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11:20 AM ET, December 23, 2017

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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.
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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 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
McCabe remembers to forget: McCarthy's take  —  I've been saying for a while that the Trump/Steele Dossier is the Rosetta Stone to the “collusion” hysteria and related “fake news” with which we have been inundated since the 2016 election, all leading to the special counsel investigation engineered …
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
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Examine Loan Made to Kushner Cos.  Before Election  —  Unclear whether request is related to inquiry regarding company's use of EB-5 investment-for-immigration program  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are examining a $285 million loan that Deutsche Bank AG made one month …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Send Antitank Weaponry to Ukraine, Entering New Phase in Conflict
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
US to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine
Discussion: The Week
John Bowden / The Hill:
Fox News host: 'Mueller's basically the Democrat candidate for president'  —  Fox News host Jesse Watters sharply on Friday called special counsel office Robert Mueller “basically” the Democrats' 2020 nominee for president.  —  Watters said Friday while guest-hosting Laura Ingraham's …
Discussion: RedState
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller's defense
Discussion: Raw Story and The Atlantic
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.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The next special election that could portend a Democratic wave  —  A March special election in a conservative-leaning stretch of western Pennsylvania that Donald Trump won by 20 points is the next big test of whether a Democratic wave will sweep the party into the House majority for the first time 2010.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
How Hollywood's Conservative “Street Artists” Troll the Industry  —  Two of the three behind the “She Knew” posters claim they are financed by unnamed wealthy conservatives who pay them $5,000-$20,000 per “mission.”  —  In a booth on the Westside of Los Angeles sit a trio …
Discussion: Althouse
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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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court faults Obama administration for elephant hunting policy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Appeals court rules that Trump's third travel ban is illegal
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News website beefs up and ‘goes a little Breitbart’  —  A sleeping media giant may be about to wake up: Fox News' website — known for its high traffic, but not strong identity —is staffing up and sharpening its voice in hopes of equaling the impact of its increasingly pro-Trump television partner.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Tax Bill Hysteria  —  In case you haven't heard, nearly all that's good and pleasant in the world died this week.  The tax bill passed.  —  The bill has variously been described as “a disaster,” “one of the great robberies” of history, and a “massive attack” on the middle class — and that's just Bernie Sanders.
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
 
 
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Travis Kellar / PennLive:
Harrisburg shooting spree suspect named, ‘directly’ targeted police and chased trooper: DA
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BuzzFeed:
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Claudia Luther / Los Angeles Times:
March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95
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Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Judge who tossed out Virginia delegate candidate's one-vote win was supported by her GOP opponent: report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump leaves Washington without holding year-end news conference
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans, fearing midterm disaster, seek course correction
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats who supported spending bill face angry backlash over immigration
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Arizona Republic:
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Top Marine general: 'There's a war coming'
Discussion: Project Republic, IJR and RedState