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11:45 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.
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Incoming Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Pushed Military to Buy Weapons It Didn't Want  —  Patrick Shanahan's corporate allies have thrived under Trump.  Now he's going to be Secretary of Defense.  —  By DAVID AXE12.23.18 6:37 PM ET  —  By tapping former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan …
David Brown / Politico:
Meet Trump's acting Pentagon chief
Discussion: Politico
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump forces Mattis out two months early, names Shanahan acting defense secretary
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned
Discussion: Splinter
John A. Nagl / New York Times:   Jim Mattis and I Fought Together. No One Called Him Mad Dog.
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Departing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Leave Jan. 1
David Cohen / Politico:
Senators begged Mattis to stay, Durbin says
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Mattis to leave two months early, as Trump announces Patrick Shanahan will replace him
Discussion: USNI News, POLITICUSUSA and NPR
Washington Post:
Treasury secretary startles Wall Street with unusual pre-Christmas calls to top bank CEOs  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin startled financial analysts, bankers and economists on Sunday by issuing an unusual s declaring that the nation's six largest banks had ample credit to extend to American businesses and households.
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.
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Top Trump official calls bankers, will convene ‘Plunge Protection Team’  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary called top U.S. bankers on Sunday amid an ongoing rout on Wall Street and made plans to convene a group of officials known as the “Plunge Protection Team.”
Kevin Daley / The Daily Caller:
Supreme Court Intervenes In Apparent Mystery Mueller Case  —  Chief Justice John Roberts stayed a subpoena and contempt order in a case that likely arose from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in a Sunday night order.  —  Sunday's order could mark the first time that the Supreme Court …
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Chief Justice pauses contempt order for mystery company in Mueller investigation  —  (CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts on Sunday issued a temporary pause on an order holding an unnamed, foreign government-owned company in contempt over a mystery court case related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Roberts, Leader of Supreme Court's Conservative Majority, Fights Perception That It Is Partisan  —  “We don't work as Democrats or Republicans,” he has said, a theme he has returned to while trying to strike a delicate balance as the chief justice.  —  WASHINGTON — In his first 13 years …
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.
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Mulvaney: ‘Very possible’ shutdown will go into the new Congress
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
Washington Post:
‘Very possible’ shutdown could last into new year, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says
Discussion: KTLA, CNN and Mother Jones
David Cohen / Politico:
Merkley: Border wall ‘a fourth-century strategy’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and ABC News
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
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Trump Rings in the New Year in the Worst Possible Way  —  One week sums up a failing presidency.  —  There are many reasons to be optimistic about 2019.  The increasingly isolated man in the Oval Office is not one of them.  —  With the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency drawing to a close …
Associated Press:
Court says Justice Ginsburg up and working after surgery  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery.  —  A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, also says that Ginsburg remained in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sunday.
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Joe.My.God., Politico and Breitbart
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Bottleneck at Printers Has Derailed Some Holiday Book Sales
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Populist Schism Over Syria
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
What Trump's Syria decision means on the front lines of the fight against the Islamic State
David Reaboi / Security Studies Group:
Khashoggi: Qatari Asset in Life; Qatari Asset in Death
Discussion: Al Arabiya
Jake Sherman / Politico:
The ‘all-I-want-for-Christmas-is-$5- billion-for-the-wall’ shutdown
Discussion: The Hill
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
He was accused of killing a Portland teen. Feds believe the Saudis helped him escape
Washington Post:
Syria's once-teeming prison cells being emptied by mass murder
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Trump's ‘Merry Christmas’ pledge fails to manifest at his own businesses
Discussion: Contemptor and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
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
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Trump forgets his base is populists and conservatives
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Christmas Is the Loneliest Time for Qanon Fans
Discussion: Raw Story