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7:20 PM ET, December 24, 2017

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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
A package for Steven Mnuchin caused a bomb scare.  It turned out to be filled with horse manure.  —  A suspicious package that appeared Saturday night in the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin prompted lengthy street closures and a sizable response by local …
Discussion: CBS News and CBS Los Angeles
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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: Business Insider, Splinter and The Week
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 and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:   Bomb Squad Responds After Gift-Wrapped Horse Manure Sent to Steve Mnuchin's Home
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
abc7.com:
Manure-filled package sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin sends bomb squad to Bel Air
Discussion: ABC News and IJR
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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Mark Moore / New York Post:
Trump tells Mar-a-Lago guests: ‘You all just got a lot richer’
Discussion: Axios, IJR and Althouse
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
‘Trump fears them’: Former officials defend FBI leaders swept up in the Trump-Russia firestorm  — The FBI's top lawyer, James Baker, was abruptly reassigned within the bureau last week.  — Though the move was not unexpected, national-security experts and former intelligence officials …
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
No longer a ‘lonely battle’: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold
Discussion: Splinter, Axios, Business Insider and Vox
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump ratchets up feud with FBI
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and New York Times
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
HOW TRUMP AND THE NAZIS STOLE CHRISTMAS TO PROMOTE WHITE NATIONALISM  —  President Donald Trump wants Americans to think he re-invented Christmas.  —  “We can say merry Christmas again,” he has said on numerous occasions both during his campaign for president and his presidency.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:   Are You Kidding Me? Liberal Rag Says Hallmark Channel Is A Bastion For Trumpian White Nationalism
New York Times:
Black Turnout in Alabama Complicates Debate on Voting Laws  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Even before a defiant Roy S. Moore stood at a lectern this month and refused to concede the Alabama Senate race, one political reality was clear: An extraordinary turnout among black voters had helped push Doug Jones …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
In a pro-Trump town, they never stopped saying ‘Merry Christmas’  —  LINDEN, Tenn. — In this rural Trump-supporting town, home to barely 1,000 people and at least 10 Christian churches, the word “holiday” doesn't seem to exist.  —  Outside the county courthouse there's an evergreen tree covered …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
In Saudi Corruption Crackdown, Big Targets Are Going Free
Discussion: Axios
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration moves to boost homeland missile defense system despite multiple flaws
Associated Press:
Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
In California, harassment scandals roil ruling Democrats
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?
Discussion: Althouse
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Loyalty to Trump the new Republican ‘litmus test’: GOP representative
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Politico
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
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Reuters:
North Korea says new U.N. sanctions an act of war
 Earlier Items: 
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: Hullabaloo, NewsBusters and Raw Story
Raw Story:
Christians in Holy Land say Trump and Pence have killed tourism and put their lives at risk
Discussion: The Mahablog
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
WSJ: The Democratic Party Is Rooting Against The American Worker And Our Country's Success
Guy Birchall / New York Post:
Creepy skull-shaped asteroid to haunt Earth again
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lauren Horsch / Raleigh News & Observer:
Cooper appointee accused of dragging lobbyist by her ponytail steps down
Discussion: Raw Story