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2:30 PM ET, December 23, 2017

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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 …
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 …
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Vice Media Statement on Harassment Allegations and Its Workplace Culture
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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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 …
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Press Forward:   STATEMENT from ten victims of Mark Halperin, including Dianna …
WHTM-TV:
Suspect in shooting spree killed, FBI investigating  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Police have identified a suspect in a shooting spree Friday near the Capitol building.  —  Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was killed in the area of 17th and Mulberry streets after police say he led them on a chase.
Discussion: ABC News
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WGAL-TV:
Harrisburg gunman had ties to Middle East; Authorities ask anyone with information to call 911  —  Device found near body has been removed  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. —  An active shooter was loose in downtown Harrisburg Friday afternoon, firing shots at police officers in multiple locations.
Travis Kellar / PennLive:   Harrisburg shooting spree suspect named, ‘directly’ targeted police and chased trooper: DA
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 …
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
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 …
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
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions  —  TULSA — Tom Coomer has retired twice: once when he was 65, and then several years ago.  Each time he realized that with just a Social Security check, “You can hardly make it these days.”
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
ZSL:
ZSL London Zoo statement - 23 December 2017  —  ZSL London Zoo can confirm that at approximately 6am on Saturday 23 December a fire broke out in the Animal Adventure section of the Zoo, and spread to an adjacent shop.  —  We have keepers living on site and they, along with our security team …
Discussion: New York Times, NPR, The Guardian and IJR
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 Delk / The Hill:
Franklin Graham: ‘Refreshing’ that Trump doesn't care ‘what the liberals think’ on Christmas  —  Rev. Franklin Graham said Saturday that it's “refreshing” that President Trump  —  doesn't care “what the liberals think” of his pledge to destigmatize “merry Christmas.”
Discussion: RedState
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
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
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: Trump voter fraud commission must give Democrat member more access
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Hill and Axios
Associated Press:
Coptic diocese says hundreds assault church in Egypt
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Trump Gives Presidential Challenge Coin a Makeover, and It Shows
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Thomas fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump Promised to Kill Carried Interest. Lobbyists Kept it Alive.
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
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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
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