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A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations
https://www.wired.com/story/mueller-investigation-trump-russia-complete-guide/

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/16/new-report-russian-disinformation-prepared-senate-shows-operations-scale-sweep/

Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/us/politics/russia-2016-influence-campaign.html

Google CEO’s Testimony Further Collapses Russian Interference Narrative
https://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/12/16/google-ceos-testimony-further-collapses-russian-interference-narrative/

Mueller Exposes Putin's Hold Over Trump
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2018/12/16/mueller-exposes-putins-hold-over-trump/

Former Michael Flynn Business Associates Indicted in Turkey Lobbying Case
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/us/politics/flynn-turkey-bijan-kian.html
 
The US Is “Working On” Extraditing Fethullah Gulen, Turkish Foreign Minister Says
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomgara/us-working-on-extraditing-fethullah-gulen-mevlut-cavusoglu

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two ex-bankers seeking 'well in excess' of $2.7 billion
https://www.businessinsider.com/malaysia-files-criminal-charges-against-goldman-sachs-two-ex-bankers-2018-12

Goldman Sachs’ legal troubles in Malaysia have made it the worst-performing US bank stock this year
https://qz.com/1497585/goldman-sachs-faces-criminal-charges-in-malaysia-over-1mdb-scandal/

Investors Are Piling Into Loans That Banks Have Avoided Since the Crash
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-private-credit-yields/

U.S. banks quietly pull back from riskiest loans amid recession fears
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-banks-recession/u-s-banks-quietly-pull-back-from-riskiest-loans-amid-recession-fears-idUSKBN1OG1C9

A Recession is Imminent According to 67% of CEOs Interviewed Yale CEO Summit
https://www.mediaite.com/online/a-recession-is-imminent-according-to-67-of-ceos-interviewed-yale-ceo-summit/

Analysts anticipate a HUGE 'financial wipeout' is coming as major hedge funds close or report losses this quarter
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6503021/Hedge-fund-analysts-anticipate-large-financial-wipeout-major-hedge-funds-close-report-losses.html

Global Stock Rally Fizzles As Europe Slammed By "Retail Apocalypse"
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-17/global-stock-rally-fizzles-europe-slammed-retail-apocalypse

Best Buy dives nearly 6% after Bank of America downgrades to sell on slowing sales of TVs, iPhones
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/17/best-buy-shares-drop-after-bank-of-america-downgrades.html

Here’s why the Fed won’t save the stock market, despite its worst December start since 1980
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-why-the-fed-wont-save-the-stock-market-despite-its-worst-december-start-since-1980-2018-12-16

History Says Santa Claus Rally May Still Be on Its Way
https://247wallst.com/investing/2018/12/17/history-says-santa-claus-rally-may-still-be-on-its-way/

American parents are spending billions on their adult children
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-parents-are-spending-billions-on-their-adult-children/

U.S. Student Loan Debt Sets Record, Doubling Since Recession
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-17/u-s-student-loan-debt-sets-record-doubling-since-recession

E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-vaping-survey/e-cigarette-usage-nearly-doubles-in-u-s-high-schools-survey-idUSKBN1OG0CJ

Small assault-style rifle firms thriving under activists' radar
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-manufacturers-insight/small-assault-style-rifle-firms-thriving-under-activists-radar-idUSKBN1OG1BZ

Visualizing The West's Domination Of The Global Arms Market
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-15/visualizing-wests-domination-global-arms-market

Rwanda shows off new military hardware amid rising African demand for Chinese arms
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2178401/rwanda-shows-new-military-hardware-amid-rising-african-demand

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-conducts-airstrikes-somalia-extremists-62-dead-59858437

Ceasefire in Yemen’s Hodeidah to begin at midnight
https://thedefensepost.com/2018/12/17/yemen-hodeidah-ceasefire-midnight/

POLITICS and FLEAS

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand
https://www.apnews.com/2b76716fbb2b440b8693e96e46af02b5

Americans' message to Washington on the looming shutdown: Don't
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/17/poll-americans-blame-trump-gop-shutdown-over-wall-dispute/2334326002/

GOP leader faces Trump test in latest shutdown crisis
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/421592-gop-leader-faces-trump-test-in-latest-shutdown-crisis

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom
https://www.apnews.com/7b8f4250fdcc4af5a0e99e38ec3ebe2b

Messianic Jews Want U.S. to Pay Palestinians to Leave Israel
https://theintercept.com/2018/12/16/israel-messianic-jews-ethinic-cleansing-palestinians-pence/

China’s Detention Camps for Muslims Turn to Forced Labor
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/world/asia/xinjiang-china-forced-labor-camps-uighurs.html

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

The Miami blue was fluttering toward extinction. Then the scientists showed up
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article222680260.html

The ecologists rescuing the natural wonders of Libya's Farwa island
https://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/the-ecologists-rescuing-the-natural-wonders-of-Libya-s-Farwa-island-1817448138

Challenging the illegal logging regime in Madagascar (insider)
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/12/challenging-the-illegal-logging-regime-in-madagascar-insider/

Madagascar elections: An environmental disaster in waiting
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/madagascar-elections-environmental-disaster-waiting-181217095423818.html

THE MEDIA SCRUM

If Trump doesn’t like SNL’s sketches about him, he really shouldn’t turn on European TV
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/12/17/if-trump-doesnt-like-snls-sketches-about-him-he-really-shouldnt-turn-european-tv/

Hungarian MPs forcibly removed from offices of state-run TV station
https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/17/hungarian-mps-forcibly-removed-from-offices-of-state-run-tv-station

The Cost of Telling a #MeToo Story in Australia
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/opinion/metoo-defamation-geoffrey-rush-yael-stone.html

ODDS, ENDS

Celebrity Brazilian healer ‘John of God,’ once featured by Oprah, surrenders on sexual abuse charges
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/17/celebrity-brazilian-healer-john-god-once-featured-by-oprah-surrenders-sexual-abuse-charges/

A Nun In India Accuses A Bishop Of Rape, And Divides The Country's Christians
https://www.npr.org/2018/12/17/673679073/a-nun-in-india-accuses-a-bishop-of-rape-and-divides-the-countrys-christians

These priests abused in Native villages for years. They retired on Gonzaga’s campus
https://www.revealnews.org/article/these-priests-abused-in-native-villages-for-years-they-retired-on-gonzagas-campus/

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