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James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times via AP

President Trump spoke to senior commanders at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and levied a new line of attack against the press:

"You've seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that."

Which cases, exactly? Trump could be referencing the Christmas market truck attack in Berlin that killed 12. It wasn't given as much coverage as the Nice attack, but there were 74 fewer fatalities. And in Denver, a Texas-born man who converted to Islam is charged with killing a transit officer last week. Meanwhile, Trump hasn't addressed cases of terrorism against Muslims — six were killed in an attack at a mosque in Quebec City last week.

A pattern? These remarks come days after Kellyanne Conway's "Bowling Green Massacre" comment. Critics say that the administration is not only bending, but outright snapping the truth to play up the threat of Islamic terrorism.

What say you, press secretary? Sean Spicer told reporters that the press had "underreported" attacks rather than refused to cover them. When prodded further, Spicer said the administration would provide a list.

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Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.