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Amid Sexual Harassment Probe, Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election  

"He was notorious," one woman said of him.

2017-12-16 17:18:17
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A Guide To Why The Trump-Republican Tax Plan Is A Disgrace  

For when you confront your Republican uncle during the holidays.

2017-12-16 16:38:15
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The Most Crucial Term Trump Is Telling The CDC Not To Use  

According to the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is prohibiting the CDC from using several words or phrases in

2017-12-16 16:16:18
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Progressive Groups Want Doug Jones To Throw Caution To The Wind  

If the Alabama Democrat loses his re-election bid in 2020, it won't be because he was too liberal, activists say.

2017-12-16 14:03:39
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The net neutrality fight is about to move to Congress  

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to rescind Obama-era net neutrality rules. Supporters of the change argue it will foster innovation and give customers more options, while opponents raise the specter of the "end of the internet as we know it" — and they have the sympathy of 83 percent of voters (including 75 percent of Republicans). That broad support for retaining the previous regulatory scheme may fuel efforts to revive net neutrality in Congress. Senate Minority Lead...

2017-12-16 13:26:00
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A Republican Running To Replace Paul Ryan Comes With White Nationalist Street Cred  

Wisconsin Republican Paul Nehlen, who stumped for Roy Moore in Alabama, makes himself at home on a fascist podcast and tosses bigoted bombs on Twitter.

2017-12-16 12:54:50
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Report: Civil rights lawyer solicited donations for Trump accusers  

A civil rights lawyer named Lisa Bloom solicited donations to pay women who have made or were considering making sexual harassment allegations against President Trump, The Hill reported Friday. Documents reviewed by The Hill date these efforts to the final months of the 2016 election and suggest that people associated with political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were among those Bloom contacted. "Bloom's efforts included offering to sell alleged victims' stories to TV outlets in

2017-12-16 12:38:47
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GOP voters' approval of congressional Republicans spiked as the tax bill was finalized  

GOP voters approve of their own party's congressional contingent for the first time since June, CNN reported Saturday, citing a new Quinnipiac University poll. The shift in Republicans' views correlates with the release of the completed GOP tax plan on Friday after conference between House and Senate leadership. Before the legislation was finalized, 60 percent of GOP voters disapproved of congressional Republicans; now a plurality of 47 percent approve. (CNN) "Political analysts say it's all a

2017-12-16 12:12:09
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Stronger winds to test California firefighters over the weekend  

Southern California is expecting very strong winds and low humidity for a 24-hour period beginning Saturday and ending Sunday. The weather conditions will pose a new challenge to the thousands of firefighters battling wildfires in the region, especially those dealing with the Thomas Fire, which is now the fourth-largest wildfire in California's recorded history. CalFire now reporting the #ThomasFire at 259,000 acres and 40% contained. Thomas Fire is now the 3rd largest fire in California histo

2017-12-16 10:55:00
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Judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception rule  

A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration's modification of ObamaCare's contraception mandate. The Affordable Care Act requires employers to pay for birth control as part of employee health plans, with limited exemptions. The Trump White House issued a new rule expanding those exemptions to allow almost any business to decline to offer contraception coverage for religious or moral reasons. Judge Wendy Beetlestone of Pennsylvania wrote in her opinio

2017-12-16 10:47:05
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Trump tweets promotion of book about his 'wonderful and exciting campaign'  

President Trump on Saturday tweeted an endorsement of a new book purporting to offer the inside scoop on his presidential campaign: Congratulations to two great and hardworking guys, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, on the success of their just out book, "Let Trump Be Trump." Finally people with real knowledge are writing about our wonderful and exciting campaign! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2017 Let Trump Be Trump is written by Corey Lewandowski, the fired Trum...

