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12:40 PM ET, December 26, 2017


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Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
TRUMP SNUB FEAR Government pleads with Prince Harry not to invite Barack Obama to his wedding  —  Prince, 33, became friends with former US President after bonding with them at the Invictus Games  —  GOVERNMENT mandarins are urging Prince Harry not to invite the Obamas to his wedding for fear of infuriating Donald Trump.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Exclusive: Iconic White House tree to be cut down  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The south facade of the White House will undergo a dramatic change this week: the historic Jackson Magnolia, a tree that has been in place since the 1800s, is scheduled to be cut down and removed.
Discussion: Axios and Althouse
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
What's a Wendy's doing there?  The story of Washington's weirdest traffic circle.  —  First things first.  There's a Wendy's in the middle of the intersection.  Hard to get around that.  —  It's been there since the mid-'80s, on a wedge of land bordered by First Street NE and Florida …
Sattkisson / Sharyl Attkisson:
Investigating the Investigators at DOJ and FBI  —  Why do heads seem to be rolling—or at least tilting—at the Department of Justice and FBI?  —  Eight high ranking Department of Justice and FBI officials have been removed, reassigned or are rumored to be leaving.
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.
Michael Morell / Washington Post:
Russia never stopped its cyberattacks on the United States  —  Michael Morell is a former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2010 to 2013.  Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, served in the House from 2001 to 2015 and was chairman of the Intelligence Committee from 2010 to 2015.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Is Not Yet Lost  —  Many of us came into 2017 expecting the worst.  And in many ways, the worst is what we got.  —  Donald Trump has been every bit as horrible as one might have expected; he continues, day after day, to prove himself utterly unfit for office, morally and intellectually.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Emily Holden / Politico:
Where is Trump's Cabinet?  It's anybody's guess.  —  The Cabinet members carrying out President Donald Trump's orders to shake up the federal government are doing so under an unusual layer of secrecy — often shielding their schedules from public view, keeping their travels under wraps …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump: GOP and Dems ‘will eventually come together’ on new health care plan  —  President Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that Republicans and Democrats “will eventually come together” to create a new health care plan as a result of the recently passed tax reform bill.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Root
Associated Press:   Trump predicts GOP and Dems will agree on health care plan
New York Times:
New York's Attorney General in Battle With Trump  —  Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, reached a milestone of sorts recently.  —  By moving to sue the Federal Communications Commission over net neutrality this month, his office took its 100th legal or administrative action …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump's first year was even worse than feared  —  Grit your teeth.  Persevere.  Just a few more days and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over.  Here's hoping that we all — particularly special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — have a better 2018.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Chris Perez / New York Post:
United apologizes to passenger booted for congresswoman  —  United Airlines has apologized to a female passenger and given her a $500 travel voucher after she accused the company of giving away her first-class seat to a Texas congresswoman, an airline spokesperson said Monday.  —  SEE ALSO
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Trump claims he's boosting U.S. influence, but many foreign leaders see America in retreat  —  President Trump and his wife, Melania, join Saudi King Salman (center) and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi in May in Riyadh.  It was Trump's first overseas trip as president.  (EPA / Saudi Photo Agency)
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump lawyers looking forward to ‘expeditious’ end to Russia probe
Discussion: Politicus USA and IJR
Chris Dolce / The Weather Channel:
Winter Storm Ethan Hammers New England, New York State with a Christmas Day Snowstorm (RECAP)
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NBC News
North Korea likely to pursue talks, South says in rosy New Year forecast
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
What's Bill de Blasio's Problem?
Discussion: and The Week
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Big Tech: The New Predatory Capitalism
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Democrat running for Congress indicted in $803G fraud, embezzlement case
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Incomes Grew After Past Tax Cuts, but Guess Whose
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Secret Service interviews person over manure sent to Mnuchin
Discussion: The Week
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Eric Garner's 27-Year-Old Daughter Is in a Coma
Discussion: IJR and NPR