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4:25 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.
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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.
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Former high-level officials submit ‘unusual’ Russia brief in lawsuit against Trump and Roger Stone
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
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 …
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Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
Ajit Pai Thinks You're Stupid Enough to Buy This Crap
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.
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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 …
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Sen. Marco Rubio says he won't vote for the tax bill without an expanded child tax credit
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico, Axios and CNBC
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The FBI Scandal Hiding in Plain Sight
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
FBI Agents Sending Anti-Trump Texts Is Not a Scandal
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Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Why I Secretly Wanted Moore To Lose: Brooks 2020!
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats should go after Ted Cruz
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Write-in votes still loom over Alabama Senate race
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 …
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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
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Republicans are paying a price for their extremism
Discussion: New Republic
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 …
WDRB 41 Louisville News:
Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson died of ‘probable suicide’ on bridge in Mt. Washington  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, died of a “probable suicide,” the Bullitt County coroner said.
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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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Leon Watson / Telegraph:
Surgeon admits marking his initials on patients' livers during transplant ops
Discussion: KTLA and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Brittney McNamara / Teen Vogue:
Joe Biden to Anita Hill: “I Owe Her an Apology”  —  Since film magnate Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and assault in October, scores of women have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement to say that they too have been a victim of sexual misconduct.
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.”
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.
WKBN-TV:
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.
 
 
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Addy Baird / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Pew Research Center:
Gender discrimination comes in many forms for today's working women
Discussion: The Atlantic and Axios
Los Angeles Times:
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Michael Hobbes / Highline:
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Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Refinery29 is laying off staff, cites ‘a correction in the digital media space’
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The Daily Beast:
Report: CIA Captured Putin's ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016 Election
CNNMoney:
Disney is buying most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
JTA / Jerusalem Post:
Family of Miss Iraq flee country after photo posted with Miss Israel
Discussion: IJR and RedState
Tavis Smiley:
On the eve of the 15th season and 3,000th episode of my nightly talk show …