2017-12-16 10:23:28
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The Unfair Repeal Of Net Neutrality  

December 14th may not go down as a day of infamy, but it will be recorded as a day when President Trump's administration

2017-12-16 09:53:03
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The 'Trump Effect': Positive Attitudes Toward Arabs And Muslims Are Up; So Is Hate  

Are anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments on the rise in the US? And what are the best ways to combat them? These were some

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1. Republicans released their final tax bill Friday, the result of conference between House and Senate leadership. Dubbed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill includes $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. It maintains seven tax brackets for individual earners, with the top rate capped at 37 percent, down from 39.6 percent. The corporate tax rate is lowered from 35 to 21 percent. The bill also notably includes a deduction for state and local taxes, and it expands the child tax credit to be fully refundable

2017-12-16 08:32:00
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Roy Moore still refuses to concede and is trying to raise more money  

Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Friday reiterated his refusal to concede his loss to his Democratic rival, Doug Jones, at the polls on Tuesday. Moore told supporters in an email that the election "battle is NOT OVER" while soliciting donations to his "election integrity fund" to pay for investigations into voter fraud he claims may have cost him victory. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has not found any evidence of voter fraud. Merrill said his office has investigation repo

2017-12-16 08:20:30
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I'm A Brown Woman Who's Breaking Up With The Democratic Party  

I realize now that the love has been one-sided.

2017-12-16 08:18:37
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Trump reportedly won't let the CDC say 'evidence-based' or 'science-based'  

The White House has directed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid using seven words and phrases in agency documents, The Washington Post reported Friday evening. The ban list is comprised of "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based," and "science-based." In place of the latter two phrases, the directive suggested saying things like, "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes." While the ban on

2017-12-16 08:02:00
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This 'Forgotten' Part Of Special Education Could Lead To Better Outcomes For Students  

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame.

2017-12-16 07:00:24
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Poisoning The Well: The View Of Sinclair Broadcast Group From Flint  

The conservative media giant dominates local TV in the troubled city, where people say the press hasn't raked nearly enough muck.

2017-12-16 07:00:24
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How vacation guilt is keeping workers at their desks  

Here are three of the week's top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Vacation guilt keeps us at work"While many workers are eagerly anticipating their winter vacations, just as many have nothing on their calendars but work," said Jessica Dickler at CNBC. U.S. workers surrendered roughly 206 million vacation days last year, equivalent to about $66.4 billion in lost benefits, or $604 per worker. Just 23 percent of employees used their full allotment of paid time off. "Those

2017-12-16 05:45:02
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6 beautiful homes in Oak Park, Illinois  

Linden Avenue. Though most famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, Oak Park has a wealth of other historic architecture. This Federal-style, four-bedroom home from 1892 got a complete renovation in 2014 that restored original details and added high-end modern amenities. The house has a master bedroom with sitting room, a granite kitchen with eat-in island and butler's pantry, and a formal dining room, living room, library, and solarium. The landscaped property includes a sports court. $1

2017-12-16 05:40:02
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Trading Jerusalem For Iran  

By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump's recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial

2017-12-16 04:24:08
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Report: Trump Bans 'Transgender,' 'Fetus,' 'Science-Based' From CDC Documents  

"We cannot replace truth with bias," a bioethicist says.

2017-12-16 00:30:51
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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump From Rolling Back Birth Control Coverage  

It "cannot be right" that a government entity "imposes its own version of morality on each of us," the district judge said.

2017-12-15 23:01:37
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Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia Probe  

The top Democrat is "increasingly worried" of Republicans' attempts to close the inquiry into Russia's election meddling.

2017-12-15 19:01:59
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Ann Coulter Fears She'll 'Die Alone' In Self-Pitying Tweet Against Child Tax Credit  

"We singles live empty lives of quiet desperation and will die alone," she wrote.

2017-12-15 18:30:28
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GOP's Final Tax Bill: Still A Boondoggle For Big Business  

Congressional Republicans' final tax legislation proposes cutting taxes as expected for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans.

2017-12-15 18:19:17
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Capitol Hill Nervously Waits For The Next Big Sexual Harassment Scandal  

Members and aides anticipate more lawmakers getting swept up by allegations.

