FOX NEWS FIRST: How the Russia probe has boomeranged on Mueller; Melania defends son, Barron

Welcome to FOX News First. Not signed up yet? Click here. Developing now, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 Despite recent key developments in the cases of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, evidence tying President Trump to Russian collusion still appears to be elusive. Instead, as the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley … Continue reading “FOX NEWS FIRST: How the Russia probe has boomeranged on Mueller; Melania defends son, Barron”

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Developing now, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Despite recent key developments in the cases of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, evidence tying President Trump to Russian collusion still appears to be elusive. Instead, as the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel says, an alleged FBI ‘entrapment trap’ in Flynn’s case may have been revealed, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be reined inThe Justice Department and FBI missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information on a raid of alleged Clinton Foundation whistleblowerNew York federal prosecutors reportedly have started an investigation into whether Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misspent funds and whether donors tried to buy influence in the White HouseIn a rebuke of the Saudi crown prince in the killing of activist Jamal Khashoggi, the Senate passed a resolution Thursday to end military support for the war in YemenThe Justice Department’s internal watchdog has blamed a widespread computer glitch for a series of missing text messages between anti-Trump former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa PageIn an exclusive interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity, first lady Melania Trump hit back at reporters who have targeted her young son Barron

THE LEAD STORY – RUSSIA PROBE BACKFIRING ON MUELLER? – Alleged wrongdoing by investigators in the special counsel’s Russia probe may have been exposed when attorneys for former Trump adviser Michael Flynn claimed in a sentencing memo Wednesday that he was pressured into talking to FBI officials without a lawyer being present. 

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller to turn over all of the government's documents and "memoranda" related to Flynn's questioning by 3 p.m. ET Friday. The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel writes, "Robert Mueller has operated for 19 months as a law unto himself, reminding us of the awesome and destructive powers of special counsels. About the only possible check on Mr. Mueller is a judge who is wise to the tricks of prosecutors and investigators. Good news: That’s what we got this week."

Jonathan Turley: Gen. Flynn’s indictment a ‘canned hunt’

SEEKING ANSWERS ON A MYSTEROUS RAID: The Justice Department and FBI have missed a deadline this week to provide information about the government's mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower's home last month …  Sixteen FBI agents on Nov. 19 raided the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly gave the Justice Department's inspector general (IG) documents related to the Uranium One controversy and potential wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whose panel has oversight of the Justice Department, penned a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department IG General Michael Horowitz, requesting information on the justification for the raid. Grassley gave Wray and Horowitz until Dec. 12 to respond to his request. That deadline has come and gone, and neither the FBI nor DOJ has produced any documents or response. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

Obama-era Russian Uranium One deal: What to know

NEW TRUMP PROBE INSPIRED BY MICHAEL COHEN: The Trump administration and the president's inaugural committee said Thursday they had no knowledge of a reported investigation by federal prosecutors into whether the committee misspent some of the money it raised to stage Trump's swearing-in last year …  The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan was in the early stages of the probe exploring whether big-money donors gave cash to the committee in the hope of access to — or influence within — the administration or policy concessions.

According to the Journal, the investigation arose in part out of materials seized as part of the federal investigation into Michael Cohen. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter)

Trump, in FOX News interview, says he never ‘directed’ Michael Cohen ‘to do anything wrong’

SENATE TAKES STAND ON KHASHOGGI KILLING: The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution calling on the U.S. to end military assistance for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen against Iran-backed Houthis, in a bipartisan vote that saw Republicans break with President Trump … The Senate voted 56-41 for the measure, which came as U.N. negotiators hashed out a ceasefire between the two sides in talks in Sweden and amid continued controversy over the killing of activist Jamal Khashoggi.

All Democrats voted aye, and were joined by seven Republicans — including Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. Three senators, all Republicans, did not vote. In a second Saudi rebuke, a joint resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was responsible for the killing of Khashoggi passed by a voice vote. – Reported by Adam Shaw

Kennedy: The Senate showed backbone against Saudi Arabia

MISSING ANTI-TRUMP LOVEBIRD TEXTS: MYSTERY SOLVED? – In a comprehensive report issued Thursday, the Department of Justice's internal watchdog blamed a technical glitch for a swath of missing text messages between anti-Trump ex-FBI officials (and former lovers) Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — and revealed that government phones issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office to Strzok and Page had been wiped completely clean after Strzok was fired from the Russia probe … The DOJ's inspector general (IG) said that, with help from the Department of Defense, it was able to uncover thousands of missing text messages written by Strzok and Page and sent using their FBI-issued Samsung phones from Dec. 15, 2016, through May 17, 2017, "as well as hundreds of other text messages outside the gap time period that had not been produced by the FBI due to technical problems with its text message collection tool."

But when the IG went looking for the iPhones separately issued to Strzok and Page by the Mueller team, investigators were told that "[Strzok's] iPhone had been reset to factory settings and was reconfigured for the new user to whom the device was issued." – Reported by Gregg Re

MELANIA: BARRON SHOULD BE 'OFF LIMITS' – In an exclusive interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity, first lady Melania Trump blasted the press and other critics who have used her son Barron to attack his father, President Trump … Hannity asked Mrs. Trump if Barron should be immune from criticism. "Children should be off limits," she said. "I protect him and I want to give him as normal a life as possible [and] give him the childhood he deserves." – The FOX News Insider

Melania slams ‘opportunist’ journalists and comedians

THE SOUNDBITE

BUILD THAT WALL – "We certainly do need a wall. Talk to any border agent and they will tell you that." – Carla Provost, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, on "Your World with Neil Cavuto," arguing that Democrats are wrong when they say a border wall is not useful in stooping illegal immigration. WATCH  
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On FOX News: 
 
FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen discusses the fight for the border wall. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., weighs in on the border wall funding battle. Tom Shillue tests viewers' knowledge about Christmas decorations. And meet one of the winners of the "Dining with Doocy" contest.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: An interview with outgoing U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. (Had been previously scheduled Thursday, but was pre-empted.)

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests: Rick Rieder, managing director and global chief investment officer of fixed income at BlackRock Institutions; Alex Sanchez, Florida Bankers Association president and CEO; U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.; Bruce Van Saun, Citizens Financial Group CEO.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Michael Pillsbury, senior fellow and director of the Center for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute; Brandon Judd, National Border Patrol Council president; Nelson Balido, chairman and CEO of the Border and Commerce Security Council; Dan Clifton, partner and head of policy research at Strategas.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Allen Questrom, former chairman and CEO of JCPenney.

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, 3 p.m. ET: Scott Fischer, CEO of Dippin' Dots; David O'Sullivan, European Union ambassador to the U.S.

Lou Dobbs Tonight, 7 p.m. ET: Special guests: Diamond & Silk.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: Brand-new network capabilities that will transform business are on the way in 2019 with the arrival of 5G technology. FOX News' Brett Larson and former FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein explain what the fifth-generation network is and why American executives have urged the government to keep Chinese companies out of America's newest telecoms market. Six years after the tragic shooting at Newtown, Conn., more than 1000 newly released documents shed more insight into the mind of the shooter. Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole discusses the revelations. Plus, commentary by "FOX News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

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On FOX News Weekend: 

Cavuto Live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET: House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady on the showdown over a possible government shutdown. And former Whitewater special prosecutor Robert Ray on allegations of the FBI pressuring former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to answer questions without having a lawyer present.

FOX News Sunday, Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.ET: An exclusive interview with Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of Microsoft Corp.

#TheFlashback
 
2012: A gunman with a semi-automatic rifle kills 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then commits suicide as police arrive; the 20-year-old had also fatally shot his mother at their home before carrying out the attack on the school.

2008: An Iraqi journalist hurls his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad; Bush ducks the flying footwear as they whiz past his head and land against the wall behind him.

1964: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, rules that Congress was within its authority to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against racial discrimination by private businesses (in this case, a motel that refused to cater to blacks).

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day and weekend! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Monday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: Why Trump haters shouldn’t rejoice over Michael Cohen; Melania slams ‘opportunist’ critics

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Developing now, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for tax evasion, campaign-finance violations and lying to Congress about Trump’s past business dealings with Russia. However, one former member of the Federal Election Commission tells FOX News that Trump’s detractors should not anticipate an impeachment because of CohenA federal judge has ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to hand over documents after former Trump National Security Michael Flynn’s legal team claimed he was pressured into talking to the FBI without having a lawyer presentIn an exclusive interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity, first lady Melania Trump slammed ‘opportunist’ critics and insisted she does not hesitate to give her honest opinion and advice to her husbandPresident Trump is ending year two of his presidency with a 46 percent job approval rating, up slightly from the start of this year. But voters’ views on Trump’s economy appear mixedEXCLUSIVE: President Trump has canceled the annual White House Christmas party for the media, FOX News’ Howard Kurtz reportsBritish Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in her leadership on Wednesday, but the future of the Brexit deal remains unclear

THE LEAD STORY – WHAT MICHAEL COHEN'S SENTENCING REALLY MEANS: Michael Cohen, the president’s former fixer, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in New York after pleading guilty to numerous crimes …  Before sentencing, Cohen ripped his former boss in federal court, telling the judge he felt it was his duty to cover up the president's “dirty deeds.”

Trump's former personal lawyer reportedly is going to continue to cooperate with authorities on other investigations. However, one former member of the Federal Election Commission has a message for Trump foes: Cohen’s fall is not the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.

In an op-ed for FoxNews.com, Hans von Spakovsky writes, "Trump-haters hoping the president’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will provide the evidence needed to impeach the president and perhaps even “lock him up” are likely headed for a bitter disappointment. The Cohen guilty pleas are likely irrelevant to the fate of President Trump. That’s because in my judgment – as someone who served for two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission – the campaign finance law violations Cohen pleaded guilty to committing, allegedly at Donald Trump’s direction, aren’t really violations."

Jonathan Turley: Cohen lied, broke the law and used Trump get rich – and now blames Trump for his troublesKennedy: Dems impeachment desire could backfireTUNE IN: Exclusive – President Trump talks to Harris Faulkner on ‘Outnumbered Overtime’ on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET

A MICHAEL FLYNN BOMBSHELL: One day after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal team made the bombshell allegations that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful Jan. 24, 2017, interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn's criminal case late Wednesday ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over all of its highly secret documents related to the questioning … U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan — who overturned the 2008 conviction of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens after government misconduct came to light — is weighing how to sentence Flynn, who pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal authorities in the Russia probe during that interview in the West Wing.

Flynn faced mounting legal bills that forced him to sell his home in the run-up to his guilty plea, and Mueller has recommended he receive no prison time. Sullivan's extraordinary request puts Mueller under the microscope and sets a Friday afternoon deadline for the special counsel's office to turn over sensitive FBI documents under seal. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

EXCLUSIVE: MELANIA SPEAKS HER MIND – First lady Melania Trump, in an exclusive interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity, called out "opportunist" comedians and journalists who attempt to build their reputations and careers by bashing her and her family … When asked whether the constant criticism hurts, Mrs. Trump said, "It doesn’t hurt. The problem is they’re writing history and it’s not correct." Trump's remarks came during a trip to the USS George H.W. Bush, where she visited with military families, as well as servicemen and women. The first lady insisted she will continue to do what she believes to be the “right” thing, despite any potential criticism and disapproval. She also doesn't hold back when it comes to expressing her opinions to her husband. "Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t," she said. – Reported by Elizabeth Zwirz

TUNE IN: Part 2 of Sean Hannity’s interview with Melania Trump on ‘Hannity’, Thursday at 9 p.m. ET

TRUMP'S APPROVAL RATING REMAINS STEADY: President Trump continues to suffer from upside-down job ratings as his second year as president winds down  … In addition, views of the economy remain divided, voters feel the administration’s economic policies have not helped them — and fewer are optimistic about future economic conditions than two years ago, according to the latest Fox News poll.

Forty-five percent of voters think the economy will be in better shape a year from now, down from 56 percent who felt that way in December 2016. Currently, 47 percent say the economy is in excellent or good shape, while 51 percent call conditions only fair or poor. That is mostly unchanged since January (49-49 percent). However, it is a significant improvement from when President Trump was first elected and two-thirds rated the economy negatively. Trump gets his best marks on handling the economy: 50 percent of voters approve, while 43 percent disapprove.

Overall, 46 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing and 52 percent disapprove. In January, it was 45-53 percent. Moreover, approval has barely budged all year, staying within the narrow range of 43 to 47 percent. Some might consider that remarkable, considering the constant negative coverage the president receives in the mainstream media. – By Dana Blanton

COAL IN CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS FOR THE MEDIA: EXCLUSIVE – President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations … The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion …

The decision is hardly shocking, given Trump’s constant attacks on "fake news" and the overwhelmingly negative coverage of him and his administration. In recent weeks, the White House pulled the credentials of CNN's Jim Acosta after he refused to give up the microphone at a news conference and restored his pass only after the network filed a lawsuit. Trump has also twice refused to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a tony media awards dinner attended by every president since Richard Nixon. – By Howard Kurtz (Follow Howard Kurtz at @HowardKurtz)

THERESA MAY SURVIVES … FOR NOW: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of confidence in her leadership of her party Wednesday, but not until after a bruising challenge in which she reportedly promised she would step down before the next general election … A leadership vote had been triggered after 48 Conservative Party MPs had written letters expressing no confidence in her leadership — 15 percent of the party’s members in the Commons. But the vote of confidence of the broader bloc of Tory MPs went in her favor — with 200 MPs backing her leadership and 117 voting against her. The victory means not only that May holds onto power, but also that now she cannot be formally challenged by her own party for a year. However, it also means that a third of her party voted against her, a factor that may only increase calls for her to step down in the coming months. – Reported by Adam Shaw

THE SOUNDBITE

THE BORDER WALL? IT WORKS – "Yes, there were some on the Israeli left that were complaining and who were even accusing the Israeli government of racism, but the fact is that now, nobody's complaining. Everyone is happy that we don't have illegal immigration in Israel." – David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," explaining how building a border wall between Israel and Egypt was effective in blocking illegal immigration. WATCH

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STAY TUNED

On FOX News:

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Gerry Baker, Wall Street Journal editor at large; Tom Shillue host of “The Tom Shillue Radio Show” and author of “Mean Dads"; and Paula Deen, chef.

America's Newsroom, 9 a.m. ET: Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News senior judicial analyst. 10 a.m.: Kayleigh McEnany, RNC spokeswoman; Liz Harrington, senior writer, Washington Free Beacon; Jessica Tarlov, FOX News contributor; Charles Payne, host, “Making Money with Charles Payne.”

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: An interview with outgoing U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

FOX News@Night, 11 p.m. ET: Pastor Robert Jeffress.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman; Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council; Keith Banks, vice chairman of Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America; Mark Penn, former senior adviser to the Clintons; Ryan O'Hara, Realtor.com CEO; Victor Cruz, Super Bowl champion and ESPN NFL analyst.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman; Curtis Ellis, former Trump campaign trade and jobs adviser; Juanita Duggan, National Federation of Independent Business president and CEO.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Douglas Rediker, former International Monetary Fund executive board member.

Making Money with Charles Payne, 2 p.m. ET: Nomi Prins, author of "Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World."

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, 3 p.m. ET: Robert Kramer, president and chief operating officer of Emergent BioSolutions; Amb. Michael Froman, former U.S. Trade representative.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: President Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday on multiple charges. What does this mean for the Mueller Investigation? FOX's Rick Leventhal, who was inside the New York City courtroom, and former DOJ prosecutor James Trusty break it all down. Canada arrests a powerful Chinese businesswoman and China detains a Canadian diplomat but neither government says they are related. FOX's Simon Owen discusses the diplomatic fallout of those actions. Plus, commentary by FOX News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The possibility of a Christmas government shutdown, immigration and border security, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and Nancy Pelosi’s likely return as House speaker will be discussed with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and Steve Doocy, former Fox News Channel anchor Jenna Lee and U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.

#TheFlashback
 2003: Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.
2002: Cardinal Bernard Law resigns as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal.
1996: The U.N. Security Council chooses Kofi Annan of Ghana to become the world body’s seventh secretary-general.
1918: President Woodrow Wilson arrives in France, becoming first U.S. chief executive to visit Europe while in office.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Friday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump shutdown threat forces Dems to be transparent on border security; Cohen faces sentencing

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Developing now, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Neither President Trump nor Democrats are backing down after Trump threatened to shut down the government over border security funding in an on-camera clash with Dem leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy PelosiFormer Trump attorney Michael Cohen will be sentenced Wednesday for tax evasion, making illegal hush-money payments and lying to Congress about Trump’s business dealingsAttorneys for former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have asked that he receive probation and community service for lying to federal investigators in the Russia probeGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has no plans launch a project in China and fired back at allegations of anti-conservative bias in a House hearing on TuesdayFive people have been arrested in connection with a manhunt for gunman who killed three people and wounded 11 in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday. The suspected gunman was still on the run.A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rocked Tennessee early Wednesday, and it could be felt in Atlanta, according to the U.S. Geological SurveyTUNE IN: FOX News will have two must-see interviews Wednesday – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to ‘FOX & Friends’ in the morning and first lady Melania Trump will sit down with Sean Hannity for an exclusive interview at 9 p.m. ET

THE LEAD STORY – CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN STANDOFF: In the wake of the unexpected, dramatic on-camera dust-up between President Trump and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office on Tuesday, top Republicans are rallying behind the president's calls for funding a southern border wall — even if it could mean closing the government just days before Christmas … "If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government," Trump told Schumer and Pelosi in a tense White House photo op. Afterward, Pelosi reportedly mocked the president in a private meeting on Capitol Hill with fellow Democrats, saying "it's a manhood thing for him — as if manhood could ever be associated with him."

FOX News has confirmed that, in a deliberate show of support for Trump following the nationally televised showdown, House Republican leaders are considering sending a bill that would provide $5 billion in funding for the wall to the floor for a vote. A senior House GOP aide separately told Fox News that Republicans are confident the measure would pass, which would force Schumer and Senate Democrats to either approve the funding or risk being blamed for any ensuing government shutdown. The question is, which side will blink first? – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

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JUDGMENT DAY FOR TRUMP'S EX-'FIXER': A federal judge in New York is set to decide whether President Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, gets leniency or years in prison for crimes including tax evasion, making illegal hush-money payments to protect Trump during the campaign and lying to Congress about the president's past business dealings in Russia … In a sentencing memo last Friday, federal prosecutors recommended a "substantial term of imprisonment" for Cohen. On Nov. 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia in the latest development in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Last August, he pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution.

