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7:50 AM ET, December 26, 2017


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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: Political Wire and Raw Story
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Utah paper tells Hatch to ‘call it a career’ in blistering editorial  —  Utah's largest newspaper slammed Sen. Orrin Hatch  —  (Utah) in a Christmas Day editorial on Monday while calling on the senior GOP senator to retire.  —  The Salt Lake Tribune's editorial board named Hatch their 2017 …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Secret Service interviews person over manure sent to Mnuchin  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says it has interviewed someone claiming responsibility for delivering a gift-wrapped package of horse manure addressed to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin).
Discussion: The Week
89.3 KPCC:
This man sent horse manure to the Treasury secretary to protest Trump's tax plan
Discussion: IJR
Los Angeles Times:
Secret Service takes over investigation of package of manure sent to Steve Mnuchin's Bel-Air home
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
‘A gift-wrapped package of poo’: Why a man left a box of manure for Steven Mnuchin
Discussion: Balloon Juice and 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
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
President Trump Spent Nearly One-Third of First Year in Office at Trump-Owned Properties  —  Unlike his predecessors, president traveled frequently to places he owns but where others pay to stay  —  President Donald Trump, who is currently spending a 10-day Christmas vacation …
Discussion: The Week
Emily Holden / Politico:
Where is Trump's Cabinet?  It's anybody's guess.  —  Agency heads are carrying out the Trump administration's agenda largely in secret, in many cases shielding their schedules from public view.  —  The Cabinet members carrying out President Donald Trump's orders to shake up the federal government …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Incomes Grew After Past Tax Cuts, but Guess Whose  —  Home for the holidays after passing the eighth-largest tax cut in United States history, Republicans could be forgiven for reveling in the warm embrace of nostalgia.  —  Who among them won't raise a glass to Ronald Reagan …
CBS News:
Julian Assange's Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence  —  The official Twitter account of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — @JulianAssange — is back online after disappearing from the social media platform overnight.  It's unclear whether the account was suspended by Twitter or deactivated by Assange.
Discussion: LewRockwell, Mashable and Mediaite
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Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Democrat running for Congress indicted in $803G fraud, embezzlement case
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media
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Discussion: WTKR-TV and Axios
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Christmas Is the Perfect Time to Mock Liberals, and Other Random Thoughts
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Russian officials bar Navalny from running for president
Discussion: The Week and RedState
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Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Propose Rollbacks to Offshore Drilling Safety Measures
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Departing GOP lawmakers warn that their party could lose majorities in 2018
Discussion: Daily Kos