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11:45 AM 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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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump ratchets up feud with FBI
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump's angry tweets about FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, explained
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
McCabe to leave FBI in coming months: report
abc7.com:
Manure-filled package sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin sends bomb squad to Bel Air  —  Manure-filled package sent to Steve Mnuchin's Bel Air home  —  A package filled with manure and addressed to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin prompted a check from the bomb squad in Bel Air Saturday.
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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: CBS News and The Week
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Mwenzke / KTLA:
LAPD Confirms Someone Sent Horse Manure in Holiday Gift Wrap to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
Discussion: New York Post
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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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
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Miss America CEO and Board Chair Resign Under Pressure Amid Scandal
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration to Grant Mining Leases That Will Benefit Landlord of President's Daughter Ivanka Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos