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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 24:  Fred Sands and Elliot Broidy attend Dedication And Celebration Dinner For The Fred Sands Institute Of Real Estate At Graziadio School, Pepperdine University at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 24, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Pepperdine University)
Where Things Stand: Who Will Get Their Christmas Pardon? Prime Badge
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Word on the street (or, rather, Axios) is that President Trump is going to issue a wave of pardons today as a grand gesture of Christmas clemency to some of his closest friends and family.

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Where Things Stand: Even The Tiger King Prime Badge
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President Trump has been laying the groundwork for years at this point.

Even if he had won the election, he’d probably continue floating it — letting a potential Michael Flynn pardon swing in the breeze while he waits for the right moment to let it drop. Now we’ve reached an hour so ripe with presidential turmoil that he might as well fling a distraction at his base.

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on December 15, 2016 in New York City.
Allies Beg Trump Not To Issue Pardons
BIDDEFORD, ME - APRIL 19: Gov. Paul LePage holds a town hall meeting at Biddeford High School Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer)
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