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FLYNN SEEKS LENIENCY: Lawyers for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn argued Tuesday that their client deserved to receive no more than a year of probation and 200 hours of community service for making false statements to federal investigators … In a document filed in federal court in Washington, Flynn's attorneys said their client's cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller "was not grudging or delayed", but "preceded his guilty plea or any threatened indictment and began very shortly after he was first contacted for assistance by the Special Counsel's office." Prosecutors working for Mueller said last week that Flynn had offered “substantial assistance” in “several ongoing investigations" and was entitled to avoid prison when he is sentenced next week. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter)

 Flynn says FBI pushed him not to have lawyer present during interview

GOOGLE CEO UNDER OATH: Speaking in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday amid allegations of anti-conservative bias and privacy violations on the platform, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company had "no plans to launch search in China" … Pichai responded to the question by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, when she said she was concerned about the company's controversial Project Dragonfly and asked what the company is doing to minimize the efforts. China was just one of the key issues Pichai was forced to address. He disputed the notion that his company is biased against conservatives under questioning by lawmakers.  – Reported by Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia on Twitter)

Google could be collecting this data without you realizing

SHOOTER ON THE LOOSE IN FRANCE: French authorities have detained five people in connection with a manhunt for a suspected extremist who fatally shot three and wounded 11 near a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening before fleeing the scene, according to reports … The gunman, who is believed to be injured, remained on the loose. The suspect is a 29-year-old who was on a watch list of potentially radicalized people and had convictions in France and Germany for crimes unrelated to terrorism and served time in prison, French officials said. Authorities did not name him publicly or provide further details. – Reported by Bradford Betz (@bradford_betz on Twitter)

EARTHQUAKE IN TENNESSEE: A 4.4-magnitude earthquake was reported in Tennessee early Wednesday, officials said … The quake hit about six miles north of Decatur, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The shaking was felt by residents as far as Atlanta — about 162 miles south of the epicenter. The Center for Earthquake Research and Information reported that a 3.3 earthquake occurred near Decatur about 10 minutes after the initial 4.4 quake. – Reported by Stephen Sorace and the Associated Press

POMPEO, MELANIA TRUMP IN EXCLUSIVE FOX NEWS INTERVIEWS: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to appear on "FOX & Friends" on Wednesday morning for a must-see interview … Pompeo could address a variety of issues, from the tariff truce with China, to Russia, to recent unrest in France, to the migrant crisis at the southern border to recent Trump administration shakeups and more. Don't miss this interview and tune in at 6 a.m. ET.

First lady Melania Trump will sit down with Sean Hannity on Wednesday for an exclusive interview aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier … Hannity will also take viewers behind the scenes with Mrs. Trump as she visits military bases and speaks with personnel. The first lady visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the nation’s capital on Tuesday for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program. Tune in to "Hannity" Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

THE SOUNDBITE

DON'T GIVE IN, MR. PRESIDENT – "If I were the president, I would dig in and not give in" – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on the Oval Office clash between President Trump and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi over border security and a possible government shutdown.

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STAY TUNED

On FOX News:

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Jim Hanson, the president of Security Studies, discusses possible terror attack in Strasbourg, France. Tomi Lahren previews her Fox Nation special "The Migrant Stand-Off." Dr. Oz shares tips on de-stressing at Christmastime. Tom Shillue tests viewers' knowledge of Christmas TV show characters.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Sheila Bair, former chair of U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation FDIC; Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and FOX News contributor; U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.; Charles Plosser, former Philadelphia Fed president; Susan Story, president and CEO of American Water; Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Ben Carson, secretary of HUD; Mike Rowe, former "Dirty Jobs" host; Adam Brandon FreedomWorks president; Thomas Homan, former acting ICE director; Christian Whiton, senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center for the National Interest; U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Oscar De La Hoya, boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions founder; U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.

Making Money with Charles Payne, 2 p.m. ET: Jeff Ballabon, Trump 2020 campaign advisory board member; Ford O'Connell, republican strategist and political analyst; Steve Hilton, host of "The Next Revolution."

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, 3 p.m. ET: Jeff Sica, president, CEO and chief investment officer of Circle Squared Alternative Investments; Amb. Stuart Eizenstat, former deputy treasury secretary; Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: Chad Pergram, FOX News senior Capitol Hill producer, breaks down the details of possible deals to avoid a government shutdown after the on-camera clash President Trump and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to move on criminal justice reform after mounting pressure from President Trump and other supporters of the "First Step Act." FOX News contributor Gianno Caldwell is a proponent of the bill, and he discusses why it is so important. Plus, commentary by former Utah congressman and FOX News contributor Jason Chaffetz.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The possibility of a Christmas government shutdown, immigration and border security, prison reform and anticipated sentencings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will be discussed with U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Mike Allen, executive editor and co-founder of Axios; "FOX News@Night" host Shannon Bream and Andrew McCarthy, FOX News contributor. XFL CEO and Commissioner Oliver Luck discusses the revival of the Vince McMahon-inspired football league.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd Starnes will have the latest on the fallout from President Trump's meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Retail analyst Hitha Herzog and actor Bill Lobley join Tom Shillue to discuss the top headlines of the day.

#TheFlashback
 
2000: George W. Bush becomes president-elect as a divided U.S. Supreme Court reverses a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election.

1997: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," goes on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. (Ramirez would be convicted, and is serving a life prison sentence.)

1977: "Saturday Night Fever," starring John Travolta, premieres in New York.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Thursday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump, Pelosi, Schumer to have showdown over shutdown; Jared Kushner speaks out in FOX exclusive

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Developing now, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

President Trump is scheduled to meet with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer at the White House as both sides look to avert a possible partial government shutdownGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to tell a House committee that the tech giant does not hold political biases and is a platform for diverse views, according prepared remarks before his scheduled testimony on TuesdayA status hearing in the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on whether he violated his plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to take place on TuesdayThe status of Brexit remains uncertain after British Prime Minister postponed a Parliament vote on MondayIn an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner insisted the White House is operating effectively, despite administration changesFive missing U.S. Marines that were on aircraft that crashed off the coast of Japan last week have been declared dead as the search for their remains has ended

THE LEAD STORY – TRUMP, DEMS LOOK TO PLAY LET'S MAKE A DEAL: President Trump will meet with Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday as both sides look to avoid a partial government shutdown before a Dec. 21 deadline … There are several items on the to-do list for Democrats and Republicans: A major farm bill; a formal rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the killing of activist Jamal Khashoggi; emergency funding for the deadly wildfires in California; a Republican-sponsored bill to extend expiring tax breaks and delay some health-care taxes; a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill;  a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller; a plan to overhaul the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. However, Trump's long-promised border wall will be the biggest obstacle. The president wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for the wall with Mexico, a proposal Democrats have rejected.

U.S. lawmakers agree on farm bill, vote this weekReps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows: Build the wall — do what we said we’d do

GOOGLE CEO SET TO BE GRILLED: Embattled Google CEO Sundar Pichai, amid allegations of anti-conservative bias and privacy violations on the platform, plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that his company is no haven for political bias … "I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way," Pichai will tell the committee, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. "To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests. We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions—and we have no shortage of them among our own employees."

Pichai met privately with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill in September to discuss allegations of anti-conservative bias and concerns about the firm’s re-entry into China and privacy issues. – Reported by Matt Richardson (@MRichardson713 on Twitter)and Christopher Carbone (@christocarbone on Twitter) 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s anticipated testimony: Three key takeawaysGeneral Anthony Tata: Google’s missing moral compass – tech giant helps China, but not our U.S. military

MANAFORT HEARING: Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors and attorneys representing former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort will appear at a status hearing Tuesday in a step toward deciding whether Manafort violated his plea agreement with Mueller … Mueller’s team wrote in a heavily-redacted Friday court filing that Manafort violated his plea agreement by making false statements to federal investigators, including about his contact with Trump administration officials as well as information pertinent to an undisclosed Justice Department investigation.

What does Mueller have? Memo hints at damaging Russia info from CohenFalse statement charges abound in Mueller probe, in contrast to Hillary Clinton case

BREXIT CHAOS: The status of Brexit appears to be unclear after British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday delayed a vote in Parliament to approve her controversial deal … The move that presents an uncertain path ahead in Britain's lengthy divorce from the European Union. European Union official Donald Tusk says the bloc won't renegotiate the Brexit deal with the U.K. government as he called a summit Thursday to examine ways to help Britain ratify the deal. EU leaders were already scheduled to meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss migration and the bloc's future long-term budget, among other issues.

May's Conservative government does not have a majority in the House of Commons, and opposition parties — as well as dozens of Conservative lawmakers — say they will not back the Brexit deal May and EU leaders agreed upon last month. The vote had been set for Tuesday. It is not clear when it will be rescheduled. Pro-Brexit lawmakers say the deal keeps Britain bound too closely to the EU, while pro-EU politicians say it erects barriers between the U.K. and its biggest trading partner and leaves many details of the future relationship undecided. – Reported by Greg Norman and the Associated Press

Brexit is dead: Nigel FaragePound tumbles to 20-month lowMacron promises ‘all means’ to restore calm after Paris riots, pledges to speed up tax relief

EXCLUSIVE: JARED KUSHNER SPEAKS OUT – In an exclusive, rare interview, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner told FOX News' Sean Hannity that, despite increasingly critical media reports on the Trump administration and his role in it, the White House is humming along effectively as new officials prepare to take over top roles … Kushner insisted that day-to-day White House operations aren't affected by what he called media "noise," and pointed to the news that the U.S. this week became a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years.

He also touted his work spearheading the president's major criminal justice reform bill, which some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have resisted. The proposed legislation, which Kushner said was "very close" to becoming law, would reduce mandatory prison terms for certain drug crimes and give judges in some cases more discretion on punishments. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

Kushner praises ‘fabulous’ new White House Counsel, other fresh appointees 

TRAGIC END TO SEARCH AND RESCUE: The five missing crew members of warplanes that crashed off the coast of Japan last week have been declared dead and the search for them has ended … The U.S. Marines made the announcement late Monday. One Marine was rescued last Wednesday, and the body of another was found. The planes — a F/A-18 jet and a refueling plane that had taken off from a base on Okinawa for a regularly scheduled training mission — crashed last week off Japan’s coast. – Reported by Edmund DeMarche (@EDeMarche on Twitter) and Lucas Tomlinson

THE SOUNDBITE

WHEN YOUR PAST HAUNTS YOU – "To take a kid who just won the peak trophy in college football and then search back to when he was 14 for something bad he said and then shame him over it? It's just despicable stuff." – Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, on "The Story with Martha MacCallum, slamming a writer who reported on past homophobic tweets from Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray hours after he won college football's top honor. Murray, now 21 years, apologized for the past tweets, saying they don't reflect who he is or what he believes in. WATCH

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On FOX News:

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Kenneth Matlack, an Oregon sheriff, talks about the state governor’s budget to sue Trump and defend illegal immigrants; Tom Kersting, a family therapist, talks about the effects that TV time has on your children; Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News’ senior judicial analyst, on the Mueller investigation; Michael Anton, a former deputy national security adviser; Tom Shillue, a comedian and FOX News contributor, tests the hosts’ Christmas song knowledge. Rev. Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse.

The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: Robert Zimmerman, a longtime Democratic consultant.

Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8 p.m. ET: Guests include: Tammy Bruce, columnist and syndicated radio host, and Business Insider’s Daniella Greenbaum.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Gregg Jarrett, FOX News legal analyst; Jesse Watters, co-host of "The Five"; and Jessica Tarlov, a FOX News contributor.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Ben Phillips, EventShares chief information officer; U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; John Browne, former member of Britain's Parliament.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Harmeet Dhillon, board member of the National Republican Lawyers Association;  
Joel Shulman, ERShares CEO.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of  Cboe Global Markets, Inc.; U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, 3 p.m. ET: Terry Duffy, chairman and CEO of CME Group.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought to the court by states seeking to stop Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood services and other private health organizations. Bill Mears, FOX News' Supreme Court producer, breaks down the story. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and a representative from Planned Parenthood will also weigh in. Plus, Democrats officially take control of the House in 2019, ending one party rule of Congress for the first time in eight years. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., joins the podcast to explain what he expects and why he's hopeful. Plus, commentary by author and former executive assistant to president Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The latest on the changes in the Trump administration and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will be discussed with Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump; Allen West, former Florida congressman; Jason Chaffetz, FOX News contributor and Chris Stirewalt, politics editor at FOX News.

#TheFlashback
 
2008: Former Nasdaq chairman Bernie Madoff is arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that destroyed thousands of people's life savings and wrecked charities. (Madoff is serving a 150-year federal prison sentence.) Plus, the remains of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony are found six months after she disappeared. (Her mother, Casey Anthony, would be acquitted of murder in her daughter's death.)

1991: A jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquits William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman..

1980: The TV series "Magnum P.I.," starring Tom Selleck, premieres on CBS.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Wednesday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: Dems’ post-midterm strategy to bring down Trump emerges; Google CEO on hot seat

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Developing now, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

House Democrats’ post-midterm victory strategy to bog down President Trump’s agenda with investigations appears to take shape as Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the prospective new House Intelligence Committee chairman, reveals that lawmakers want to ‘bring back’ former Trump attorney Michael Cohen for more testimonyFired FBI Director James Comey says in an interview Sunday that President Trump is fortunate he’s a sitting president and cannot be indicted for his alleged ties to illegal hush money payments in the Cohen caseConservative author Jerome Corsi, a target in Robert Mueller’s probe, reportedly has sued the special counsel over alleged leaks and illegal surveillanceVarious new names are emerging as possible candidates for the next White House chief of staff after Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers – once considered a leading contender for the job – revealed Sunday he is leaving the administrationGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to testify Monday before Congress about alleged censorship of conservativesAs French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to address the recent violent protests in his nation on Monday, FOX News’ Steve Hilton gives his take on what’s really behind the unrest

THE LEAD STORY – DEMS' PREPARE GET TRUMP STRATEGY: Before Democrats won back the House in the November midterms, several pundits warned that they would attempt to weigh down the remaining two years of President Trump's first term with constant investigations and attempts to perhaps impeach him. It looks like they were right: California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff disclosed in an interview Sunday that Democrats are in talks with counsel for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to "bring him back" for further testimony … Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 about an abandoned Trump Tower project in Moscow less than two weeks ago. If Schiff becomes the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats retake the House in January, as expected, he would have the power to subpoena Cohen to testify and provide documents. Schiff suggested Cohen will return voluntarily. However, Cohen would retain the option of pleading his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

Mary Anne Marsh: Manafort, Cohen and Flynn — The ghosts of Trump’s Christmases pastEvidence linking Trump to campaign finance crimes is not there, top lawyer saysNed Ryun: Why are there no consequences for Clinton Foundation abuses?

COMEY SAYS TRUMP'S 'LUCKY' HE CAN'T BE INDICTED … BE CAN HE? – Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday in an interview that President Trump, if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, would be in violation of campaign finance laws. But he is lucky that the rule of the Justice Department remains that a sitting president cannot be indicted …  “I don’t know,” Comey replied to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, when asked if Trump is now an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the case of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. “Not in the formal sense that he’s been named in an indictment. … But if he’s not there, he’s certainly close, given the language in the filing that the crimes were committed at his direction.”

In filings Friday, prosecutors in New York linked Trump to a federal crime of illegal payments to buy the silence of two women – adult-entertainment star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal – during the 2016 campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office also laid out contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries, and suggested the Kremlin aimed early on to influence Trump and his Republican campaign by playing to his political and personal business interests. In the legal filings, the Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. – Reported by Frank Miles

Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan U.S. attorneyEx-FBI Assistant Director: Comey is a disgrace to the FBI, won’t answer key questions on Clinton email scandal

CONSERVATIVE AUTHOR MAKES CASE AGAINST MUELLER: Jerome Corsi, the conservative author accused of lying under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, filed a federal lawsuit late Sunday accusing Mueller of leaking grand jury items and various constitutional violations, including illegal surveillance, reports said … Politico reported that the newly filed suit claims that Mueller tried to get Corsi to give testimony that Corsi said is false. He is reportedly seeking $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in damages due to injury to his reputation. – Reported by Edmund DeMarche (@EDeMarche on Twitter)

Victoria Toensing: Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?

NEW CONTENDERS FOR TRUMP WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Vice President Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who was considered a front-runner to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff, announced Sunday he is leaving the administration at the end of the year … Officials said Trump and Ayers could not agree on his length of service, but Trump wants his next chief of staff to hold the job through the 2020 election. Sources told FOX News on Sunday evening there have been “conversations” about Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., becoming chief of staff. Meadows serves as chairman of the influential House Freedom Caucus. Trump reportedly is considering four candidates for the post, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. – Reported by Frank Miles

LAWMAKERS SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS FROM GOOGLE CEO: Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to be confronted by House lawmakers about alleged bias against conservatives and the company's relationship with China … Pichai's hearing was originally scheduled last week, but was postponed because of former President George H.W. Bush's state funeral. He is expected to be grilled on Monday by the House Judiciary Committee about perceived bias against conservatives and the company's efforts to build a censored search engine for China, which prompted some employees to resign and over 700 to sign a letter against the project.

Jason Chaffetz: Time for Facebook to do an ‘about face’ and regain the confidence of its usersU.S. maintains hard line in trade with China: reportNew Democratic majority looking to turn up heat on big tech with hearings, investigations

STEVE HILTON'S TAKE ON FRENCH CHAOS: French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to break his silence on Monday night and attempt to calm the violent protests that have rocked his nation for weeks. FOX News' Steve Hilton, host of "The Next Revolution," gives his takeaway on the French protests in an editorial on FOXNews.com … In an excerpt, he writes, "What's going on in France is part of a worldwide populist uprising. In the UK, in Germany, in Italy, in Eastern Europe, in Brazil and, of course, here in America with Donald Trump's election — and support for Bernie Sanders. Let's remember, working people are saying they've had enough of decades of elitist policies — like uncontrolled immigration — that help those at the top but hurt everyone else. But there's something else going on, too — the elitist fightback."

THE SOUNDBITE

CONCLUSION ON 'RUSSIAN COLLUSION DELUSION' – "Time for the left to fold up their fantasy tents." – Judge Jeanine Pirro, in her "Opening Statement" on "Justice with Judge Jeanine," on the state of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. WATCH
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On FOX News:

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: William McGurn, the Main Street columnist for the Wall Street Journal; Tammy Bruce, the syndicated radio host; Morgan Ortagus, a U.S. Naval reserve officer and former State Department press officer; Tom Shillue, the host of FOX Nation’s “The Quiz Show”; Deanna Martin, singer Dean Martin's daughter, explains why she'll continue to sing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after the song was pulled from radio stations.

The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8 p.m. ET: Guests include: Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, on Google CEO Sundar Pichai's expected testimony on Capitol Hill and more.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Newt Gingrich.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Kevin Hassett, White House Council of Economic Advisers chairman; House Majority Whip Steve Scalise; Martin Feldstein, former economic adviser under President Reagan; Gordon Chang, author of "The Coming Collapse of China"; Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: David Mulroney, former Canadian ambassador to China; U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.; Jonathan Burkan, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: The transcripts from former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last Friday have been released as lawmakers try to look deeper into the Russia investigation. Jon Sale, assistant special prosecutor during Watergate, explains Comey's testimony could have an impact on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. NASA is partnering with the private sector to head back to the moon. David Schurr, NASA's deputy director for Planetary Science, discusses the future of space travel. Plus, commentary by FOX News contributor Gianno Caldwell.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The latest on the changes in the Trump administration and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will be discussed with New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin, "Special Report" host Bret Baier, FOX News contributor Andrew McCarthy and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu.

#TheFlashback
 
2007: Suspended NFL star Michael Vick is sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, Va., to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed (Vick would serve 19 months at Leavenworth).

1995: The first group of U.S. Marines arrive in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in former Yugoslavia.

1967: Singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others are killed when their plane crashes into Wisconsin's Lake Monona; one passenger, Ben Cauley, survives.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your Monday! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Tuesday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: Pivotal day in Mueller probe; Comey on the hot seat; Clinton Foundation whistleblowers emerge

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Developing now, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office faces deadlines on Friday in two key cases in his Russia collision probe: Prosecutors must file sentencing recommendations in the cases of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, and Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman.Fired FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify behind closed doors before House Republicans about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and alleged political bias in the agencyWhistleblowers have come forward with hundreds of pages documenting potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, a top Republican told FOX NewsPresident Trump will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sources told FOX NewsFormer President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest Thursday as a special funeral train took his remains to their final resting place on the grounds of his presidential library and museum in College Station, TexasA top executive at Huawei Technologies whose arrest has cast doubt on the trade truce between the U.S. and China will appear in court Friday for a bail hearingJurors are set to begin deliberations in the murder trial of a man accused of ramming his car into counterprotesters at the infamous August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.Actor-comedian Kevin Hart withdrew from hosting next year’s Academy Awards late Thursday night after years-old homophobic tweets surfacedFriday marks 77 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, and for the first time, none of the remaining survivors from the USS Arizona are expected to attend annual ceremonies

THE LEAD STORY – MUELLER FACES TWO KEY DEADLINES: With multiple reports and other indications suggesting the long-running Russia probe that began in May 2017 is nearing its conclusion, Special Counsel Robert Mueller faces court-imposed Friday deadlines to file potentially revealing memos outlining how former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort allegedly broke his cooperation agreement with the government, as well as how former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen should be punished for lying to Congress in 2017 about an abandoned Trump real estate project in Moscow … The planned submissions are set to come just days after Mueller's office submitted a heavily redacted sentencing memorandum indicating that fired national security adviser Michael Flynn had provided "substantial assistance" with several ongoing investigations and recommending no prison time. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani called Mueller's prosecutors "sick puppies" in the wake of that filing. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

Supreme Court’s double-jeopardy case holds Mueller probe implications; Kavanaugh vote keyJudge Andrew Napolitano: Why I don’t believe that Mueller is on a fishing expedition (or is about to go home)

COMEY ON THE HOT SEAT: Meanwhile, fired FBI Director James Comey is slated to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday … He dropped his longshot legal challenge to congressional Republicans' subpoena earlier this week when they agreed to make public a transcript of his remarks. FOX News has confirmed that a key focus of questioning will be Comey's decision to write the July 2016 statement recommending against filing criminal charges in the Hillary Clinton email probe before the former secretary of state was even interviewed, as well as the apparent political bias demonstrated in a slew of text messages and leaks by top FBI officials.

TALES FROM THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WHISTLEBLOWERS: Three people have come forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, including misappropriation of funds and allegations of quid-pro-quo promises made to donors during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Thursday … Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is also the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations. The panel is set to hold an investigative hearing next week on the status of the Foundation case.

The Clinton Foundation consistently has maintained that it is a charity, and never traded on Hillary Clinton's position as America's top diplomat, which she held from 2009-2013. Meadows’ claims came the day after a new report said an investigation referred to Justice Department prosecutors by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year into Clinton-linked Washington insider Tony Podesta and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig is heating up. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter)

NAUERT IS TRUMP’S CHOICE: President Trump will tweet Friday morning that he is nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, replacing outgoing official Nikki Haley, multiple sources tell FOX News …  Back in October, Nauert, a former Fox News host, was believed to be a "leading contender" for the position, sources said at the time. Nauert was named as the State Department spokeswoman in April 2017. Haley unexpectedly announced her resignation plans in October and promised to serve in her role through the end of 2018. – Reported by John Roberts and Elizabeth Zwirz

FINAL FAREWELL TO BUSH 41: Former President George H.W. Bush was buried near his beloved wife Barbara and daughter Robin on the grounds of his presidential library and museum in College Station, Texas, after a special funeral train carried him to his final resting place … Former President George W. Bush and his family were among those in attendance at the ceremony, after which they boarded the train. During the funeral, the elder Bush – who died last Friday at age 94 – was remembered for his “decency, boundless kindness and consideration of others” by a longtime friend, former Secretary of State James Baker.

FOX News’ full coverage of the final farewell to President George H.W. Bush

EXECUTIVE A SUSPECTED PAWN U.S.-CHINA TRADE TRUCE: Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, detained by Canadian authorities for alleged violations of Iranian sanctions, is expected to appear in court for a bail hearing Friday as she faces extradition to the United States … Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday at the request of the U.S. government. Her arrest comes amid a year-long U.S. government campaign against Huawei, a company it views as a national-security threat.

Some observers believe Meng's arrest, which came the same day President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a truce in the U.S.-China trade war, was politically motivated. China, some experts say, could "take hostages" in retaliation against the United States.

Stocks stage comeback, Nasdaq rises after wild rideMarc Thiessen: China tried to strike at Trump – and missed the mark entirely

CHARLOTTESVILLE DELIBERATIONS SET TO BEGIN: A Virginia jury is poised to begin deliberations on Friday in the trial of an Ohio man accused of driving his car into a group of counterprotesters – killing one and injuring dozens — at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017 … James Alex Fields, Jr. is accused of first-degree murder and other felonies in connection with the crash, which came after police forced crowds at the rally to disband. That decision followed clashes between white nationalists who came to the town to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and counterdemonstrators who showed up to oppose the white nationalists. Prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony portrayed Fields to the jury as a hateful young man who idled in his car for more than a minute before backing up and then speeding into the crowd. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain

CHANGE OF HART: Comedian Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards amid criticism over years-old tweets deemed anti-gay … Hart, 39, posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past comments. “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart tweeted. – Reported by Louis Casiano

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS TO BE MISSED: For the first time, no USS Arizona survivors are expected to attend the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the pivotal Dec. 7, 1941 day of "infamy" that pulled the U.S. into World War II … The handful of Arizona survivors — Lou Conter, Don Stratton, Ken Potts, Lonnie Cook and Lauren Bruner — are all in their 90s and now find travel to be difficult, according to Hawaii News Now. "This is the very first year" that no Arizona crew members will participate, Daniel Martinez, a historian with the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, told the news outlet. – Reported by Amy Lieu

THE SOUNDBITE

A FINAL SHOW OF RESPECT – "They stood me up, and it was almost automatic … My left hand came up to my forehead without even being… planned." – Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, on "Your World with Neil Cavuto," on willing himself up from his wheelchair to salute former President George H.W. Bush. WATCH 
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On FOX News:
 
FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Jason Chaffetz previews James Comey's closed-door hearing. Ana Quintana takes on the growing migrant crisis at the border. Diamond & Silk sound off on the top headlines of the day. Cirque Musica performs.

The Story with Martha MacCallum: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

FOX News@Night, 11 p.m. ET: An interview with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

On FOX Business:

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council.

Making Money with Charles Payne, 2 p.m. ET: Michael Pillsbury, senior fellow and director of the Center for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute.

Lou Dobbs Tonight, 7 p.m. ET: Gen. Jack Keane

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: Paradise, Calif., residents who were forced to evacuate due to a wildfire were allowed back into their neighborhoods this week. Firefighter Jason Hawkins was among those who lost their home, and he discusses what it was like to continue his duties as Paradise Fire Apparatus engineer. In addition, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones explains what residents should expect when they start to rebuild. U.S. stocks clawed back from deep deficits on Thursday after investor uncertainty over the status of the U.S.-China trade war caused all three major averages to drop early in the day. FOX Business' Gerri Willis weighs in on the ramifications from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Plus, commentary by Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: country music star John Rich; Geraldo Rivera; and Thomas Kersting. Plus, part 2 of the look back at Brian Kilmeade's interview with former President George H.W. Bush, with a flashback of Bush biographer Jon Meacham’s reflections on Bush 41.

The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Comedian Jimmy Failla and Trump 2020 campaign advisory board member Madison Gesiotto join Tom Shillue to look back on the most important stories of the week!

On FOX News Weekend:

Cavuto Live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET: House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady and incoming Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Karen Bass on the government shutdown showdown. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., on new threats from Russia and new missile worries from North Korea.

Life, Liberty & Levin, Sunday, 10 p.m. ET: Host Mark Levin and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise discuss the congressman's survival of an assassination attempt, being a Republican minority in the House in the new incoming Congress and the struggle to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

#TheFlashback
 
1941: 'The Day of Infamy' – Japan launches a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer Southeast Asian territories; the raid, which claims some 2,400 American lives, prompts the United States to declare war against Japan the next day.

1972: America's last moon mission to date is launched as Apollo 17 blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

1987: Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev sets foot on American soil for the first time, arriving for a Washington summit with President Ronald Reagan.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day and weekend! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Monday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: Bush 41 to be laid to rest after emotional state funeral; Probe of Obama, Clinton allies heats up

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Developing now, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library and museum in Texas. The nation said farewell to the 41st president in an emotional state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on WednesdayThe Saudi crown prince was ‘complicit’ in the killing of activist Jamal Khashoggi, a bipartisan group of senators said in a resolutionJustice Department prosecutors have begun interviewing witnesses in an investigation of Clinton-linked Washington insider Tony Podesta and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig – a probe referred by Special Counsel Robert MuellerDemocratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers of Wisconsin threatened to explore all legal options after state Republicans passed legislation to limit his powers In an exclusive interview with FOX Business, General Motors CEO Mary Barra defended plans to slash as many as 15,000 jobs and close five North American plantsA spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris said the Democrat was ‘unaware’ that a top aide was at the center of a $400,000 harassment and retaliation settlement. Harris has accepted the aide’s resignation.

THE LEAD STORY – BUSH 41 COMES HOME: Former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest Thursday after a funeral at his family's favorite church in Houston … Well-wishers lined up overnight to pay final respects at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where Bush lay in repose until his funeral there Thursday morning. The casket carrying the former president returned home to Texas on Wednesday night after a moving state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. President Trump and all living former presidents, as well as world leaders and other distinguished guests, gathered to honor Bush's legacy. Former President George W. Bush welled-up with tears as he eulogized his father and called him a "great and noble man" and “the best father a son or daughter could have.”

George H.W. Bush will be buried on the grounds of his presidential library and museum near his beloved wife, Barbara, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

Stay with FOX News for full coverage of former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral in Houston, starting at 11 a.m. ET, anchored by Shepard Smith. FOX News will have additional coverage on all platforms, including tributes to Bush 41 on FOX Nation.Bret Baier: George H.W. Bush and a letter to live byAt George H.W. Bush’s funeral, Trump, Clintons don’t shake hands

'COMPLICIT' IN 'MURDER': A bipartisan group of six senators introduced a nonbinding resolution Wednesday stating that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was "complicit" in the October killing of activist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul … The resolution says the Senate believes the crown prince, known informally as "MbS," "was in control of the security forces at the time of Jamal Khashoggi's murder" and "based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, has a high level of confidence" in his complicity in the Oct. 2 killing. The resolution was introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Todd Young, R-Ind.; and Chris Coons, D-Del. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter) 

PROBE OF CLINTON, OBAMA ALLIES HEATS UP: An investigation referred to Justice Department prosecutors by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year into possible criminal activity by Clinton-linked Washington insider Tony Podesta and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig is heating up, according to a new report … The inquiries center not only on Craig and Podesta — a Democratic lobbyist and co-founder of the onetime lobbying powerhouse known as the Podesta Group — but also on Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman from Minnesota.

The probes had been quiet for months. But in a flurry of new activity, Justice Department prosecutors in the last several weeks have begun interviewing witnesses and contacting lawyers to schedule additional questioning related to the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, people familiar with the inquiry anonymously told the Associated Press. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

Obama’s FBI brass hollowed out, after latest resignation of key official

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR’S PARTING SHOT: As top Democrats in the state call them "sore losers" and "disgraceful," Wisconsin Republicans on Wednesday passed sweeping legislation to limit the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers, who takes office in January … Evers in November defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled that despite fervent protests, he will sign the legislation that rescinds authority the legislature had previously delegated to the governor. But Evers said Wednesday afternoon that if he cannot persuade Walker to veto the proposals, he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice." – Reported by Gregg Re

Over 1,000 ballots may have been destroyed in NC congressional race, DA saysAlaska Democrat plans to appeal after Republican wins state House recount by a single vote

EXCLUSIVE: GM’s CEO SPEAKS OUT – In an exclusive interview with FOX Business, General Motors CEO Mary Barra defended the company's decision to cut 15 percent of its salaried workforce in North America, adding that the automaker’s focus right now is on its workers and ensuring that GM is in a position to lead in a rapidly changing auto industry … “We need to make sure that General Motors is around for the next several decades,” she said after a meeting with Ohio's two U.S. senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman. Barra added that GM workers may have an opportunity to find employment at the many growing GM factories around the country. - Reported by Henry Fernandez

KAMALA HARRIS CAUGHT 'UNAWARE' OF AIDE'S SCANDAL: A senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., resigned Wednesday over inquiries about a $400,000 harassment lawsuit against him while working at the California Department of Justice … Larry Wallace resigned after the Sacramento Bee asked about the 2017 settlement, the paper reported. "We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously," Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said. "This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator, and she accepted it." The lawsuit filed by Danielle Hartley accused Wallace of demeaning her based on her gender while she worked as his assistant. – Reported by Louis Casiano

THE SOUNDBITE

'A GREAT AND NOBLE MAN' – "We're going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever. So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you — a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have. And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again." – Former President George W. Bush, honoring his father George H.W. Bush, during his eulogy. WATCH

TODAY'S MUST-READ: Fate of 'Baby It’s Cold Outside' being assessed by multiple radio stations after song was pulled by Ohio station.

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On FOX News: 
 
FOX & Friends
, 6 a.m. ET: Dana Loesch is among the special guests. A police chief explains why police department job applications are plummeting. Plus, a look at U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' climate change hypocrisy

The funeral of George H.W. Bush, 11 a.m. ET: Tune in for FOX News' coverage of former President George H.W. Bush's funeral in Houston, anchored by Shepard Smith.

Your World with Neil Cavuto, 4 p.m. ET: Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole reflects on his relationship with George H.W. Bush.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Stephen Harper, former prime minister of Canada.

Lou Dobbs Tonight, 7 p.m. ET: Heather Zumarraga, senior vice president and market strategist for Vision 4 Fund Distributors.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: Chris Stirewalt discusses the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush and whether reflections on his civility will have a lasting impact on today's political climate. The Supreme Court is set to hear the case Gamble vs. the United States, which involves a little known Alabama felon, but could decide the fate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News' senior judicial analyst, discusses the implications of this double jeopardy case. Plus, commentary by Van Hipp, former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: President George H.W. Bush's funeral, the Mueller investigation, protests in France and U.S-China trade truce will the topics of discussion with the following Ed Rollins, Stuart Varney, Chris Wallace, Jonathan Swan and Chris Stirewalt. Plus, a flashback of Brian Kilmeade's interview with Bush 41.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd Starnes speaks with House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise about the incoming Congress and his new book, "Back in the Game." Plus, FOX News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel will answer your questions.

Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: Andrew McCarthy, FOX News contributor and contributing editor of the National Review, discusses Special Counsel Robert Mueller's memo recommending a lenient sentence for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

#TheFlashback
 
1923: A presidential address is broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge speaks to a joint session of Congress.

1907: The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurs as 362 men and boys die in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W. Va.

1865:  The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolishes slavery, is ratified as Georgia becomes the 27th state to endorse it.

FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Friday morning.

FOX NEWS FIRST: National Day of Mourning for Bush 41; Why Flynn’s ‘help’ may not help the Russian collusion case

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Developing now, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

A National Day of Mourning is being observed in the U.S. on Wednesday as the nation prepares to say its last farewell to former President George H.W. Bush at a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.Special Counsel Robert Mueller has recommended a lenient sentence, with the possibility of no prison time, for Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his ‘substantial’ help in multiple investigationsChina on Wednesday issued a vague statement promising to carry out the tariff cease-fire agreement reached by presidents Trump and Xi. U.S. stocks on Tuesday plunged 799 points over fears of recession and confusion over the U.S.-China trade ‘truce.’Senate lawmakers want answers after the FBI raided the home of an alleged whistleblower who provided documents on the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal to a watchdogFormer CBS CEO Les Moonves obstructed the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him, according to a report

THE LEAD STORY – FAREWELL TO 41: The nation will say its final farewell to former President George H.W. Bush as President Trump, four living former presidents and other high-ranking officials and dignitaries from around the world gather at the Washington National Cathedral to celebrate Bush’s life of public service … George W. Bush will eulogize his father, as will former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and presidential historian Jon Meacham. President Trump is not expected to speak but will be in attendance with first lady Melania Trump.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend along with former first ladies Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter. Also reportedly expected in the invitation-only crowd: Mike Lovejoy, a Kennebunkport electrician and fix-it man who has worked at Bush's Maine summer estate since 1990. After the state funeral, Bush will be flown back to Texas, where he will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston until Thursday morning's funeral there. He will be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas.

Stay with FOX News for full coverage of former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral, starting at 9 a.m. ET, anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. FOX News will have additional coverage on all platforms, including tributes to Bush 41 on FOX Nation.WATCH: Bob Dole rises from wheelchair to salute George H.W. BushGeorge H.W. Bush’s state funeral: Everything you need to knowList of expected notable guestsMarc Thiessen: For just a few days, let’s be the nation George H.W. Bush wanted us to be

FLYNN FLIPS? – Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a memorandum Tuesday recommending a lenient sentence — with the possibility of no prison time — for convicted former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and stating that Flynn has offered "substantial" help to investigators about "several ongoing investigations" … The heavily redacted memo’s release comes as additional sentencing memorandums are expected within days in the cases of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, downplayed the memo, calling Mueller's team "sick puppies" and arguing alleged Russian collusion still had not been proven. He told FOX News that Flynn had admitted to offenses comparable to "spitting on the sidewalk." – Reported by John Roberts, Gregg Re (gregg_re on Twitter), and Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter)

Gregg Jarrett: Flynn sentencing memo is a big nothing

U.S.-CHINA TRADE TURMOIL: China has issued an optimistic promise to carry out the terms of the tariff ceasefire reached by President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last weekend at the G20 summit, but has not succeeded in clearing up any confusion about the deal … A Commerce Ministry statement on Wednesday said, "China will start from implementing specific issues on which consensus has been reached, and the sooner, the better." The statement gave no indication what those issues are.

