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6:30 AM ET, December 25, 2017

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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: RedState and 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
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump and first lady Melania participate in NORAD Santa calls  —  joined the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) call center remotely on Sunday to take questions about Santa's whereabouts.  —  NORAD is tracking Santa Claus and his reindeer for the 62nd year in a row as they travel around the world delivering presents.
Discussion: Axios
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, CBS Los Angeles, IJR and abc7.com
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Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Gift-wrapped horse poop sends bomb squad to Steven Mnuchin's Bel Air mansion
Discussion: The Mahablog, Axios and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Bomb Squad Responds After Gift-Wrapped Horse Manure Sent to Steve Mnuchin's Home
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Democrats Leave Few Seats Unchallenged in Quest for House Control  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Pete Sessions, a veteran Republican, was re-elected to his affluent Dallas-area House seat in 2016 with 71 percent of the vote, the remaining 29 percent split between the Libertarian and Green Party candidates.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Guatemala announces plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem  —  The president of Guatemala on Sunday announced that the country plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, days after the United Nations overwhelmingly voted against President Trump  —  's decision to recognize the contested city as the Israeli capital.
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon's prime minister, Saad Hariri, was summoned at 8:30 a.m. to the Saudi royal offices — unseemly early, by the Kingdom's standards — on the second day of a visit that was already far from what he had expected.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Sanders: Middle-class tax cuts in GOP bill a ‘very good thing’ that should have been permanent … Sen. Bernie Sanders  —  (I-Vt.) on Sunday agreed the tax cuts for the middle class in the GOP tax bill are a “very good thing” — but added they should have been made permanent.
usun.state.gov:
Ambassador Haley on the United States Negotiating a Significant Reduction in the UN Budget  —  Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget.
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
Adam Lusher / The Independent:
At least 10,000 people died in Tiananmen Square massacre, secret British cable from the time alleged  —  Secret document suggested death toll was much higher than later reported, while claiming wounded students were bayoneted as they begged for their lives and the burnt remains of victims were ‘hosed down the drains’
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
In Saudi Corruption Crackdown, Big Targets Are Going Free  —  The release suggests several high-profile suspects are agreeing to settlements  —  The Saudi government in recent days has released at least two dozen high-profile suspects held in a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption …
Discussion: Axios
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
 
 
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Mark Moore / New York Post:
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John Frank / Denver Post:
Colorado's growing political divide leaves rural communities feeling forgotten and voiceless
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
No longer a ‘lonely battle’: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold
Discussion: Splinter and Vox
Associated Press:
Trump's busy Christmas Eve: calls to troops, talk of Santa
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Politico
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
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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John Sharp / al.com:
The color purple: How millennials and Gen X after electing Doug Jones could change a red state
The Guardian:
FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Trump Retweets Meme Showing Him With CNN-Labeled Blood Spot on Sole of Shoe
Discussion: Washington Post