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2:05 PM ET, December 24, 2017

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CBS News:
President Trump finishes out the year at Mar-a-Lago, tax reform accomplished  —  President Trump kicked off his holiday weekend at Mar-a-Lago Friday night at a dinner where he told friends, “You all just got a lot richer,” referencing the sweeping tax overhaul he signed into law hours earlier.
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
No longer a ‘lonely battle’: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and AOL
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Trump tells Mar-a-Lago guests: ‘You all just got a lot richer’
Discussion: IJR and Althouse
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Andrew McCabe, F.B.I.'s Embattled Deputy, Is Expected to Retire
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump's angry tweets about FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, explained
NBC Southern California:
Suspicious Package Addressed to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Contained Horse Manure: Officials  —  Multiple law enforcement sources tell NBC investigations that officers unwrapped the box to discover it was filled with manure  —  A Los Angeles Department bomb squad responded …
Discussion: CBS News, Business Insider and The Week
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Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Gift-wrapped horse poop sends bomb squad to Steven Mnuchin's Bel Air mansion  —  Los Angeles police got a whiff of horse manure intended for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at his Bel-Air home Saturday night.  —  A neighbor discovered the Christmas-themed package on the driveway …
Discussion: Axios, CBS Los Angeles and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Bomb Squad Responds After Gift-Wrapped Horse Manure Sent to Steve Mnuchin's Home  —  A gift-wrapped package of horse manure was found near Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's Bel Air home on Saturday night, prompting a visit from the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad, ABC 7 reports.
Mwenzke / KTLA:
LAPD Confirms Someone Sent Horse Manure in Holiday Gift Wrap to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
Discussion: New York Post and thecut
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: NBC News, Raw Story and AOL
The Guardian:
FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering  —  Request for financial information may be connected to inquiries into possible conspiracy between Trump and Kremlin … The FBI has asked officials in Cyprus for financial information about a defunct bank that was used …
John Sharp / al.com:
The color purple: How millennials and Gen X after electing Doug Jones could change a red state  —  Beth Clayton believes that she saw her home state's political future in the exit polls from the Dec. 12 Senate election.  And it's not an Alabama that anyone has known lately.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Trump Retweets Meme Showing Him With CNN-Labeled Blood Spot on Sole of Shoe  —  Well, here we go again.  —  President Donald Trump began his Christmas Eve morning on Twitter, firing off tweets about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (again) and “Fake News.”
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Flake on chaos of Trump campaign: ‘Was that campaign even capable of colluding with anybody?’ … Frequent Trump administration critic Sen. Jeff Flake  —  (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said he's unsure if the Trump campaign was “capable of colluding with anybody.”  —  “I mean, I look at that last campaign …
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Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Flake: If Trump fired Mueller, it would be a ‘big problem’
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
Are You Kidding Me?  Liberal Rag Says Hallmark Channel Is A Bastion For Trumpian White Nationalism  —  When it comes to entertainment, I'm really not in the cultural conservative camp.  I watch what I want to watch, whether that is Game of Thrones or Rocko's Modern Life.  Yes, I like action movies.
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
WSJ: The Democratic Party Is Rooting Against The American Worker And Our Country's Success  —  We all know the left wing lurch the Democratic Party has taken over the past for years.  You saw that with the energized progressive cohorts that flocked to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2016 Democratic primaries.
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Loyalty to Trump the new Republican ‘litmus test’: GOP representative  —  Republican candidates used to be measured by their conservative ideology but now are judged according to how loyal they are to President Donald Trump, GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said.
Discussion: Politico
John Frank / Denver Post:
Colorado's growing political divide leaves rural communities feeling forgotten and voiceless  —  A political transformation in Colorado is exacerbating the tension in elections and at the Capitol … ILIFF — Under a hard gray sky, Andrew Hernandez guides his combine through the cornfield …
 
 
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