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9:15 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.
Pro Publica / Raw Story:
REVEALED: Trump's inaugural committee paid the Trump Organization — and Ivanka negotiated the price
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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Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Chris Christie declines White House chief of staff role  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined the White House chief of staff role on Friday, making him the latest high-profile candidate who's no longer in the running for the influential post.
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Donald Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff
Discussion: Vox, Townhall and abc7chicago.com
Washington Post:
Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump names Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff
Discussion: RedState, NPR and Power Line
New York Times:
Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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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 …
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign
CNN:   Hatch says he regrets his 'I don't care' comment about Trump allegations
Bloomberg:
Obamacare Thrown Out by Judge, Raising Insurance Uncertainty  — U.S. judge in Texas dismantles Obama's Affordable Care Act  — Decision threatens health coverage for millions of Americans  —  Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty …
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger on Friday into the Affordable Care Act, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law.  —  The opinion by U.S. District …
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
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David Siders / Politico:
The left blindsides Beto
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
George Papadopoulos considering run for Congress
Discussion: Roll Call
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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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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
U.S. Tech Giant Cloudflare Provides Cybersecurity For At Least 7 Terror Groups  —  Among its customers are the Taliban, al-Shabab and Hamas.  —  American tech firm Cloudflare is providing cybersecurity services to at least seven designated foreign terrorist organizations and militant groups, HuffPost has learned.
Lawfare:
The Steele Dossier: A Retrospective  —  The dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele remains a subject of fascination—or, depending on your perspective, scorn.  Indeed, it was much discussed during former FBI Director Jim Comey's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 7.
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 …
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Ryan pushes for thousands of Irish visas before leaving office  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Congress with a grateful nod to his Irish ancestors.  —  A bill pushed by Ryan, whose family fled famine-ravaged Ireland in 1851, could provide Irish nationals with thousands of additional U.S. work visas each year.
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Wilbur Ross Lost Millions, Despite Flouting Ethics Rules
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
U.S. Fears for Safety of Russian Cooperator Butina, Filing Says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ross Todd / The Recorder:
Alex Kozinski Returns to the 9th Circuit (as a Lawyer)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
California's DMV failed to finish registering 329 new voters before November election
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Lists of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse Are Spilling Out Across the Country
Discussion: The Crime Report
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Pacific Life Insurance Will Pause Ads on Tucker Carlson's Fox News Show, “Reevaluate” Relationship
Discussion: Contemptor
 Earlier Items: 
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Beto O'Rourke: 'I Don't Know' If I'm a Progressive
Shawn Donnan / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Shattering Economic Taboos, and His Successors May Pay
Discussion: Axios
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
Washington Post:
Warren seeks to connect with minority communities in commencement address
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