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8:15 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 …
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.
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump's angry tweets about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, explained  —  Andrew McCabe is at the center of a political firestorm over alleged anti-Trump bias at the FBI.  —  Andrew McCabe is the deputy director of the FBI, the bureau's second in command and a longtime FBI agent …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
McCabe to leave FBI in coming months: report  —  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is planning to retire in the coming months amid accusations of partisanship and bias within the law enforcement agency from Republicans.  —  The Washington Post reported Saturday that McCabe plans to step …
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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New York Times:
Vice Media Statement on Harassment Allegations and Its Workplace Culture
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 …
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
The Distrust That Trump Relies Upon  —  Since the nineteen-seventies, Gallup has been polling Americans annually about their confidence in their country's institutions—the military, the Supreme Court, Congress, the Presidency, organized religion, the health-care establishment, and public schools, among others.
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Fox News host: 'Mueller's basically the Democrat candidate for president'
Discussion: RedState
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller's defense
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Kathleen Joyce / Fox News:
Pennsylvania family ordered to take down Jesus Christmas display after neighbor said it was ‘offensive’  —  Family fighting back and keeping their Christmas display in Pennsylvania.  —  A Pennsylvania family was ordered by their homeowner's association to take down their Jesus Christmas display …
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
Amy Lieu / Fox News:
Pennsylvania gunman targeted police officers, authorities say
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: TheBlaze and Raw Story
Elham Khatami / ThinkProgress:
Trump gives Presidential coin tacky, ego-driven redesign  —  President Donald Trump broke with decades-long tradition when he unveiled his “challenge coin” — ditching the presidential seal and slapping on his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” in place of the national motto E pluribis unum (out of many, one).
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The Hill:
Congress braces for a chaotic January  —  Lawmakers are bracing for a chaotic January as they prepare to plunge into several fights in the first weeks of 2018.  —  The nightmare legislative storm comes after Congress headed home for the year without resolving spending battles …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration to Grant Mining Leases That Will Benefit Landlord of President's Daughter Ivanka Trump  —  Chilean billionaire who owns the rental house said he's never met his tenants  —  The Trump administration said Friday it will renew mining leases to extract copper and nickel adjacent …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Miss America CEO and Board Chair Resign Under Pressure Amid Scandal  —  Email messages sent by CEO Sam Haskell contained misogynistic language.  —  Less than 48 hours after a HuffPost report revealed disturbing and inappropriate internal communications in the Miss America Organization, embattled CEO Sam Haskell has resigned.
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, The Guardian, NPR and IJR
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Will the tax bill help or hurt Republicans in 2018? It depends on who's talking.
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Mattis tells soldiers that being ready for war helps stop it
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
America and the ‘Original Position’
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Norwegian herder ordered to put down dozens of reindeer in controversial cull
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Franklin Graham: ‘Refreshing’ that Trump doesn't care ‘what the liberals think’ on Christmas
Discussion: RedState
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: Trump voter fraud commission must give Democrat member more access
Discussion: The Hill, ThinkProgress and Axios
Associated Press:
Coptic diocese says hundreds assault church in Egypt
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News website beefs up and ‘goes a little Breitbart’
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
How Hollywood's Conservative “Street Artists” Troll the Industry
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Social media platform
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Tax Bill Hysteria
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The next special election that could portend a Democratic wave
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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