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9:45 AM ET, December 16, 2017


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Washington Post:
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity … The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.
New York Times:
‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’  How a President's Name Became a Racial Jeer  —  For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.  —  The high school basketball squad from Eagle Grove, population 3,700, had traveled 60 miles up Highway 69 …
Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel next week  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity …
John Nichols / The Nation:
If Trump Fires Mueller, We Must Impeach  —  The country will find itself in a constitutional crisis, where the executive branch rejects checks and balances and the rule of law.  —  Walter Shaub, the former director of the US Office of Government Ethics who now serves as a senior director focusing …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jenny Strasburg / Wall Street Journal:
Deutsche Bank Was Asked for Information on Transactions Potentially Linked to Michael Flynn
Discussion: Arizona Republic, CNBC and RedState
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI officials' text message about Hillary Clinton said to be a cover story for romantic affair  —  Two senior FBI officials who texted each other about President Trump and Hillary Clinton relied on work phones to try to hide their romance from a spouse and made the bureau's probe …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Why Democrats failed to tank tax reform  —  The tax fight has all the ingredients that helped Democrats kill Obamacare repeal: party unity on Capitol Hill, energized liberal activists and legislation that polls in the toilet.  But this time it doesn't appear to be enough.
New York Times:
E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials  —  One of the top executives of a consulting firm that the Environmental Protection Agency has recently hired to help it with media affairs has spent the past year investigating agency employees who have been critical …
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Hundreds of EPA Employees Have Quit Under Trump
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Nine more women say judge subjected them to inappropriate behavior, including four who say he touched or kissed them  —  Nine more women say that Alex Kozinski — a high-profile judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit — subjected them to sexual comments or other conduct …
Discussion: Political Wire, KTLA, NPR and Axios
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Real Russia Scandal  —  In November 2006 I wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal under the headline “Russia: The Enemy.”  It was then a controversial view.  —  At the time, Moscow had bombed Chechnya into submission.  But it hadn't yet invaded Georgia and Ukraine.
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Republicans unveil final version of tax bill  —  Republicans late Friday afternoon unveiled the final text of their bill to rewrite the tax code, which they are racing to send to President Trump  —  's desk before Christmas.  —  Like the bills that came before it, the legislation produced …
Discussion: RedState, ABC News, Axios and IJR
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
The two expat bros who terrorized women correspondents in Moscow  —  Matt Taibbi and Mark Ames trafficked in hideous stereotypes and body-shaming.  —  There's more than one way to harass women.  A raft of men in recent weeks have paid for accusations of sexual harassment with their companies, their jobs, their plum political posts.
Rebecca Spalding / Bloomberg:
Puerto Rico to Lose Tax Advantages Under GOP Plan, Expert Says  —  Plan likely signals sweeping changes to the island's economy  —  'It's so complicated, it's not even funny,' expert says  —  The final version of the Republican tax plan would end some of the tax advantages companies …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Grande Dame of Documentary is Leaving Her Home at HBO  —  After almost 40 years, she has reels of memorable film, a pile of awards and plenty of perspective on the current battle of the sexes.  —  When Sheila Nevins first started working in television in the 1970s, she thought …
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Trump hosted the NRA at the White House on the anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre  —  Trump thumbs his nose at the victims of the Connecticut school killing spree and enjoys quiet time at the White House with NRA gun boss.  —  Not only did Donald Trump not tweet out messages of condolences …
Discussion: Daily Kos, NBC News and Common Dreams
Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?  —  By David Ginsberg, Director of Research, and Moira Burke, Research Scientist at Facebook  —  With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us.  Do people connect in meaningful ways online?
Black conservatives reel after Omarosa resigns  —  WASHINGTON — When the White House senior staff convened Friday for a regular briefing, there was not one black person among the roughly 30 people gathered, and few minorities overall.  —  The departure Wednesday of Omarosa Manigault …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Anita Hill to Lead Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment  —  A commission headed by Anita Hill and composed of and funded by some of the most powerful names in Hollywood has been created to tackle widespread sexual abuse and harassment in the media and entertainment industries.
A. N. Devers / Longreads:
This is How a Woman is Erased From Her Job  —  This is a story about a woman who was erased from her job as the editor of the most famous literary magazine in America.  —  In 2011, the New York Times ran Julie Bosman's energetic and gregarious profile of Lorin Stein, the latest head editor …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Fox News Women Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual Misconduct  —  The media mogul said claims of rampant sexual harassment at the network are “nonsense.”  —  Current and former female Fox News employees say they are stunned, disgusted and “hungry for justice” …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’  —  ROME — The women took their seats behind each of the more than 600 desks in Italy's lower house of Parliament and listened to Laura Boldrini, the chamber's president, talk about how the “Weinstein scandal” had set off a worldwide reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct.
Carolina Panthers:
Panthers' statement on internal investigation  —  The Carolina Panthers today announced it has commenced an internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against the team's owner and founder, Jerry Richardson.  The investigation is being led by the outside international law …
NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris Industries and Reinstates Prior Joint-Employer Standard  —  Washington, D.C.—In a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board today overruled the Board's 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015) ("Browning-Ferris") …
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump had fewer deportations than Obama's first year
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Sen. Susan Collins takes huge leap of faith with tax bill. Critics say she's getting played.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
GOP Senators unanimous in support for tax bill
Discussion: The Atlantic, Business Insider and IJR
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Nazareth mayor cancels Christmas celebration over Trump's Jerusalem decision
Discussion: IJR
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Roy Moore fundraising for ‘election integrity fund’ ahead of election certification
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Intelligence Panel Is Rushing to Complete Russia Probe
Discussion: AOL
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Judge Says That Paul Manafort Can Go Free But He Has To Live In Florida And Be Home By 11 P.M.
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
New York's Famed Lincoln Plaza Art House Theatre Scheduled To Close In January
Discussion: IndieWire
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / CNBC:
Rep. Tom Cole doesn't trust the economists on GOP tax plan: ‘There are about as many economists as there are opinions.’
Molly Redden / The Guardian:
Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino under pressure from Weinstein
Ruth May / Dallas Morning News:
How Putin's proxies helped funnel millions into GOP campaigns
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Fowler / Washington Post:
Why 41 percent of white millennials voted for Trump
Discussion: Vox and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
There Will Be No Viking Longboats Cruising the Mississippi, Thanks to Hard-Headed U.S. Protectionism
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Kushner's legal team looks to hire crisis public relations firm
Miranda Green / CNN:
Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing
The Hill:
Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers