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Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump-supporting singer claims Lewandowski slapped her butt at recent party  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been accused of unwanted touching by a singer and longtime Trump supporter whose potential “MAGA"-inspired congressional bid in Florida has been endorsed by the president himself.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban 3.0  —  A federal appeals court ruled that the latest version of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban policy should be partially blocked because the president appears to have exceeded his authority in issuing the directive.
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Appeals court rules that Trump's third travel ban is illegal
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court faults Obama administration for elephant hunting policy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
F.B.I. Director Wants to Move Forward, but the President Is Making His Job Harder  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump tapped Christopher A. Wray to be his next F.B.I. director, it signaled a clear break from the tenure of James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump had grown to distrust and eventually fired.
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Trump criticisms hurting FBI morale: report
Discussion: RedState
Fox News:
Sessions orders DOJ review after report Obama administration gave Hezbollah a pass  —  EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is launching a review of a law enforcement initiative called Project Cassandra after an investigative report was published this week claiming the Obama administration gave …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Top FBI official linked to reporter who broke Trump dossier story  —  House Republicans are investigating contact between the FBI's top lawyer and a Mother Jones reporter in the weeks before the left-leaning outlet broke the first news story about the existence of a disputed dossier alleging …
Wall Street Journal:
Social media platform  —  The prince's fortune is estimated at $18.7 billion by Forbes, which would make him the Middle East's wealthiest individual.  But Prince al-Waleed has indicated that he believes raising and handing over that much cash would be an admission of guilt and would require …
CNN:
US will provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, State Dept. official says  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The US is going to provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, a senior State Department official told CNN.  —  The State Department officially announced Friday evening that the US …
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Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
US to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine
Discussion: The Week
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables.  It's making NATO nervous.  —  BRUSSELS — Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski apologizes for remarks about Mark Halperin victims  —  Mark Halperin apologizes after sexual harassment claims  —  MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski apologized Friday evening after she angered some of the women who had accused veteran journalist Mark Halperin …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
It's ‘very gold’: The presidential coin undergoes a Trumpian makeover … For two decades, the commander in chief has doled out distinguished-looking coins as personal mementos.  Now, the presidential “challenge coin” has undergone a Trumpian transformation.
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Judge who tossed out Virginia delegate candidate's one-vote win was supported by her GOP opponent: report  —  The judge who threw out Virginia House of Delegates candidate Shelly Simonds' one-vote win and ruled a questionable ballot applicable as a vote for her opponent reportedly has a conflict of interest.
abc7news.com:
FBI: Man planned Christmas terror attack for SF's Pier 39 … <iframe width="476" height="267" src="http://abc7news.com/video/embed/ ?pid=2812618" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  —  Officials have stopped a man who reportedly stated that “Christmas was the perfect day” …
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NBC Bay Area:
FBI Arrests Man Suspected of Plotting ISIS-Inspired Christmas Terror Attack at San Francisco's Pier 39
Discussion: Project Republic and Axios
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Was the Steele Dossier the FBI's ‘Insurance Policy’?  —  Clinton campaign propaganda appears to have triggered Obama administration spying on Trump's campaign.  —  The FBI's deputy director Andrew McCabe testified Tuesday at a marathon seven-hour closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller's defense  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 40 former U.S. attorneys and Republican and conservative officials are pushing back against efforts to discredit the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The next special election that could portend a Democratic wave  —  Republicans are bracing for a potentially competitive special election in a usually reliable part of Pennsylvania.  —  A March special election in a conservative-leaning stretch of western Pennsylvania that Donald Trump won …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans, fearing midterm disaster, seek course correction  —  A growing number of Republicans say a course correction is needed to prevent their party from losing the House, Senate or both given strong political headwinds that one veteran lawmaker likened to a “hurricane.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump leaves Washington without holding year-end news conference  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump  —  left Washington on Friday for Christmas vacation without holding a year-end news conference, a break from his predecessors.  —  Trump took a handful of questions from a small group …
Discussion: CNN and Axios
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump visited his properties over 100 times this year  —  Trump in 2016: 'I don't have time' for golf  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)President Donald Trump, fresh off of signing his signature tax legislation, arrived in Florida on Friday for a prolonged visit at Mar-A-Lago …
Discussion: Politico and The Atlantic
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Trump endorses DeSantis for governor via Twitter
 
 
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Tax Bill Hysteria
Travis Kellar / PennLive:
Harrisburg shooting spree suspect named, ‘directly’ targeted police and chased trooper: DA
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
BuzzFeed:
Murder Convictions Overturned, Two Men Are Immediately Seized By ICE
Dilbert Blog:
How to Determine If You Should Talk About Politics in Public
Discussion: Althouse
Claudia Luther / Los Angeles Times:
March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats who supported spending bill face angry backlash over immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
JCT: New tax law won't pay for itself
Discussion: USA Today and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Arizona Republic:
Our View: John McCain and Jeff Flake tried to save us from ourselves
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
What Happened to Teen Vogue?
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weekly Standard
Elissa Strauss / CNN:
Why kids love ‘fascist’ cartoons like ‘Paw Patrol’ and ‘Thomas’
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Bank of America is giving some employees a $1,000 bonus, citing tax bill
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Axios
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Top Marine general: 'There's a war coming'
Discussion: Project Republic, IJR and RedState
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
‘Pumping sunshine’: Pennsylvania Congressman delivers epic pro-Trump rant
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught lying about the Dutch