1. US general says nuclear launch order can be refused, sparking debate  |  ( fox news )
Just a day after the U.S.’s top nuclear commander said he would resist President Trump’s order if he called for an “illegal” nuclear launch, a fiery debate emerged about the president’s authority to order the firing of a warhead.
2. Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order  |  ( star tribune )
The judge had previously put a temporary hold on the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities.
3. Air Force training jet crashes in West Texas  |  ( star tribune )
DEL RIO, Texas — An Air Force training jet has crashed near Amistad Reservoir on the Texas-Mexico border.
4. U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019  |  ( reuters )
The Obama administration extended the status several times after the initial designation.
5. US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians  |  ( star tribune )
The Homeland Security Department made its announcement 60 days before temporary status for the Haitians is set to expire.
6. Bill de Blasio Will Go to Iowa Again: ‘This is Who I Am’  |  ( nytimes )
The mayor first revealed his Iowa trip in an interview with Politico, and for the first time acknowledged plans to create a political action committee.
7. Trump golf course reimbursed President Trump's charity amid probe of the foundation  |  ( star tribune )
In its latest tax filing, the Trump Foundation said the golf course had raised the $158,000 largely by auctioning off a membership.
8. Trump Halted These Hunt Trophies. Elephant Lovers Will Never Forget It.  |  ( nytimes )
“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts,” he wrote.
9. After House Vote on Taxes, Spotlight Shifts to Undecided Senators  |  ( nytimes )
“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill, and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that’s great,” he said on CNN.
10. Exclusive: Lawmakers call on Trump administration to outlaw Muslim Brotherhood with new strategy  |  ( fox news )
The Trump administration had reportedly considered designating the Muslim Brotherhood as an FTO back in February.
11. Trump administration ends protected status for Haitians living in US after quake  |  ( fox news )
The program, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allowed Haitians to work and live in the U.S. after an earthquake destroyed the island nation.
12. More than $98 million in community policing grants awarded  |  ( star tribune )
CHICAGO — Several cities, including Chicago, have been awarded more than $3.1 million each in federal grants to hire extra police officers.
13. The New York Times  |  ( nytimes )
Eighth graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent.
14. 2 men accused of offering bribes to Uganda, Chad officials  |  ( star tribune )
NEW YORK — Two representatives of a Chinese energy conglomerate have been charged in New York with offering millions of dollars in bribes to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister to generate business.
15. 2 men accused of offering bribes to Uganda, Chad officials  |  ( washington times )
NEW YORK (AP) - Two representatives of a Chinese energy conglomerate have been charged in New York with offering millions of dollars in bribes to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister to generate business.
16. Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed  |  ( star tribune )
CHICAGO — An Illinois lawsuit filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert that alleged a sexual assault has been dismissed.
17. Lies, Incoherence and Rage on Tax Cuts  |  ( nytimes )
That’s quite doubtful — and even if true, it means that the tax plans would add much more to the national debt than the G.O.P.
18. Trump's foundation stepped up 2016 giving amid campaign scrutiny  |  ( fox news )
Aside from his foundation, Trump donated $1 million to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, a charity run by a friend.
19. Whatever Happened to Trump’s Populist Agenda?  |  ( nytimes )
American workers who increasingly compete with very low-paid workers abroad should be given much more extensive transition support if they lose their jobs.
20. White House wants Roy Moore's vote, but doesn't want to talk about Moore  |  ( cnn )
Washington (CNN) The White House isn't saying that President Donald Trump supports Roy Moore.
21. This President wants you to give thanks every day  |  ( cnn )
Even before the basketball players arrived home, Trump was demanding they make a public statement of thanks, saying he was responsible for intervening with Chinese President Xi Jinping on their behalf.
22. Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds  |  ( cnn )
A wide 63% say they are closely following news on Puerto Rico, even two months after the disaster hit.
23. White House wants Republican in Alabama Senate seat for tax bill vote: adviser  |  ( reuters )
Asked if she was favoring a vote for Moore, Conway said: “We want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill.”The U.S. House of Representatives passed tax legislation last week.
24. Justice Department sues to block AT&T-Time Warner deal  |  ( cnn )
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to block AT&T's takeover of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.
25. Researcher gets international help looking into 1948 killing  |  ( washington times )
The friend is Shelly Orndorff, and Orndorff’s mother is Lyla Hill, who is the middle daughter of Irving and Clara Ross.
26. Angela Merkel's future in Germany in doubt  |  ( washington times )
In September, the Christian Democrats bled votes to the ultranationalist, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany.
27. Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses  |  ( cnn )
Some 16 facilities around the country have seen or will see their contracts with the federal prison system end.
28. Justice Dept. to sue to stop AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal  |  ( star tribune )
NEW YORK — The Justice Department intends to sue AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of the suit's official filing.
29. Outgoing Fed chair Janet Yellen resigns from board  |  ( star tribune )
Board member Lael Brainard will be the only Fed board member not nominated by Trump, meaning his selections will have tremendous influence in setting the country's future monetary policy.
30. From Trump to Clinton, how US presidents have dealt with North Korea  |  ( fox news )
Barack ObamaFormer President Barack Obama asked the military in 2010 to prepare with South Korea in order to be “ready” to deter any aggressions from North Korea – after North Korea sank its southern neighbor’s naval ship.