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7:50 PM ET, December 14, 2017


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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End  —  Spirits were high inside the House chamber on Thursday, November 16, when, in the early afternoon, the gavel fell and a measure to rewrite the American tax code passed on a partisan tally of 227 to 205.
Paul Ryan ‘soul searching,’ possible he could leave Congress after 2018 elections  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan has had soul searching conversations about his future with friends, some of his close friends tell CNN.  —  Those people close to Ryan told CNN they believe …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
White House: Trump would be ‘very unhappy’ if Speaker Ryan left
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan says American women need to have more babiesNEW!
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked  —  In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was real.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Former high-level officials submit ‘unusual’ Russia brief in lawsuit against Trump and Roger Stone  — Fourteen former national security, intelligence, and foreign policy officials recently wrote an amicus brief as part of a lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump's campaign and Roger Stone, his longtime adviser.
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:   Music promoter dangled possible Putin meeting for Trump during campaign15 minutes ago
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC just voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, in a sweeping act of deregulation  —  Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for some apps and websites — and block or slow down others — in a decision repealing landmark …
A.G. Schneiderman: I Will Sue To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality  —  News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Attorney General's Press Office / 212-416-8060  — … Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released …
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
Ajit Pai Thinks You're Stupid Enough to Buy This Crap
Del Quentin Wilber / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Agent Removed From Russia Probe Held Dim Views of Holder, Sanders  —  Texts between agent and FBI lawyer reveal harsh words for several prominent figures  —  Two FBI employees who used to work for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have already been criticized by Republicans for texts they shared insulting President Donald Trump.
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
Thoughts on Rod Rosenstein's Testimony  —  I have not watched all of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.  But I watched three hours of it, and that was quite enough to convey the disturbing and dangerous nature of the current moment.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The FBI Scandal Hiding in Plain Sight
Washington Post:
Rubio a ‘no’ on GOP tax bill unless tax credit for working poor is expanded  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) informed Senate leaders he intends to vote against the Republicans' $1.5 trillion tax plan unless it includes a larger expansion of a child tax credit, according to a Senate GOP source.
Washington Post:
GOP considers letting tax cuts for families expire sooner  —  Congressional Republicans are looking at shortening the duration of tax cuts that their plan would give to families and individuals, a leading lawmaker said Thursday.  —  That change would free up more revenue for additional changes …
Richard Cowan / Reuters:   Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide
Talking Points Memo:
Marco Rubio Threatens To Tank GOP Tax Bill Over Child Tax Credits
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Omarosa: I saw things in Trump White House ‘I was very uncomfortable with’  —  Omarosa Manigault Newman said on Thursday that she observed things in the White House during her tenure that made her uncomfortable and that upset her.  —  “There were a lot of things that I observed during …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
Omarosa Manigault speaks out about WH exit: ‘I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable’
Jana Winter / Foreign Policy:
Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women  —  A key official involved in House investigations faces a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct.  —  A top congressional ethics official who oversees investigations into misconduct by lawmakers …
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Roy Moore turns refusal to concede into religious crusade: ‘Immorality sweeps over the land’  —  A day after losing the Senate race in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones, Roy Moore has issued a new statement refusing to concede the election until completion of the final count.
Ann Coulter /
Why I Secretly Wanted Moore To Lose: Brooks 2020!
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“We Know the Difference Between a Glenn and a Matt Lauer”: Inside The New York Times, the Glenn Thrush Scandal Is a Sex-Reckoning Test Case  —  Some three dozen detailed interviews will determine whether the star White House correspondent will keep his job—but chances are he won't be going back to cover the West Wing.
Public Policy Polling:
Voters Think Trump Should Resign Over Harassment Allegations  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that a majority of voters think Donald Trump should resign from the Presidency because of the allegations of sexual harassment against him. 53% think Trump should step down to just 42% who think he should remain in office.
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Kamala Harris says Trump should resign
Discussion: Mother Jones
Amie Hudspeth / Crossroads Today:
BREAKING: Congressman Farenthold calls it quits  —  Congressman Blake Farenthold will withdraw from the race but is expected to finish his term.  Newscenter 25 is working to get more details from the Farenthold camp.  You may remember the Congressman spoke to constituents via Skype on Wednesday saying …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Republican Nightmare Is Just Beginning  —  Washington Republicans have put the fiasco of Alabama's special election behind them, but their electoral nightmare may just be beginning.  —  Roy Moore's stunning defeat Tuesday night was met with quiet sighs of relief throughout the GOP establishment …
Discussion: The Nation and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Republicans are paying a price for their extremism
Fox News:
Comey edits revealed: Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show  —  Newly released documents obtained by Fox News reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey's draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement …
Morgan Spurlock / TwitLonger:
I am Part of the Problem  —  As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder “who will be next?”  I wonder, “when will they come for me?”  —  You see, I've come to understand after months of these revelations …
New York Times:
Trump's Lies vs. Obama's  —  In his first 10 months, Trump told nearly six times as many falsehoods as Obama did during his entire presidency  —  In his first 10 months, Trump told nearly  —  After we published a list of President Trump's lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters.
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
Lindsey Graham: There's a 30 Percent Chance Trump Attacks North Korea  —  It's become a grim ritual in Washington foreign-policy circles to assess the chances that the United States and North Korea stumble into war.  But on Wednesday Lindsey Graham did something different …
Compiled by / CNN:
Charlotte Bacon, 6  —  Charlotte was sweet, outgoing and full of energy, her grandmother told CNN affiliate WCCO in Minnesota.  —  “This is tough.  This is surreal.  You can't believe this could happen,” Irene Hagen told the station.  “The whole family is just devastated, and we're all trying to come to terms with it.”
Youngstown State University student picked up in Austintown sex sting  —  Police said the Orwell man believed that he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex  —  AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - A Youngstown State University student from Orwell was picked up in the Austintown Police Department's latest sex sting.
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
He was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient's liver  —  Patients often can't help but wonder what doctors and nurses are doing while they're sedated.  —  Some suspect trash talking.  Others are wary of racially charged comments.
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Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan says American women need to have more babies   Find
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
NLRB overrules joint-employer decision on labor violations   Find
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Music promoter dangled possible Putin meeting for Trump during campaign   Find
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
NLRB overrules joint-employer decision on labor violations10 minutes ago
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sky News:
Rupert Murdoch: Fox ‘returning to our roots’ in £39bn Disney deal25 minutes ago
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Sara A Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Who's spying on who?  FBI's use of NSA foreign surveillance program needs to be investigated, say whistleblowers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast:
Heather Heyer's Mom: I Have to Hide Her Grave From Neo-Nazis
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Splinter
Pew Research Center:
Government Gets Lower Ratings for Handling Health Care, Environment, Disaster Response
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Sen. Robert Menendez tells Justice Department, ‘If you want to prosecute, bring it on’
New York Times:
A Sheriff, a Mystery Check and a Blogger Who Cried Foul
Tracy Seipel / Mercury News:
Uber reduces ambulance usage across the country, study says
Discussion: Hit & Run, Mashable and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Kubler Ross Politics of 2017
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Once Unthinkable, Senate Looks Like a Tossup in 2018
Addy Baird / ThinkProgress:
Trump super PAC quietly launches new ad campaign targeting Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Hobbes / Highline:
Millennials Are Screwed  —  FML … Like everyone in my generation …
The Daily Beast:
Report: CIA Captured Putin's ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016 Election
JTA / Jerusalem Post:
Family of Miss Iraq flee country after photo posted with Miss Israel
Discussion: TheBlaze, IJR and RedState