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6:55 PM ET, December 23, 2018


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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Trump, Angry Over Mattis's Rebuke, Considers Removing Him 2 Months Early  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, angry over days of news coverage characterizing the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as a rebuke of the president, has told administration officials that he is considering removing …
Susan E. Rice / New York Times:
The Threat in the White House  —  With the impetuous decisions that drove Jim Mattis into retirement, President Trump does more to undermine American national security than any foreign adversary.  —  Ms. Rice is a former national security adviser and a contributing opinion writer.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump forces Mattis out two months early, names Shanahan acting defense secretary  —  President Trump, who aides said has been frustrated by news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's scathing resignation letter, abruptly announced Sunday that he was removing Mattis two months …
David Brown / Politico:
Meet Trump's acting Pentagon chief  —  When Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wanted him to be his top deputy, Patrick Shanahan was instructed to focus “down and in,” as he describes the approach to managing the government's largest bureaucracy.  —  But the former Boeing executive who came to be known as …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Mattis to leave two months early, as Trump announces Patrick Shanahan will replace him
Discussion: Mediaite, The Resurgent and NPR
David Cohen / Politico:   Senators begged Mattis to stay, Durbin says
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Departing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Leave Jan. 1
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown negotiations stalled
Discussion: ABC News
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The ‘all-I-want-for-Christmas-is-$5- billion-for-the-wall’ shutdown
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Mulvaney: ‘Very possible’ shutdown will go into the new Congress
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Breitbart
David Cohen / Politico:
Merkley: Border wall ‘a fourth-century strategy’
Discussion: ABC News and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
‘Very possible’ shutdown could last into new year, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says
Discussion: Mother Jones and CNN
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
President Trump not going to change his mind on Syria, even after resignations: Mick Mulvaney
Discussion: Hot Air and Axios
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 12-23-18: Mick Mulvaney and Sen. Jeff Merkley
Trump says he had a “long” call with Turkish president Erdogan  —  Days after announcing the U.S. would exit Syria, President Trump tweeted: … Why it matters: Turkey is also the country that was most active in sharing information about the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Donna Borak / CNN:
Mnuchin speaks with US bank executives to reassure investors after Wall Street whiplash  —  When stock market swings should raise alarms  —  Washington (CNN)Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent Sunday speaking with chief executives of large US banks in a bid to reassure investors that it's business as usual on Monday.
New York Times:
Far-Right Proud Boys Reeling After Arrests and Scrutiny  —  After his appearance in Manhattan led to a brawl, the founder of a far-right group, the Proud Boys, said it was little more than a “fun, silly, men's club” that had defended itself against an attack by leftist protesters.
Farah Stockman / New York Times:
Women's March Roiled by Accusations of Anti-Semitism  —  Within days of Donald J. Trump's election, a diverse group of women united by their concern about the incoming administration gathered at a restaurant in New York to plan a protest march in Washington.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
NBC News:
Inside Bernie-world's war on Beto O'Rourke  —  As the Texas congressman's star rises, Sanders supporters turn up the heat: 'Reading Karl Marx is cool.  Doing a livestream while you're doing your laundry is a gimmick.'  —  WASHINGTON — Forces loyal to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are waging …
Discussion: and The Guardian
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schiff: Democrats will subpoena Mueller report if Trump tries to hide it  —  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller's report if President Trump tries to invoke executive privilege to keep it secret.
Discussion: Politico, Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Christopher F. Schuetze / New York Times:
Der Spiegel to Press Charges Against Reporter Who Made Up Articles  —  HANOVER, Germany — Der Spiegel has announced that it will press charges against a former star reporter accused of systemically faking interviews and articles, in what might be the biggest journalism scandal …
France 24:
Spiegel to file criminal complaint against cheating reporter
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Niniek Karmini / Associated Press:
Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia  —  CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend.
Stanley Widianto / Washington Post:   Indonesia tsunami kills at least 222 after striking without warning
Washington Post:
Syria's once-teeming prison cells being emptied by mass murder  —  Assad's government is doubling down on the killing of political prisoners as the civil war heads toward its conclusion.  —  BEIRUT — As Syria's government consolidates control after years of civil war …
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Trump forgets his base is populists and conservatives  —  When candidate Donald J. Trump steamrolled American politics in 2016, he seemed to understand the coalition available to him was an eclectic bunch that felt its issues had been ignored.  —  They were both populists and conservatives, and they placed him in office.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
He was accused of killing a Portland teen.  Feds believe the Saudis helped him escape  —  Abdulrahman Semeer Noorah and Fallon Smart.  Photos courtesy of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Holland Studio.  —  Advance Local  —  Use of and/or registration on any portion …
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Staying Catholic at Christmas
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Trump's ‘Merry Christmas’ pledge fails to manifest at his own businesses
Discussion: Contemptor and Althouse
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Andrew Gillum's Done Feeling Sorry For Himself. A Presidential Run Could Come Next.
Billie Winner-Davis / The Intercept:
My Daughter Reality Winner Faced Severe Punishment, but Key Figures in the Trump-Russia Scandal Are Getting Off Easy
Discussion: Boing Boing
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Lonely Conservative Takes on a Power Position
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Bushies’ creep into Trump's administration
Discussion: Raw Story
Jenn Bentley / Big Easy Magazine:
Charter Schools and Race in New Orleans
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Christmas Is the Loneliest Time for Qanon Fans
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Here's Everything That's Wrong With The Vanity Fair Hit Job On Brett Kavanaugh's Alma Mater