2017-12-15 17:50:20
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GOP releases final tax bill, capping top rate at 37 percent  

Republicans released their final tax bill Friday, the result of conference between the House and Senate. The final legislation proposes seven tax brackets for individual earners, with the top rate capped at 37 percent, down from 39.6 percent. The corporate tax rate is lowered to 21 percent from 35 percent. Dubbed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill overall includes $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. The latest version notably retains a deduction for state and local taxes, which had been scrapped from v

2017-12-15 17:45:21
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Donald's Terrifically Terrible Tuesday  

Donald Trump didn't just have a bad day in Alabama last Tuesday. After going all-in for a despicable U.S. Senate candidate

2017-12-15 17:23:54
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Don't bet on the Golden State Warriors  

If you want easy money, don't bet on the Golden State Warriors. ESPN reported Friday that final scores in Warriors games this season are an average of 10.5 points off of their predicted point spread — a nightmare for bettors. In point-spread betting, gamblers bet on the difference, aka "spread," of a game's final score. And while the defending NBA champions win most of their games, their quality of play fluctuates drastically from night to night, which means the scoreboard's final tallies are...

2017-12-15 17:06:42
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The week's best photojournalism  

An icy road outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia. | (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin) Argentina's Independiente soccer team celebrates a championship win in Rio de Janeiro. | (AP Photo/Leo Correa) People stand on a roof to watch the Santa Barbara wildfire near Carpinteria, California. | (REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon) Chairman Ajit Pai drinks coffee before the vote on repealing net neutrality rules in Washington, D.C. | (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein) Rohingya refugees drill a well in Bangladesh. | (REUTERS/Alki

2017-12-15 16:21:33
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2 Key Republican Holdouts Are Now Backing The Tax Bill  

Sen. Marco Rubio apparently got something for his vote, while Sen. Bob Corker just said yes.

2017-12-15 16:14:56
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Trump Protesters Facing Felonies Say U.S. Wants To Criminalize The First Amendment  

The U.S. government told a D.C. jury that six people -- including a photographer and two medics -- "agreed to destroy your city."

2017-12-15 15:48:22
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Paul Manafort's curfew is stricter than many high schoolers'  

President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has at long last managed to convince a U.S. District Court judge to allow him to leave the Virginia condominium where he's been serving his detention in favor of staying in his home in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, The Washington Post's Spencer Hsu reports. Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted in October as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Manafort s

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GOP Sen. Bob Corker flips to 'yes' on tax plan, likely enabling overhaul to pass  

GOP Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), a holdout on his party's tax reform plan, flipped to a "yes" vote Friday, essentially sealing sufficient support for the bill to pass. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), another hesitant vote, confirmed his "yes" earlier Friday. "This bill is far from perfect, and left to my own accord, we would have reached a bipartisan consensus on legislation that avoided any chance of adding to the deficit," Corker wrote, but nevertheless "I believe that this [is a] once-in-a-generation

2017-12-15 15:42:00
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Nazareth Cuts Back Christmas Celebration Over Trump's Call On Jerusalem  

Officials in Nazareth are not happy that Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

2017-12-15 15:28:25
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Magnetic sperm could be the next big cancer-fighting innovation  

Researchers in Germany have zeroed in on a new cancer-fighting tool: magnetic sperm. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research found that when sperm carrying a common chemotherapy drug were outfitted with what New Scientist described as "tiny, four-armed magnetic harnesses" and released near cervical cancer cells, the supercharged swimmers were able to eliminate 87 percent of the malignant cells they encountered in just three days. The harnesses "allowed [the sp

2017-12-15 15:04:49
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Trump's Really Scary Explanation Of How The 'Worst People' Can Come To The U.S. Isn't True  

No, foreign leaders can't use the diversity visa lottery to send their "worst of the worst" - regardless of what the president claims

2017-12-15 14:43:17
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Nevada Congressman Is Latest To Face Ethics Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations  

A former campaign staffer and a lobbyist have said Rep. Ruben Kihuen propositioned them for sex, touched them inappropriately and/or sent lewd text messages.

2017-12-15 14:27:50
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What Does Trump Mean By 'Make America Great Again'?  

Donald Trump's now ubiquitous slogan, "Make America Great Again!", is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in

2017-12-15 14:16:32
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2017-12-15 14:12:08
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Republicans Are Voting To Give A Huge Tax Cut To Many Members Of Congress  

But they insist they didn't give that a thought.

