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Chicago Sun-Times NewsDec 17, 2017
Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump campaign officials.

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Trump Allies Flip Out After Mueller Lands Tens Of Thousands Of Emails - HuffPost (Top Stories - Google News)
Trump transition accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining emails (CNN Top Stories)

CNN USDec 17, 2017
The California wildfires by the numbers
A spate of California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Boston -- combined. And with only a quarter of the colossal Thomas Fire contained, the end is a long way off.

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California's Thomas Fire: Resident says it's like a war zone (CNN US)

MSNBC US NewsDec 17, 2017
Trump defends GOP tax bill, says it will be 'gift' for middle class
President Trump defended a Republican tax bill that would cut the corporate rate and overhaul the individual tax code, saying it will help the middle class.

Reuters US NewsDec 17, 2017
California winds fuel state's third-largest wildfire
(Reuters) - Strong winds that have powered the third-largest wildfire in California's history were expected on Sunday to further fuel a blaze that has burned 267,500 acres.

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Thomas Fire now third-largest wildfire in modern California history (CNN Most Recent)
Ferocious California wildfire grows more erratic, dangerous as winds pick up - USA TODAY (Top Stories - Google News)

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 17, 2017
'SNL' crew trims Christmas tree with Trump's 'haters and losers' - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Journal Constitution


Actor Alec Baldwin played his usual role as President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." 'War is over, if you want it,' John Lennon sang in 'Happy Christmas.' Read more trending news. Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump character had a new twist to an
'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Declares 'The War on Christmas Is Over' (Watch)Variety



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SNL cold open: Trump's White House celebrates Christmas by remembering the 'haters and losers' - Washington Post (Top Stories - Google News)
'SNL' has special White House Christmas message (CNN Top Stories)

Fox NewsDec 17, 2017
Trump needs to stand up to China, despite our confrontation with North Korea
While President Trump remains fixated on North Korea, his own security team and other military experts continue to warn about the Chinese threat to the United States.

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North Koreans mark 6th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death - Fox News (Top Stories - Google News)
Australian Tried to Sell Missile Parts for North Korea, Police Say (New York Times - Front Page)

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 17, 2017
'SNL' Takes On Omarosa Resignation (or Firing?) - New York Times

New York Times


'Saturday Night Live' got in the holiday — er, sorry — Christmas spirit in this week's cold open, the last of the year. President Trump, performed as usual by the frowning Alec Baldwin, and the first lady, Melania Trump, played by Cecily Strong
'SNL' crew trims Christmas tree with Trump's 'haters and losers'Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Chicago Sun-Times NewsDec 17, 2017
Police: Man, 65, killed in U-Haul crash on South Side bridge
The 65-year-old was speeding north about 2:30 a.m. when the U-Haul he was driving hit the median of a bridge in the 2400 block of South Halsted.

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Australian police accuse man of acting as North Korean economic agent (CNN Most Recent)

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 17, 2017
Words banned at multiple HHS agencies include 'diversity' and 'vulnerable' - Washington Post

Washington Post


The Trump administration has informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget. Officials at the Centers for
Word ban at CDC includes 'vulnerable,' 'fetus,' 'transgender'CNN
Uproar Over Purported Ban at CDC of Words Like 'Fetus'New York Times
Schatz: Republicans need to stand up to Trump over CDC word banThe Hill
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Fox NewsDec 17, 2017
Keeping 'Dreamers' would cost taxpayers $26B over next 10 years, feds say
Allowing 2 million illegal immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in the U.S. would cost taxpayers $25.9 billion over the next decade, the Congresssional Budget Office says in a report released Friday.

CNN Top StoriesDec 17, 2017
Suicide bomber kills 7 at church in Pakistan
A suicide bomber attacked a church packed with worshippers during Sunday service in Pakistan, leaving seven people dead and more than 20 others injured, authorities say.

CNN Most RecentDec 17, 2017
NY Times: Pentagon study of UFOs revealed
The Pentagon has researched the possible existence of UFOs, according to a report in The New York Times.

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 17, 2017
Wreaths Across America draws thousands of volunteers to Arlington National Cemetery - Fox News

Fox News


Wreaths rest against headstones at Arlington National Cemetery as Wreaths Across America places remembrance wreaths on headstones at the cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen). Thousands of volunteers traveled to
Baltimore County cemetery hosts emotional Wreaths Across America eventBaltimore Sun
Veterans honored during holidays at wreath ceremony in Corona del MarOCRegister
Maine wreaths placed on veterans' graves here and farPress Herald
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New York Times - Front PageDec 17, 2017
Knicks 111, Thunder 96: Carmelo Anthony, Back in New York, Gets Cheers, a Video and a Loss
Anthony also heard some jeers, and he made just 5 shots in 18 attempts during his first game at Madison Square Garden since the Knicks traded him to Oklahoma City.

