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12:30 PM 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.
Discussion: emptywheel and The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
New York Times:
Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda … WASHINGTON — Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged.  —  Five months before, Mr. Trump had dispatched federal officers …
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 …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment  —  A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create “a safe and inclusive workplace” for women, two of its founders acknowledge.  —  One woman said she was riding a Ferris wheel at Coney Island …
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
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 …
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.
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Appeals Court Rules Against Latest Travel Ban  —  A federal appeals court ruled Friday against President Trump's latest travel ban, saying that it “exceeds the scope of his delegated authority,” but that it was ultimately for the Supreme Court to decide.  —  A three-judge panel …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rules against Trump travel ban 3.0
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
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
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
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Trump Gives Presidential Challenge Coin a Makeover, and It Shows  —  What's big and shiny and gold and features Donald J. Trump's name splashed across the front?  No, it's not a new development on the West Side of Manhattan.  It's the redesigned presidential challenge coin.
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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
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
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.
Discussion: Just Security and The Daily Beast
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Trump criticisms hurting FBI morale: report
Discussion: RedState
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Thomas fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history  —  The Thomas fire, which has torn through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in recent weeks, has become California's largest in recorded history, officials announced Friday.  —  The fire has burned some 273,400 acres of land …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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Associated Press:
Coptic diocese says hundreds assault church in Egypt
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Claudia Luther / Los Angeles Times:
March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Judge who tossed out Virginia delegate candidate's one-vote win was supported by her GOP opponent: report
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
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Magazine:
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Arizona Republic:
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