2017-12-15 14:00:03
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Australia has an unusual recommendation to prevent child sex abuse  

In an effort to protect children from sexual abuse, Australia has put forth an interesting proposal: Catholic priests should no longer be forced into involuntary celibacy. BBC reported that the Australian Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, a public inquiry panel convened to examine how children are exploited and abused within society frameworks like churches and schools, published that recommendation Friday as part of its final report after a five-year study. The pa

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Gerrymandering Reform Hits An Unfamiliar Obstacle In Maryland: Democrats  

"Democrats are expected to act and then Republicans do not follow. They claim they will follow, but they don't follow." a Democratic lawmaker said.

2017-12-15 13:11:43
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Tax Bill Would Scrap A Billion From Western States  

The tax rewrite considered by Congress could trigger a law that would withhold more than a billion dollars in energy royalties

2017-12-15 12:53:37
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Republicans tweak child tax credit to win over final Senate holdouts  

Republicans made last-minute changes to their tax overhaul legislation Friday to win over holdouts like Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), CNBC News reports. Rubio told reporters Thursday he wouldn't support the legislation unless it increases the refundable portion of the child tax credit. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) confirmed the party will increase the refundable portion to $1,400, up from $1,100. "I believe that we're in a good spot and we should be able to earn his support

2017-12-15 12:51:00
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9 brutally hilarious cartoons about the GOP's Alabama shocker  

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2017-12-15 12:15:22
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This Virginia state lawmaker is on a quest to legalize public profanity  

Cursing in public has been banned in the state of Virginia since before the Civil War. Even today, public profanity in Old Dominion is a misdemeanor that can cost you $250. If you think that's some bullshirt, you're not alone, The Washington Post reports: Virginia House Delegate Michael Webert (R) wants to overturn this unusual law in the name of free speech. But Webert's plan could face some opposition in the state legislature, the Post explains, because "legislators who vote for repeal could

2017-12-15 12:09:18
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After disparaging FBI, Trump speaks at FBI National Academy graduation  

President Trump spoke at the FBI National Academy Graduation Ceremony on Friday, just hours after the White House claimed there is an "extreme bias" against the president among FBI officials. Trump himself had said earlier Friday that "when you look at what's going on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry." On stage, though, the president told the law enforcement graduates, "You rarely get the recognition you deserve. With me as your president, America's police wi

2017-12-15 11:22:00
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Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' Reputation  

He promoted anti-immigration and tough-on-crime policies.

2017-12-15 11:20:58
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As A Physician, Here's Why I Stand In Solidarity With The Transgender Community  

Their fight must become ours as well.

2017-12-15 11:16:03
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Even Sean Spicer Isn't Sure Why Donald Trump Hired Omarosa Manigault Newman  

"I'm not really sure."

2017-12-15 10:32:23
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Trump says he won't discuss pardoning Michael Flynn 'yet'  

President Trump left open an awful lot of room for speculation Friday when he refused to talk about a potential pardon for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Earlier this month, Flynn pleaded guilty to making "willfully" false statements to the FBI about his contact with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "I don't want to talk about pardons with Michael Flynn yet, we'll see what happens, let's see," Trump told reporters. "I can say this, when you look at what's going on

2017-12-15 10:20:00
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Trump Should Resign  

The news story of the year has not been Donald Trump; it has been the "#MeToo" movement, where brave women denounced sexual

2017-12-15 10:16:39
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This Trump judicial nominee had a very, very bad confirmation hearing  

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) made the most of his five minutes of questioning Thursday during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for President Trump's judicial nominees — much to the detriment of Matthew Spencer Petersen, a nominee for the U.S. District Court judgeship for the District of Columbia. Kennedy's first question seemed pretty innocuous: "Have any of you not tried a case to verdict in a courtroom?" Petersen was the only one of the five nominees to raise his hand, thu

2017-12-15 10:14:00
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These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students  

You might not even know you're helping.

2017-12-15 10:03:43
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Trump Says Roy Moore Should Concede Senate Race To Doug Jones  

Democrat Jones won the Alabama seat, but Moore has refused to accept the result.

2017-12-15 09:58:19
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Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens'  

"I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet."

2017-12-15 09:55:09
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Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment  

"Intimidation, harassment and discrimination is a cancer to any organization," he said.

