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7:55 AM ET, December 21, 2017

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John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans quietly investigate perceived corruption at DOJ, FBI  —  A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally …
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Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
“Are Republicans dead inside?”  GOP host slams her own party in disgust  —  As the investigation into Russia breaks new ground, Donald Trump and his allies are ramping up their baseless attacks on the FBI and senior Justice Department officials for allowing it to continue.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Group of House Republicans have been quietly investigating the DOJ and FBI for weeks
Discussion: RedState
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AT&T:
With Tax Reform, AT&T Plans to Increase U.S. Capital Spending $1 Billion and Provide $1,000 Special Bonus to more than 200,000 U.S. Employees  —  Today, Congress approved legislation representing the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation.  The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.
MediaRoom:
Boeing announces immediate additional employee-related and charitable investments of $300 million as a result of new law
Washington Post:
Court tosses out one-vote victory in recount that had briefly ended a Republican majority in Virginia  —  A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats …
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Jordan Pascale / Virginian-Pilot:
Republican awarded 1 more vote, causing a tie in House race that will decide balance of power
Hampton Roads Daily Press:
After 94th District recount, judges rule it's a tie
Discussion: Towleroad and Shakesville
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Wall Street Journal Killed Editorial on Trump's Mob Ties  —  In a short period of time, five staffers have departed The Wall Street Journal editorial page.  The general cause of their departures, willing and otherwise, is known: the Journal editorial line has increasingly conformed …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Glenn Thrush, Suspended Times Reporter, to Resume Work but Won't Cover White House  —  The New York Times said on Wednesday that Glenn Thrush, one of the paper's most prominent political reporters, would remain suspended until late January and then be removed from the team covering the White House …
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Laura McGann / Vox:   New York Times decides Glenn Thrush “does not deserve to be fired” over sexual misconduct
Ted Hesson / Politico:
McConnell will allow immigration vote if senators strike a deal  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring an immigration bill to the floor by the end of January if lawmakers and the White House can reach a compromise, he said in a statement Wednesday.
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Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:   Trump Plans Tax Signing on Jan. 3 Due to Technical Issue
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Republicans finally get what they wanted out of Trump
Associated Press:
Ryan savors tax bill win, but coming fights could roil GOP
Discussion: ABC News
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Puerto Rico governor vows midterm revenge for tax bill  —  Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he plans to mobilize 5.3 million Puerto Ricans living on the mainland to shake up the midterm elections in states ranging from Florida to California.  —  Rosselló …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:   One potential loser in the new GOP tax bill: Puerto Rico
The Commercial Appeal:
Memphis removing Confederate statues from Downtown parks  —  Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal  —  The city of Memphis sold two public parks containing Confederate monuments to a nonprofit Wednesday in a massive, months-in-the-planning operation to take the statues down overnight.
Discussion: Associated Press, WHNT-TV and Raw Story
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Ridiculous video emerges of wealthy Koch heir — and the internet is dying of laughter  —  The billionaire heir of conservative industrialist Bill Koch stands to benefit mightily from the newly passed Republican tax overhaul.  —  Wyatt Ingraham Koch is president and CEO of the Wyatt Ingraham clothing brand …
Murray Waas / Foreign Policy:
White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law  —  Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.  —  The White House turned over records this fall to special counsel Robert Mueller revealing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The tax cut expectations game  —  I was reading the Penn Wharton Budget Model's dynamic analysis (this is an outfit run by a George W. Bush-era Treasury tax guy) of the tax bill Monday night, and I saw something interesting in its modeling assumptions.  It had to decide what to do with the fact …
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
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The Daily Beast:   Trump Falsely Claims GOP Tax Bill ‘Repealed Obamacare’
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Democracy dies in dimness
Discussion: Instapundit
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Republicans' “Win” on Taxes Is a Loss for American Democracy  —  It's over.  On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved, for a second time, the conference version of the Republican tax bill, clearing the way for Donald Trump to sign the legislation into law as soon as the relevant paperwork can be sent to the White House.
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:   Trump stands to save millions under new tax measure, experts say
Yahoo:
Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote  —  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington  —  WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote …
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
President Commutes Sentence of Iowa Meatpacking Executive  —  President Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, whose Iowa meatpacking plant was the target of a huge immigration raid in 2008, and whose 27-year prison sentence angered many Orthodox Jews.
Detroit Free Press:
Ex-MSP trooper charged with murder in death of Detroit boy being chased on ATV  —  It is alleged that Mark Bessner “unnecessarily deployed his Taser” at the boy while the ATV was traveling at 35-40 m.p.h.  —  CONNECT  —  A former Michigan State Police trooper is facing a murder charge …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Dean L. Winslow / Washington Post:
I spoke my mind on guns.  Then my Senate confirmation was put on hold.  —  Dean L. Winslow, a retired Air Force colonel and flight surgeon, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University.  —  Last week, I withdrew my name from consideration to be assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination  —  This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.  —  A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants …
United States Senator Lamar Alexander:
Alexander, Collins Statement on Bills to Lower Health Insurance Premiums  —  WASHINGTON, December 20, 2017—United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today jointly released the following statement:  —  “Rather than considering a broad year-end funding agreement …
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
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Bill Ervolino / USA Today:
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Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
Chuck Close Apologizes After Accusations of Sexual Harassment
Discussion: The Daily Beast and HuffPost
Sun-Sentinel:
Venus Williams fatal crash: No one is to blame, police say
Discussion: NPR and The Root
Bill Scher / Politico:
What Will It Take To Beat Trump? The Case for a Generic Democrat
Kira Davis / RedState:
Tim Scott is Not Here for Your White Savior Complex
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Shafer / Politico:
A Eulogy for the Alt-Weekly  —  The obituarists issued last rites …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Has Trump Persuaded Orrin Hatch to Block Mitt Romney's Senate Bid?
Discussion: Politico
Manu Raju / CNN:
Senate unlikely to advance McFarland nomination amid questions about Flynn contacts with Russia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump administration approves lethal arms sales to Ukraine
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Hill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
Senior White House adviser at Homeland Security repeatedly promoted fringe conspiracy theories on the radio
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant links hacktivist group Cyber Army of Russia, which claimed to target utilities in France, the US, and Poland, to Russia-linked hacking group Sandworm

Rob Golum / Bloomberg:
Filing: Take-Two plans to lay off 5% of its workforce, expecting to incur up to $200M in charges as part of the downsizing, including $140M from canceled titles

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

 
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