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7:45 PM ET, December 14, 2018

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ProPublica:
Trump's Inauguration Paid Trump's Company — With Ivanka in the Middle  —  As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump's Washington hotel was overcharging for event space.  The spending could be a violation of the law.
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
The Trump inaugural committee's fundraising was a mess from the start, but a new investigation could finally provide some answers  —  Federal prosecutors have reportedly opened a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's inaugural committee's finances, but its funding was a mess from the start.
CNN:
Mystery Mueller mayhem at a Washington court  —  Washington (CNN)Fridays at the DC federal courthouse are typically days of high alert for the press corps trying to discern what special counsel Robert Mueller's next legal action will be.  —  But this Friday, court officials went to extreme measures …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Reporters shooed away as mystery Mueller subpoena fight rages on
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   There Was Drama At Court Today And Maybe It Involved Mueller's Investigation But Who Knows
Murray Waas / Vox:
Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump  —  We now have details as to how the indicted former campaign manager worked with the president to undermine federal law enforcement.  —  Paul Manafort, who served as the manager …
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New York Times:
Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Donald Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump names Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff
Discussion: NPR, Vox and Townhall
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years  —  New York (CNN Business)The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years …
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Murder of the Weekly Standard  —  The Weekly Standard will be no more.  There is no real reason we are witnessing the magazine's demise other than deep pettiness and a personal desire for bureaucratic revenge on the part of a penny-ante Machiavellian who works for its parent company.
Scott Stedman:
FBI actively investigating Papadopoulos days after his release from prison  —  Federal authorities out of Washington DC, working in coordination with Robert Mueller's team, have in recent days sought to arrange an interview with the author of a letter sent to Congress last month that claimed …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Gateway Pundit
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Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:   George Papadopoulos says he'll run for Congress in 2020
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
George Papadopoulos considering run for Congress
Discussion: Roll Call
The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Replaced Michael Cohen as Trump's National Enquirer Connection  —  The president's son-in-law grew tight with David Pecker during the early months of the administration.  —  Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was handed …
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
REVEALED: Jared Kushner was a key player in Trump's National Enquirer blackmail scheme …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Trump's claim that he didn't violate campaign finance law is weak — and dangerous  —  The case against the president would be far stronger than the case against John Edwards was.  —  Last week, in their case against Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors in New York filed a sentencing brief concluding that …
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George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign  —  Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” …
NBC News:
Seven-year-old girl who died at border did not receive medical care for 90 minutes  —  The incident raises questions about the Border Patrol's emergency procedures and the Trump administration's policy of delaying immigrants at legal ports of entry.  —  WASHINGTON — A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl …
Discussion: Splinter
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
THE PARTISAN WARRIOR … What happened to Michael Flynn?  —  Before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, before he became a folk hero to many of President Trump's most loyal supporters, before he pivoted from accomplished military officer to purveyor of shocking stories about the evils of Islam …
Discussion: National Review and Wonkette
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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team: FBI interview did not lead Michael Flynn to make false statements
Discussion: New York Times and Breitbart
hatch.senate.gov:
Hatch on Comments He Made Earlier This Week about Accusations Against President Trump  —  Washington,D.C.—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) issued the following statement about comments he made earlier this week about accusations made against President Trump:
Associated Press:
Too old to run?  Biden wrestles with age as he eyes 2020 run  —  As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Adam Schiff's Plans to Obliterate Trump's Red Line  —  With the Democrats controlling the House, Schiff's congressional investigation will follow the money.  —  President Trump said some time ago that he believes his personal finances should be off limits to investigators.
New York Times:
Wisconsin's Scott Walker Signs Bills Stripping Powers From Incoming Governor  —  FOX CROSSING, Wis. — Scott Walker, the outgoing Republican governor of Wisconsin, on Friday signed into law measures that diminish the power of his Democratic successor and expand the authority of Republican lawmakers …
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Jon Kyl will resign from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 31, setting up another appointment by Ducey to John McCain's seat  —  U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will resign from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 31, The Arizona Republic has confirmed, setting up a second appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey to the seat once occupied by the late John McCain.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
New Jersey AG probes Trump golf club after undocumented maids claim racially-charged harassment, threats  —  New Jersey's top law enforcement agency is looking into claims of widespread harassment and immigration fraud at President Trump's Garden State golf club after several former …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Looking to 2020, Beto O'Rourke on the horizon  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)As candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 begin to declare their intentions, a handful of potential candidates hold on to most of the early support, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS …
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll on potential presidential candidates in the 2020 Iowa caucuses coming soon
Discussion: Seymour Tribune
Washington Post:
Trump routinely says things that aren't true.  Few Americans believe him.  —  Take the quiz to see how your fact-checking skills stack up against others nationwide.  —  For months, President Trump has claimed that U.S. Steel has announced plans to build more than six new plants.
Aja Romano / Vox:
YouTube's 2018 “Rewind” is the site's most disliked video ever.  The implications are huge.  —  PewDiePie is YouTube's most popular user.  He doesn't appear in the video, and his followers are waging war in his name.  Here's what's at stake.  —  YouTube's most popular (and controversial) …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mashable
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District  —  CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Republican Mark Harris is speaking publicly for the first time since the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to not certify the results of his race for Congress.
Discussion: WRAL-TV and Washington Post
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Beto O'Rourke: 'I Don't Know' If I'm a Progressive  —  Representative Beto O'Rourke said Friday that he does not know if he is a progressive, and that he is “not big on labels.”  —  “I don't know,” O'Rourke said when asked whether he could accurately be described as progressive.
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David Siders / Politico:
The left blindsides Beto
Discussion: Breitbart
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus selected to join Navy with backing from Mattis  —  Reince Priebus, a former chief of staff to President Trump and Republican power broker, could join the Navy after a months-long process in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recommended him and a board …
Discussion: CNN and Task & Purpose
 
 
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Ted Hesson / Politico:
Ryan pushes for thousands of Irish visas before leaving office
Discussion: Breitbart
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
California's DMV failed to finish registering 329 new voters before November election
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Lists of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse Are Spilling Out Across the Country
Discussion: The Crime Report
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
U.S. Tech Giant Cloudflare Provides Cybersecurity For At Least 7 Terror Groups
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Pacific Life Insurance Will Pause Ads on Tucker Carlson's Fox News Show, “Reevaluate” Relationship
Discussion: Contemptor
Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Shattering Economic Taboos, and His Successors May Pay
Discussion: Axios
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Companies Asked a Mississippi Senator to Refund Donations. They Are Still Waiting.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Correction Territory
Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:
Ossoff strikes populist tone as he mulls Senate bid
Lawfare:
The Steele Dossier: A Retrospective
George Packer / The Atlantic:
The Corruption of the Republican Party
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“This Is Not a Normal Time”: Trump and the Rapidly Expanding “Witch Hunt”
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Monthly