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10:10 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 …
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: The Daily Beast and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Mattis to leave two months early, as Trump announces Patrick Shanahan will replace him
Discussion: ABC News, USNI News and POLITICUSUSA
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’
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: Breitbart, Politico and The Week
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown negotiations stalled
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
‘Very possible’ shutdown could last into new year, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says
Discussion: KTLA, Mother Jones and CNN
David Cohen / Politico:
Merkley: Border wall ‘a fourth-century strategy’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and ABC News
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
David Reaboi / Security Studies Group:
Khashoggi: Qatari Asset in Life; Qatari Asset in Death  —  When Donald Trump announced that his first trip abroad as president would take him to Saudi Arabia and to Israel, it was a signal that the new administration had returned America's traditional alliances in the Middle East to their privileged status.
Discussion: Al Arabiya
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
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
What Trump's Syria decision means on the front lines of the fight against the Islamic State  —  The voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, is tight and controlled as he describes President's Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops …
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:   Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town
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Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Trump Rings in the New Year in the Worst Possible Way
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
He was accused of killing a Portland teen. Feds believe the Saudis helped him escape
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.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Hundreds of migrant families arrive at remote border crossings, overwhelming U.S. agents
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
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Facebook's Lonely Conservative Takes on a Power Position
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Bushies’ creep into Trump's administration
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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