CNN Top StoriesDec 17, 2017
Stomach bug strikes hundreds on Caribbean cruise
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida on Saturday after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness.

CNN Top StoriesDec 17, 2017
Opinion: EPA cuts could risk a public health emergency
With time running out for Congress to reach an agreement on the budget, lawmakers are advancing a quiet but crippling assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has already suffered years of hollowing out from budget cuts. At stake is the EPA's fundamental ability to carry out its most basic public health and environmental missions. Without full funding for the agency, the health of our children, our seniors and our communities are at risk.

NY Post National NewsDec 17, 2017
Most Americans like Melania more than Donald Trump: poll
For the first time, Melania Trump has the approval of a majority of Americans. According to a new Gallup poll, 54 percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of the first lady. Thirty-three percent said they view her unfavorably and 13 percent had no opinion. This is a major turnaround of public opinion...

NY Post National NewsDec 17, 2017
Austrian president approves deal to allow far-right party in government
Austria is now western Europe''s only country with a far-right party sharing government power. Incoming Chancellor Sebastian Kurz — who at age 31 will be the world''s youngest national leader — agreed Saturday to align with the controversial Freedom Party. The Freedom Party, which was formed by an ex-Nazi SS officer after World War II,...

New York Times - Front PageDec 17, 2017
‘S.N.L.' Takes On Omarosa Resignation (or Firing?)
Right before Christmas, 'S.N.L.' delivered a holiday message from the White House, with President Trump (Alec Baldwin) and company decorating a tree.

CNN Top StoriesDec 17, 2017
Alec Baldwin's Trump trims the tree with 'losers' on 'SNL'
'Saturday Night Live' spoofed a festive White House with Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump decorating the Christmas 'tree of shame' with 'haters and losers' from 2017.

Chicago Sun-Times NewsDec 17, 2017
House fire caused by Christmas Tree injures 6 in Lisle
Six people were injured Saturday morning when a Christmas tree caused a fire at a home in west suburban Lisle.

USATODAY.com News - Top StoriesDec 17, 2017
'Saturday Night Live': Leslie Jones' Omarosa crashes the Trumps' Christmas party
The gang was all here for Saturday Night Live''s version of Christmas at the White House. Including Omarosa Manigault-Newman.        

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 16, 2017
The Winners and Losers in the Tax Bill - New York Times

New York Times


President Trump has called the $1.5 trillion tax cut that Republican lawmakers are on the verge of passing a Christmas present for the entire nation. But the fine print reveals that some will get a much nicer gift than others, the benefits will change
Why Republicans shouldn't be so optimistic their tax bill will be a big winChicago Tribune
Trump takes early victory lap on tax billPolitico
President Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock' After Tax PlanTIME
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Trump touts tax reform as he leaves for Camp David (CNN Most Recent)

MSNBC US NewsDec 16, 2017
Democratic Rep. Kihuen won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims
First-term Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada denies allegations of sexual harassment but said he will not seek re-election, saying they would be a distraction.

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Nevada congressman won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations (NY Post National News)

Fox NewsDec 16, 2017
Canadian billionaire and wife reportedly found hanging from railing in their mansion
Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their mansion Friday, and police said they were investigating the deaths as suspicious.

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Billionaire and His Wife Found Dead in Toronto Mansion (Yahoo News)

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 16, 2017
Two dogs mauled their owner to death during a walk in Virginia woods, sheriff says - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune


Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went out to look for her at the area she frequented. There, authorities say, he found her two dogs, guarding what he first thought was an animal carcass
Woman mauled to death by her dogs while taking them for a walkfox13now.com
'Absolutely Grisly.' A Woman Was Mauled to Death by Her Own DogsTIME
Glen Allen woman mauled to death by her dogs while out for a walkwtvr.com
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Friends suspect woman ‘mauled to death' by pet dogs was victim of foul play (NY Post National News)

Fox NewsDec 16, 2017
The Latest: California fire now state's 3rd-largest ever
The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:50 a.m.

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Winds fuel California wildfire, state's third-largest on record (Reuters US News)

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 16, 2017
Hundreds of homes in Montecito threatened as winds push Thomas fire toward coast; new evacuations - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times


New evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County on Saturday as the Thomas fire took aim at the hills above Montecito, with some wind gusts reported up to 65 mph. The so-called sundowner winds are pushing south from the mountains down to the
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Thomas Fire Spreads Rapidly to Santa Barbara CountyNew York Times
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Top Stories - Google NewsDec 16, 2017
Uproar Over Purported Ban at CDC of Words Like 'Fetus' - New York Times

New York Times


WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services tried to play down on Saturday a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been barred from using seven words or phrases, including 'science-based,' 'fetus
Word ban at CDC includes 'vulnerable,' 'fetus,' 'transgender'CNN
Schatz: Republicans need to stand up to Trump over CDC word banThe Hill
Trump Administration Reportedly Instructs CDC On Its Own Version Of 7 Dirty WordsNPR
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CNN Most RecentDec 16, 2017
Rep. Kihuen won't run for re-election amid sexual harassment allegations
Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen has announced he won't run for re-election amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed two women.

Fox NewsDec 16, 2017
Mario Batali chewed out for including recipe in sexual misconduct apology
Celebrity chef Mario Batali came under fire for including a recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls in a statement apologizing for his alleged sexual misconduct.

New York Times - Front PageDec 16, 2017
Op-Ed Columnist: A War Trump Won
The defeat of the Islamic State is part of a surprisingly effective Middle East approach.

Reuters US NewsDec 16, 2017
Congressman will not seek relection amid misconduct probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson investigated over alleged workplace misconduct (Fox News)

MSNBC US NewsDec 16, 2017
Meet America's first all-LGBTQ city council
Palm Springs, California, is now being represented by the nation's first entirely LGBTQ city council.

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Lake Forest city manager: Nearly $200K spent lobbying without council OK (Chicago Tribune)

NPR U.S. NewsDec 16, 2017
Residents File Lawsuits Against Utilities As Wildfires Continue
The massive wildfire in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties continues to burn and destroy. Now residents are bringing lawsuits claiming utility companies are to blame.

CNN Most RecentDec 16, 2017
White House special counsel: No plans to fire Mueller
The White House repeated Saturday that President Donald Trump has no intentions of firing Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller amid fresh speculation from a congresswoman that he would be doing so.

Reuters US NewsDec 16, 2017
Thousands flee as wildfire 'beast' grows to California's third-largest
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history on Saturday as forced evacuations turned neighborhoods into ghost towns and ash fell in some areas like heavy snow.

CNN Top StoriesDec 16, 2017
White House lawyer: No plans to fire Mueller
The White House says President Trump has no intentions of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller amid speculation from a congresswoman that Trump might consider doing so.

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 16, 2017
Nevada Democrat Facing Harassment Accusations Will Not Seek Re-election - New York Times

New York Times


WASHINGTON — Representative Ruben Kihuen, a freshman Democrat from Nevada who has been accused of sexual harassment, said Saturday that he would not seek re-election. He is the fifth member of Congress in the past two weeks whose career has been
Democrat Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election Following Sexual Harassment AllegationsNPR
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CNN Top StoriesDec 16, 2017
Opinion: Jimmy Kimmel nailed it -- children's health is more important than tax cuts
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides affordable health insurance for children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicare, is in jeopardy, writes Dean Obeidallah

NY Post National NewsDec 16, 2017
Keeping ‘Dreamers' would cost taxpayers $26B over next decade: CBO
The Dreamers won''t come cheap. Letting people who came to the US illegally as children remain in the country lawfully would cost taxpayers $25.9 billion over the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. Many of those who benefited from the Obama administration''s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will be eliglble...

Chicago TribuneDec 16, 2017
As Trump administration's forbidden words draw critics, more agencies report similar guidance
The Trump administration has informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is part...



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CNN Most RecentDec 16, 2017
Far-right party in Austria's new government
Two Austrian political parties formed a government coalition with a far-right presence.

CNN Top StoriesDec 16, 2017
Opinion: Mom, Pop -- you lose in this tax plan
As the Republican tax plan continues to advance -- and morph -- with dizzying speed, those of us in the accounting business continue to be astonished by the thickening maze of loopholes emerging from the bill.

Top Stories - Google NewsDec 16, 2017
Alabama Democrats Savor a Rare Win. Now It's Back to Reality. - New York Times

New York Times


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Destiny Clark, a transgender woman and Alabama native, couldn't bear the thought of going to Doug Jones's election night party and being there when he lost. So instead, she watched the unimaginable unfold Tuesday night at home, in
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NYT > OpinionDec 15, 2017
Op-Ed Columnist: Corporate Tax Cuts: It's Only About the Wedge (Wonkish)
Even if we accept the logic of corporate tax cutters, only a fraction of whatever growth we get will stay here
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