Reform
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's working-class supporters are about to pay the price
Tegna / WLTX-TV:
Homeless Man Comes to Rescue of Columbia Police Officer
Discussion: Fox News, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Impeachment fervor fuels Dem tensions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Revokes 25 Legal Guidance Documents Dating to 1975
Discussion: ThinkProgress and BuzzFeed
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Times:
Georgia regulators say nuclear reactors, nation's first since 1978, will be finished
Discussion: The Daily Signal
New York Times:
Myanmar says the story of these people is “fake news.”
Ben White / Politico:
That's a wrap on 2017  —  PROGRAMMING NOTE: Morning Money …
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
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Corker on media: I have ‘newfound empathy’ for Trump