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1:10 AM ET, December 24, 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 …
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
A teen is charged with killing his girlfriend's parents.  They had worried he was a neo-Nazi.  —  Buckley Kuhn-Fricker was so disturbed by what she discovered about her teenage daughter's boyfriend that she spent a tumultuous week pushing for a breakup.  By Thursday, she texted a friend saying the …
Discussion: Raw Story and AOL
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Vice Media Statement on Harassment Allegations and Its Workplace Culture
Susan Carroll / Houston Chronicle:
Woman accuses United of giving her seat to Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee  —  A passenger on a flight from Houston to Washington D.C. has accused United Airlines of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.  D-Houston, and then threatening to remove her from the plane …
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 …
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.
Amy Lieu / Fox News:
Pennsylvania gunman targeted police officers, authorities say
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch and President Trump: A Friendship of Convenience  —  The calls to the White House come at least once a week.  “Murdoch here,” the blunt, accented voice on the other end of the line says.  —  For decades, Rupert Murdoch has used his media properties to establish a direct line to Australian and British leaders.
Discussion: New York Daily News
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, Raw Story and Politico
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 …
Press Forward:   STATEMENT from ten victims of Mark Halperin, including Dianna …
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).
Lauren Horsch / Raleigh News & Observer:
Cooper appointee accused of dragging lobbyist by her ponytail steps down  —  RALEIGH  —  About a week after harassment allegations against former state lawmaker Daniel McComas surfaced, Gov. Roy Cooper's office said McComas stepped down Friday from the state Board of Transportation.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge blocks Trump refugee order  —  A federal judge has partially blocked an order President Donald Trump issued in October suspending admission of refugees from 11 countries, most of which are majority Muslim.  —  U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued a nationwide preliminary …
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Will the tax bill help or hurt Republicans in 2018?  It depends on who's talking.  —  A couple with two children from Indiana, where Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly faces a difficult reelection next year, explain to the audience that with combined wages of $73,000, they stand to save $2,000 under the Republican tax cuts enacted Wednesday.
Guy Birchall / New York Post:
Creepy skull-shaped asteroid to haunt Earth again  —  A creepy skull-shaped space rock is due to haunt the world again next year  —  The asteroid named 2015 TB145 first passed Earth by 300,000 miles on Oct. 31, 2015.  —  Owing to its timing and skull-like appearance, it was nicknamed the “Halloween asteroid” at the time.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Pádraig Collins / The Guardian:
Two heterosexual Irish men marry to avoid inheritance tax on property
Discussion: The Irish Times
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
The Distrust That Trump Relies Upon
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Mattis tells soldiers that being ready for war helps stop it
Discussion: The Week
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
America and the ‘Original Position’
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration to Grant Mining Leases That Will Benefit Landlord of President's Daughter Ivanka Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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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: The Daily Beast and Jihad Watch
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
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It's making NATO nervous.
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
The next special election that could portend a Democratic wave
Discussion: Raw Story