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1:00 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.
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 …
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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: 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: Raw Story and AOL
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.
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Flake: If Trump fired Mueller, it would be a ‘big problem’  —  Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday that if President Donald Trump were to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, it would be a “big problem” for the president.  —  “I don't think that would go over well at all here in the Senate,” the Arizona Republican said on ABC's “This Week.”
Discussion: Axios
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Flake on chaos of Trump campaign: ‘Was that campaign even capable of colluding with anybody?’
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.”
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 …
Discussion: bizpacreview.com and Althouse
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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump ratchets up feud with FBI  —  lashed out at top FBI officials on Saturday, his latest in a stream of criticism of the nation's premier law enforcement agency that has reportedly diminished morale among its agents and employees.  —  Trump swiped at multiple agency officials in a string …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and ThinkProgress
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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
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
The top 10 Senate races of 2018  —  Republicans entered 2017 dreaming of dramatically expanding their Senate majority.  But after a bruising year capped off by Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory in Alabama, the GOP is staring at a 2018 with diminished ambitions.  —  Still, the GOP will be on offense in 2018.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:   Will the tax bill help or hurt Republicans in 2018? It depends on who's talking.
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.
Raw Story:
Christians in Holy Land say Trump and Pence have killed tourism and put their lives at risk  —  Bethlehem.  A week before Christmas, there was only a handful of tourists snapping photos of the huge decorated tree in Manger Square, with its strings of red and white lights.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad
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Reuters:
North Korea says new U.N. sanctions an act of war
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
Charities fear tax bill could turn philanthropy into a pursuit only for the rich
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Trump supporters greet tax law with shrugs and measured hope
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lauren Horsch / Raleigh News & Observer:
Cooper appointee accused of dragging lobbyist by her ponytail steps down
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge blocks Trump refugee order
Pádraig Collins / The Guardian:
Two heterosexual Irish men marry to avoid inheritance tax on property
Discussion: The Irish Times
The Hill:
Congress braces for a chaotic January