National Headlines 12-18-17

Economic optimism soars, boosting Trump’s approval rating (CNBC)

The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook (Politico)

BuzzFeed Editor: ‘All I Want For Christmas Is Full Communism Now’ (The Wrap)

Linda Sarsour Accused Of Enabling Sexual Assault Against Woman Who Worked For Her (Daily Caller)

Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat (Associated Press)

Pelosi bails on tax cut protest after only handful of activists show up (American Mirror)

The Senate’s Russia Investigation Is Now Looking Into Jill Stein (BuzzFeed)

Corker Says He Faced ‘Tough’ Decision in Supporting Republican Tax Bill (New York Times)

Navy pilot recalls encounter with UFO: ‘I think it was not from this world’ (ABC News)

Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab Sues Trump Administration For Banning Its Software (NPR)

Betsy DeVos speaks at the University of Baltimore’s commencement, to protest and applause (Washington Post)