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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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New York Times:
Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations
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.
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:   Weekly Standard to Shut Down
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  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller appeared to be locked in a subpoena battle with a recalcitrant witness Friday in a sealed federal appeals courtroom, the latest development in a mystery case that has piqued the curiosity …
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
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” …
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Michael Cohen talks to George Stephanopoulos: TRANSCRIPT
Ronn Blitzer / Law & Crime:
Trump Cites John Edwards Case in His Defense, But His 2012 Comments About It Seriously Undermine That Argument (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Bloomberg:   Christie Pulls Out of Trump's Search for New Chief of Staff
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Christie says he doesn't want to be Trump's chief of staff
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN and Hot Air
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 …
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:
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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Washington Post:
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion
Washington Post:
Trump administration not to blame for ‘tragic’ death of 7-year-old girl in Border Patrol custody, White House says
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.
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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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.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:   The biggest Pinocchios of 2018  —  It's time for our annual roundup …
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
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 …
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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“This Is Not a Normal Time”: Trump and the Rapidly Expanding “Witch Hunt”  —  The criminality of the key figures in the President's inner circle is now established, and they have started to implicate Trump himself.  —  Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, Senator Jeff Flake, of Arizona, took to the Senate floor for his farewell speech.
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: George Papadopoulos reveals plan to run for Congress in first newspaper interview since prison release  —  Follow the author of this article Follow the topics within this article  —  Sipping a kale and cucumber smoothie on a swanky hotel rooftop in Los Angeles, George Papadopoulos looked a million miles away from prison.
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: Task & Purpose
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 …
George Packer / The Atlantic:
The Corruption of the Republican Party  —  Why has the Republican Party become so thoroughly corrupt?  The reason is historical—it goes back many decades—and, in a way, philosophical.  The party is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start.
 
 
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Peter Granitz / NPR:
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STAT:
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Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:
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