2017-12-15 09:13:13
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White House slams FBI as having an 'extreme bias' against Trump  

Former FBI Director James Comey evidently walked back what was initially planned to be a much harsher condemnation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, The Associated Press reports, prompting the White House to claim Friday there is an "extreme bias" in the bureau against President Trump. Comey's draft of his highly-scrutinized remarks on July 5, 2016 — obtained by the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — used language such ...

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1. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to repeal the Obama administration's landmark net neutrality rules, which were designed to guarantee open and equal access to the internet. The vote followed party lines, with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other two Republicans backing Pai's proposal, and two Democrats opposing it. The move marked a victory for internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. Opponents, including Facebook and Google parent Alphabet, argued the chan

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1. Congressional Republicans hit a potential obstacle to their joint tax overhaul deal next week when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he would vote against the bill unless it included a bigger expansion of the child tax credit. The final bill reconciling the House and Senate versions is expected to be unveiled on Friday. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also wants more benefits for low-income families. The GOP has just a 52-48 Senate majority, soon to drop to 51-49 when Senator-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) ta

2017-12-15 08:04:00
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes near-record $45 million in previews  

Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought in a near-record $45 million in Thursday previews ahead of its official open on Friday, according to early estimates. The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise earlier in the week topped Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which was released in March, to become the year's biggest ticket pre-seller on Fandango. The Last Jedi is the online movie-ticket site's top seller in advance sales since 2015's The Force Awakens, which made $57 milli

2017-12-15 07:50:00
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Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You  

And for the internet as we know it.

2017-12-15 07:33:30
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Putin mockingly wonders if the U.S. Congress is 'normal at all'  

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not think too highly of the U.S. Congress, The New York Times reports. During his annual national news conference on Thursday, Putin openly mocked American "spy hysteria" and the hypocrisy of wanting Moscow's help on issues like North Korea while simultaneously treating the Kremlin like the enemy. Putin's comments followed a brief Thursday phone call with Trump. The White House said the pair talked about "how they can work together to resolve the situation

2017-12-15 07:22:00
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Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During Campaign  

The same man arranged Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

2017-12-15 07:14:50
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Prestige Predators: Private Equity Cashes In On Payday Lending  

In 2017, poverty is big business.

2017-12-15 07:00:19
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The Last Jedi is full of wonderful surprises  

Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi does what its predecessor, The Force Awakens, could not: It innovates and surprises. This delightful if overlong film has so many arcs and subplots that you'll find yourself parsing them later, trying to work out what exactly happened and why — not because they don't work, but because the film packs so many scenes that reward closer-than-normal observation. (Rewatch the red dirt battles and you'll see what I mean.) If certain moments are permitted to re...

2017-12-15 06:00:02
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How Apple lost its sheen  

When you've been writing about tech for some time, you always have to be prepared to answer one inevitable question from friends and family, especially around this time of year: "So, which phone/tablet/computer should I buy?" For years, my answer has been pretty reliable: If you have the money, just get whatever Apple makes. My reasoning was pretty simple. When people seek out advice about tech, all they want is to feel comfortable with their purchase. And it used to be that customers could cou

2017-12-15 06:00:01
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Don't fall for the scam to destroy Medicare and Social Security  

The Republican tax bill is moving closer and closer to passage. If the GOP manages to ram it through, make no mistake about what's next: a pell-mell rush to eviscerate social insurance programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It's a simple trick: You blow up the deficit with tax cuts for the rich, then feign shock at the deficits you just caused, then insist that the only way to "get the debt under control" is by slashing social programs to the bone. Don't buy this nonsense, not f

2017-12-15 05:55:01
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The creep of The Nutcracker  

Now that the holidays are upon us and the productions of The Nutcracker ballet are coming hard and fast, it's time to ask that age old question: What the hell is going on with Godfather Drosselmeyer? The Nutcracker has always been a story about a young girl's journey into adulthood and sexual maturity, and as Drosselmeyer creeps around the stage this year, in the wake of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, he reminds us that the journey has always been fraught. If you haven't seen The Nutcracker in

2017-12-15 05:55:01
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The week I learned your ice is teeming with bacteria, and more  

Read more about the facts mentioned: The bad news: Your ice cubes are full of bacteria. The good news: We know how to kill it! (Discover) Playing computer games could keep your brain in good shape, new study reports (ZME Science) It's illegal to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night (Curiosity) Scientists have figured out why meteoroids explode before hitting the Earth (Quartz)

2017-12-15 05:50:01
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9 brutally hilarious cartoons about the GOP's Alabama shocker  

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2017-12-15 05:50:01
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Trump Benefited From The 'Chain Migration' He Blamed For Monday's Terror Attack  

The practice of bringing immigrant families together in the United States likely made the president richer and happier.

