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3:25 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 …
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New York Times:
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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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
Washington Post:
Facing Republican attacks, FBI's deputy director plans to retire early next year … Andrew McCabe, the FBI's deputy director who has been the target of Republican critics for more than a year, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …
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.
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WHTM-TV:
Suspect in shooting spree killed, FBI investigating
Discussion: ABC News
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: Fox News Insider and 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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Norwegian herder ordered to put down dozens of reindeer in controversial cull  —  Sami herder claims cull is infringement of indigenous rights, but Oslo says policy is needed to prevent overgrazing of fragile tundra landscape … Days before Rudolph and his team set off with Santa's sleigh …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Send Antitank Weaponry to Ukraine, Entering New Phase in Conflict  —  Decision to send Javelin antitank missiles places U.S. closer to the conflict in eastern Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has signed off on a decision to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weaponry …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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CNN:   US will provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, State Dept. official says
 
 
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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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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
How Hollywood's Conservative “Street Artists” Troll the Industry
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Tax Bill Hysteria
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