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10:35 AM ET, December 25, 2017

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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Sally Yates: Watch out for ghosts at Mar-a-Lago  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates  —  is defending the FBI in response to President Trump  —  's attacks on the law enforcement agency — and specifically Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  —  Yates in a tweet on Sunday …
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.
Discussion: Al Jazeera English
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.
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.
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
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Departing GOP lawmakers warn that their party could lose majorities in 2018  —  Republicans could easily lose their congressional majorities in 2018, two retiring GOP lawmakers warned Sunday, pointing to a lack of diversity in the party and President Trump's pattern of catering …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions …
Discussion: Axios and IJR
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: Politico and RedState
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
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.
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: Politico, Axios and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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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Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump and first lady Melania participate in NORAD Santa calls
Discussion: Axios
Adam Lusher / The Independent:
At least 10,000 people died in Tiananmen Square massacre, secret British cable from the time alleged
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
In Saudi Corruption Crackdown, Big Targets Are Going Free
Discussion: Axios
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John Frank / Denver Post:
Colorado's growing political divide leaves rural communities feeling forgotten and voiceless
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Loyalty to Trump the new Republican ‘litmus test’: GOP representative