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9:55 PM ET, December 25, 2017


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Washington Post:
Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options … The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow.  —  “Hello, my name is Alice Donovan and I'm a beginner freelance journalist …
Salt Lake Tribune:
Tribune Editorial: Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year  —  These things are often misunderstood.  So, lest our readers, or the honoree himself, get the wrong impression, let us repeat the idea behind The Salt Lake Tribune's Utahn of the Year designation.  —  The criteria are not set in stone.
Discussion: Raw Story
89.3 KPCC:
This man sent horse manure to the Treasury secretary to protest Trump's tax plan  —  Photo posted on Twitter by Robert Strong of Eagle Rock.  Strong said he was the person who put horse manure in a gift-wrapped box left near the Bel Air home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on the night of Dec. 23.
Discussion: IJR
Los Angeles Times:
Secret Service takes over investigation of package of manure sent to Steve Mnuchin's Bel-Air home  —  U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin attends a news conference on tax reform in November on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
‘A gift-wrapped package of poo’: Why a man left a box of manure for Steven Mnuchin
Discussion: Raw Story
Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters:
Topless Femen activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Monday but was stopped by police as she grabbed it.
Associated Press:
Text of Pope Francis' traditional Christmas day message
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message
Discussion: IJR and Axios
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Eric Garner's 27-Year-Old Daughter Is in a Coma  —  The oldest daughter of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying calls of “I can't breathe” after he was placed in a chokehold by a police officer became a protest chant across the country, has been hospitalized after a heart attack, her mother said on Monday.
Discussion: IJR and NPR
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Russian officials bar Navalny from running for president  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian election officials on Monday formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, prompting calls from him for a boycott of next year's vote.  —  The Central Election Commission …
Discussion: RedState
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Parents Killed After Warning Daughter About Boyfriend's Racist Views, Family Says  —  A husband and wife were shot dead in their Virginia home three days before Christmas by a 17-year-old boy they had warned their daughter not to date because of his racist views, according to officials and news accounts.
Kurt Schlichter /
Christmas Is the Perfect Time to Mock Liberals, and Other Random Thoughts  —  When we gather together this Christmas, it's going to be super-awkward since everybody is dead because Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Scam, repealed net neutrality, and cut taxes.
37 dead in Philippines mall fire  —  Dozens feared dead in fire at Philippine shopping mall  —  (CNN)More than three dozen people were killed when a fire broke out at a shopping mall in the southern Philippines city of Davao, authorities said.  —  All 37 were call center agents working …
Discussion: WTKR-TV and Axios
Larry Fitzgerald /
An Appreciation of John McCain, Who Spent Six Christmases as a Prisoner of War  — Over his years with the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald has become a friend and admirer of Arizona Sen. John McCain.  This Christmas he pays tribute to a man who as a POW in Vietnam was a model of selfless heroism …
Discussion: WPMT FOX43
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Yonette Joseph / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Propose Rollbacks to Offshore Drilling Safety Measures
Discussion: Axios
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
After a Chaotic Start, Congress Has Made a Conservative Mark
Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco: Seeking prayers in new ‘fight for my own life’ against cancer
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Departing GOP lawmakers warn that their party could lose majorities in 2018
Discussion: Daily Kos
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump and first lady Melania participate in NORAD Santa calls
Discussion: Axios