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PRIME AND PUNISHMENT: Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace
https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/19/18140799/amazon-marketplace-scams-seller-court-appeal-reinstatement

Amazon and Facebook Reportedly Had a Secret Data-Sharing Agreement, and It Explains So Much
https://gizmodo.com/amazon-and-facebook-reportedly-had-a-secret-data-sharin-1831192148

Facebook admits that it allowed Netflix and Spotify to access your private messages
https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-allowed-netflix-and-spotify-to-access-private-messages-2018-12

Facebook denies it let more than 150 companies misuse personal data
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/facebook-denies-it-let-other-tech-companies-misuse-personal-data-n949701

Why the NAACP Wants People to Boycott Facebook--and What That Means for You
https://www.inc.com/guadalupe-gonzalez/log-out-facebook-naacp-affect-business.html

Facebook removed hundreds more accounts linked to the Myanmar military for posting hate speech and attacks against ethnic minorities
https://www.recode.net/2018/12/18/18146967/facebook-myanmar-military-accounts-removed-rohingya-genocide

Instagram: from Facebook's 'best hope' to Russian propaganda campaign tool
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/18/instagram-facebook-russian-propaganda-ira

Why the Russian Influence Campaign Remains So Hard to Understand 
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/why-the-russian-influence-campaign-remains-so-hard-to-understand

Leaked document signed by Trump contradicts Giuliani on Trump Tower Moscow plans, CNN claims
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-letter-giuliani-moscow-tower-2018-12

Democrats will probe Trump Organization projects in Dominican Republic, around the globe
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/democrats-probe-trump-organization-projects-dominican-republic-globe/story?id=59899325

Trump charity agrees to dissolve amid allegations of a 'shocking pattern of illegality'
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/421874-trump-charity-agrees-to-dissolve-amid-allegations-of-a-shocking

‘I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain’: Veteran judge upends hopes of Trump allies as he spotlights Flynn’s misdeeds
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/im-not-hiding-my-disgust-or-my-disdain-veteran-judge-upends-hopes-of-trump-allies-as-he-spotlights-flynns-misdeeds/2018/12/18/6fe78382-02f1-11e9-b5df-5d3874f1ac36_story.html

Yes, Flynn pushed his luck. But the judge’s real rebuke was of Mueller.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/12/19/yes-flynn-pushed-his-luck-judges-real-rebuke-was-mueller/

New details emerge in secret grand jury case reportedly tied to Mueller — but it's not what anyone expected
https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/new-details-emerge-secret-grand-jury-case-reportedly-tied-mueller-its-not-what

I talked to Mueller after Trump’s election. Here’s what he was worried about.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/12/19/i-talked-mueller-after-trumps-election-heres-what-he-was-worried-about/

Lobbyists Are Feasting in Trump’s Swamp
https://newrepublic.com/article/152724/lobbyists-feasting-trumps-swamp-epa-interior

Are Mar-a-Lago cronies running VA? Secretary Robert Wilkie owes answers to veterans, voters
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/19/veterans-affairs-secretary-wilkie-owes-answers-secret-mar-lago-council-column/2350956002/

The VA’s Private Care Program Gave Companies Billions and Vets Longer Waits
https://www.propublica.org/article/va-private-care-program-gave-companies-billions-and-vets-longer-waits

VA leaves nearly $5 million unused in 2018 campaign to battle suicide, watchdog finds
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/12/va-leaves-nearly-5-million-unused-in-2018-campaign-to-battle-suicide-watchdog-finds/

Lockheed's $31 billion King Stallion copter delayed by new flaws
https://www.stripes.com/news/us/lockheed-s-31-billion-king-stallion-copter-delayed-by-new-flaws-1.561284

US approves $3.5 billion sale to Turkey of Patriot missile systems
https://thedefensepost.com/2018/12/19/us-approves-patriot-turkey-sale/

The US reportedly plans to pull all its troops from Syria as Trump declares victory over ISIS
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/19/us-wants-to-pull-troops-from-syria-as-trump-declares-victory-over-isis.html

Afghan Airstrikes Kill 55 ‘Militants’ in 24 Hours
https://news.antiwar.com/2018/12/18/afghan-airstrikes-kill-55-militants-in-24-hours/

POLITICS and FLEAS

First Step Act on its way to becoming law: 5 things to know about the criminal justice reform bill
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/first-step-act-on-its-way-to-becoming-law-5-things-to-know-about-the-criminal-justice-reform-bill

Gun-Rights Group to Sue Trump Administration Over Bump-Stock Ban
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/gun-rights-group-to-sue-trump-administration-over-bump-stock-ban/
 
Trump Set to Sign Farm Bill, Minus the Food Stamp Changes He Wanted
http://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/trump-sign-farm-bill-minus-food-stamp-changes
 
Congress races to avert shutdown after Trump retreats on border wall
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/18/government-shutdown-trump-retreats-border-wall-con/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/us/politics/european-diplomats-cables-hacked.html

Business voices 'horror' as Brexit countdown reaches 100 days
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/19/business/brexit-business-warning/index.html

Japan Inc heads abroad in $180bn deal rush
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/japan-inc-heads-abroad-in-biggest-deal-rush-for-20-years-2018-12-19

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

As Polar Bear Attacks Increase in Warming Arctic, a Search for Solutions
https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-polar-bear-attacks-increase-in-warming-arctic-a-search-for-solutions

As Seas Warm, Galápagos Islands Face a Giant Evolutionary Test 
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/18/climate/galapagos-islands-ocean-warming.html

Global warming ‘pause’ never happened
https://climatenewsnetwork.net/global-warming-pause-never-happened/

THE MEDIA SCRUM

L.A.'s Housing Crisis Hits Hollywood: The Entertainment Workers Living in Their Cars
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/meet-entertainment-workers-living-cars-housing-crisis-1169781

Media Has Third-Highest Suicide Rate in the U.S., CDC Report Finds
https://pjmedia.com/trending/media-has-third-highest-suicide-rate-in-the-u-s-cdc-report-finds/

Dan Crenshaw Details the Advice He Gave Pete Davidson After Worrying Instagram Post
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2018/12/18/dan-crenshaw-details-the-advice-he-gave-pete-davidson-after-worrying-instagram-post-n2537720

A love letter to the late Penny Marshall, TV and film pioneer
https://ew.com/tv/2018/12/18/penny-marshall-dead-appreciation/

ODDS, ENDS

Walking the Waves: How Orion’s Ability to “Walk on Water” Was Ascribed to Jesus
https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/walk-water-0011191

8 Ways the Tudors Shaped Modern Christmas
https://www.history.com/news/christmas-traditions-tudor-england

Panettone, Italy’s Favourite Christmas Cake
https://www.historytoday.com/alexander-lee/panettone-italy’s-favourite-christmas-cake

The Belgian Falafel Waffle
https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/277380/the-belgian-falafel-waffle

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