China has yet to confirm Trump's claim Beijing promised to cut auto tariffs and immediately buy more American farm goods. That fueled the confusion and doubt on Wall Street that led to U.S. stocks plunging 799 points on Tuesday. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed Wednesday in observance of the national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY ON URANIUM ONE: Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has written to FBI Director Christopher Wray and the Justice Department's internal watchdog to request information about a raid on the home of a former FBI contractor who gave the watchdog documents related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to a Russian firm's subsidiary … According to the Daily Caller, 16 FBI agents raided the Maryland home of Dennis Nathan Cain on Nov. 19. Cain, his lawyer Michael Socarras said, was accused of possessing stolen federal property.

In response, Cain reportedly claimed that he was a protected whistleblower under federal law recognized by the DOJ watchdog, Michael Horowitz. The documents in question allegedly show that federal officials failed to investigate possible criminal activity related to Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian nuclear company whose subsidiary purchased Uranium One in 2013. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain

EYE ON A COVERUP?: Former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who resigned in September following a slew of sexual misconduct allegations made against him, "destroyed evidence" related to the case, according to a report released Tuesday night …  Moonves, 69, was trying to save his reputation at the network, and his multimillion-dollar severance package, when he "misled investigators" working on behalf of the company, the New York Times reported, citing a 59-page report drafted for the CBS board. The draft, according to the Times, said Moonves "engaged in multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace, both before and after he came to CBS in 1995.”

THE SOUNDBITE

TIME FOR THE U.S. TO SEND A MESSAGE – "It's not in our interests to give the crown prince a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children. Because then you're going to have open season on Americans everywhere." – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on "The Story with Martha MacCallum," vowing to come down "like a ton of bricks" on Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi. CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed Senate committee leaders on Tuesday on the Khashoggi investigation.

TODAY'S MUST-READ: John Stossel: Google and Facebook cross 'The Creepy Line' of censorship every day.

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On FOX News:

FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: A tribute to George H.W. Bush before his state funeral. A closer look at a child's fight against snowball ban in Colorado. Plus, special guests: Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel; Anthony Scaramucci, former White House director of communications under President Trump; Charlie Hurt, Opinion editor for the Washington Times.

The State Funeral of George H.W. Bush, 2 p.m. ET: Tune in for FOX News' ongoing coverage with Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino at the Washington National Cathedral.

On FOX Business:

Kennedy, 9 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Christian Whiton, senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center for the National Interest.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: In the final days before his death in June, Charles Krauthammer left his son Daniel the task of finishing his book. Daniel Krauthammer joins the podcast to share stories of his late father and to discuss his final book, “The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors.” Charles’ friends and colleagues – FOX News anchor Bret Baier, FOX News senior political analyst Brit Hume, and FOX News political editor Chris Stirewalt – all give touching accounts of his life and legacy as a political pundit. Plus, Daniel Krauthammer provides commentary

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel, Allen West and Kennedy will look at the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush and the latest in the Robert Mueller investigation.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, discusses how Congress can fund the border wall, and former NFL player Burgess Owens takes on the league's latest controversies.

The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Daniel Krauthammer discusses his father's legacy and final book, "The Point of It All." Plus: columnist Ron Hart and attorney Jonna Spilbor discuss the legacy of President George H.W. Bush and the latest on the Russian investigation.

#TheFlashback
 
2008: The Labor Department reports that an alarming half-million jobs vanished in November 2008 as unemployment hits a 15-year high of 6.7 percent.

1932: German physicist Albert Einstein is granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.

1776: The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, is organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

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FOX NEWS FIRST: Tributes pour in as George H.W. Bush lies in state; Media use Bush to bash Trump; Border breach

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Developing now, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

Lawmakers honored George H.W. Bush, and President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid respects on Monday as the body of the nation’s 41st president lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda in WashingtonAs the nation mourns former President George H.W. Bush, various members of the mainstream media have sparked outrage by using his death to attack TrumpCaravan migrants frustrated over the asylum-seeking process began to breach the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, according to a reportFrance is expected to suspend the fuel tax hikes that have led to violent protests, French media sayCIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief Senate committee leaders on the investigation on the killing of Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi, FOX News has learnedSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly is close to finishing his investigation as conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Mueller’s team

THE LEAD STORY – 'A GREAT MAN, A GENTLE SOUL': Lawmakers on Monday put aside partisan politics to pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush, who was remembered for his lifelong service to his country, decency and willingness to reach across the aisle … President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the 41st president of the United States, visiting the late president’s flag-draped casket in the building’s rotunda, where Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning before being transported to the National Cathedral for a private state funeral, which Trump is scheduled to attend. At an earlier ceremony, Vice President Mike Pence and other top lawmakers spoke and reflected on Bush’s military record and service. Bush, Pence said, “never failed to answer the call to serve his country.” – Reported by Nicole Darrah (@nicoledarrah on Twitter)

Stay with FOX News for full coverage of the nation’s farewell to former President George H.W. Bush on all platformsGeorge H.W. Bush’s funeral, memorial services: Everything you need to knowChad Pergram: As Washington remembered Bush, politics in the Capitol was on hold — sort ofJohn Fund: Why was George H.W. Bush a one-term president?TUNE IN – EXCLUSIVE: Rush Limbaugh to reflect on President George H.W. Bush on FOX News@Night Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET

A SHAMEFUL DISPLAY BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Media missteps in the coverage of former President George H.W. Bush's death — from a derogatory Associated Press tweet to the Gray Lady including misleading info in its obituary — have fueled new accusations of liberal bias … A shouting match erupted on "The View" when Joy Behar tried to use Bush's legacy to bash and co-host Meghan McCain – who is no fan of Trump – attempted to keep the show focused on Bush 41. While several publications and media figures used Bush’s death to take shots at Trump, even some standard obituaries were panned as slanted and unfair.

The AP notably backed off a widely criticized tweet sent shortly after Bush’s death was confirmed. The now-deleted message said: “George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94." The tweet was immediately slammed, and AP eventually deleted the tweet and admitted the gaffe. – Reported by Brian Flood (@briansflood on Twitter)

Struggling Clinton tour takes a break after Bush’s death, delays Texas stopMartha MacCallum: The death of a president and a time for America to reflectBush 41’s funeral: Everything you need to knowU.S. Postal Service to suspend delivery Wednesday

MIGRANTS BREACH: At least two dozen Central American migrants– disillusioned and frustrated with the asylum-seeking process– breached the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday just before dusk by scaling a 10-foot metal fence, Reuters reported … Other migrants managed to squeeze through the fence on the beach. Some migrants reportedly tried to escape the capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, but most were caught. It remains unclear how many migrants managed to escape the detention. The migrants are part of the caravan that traveled towards the U.S. in an effort to enter the U.S. – some illegally, others legally in the hope of applying for asylum – citing issues such as rampant violence in their home countries. - Reported by Lukas Mikelionis (@LukasMikelionis on Twitter)

Migrant children dropped over border wall by suspected smuggler

PUMPING THE BRAKES ON FUEL HIKES: French Prime Minister is expected to announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes that have provoked a protest movement that has grown violent, according to French media ... Edouard Philippe, the minister, is expected to announce the planned increase will be suspended for several months, Le Monde and France Info radio reported. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.

A LONG-AWAITED KHASHOGGI UPDATE: CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief leaders of multiple Senate committees Tuesday about the October killing of Saudi activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi, a source told FOX News …  The source said the briefing will include leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee. Haspel did not attend a briefing about Khashoggi's killing that was given to all senators last week by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Her absence upset lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., vowing to hold up Congress' agenda for the current lame-duck session until he heard from the CIA director. – Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter) and Jason Donner

MUELLER PROBE IN FINAL STAGES? – Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators recently have told President's defense lawyers they are "trying to tie up loose ends," suggesting the probe may be nearing an end … Yahoo! News reports that prosecutors are planning to file memos on  former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Meanwhile, author  - and Muller target – Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump. – Reported by Judson Berger and Alex Pappas

Trump attorneys ask Stormy Daniels to pay nearly $800G in legal fees, penalties

THE SOUNDBITE

A GIANT AMONG MEN – "This Rotunda is a trumpet call to glory. Tributes to the giants, all the way up to the sky." – House Speaker Paul Ryan, paying tribute former President George H.W. Bush.

TODAY'S MUST-READ: Daniel Krauthammer: In search of civility — In our politics now, we are increasingly talking past each other.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Stocks celebrate trade progress with triple point jump.
China trade commitments will begin 'immediately': Larry Kudlow
Is U.S. bond market forecasting a recession?

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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Daniel Krauthammer, son of the late Charles Krauthammer, shares the inside story behind his father's final book. Ned Ryun reacts to new census numbers showing that nearly two-thirds of non-citizens are on welfare. A look at the best toys for your kids this Christmas, according to pediatricians. Country music star Phil Vassar performs his new Christmas single.

The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, 2 p.m. ET: Former Vice President Dan Quayle looks back on the life of George H.W. Bush.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and TD Ameritrade CEO Tim Hockey are among the special guests.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guest: John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: Stocks rose on Wall Street after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day suspension of their trade war. Tori Whiting, economist at the Heritage Foundation, discusses what "trade truce" could mean for both countries and overall investor confidence. Violent anti-government protests broke out in France as angry citizens pushed back against President Macron's fuel taxes. FOX News' Simon Owen discusses what really caused the riots and what may happen next. Plus, commentary by FOX News medical correspondent, Dr. Marc Siegel.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Daniel Krauthammer on his father’s final book; U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, on his midterm election defeat and future; Susan Page on the life of former President George H.W. Bush; analyst and former coach Brian Billick on the state of the NFL’s season.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd Starnes speaks with David Bossie, co-author of "Trump's Enemies" and Young America's Foundation spokesman Spencer Brown.

Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: Brit Hume will join the show to discuss the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush.

#TheFlashback
 
2000: In a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refuses to overturn George W. Bush's certified victory in Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that allows manual recounts.

1978: San Francisco gets its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein is named to replace George Moscone, who was assassinated.

1783: Gen. George Washington bids farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

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FOX NEWS FIRST: George H.W. Bush’s overlooked legacy; Clinton associate charged in plot to defraud Pentagon

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Developing now, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

The nation will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington and will lie in state at the Capitol RotundaTributes to President George H.W. Bush have been pouring in nationwide and from around the world. Dr. Marc Siegel, FOX News’ medical correspondent, reflects on a battle that may be one of former president’s greatest – but overlooked – legaciesAn executive with past ties to the Clintons is among three people charged in an alleged scheme to defraud the Pentagon out of billionsMexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the Central American migrant crisis as authorities have closed a caravan shelter due to unsanitary conditionsFired FBI director James Comey has dropped his challenge to House Republicans’ subpoena and is expected to testify later this week about alleged political bias in the agencyThe 90-day trade truce reached at the G20 summit between the United States and China should boost financial markets through the rest of the year, some experts say. But the stock market could remain volatile

THE LEAD STORY – REMEMBERING GEORGE H.W. BUSH: Americans will begin four days of farewells to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday as his body will be flown to Washington and will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda for public viewing … The 41st president, who died Friday at his Houston home at age 94, will lie in state until Wednesday, the day of his state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral. President Trump has ordered federal offices closed for a national day of mourning on Wednesday and is scheduled to attend the state funeral with first lady Melania Trump and other high-ranking officials and dignitaries. Bush's body will be flown back to Houston for a private service Thursday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, his longtime church. He will be buried at the Bush Library Center at College Station near the love on his life, his wife Barbara, who died in April and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953.

Bush 41 reflected on aging and the importance of family in letter to his childrenFormer VP Dan Quayle: ‘George Bush was absolutely the best.’George W. Bush remembers his father’s encounter with PutinStay with FOX News for full coverage of the nation’s farewell to former President George H.W. Bush on all platforms

GEORGE H.W. BUSH'S OVERLOOKED LEGACY: Dr. Marc Siegel has participated in George W. Bush's annual Warrior 100K ride for wounded veterans since 2012. In an op-ed for FOXNews.com, he recalls how the younger Bush revealed how he drew inspiration from his father, who was stricken with Parkinson's Disease, but did not let that keep him from skydiving …  George W. Bush believed his father's incredible will to live was an inspiration for others – and Dr. Siegel agreed.

"There is only one President Bush now, but the legacy of the father lives on," Siegel writes. "For some he will be remembered most as a war hero, for how as a young navy pilot he overcame a harrowing plane crash in 1944 during WWII and miraculously swam to safety in a life raft and was finally rescued by a submarine.  For others it was his efforts as vice president and then president to end the Cold War and his successful 1991 Gulf War against Saddam Hussein. For me, as a physician, it was his heroic war against the side effects of Vascular Parkinsonism which included frequent bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia, the ignominy of drooling and being bound to a wheelchair. He soldiered on, and became a role model for the chronically ill everywhere."

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Siegel's tribute to Bush 41.

Dana Perino: Knowing George Bush and his family has been one of the greatest honors of my lifeBill Bennett: President George H.W. Bush was the best boss I ever hadBret Baier: George Bush’s legacy is his humanityChris Wallace looks back on interviews with Bush 41PHOTO: George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, is honored: ‘Mission complete’

CLINTON ASSOCIATE IN ALLEGED PENTAGON FRAUD PLOT: Three Northern Virginia men –including one who reportedly celebrated New Year's Eve in 1999 with the Clintons– were charged last week for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud the Pentagon after receiving an $8 billion contract in 2012 to provide food and supplies to troops in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice announced …  Federal prosecutors said the three—all executives connected to Anham FZCO, a defense contractor based in the United Arab Emirates— knowingly gave false estimates of completion dates for a warehouse intended to provide supplies for troops in Afghanistan in order to win contracts. They allegedly provided "misleading photographs" to show that the project was further along than it was. Abdul Huda Farouki, 75, the former Anham CEO, was one of the men charged. He and his wife were Washington socialites and donated to the Clinton family charity, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Washington Post reported that the former CEO celebrated New Year's Eve with the Clintons in 1999 and was invited to a state dinner. – Reported by Edmund DeMarche (@EDeMarche on Twitter)

HUMANITARIAN MOVE OR IMMIGRATION 'TRICK'? – Mexican authorities shut down a crowded, unsanitary and mud-filled shelter at a sports complex, moving the remaining migrants who want to enter the U.S. to a new, government-run facility that's further from the border … The migrants were taken by bus to the new shelter about 10 miles from the border crossing at Otay Mesa and 14 miles from San Ysidro, near where people line up to file applications for asylum in the United States. Officials in Tijuana cited "bad sanitary conditions" – mud lice, respiratory infections – as the reason for closing the sports complex shelter that holds up to 6,000 people. Still, some of the migrants were reportedly wary of the Mexican government's efforts. “People are distrustful that it’s an immigration trick, that it’s not what they say it is and that they will really be deported,” Amelia Frank-Vitale, an immigration expert who has traveled with migrant caravans, told the Washington Post. – Reported by Christopher Carbone (@christocarbone on Twitter)

Ned Ryun: Migrant caravans and the American taxpayer

THE HOT SEAT AWAITS COMEY: Former FBI Director James Comey announced Sunday he has dropped his legal challenge to House Republicans' efforts to compel him to testify in a closed-door setting about the political bias and mismanagement they say permeated the Hillary Clinton and Trump campaign probes under his watch … Last week, Comey's lawyers had resisted the GOP's subpoena and insisted on a public hearing, saying in court documents that Republicans' demand for closed-door testimony “exceeds a proper legislative purpose, is issued in violation of House rules, and unduly prejudices and harasses the witness.” But Comey relented after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., agreed that the former FBI head's remarks would be made public in their entirety. Comey, who was called initially to testify on Monday, is now expected to testify later this week. – Reported by Gregg Re (@gregg_re on Twitter)

Jason Chaffetz: Why is Michael Cohen prosecuted when Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and Lois Lerner were not?

U.S., CHINA BUY TIME WITH TRADE TRUCE: The 90-day trade dispute truce reached by the United States and China at the G20 summit should give a boost to the financial markets. But, until the two countries reach a permanent agreement, experts say the stock market will remain volatile … "You're going to see a ton of volatility," suggested Nate Thooft, a senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. "There's definitely no shortage of uncertainty." Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The Chinese agreed to buy a "not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial" and other products from the United States to reduce America's huge trade deficit with China, the White House said. The truce, reached after a dinner of more than two hours Saturday, buys time for the two countries to work out their differences in a dispute over Beijing's aggressive drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance. As part of the détente, China had agreed to rollback its tariffs on American automobiles below 40 percent, Trump announced Sunday.

G20 summit in Argentina: A look at what happenedU.S. trade deal with Mexico, Canada is positive, but not strong enough, Democratic congressman says

THE SOUNDBITE

MORNING IN AMERICA VS. MOURNING IN AMERICA – "He was of that greatest generation and there was a humility and respect and a decency about him that sometimes is not seen frequently in Washington today." – Karl Rove, on "FOX News Sunday," reflecting on former President George H.W. Bush and how the political environment in Washington has changed.

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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Lee Greenwood remember George H.W. Bush; Kevin Sorbo previews his new Christmas movie. Meet the 82-year-old veteran using a grand Christmas display to say thank you.

The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, 2 p.m. ET: Dick Cheney looks back on the life of former President George H.W. Bush.

Special Report with Bret Baier, 6 p.m. ET: Daniel Krauthammer, son of the late Charles Krauthammer, gives the inside story on his father's final book, "The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors."

Hannity: A Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog says FBI agents raided his home. Don't miss Sean Hannity's exclusive interview with the whistleblower, Dennis Nathan Cain, and his attorney, Michael Socarras.

On FOX Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Complete coverage of fallout from the G20 summit. Karl Rove will be among the special guests.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Michael Pillsbury, senior fellow and director of the Center for Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute.

On FOX News Radio:

The FOX News Rundown podcast: William La Jeunesse looks back on the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush. Last week, Marriott International Inc. disclosed that their Starwood Hotels guest database of up to a half a billion customers had been hacked, making it the second largest data breach in history. Shawn Tuma, cybersecurity and data privacy attorney, discusses this latest criminal attack on private information. Plus, commentary from FOX News contributor Tammy Bruce.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: remembering former President George H.W. Bush, the latest in the Robert Mueller investigation and the U.S.-China trade war ceasefire will be the top topics with the following guests: New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin; Brad Meltzer; John Strong; and Bret Baier.

#TheFlashback
 
1992: The first telephone text message is sent by British engineer Neil Papworth, who transmits the greeting "Merry Christmas" from his work computer in Newbury, Berkshire, to Vodafone executive Richard Jarvis' mobile phone.

1964: Police arrest some 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley, one day after the students storm the administration building and stage a massive sit-in

1947: The Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Desire." opens on Broadway.

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