2017-12-15 05:45:18
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Everything is going according to Paul Ryan's plan  

When Paul Ryan was in college, which he paid for in part with the Social Security survivor's benefits his family received after his father's death, he discovered the powerful scriptures of free-market economists and became an eager disciple. As he recently joked on stage with the editor of the National Review, "We've been dreaming of this" — this being scaling back the Medicaid program that provides health coverage to poor Americans — "since you and I were drinking out of kegs." While every...

2017-12-15 05:45:02
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Democrats need an agenda — and they need it now  

In the wake of the stunning victory by Doug Jones in Alabama, the Democrats have a very real prospect of taking over both the House and the Senate in 2018. Taking over the House requires winning only 24 seats, which, with the generic ballot favoring Democrats by double-digits and consistent outperformance across 2017's special elections, is a more likely outcome than not, even considering the impact of partisan gerrymandering. Taking over the Senate is a heavier lift, requiring Democrats to def

2017-12-15 05:45:00
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Disney vs. Netflix will be the great media battle of our time  

The Magic Kingdom is expanding its borders. On Thursday, Disney unveiled that it's buying 21st Century Fox for a cool $52.4 billion. The content Goliath that already owns The Lion King, Pixar Studios, Marvel Entertainment, ESPN, and the Star Wars saga will now gobble up The Simpsons, the X-Men franchise, and National Geographic as well. Disney is basically getting all of Fox's movie, TV, and cable operations, while the latter will spin off its news and sports networks into a new company. If you

2017-12-15 05:40:02
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Wit and wisdom from Fernando Pessoa, Tina Fey, and more  

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2017-12-15 05:35:02
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Into the crucible  

This is the editor's letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. This is the 16th time since The Week launched in 2001 that I've used this little space to try to make some sense of the world at year's end. Through this exercise, I've been surprised to discover that I'm an optimist, despite my veneer of journalistic cynicism. My livelihood has immersed me in the rich, colorful evidence of our species' foolishness, selfishness, and cruelty — sins I sometimes suffer from myself. Yet like...

2017-12-15 05:35:02
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1 Embarrassing Photo Shuts Down Ted Cruz's Argument Against Net Neutrality  

That didn't go so well for the Texas senator.

2017-12-15 05:26:26
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Weekly news quiz: December 15, 2017  

Think you know the news? Find out!

2017-12-15 05:25:00
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'I Love WikiLeaks!': Trump's Acceptance Of Russian Help Hides In Plain Sight  

Trump praised the group releasing stolen emails even as he should've known it was an arm of Russian intelligence.

2017-12-15 05:00:19
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The Week contest: Viagra village  

This week's question: Residents of the Irish village of Ringaskiddy claim that fumes from a nearby Viagra factory make the locals unusually frisky. If a movie studio were to make a romantic comedy about this village, what PG-rated title could it give the film? Click here to see the results of last week's contest: Rocket man How to enter: Submissions should be emailed to contest@theweek.com. Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number for verification; this week, please type

2017-12-15 04:17:00
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RNC Request To Send Christmas Greetings To The Trumps Goes Awry  

"Where should we send the lumps of coal?"

2017-12-15 03:45:38
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Trump Judicial Nominee Can't Answer Basic Questions About The Law In Disastrous Hearing  

Matthew Spencer Petersen admits to "the challenge that would be ahead of me."

2017-12-15 02:47:05
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8-year-old girl reads books to sick kids via YouTube  

About once a week, Shira Josephson grabs one of her favorite books, snuggles up to her stuffed animals, and records herself reading out loud so children who are too sick to leave their hospital beds can enjoy hearing stories. The videos are part of her series Shira's Story Corner, posted to her YouTube page. The 8-year-old came up with the idea to read to seriously ill kids via YouTube after going through training to become a Junior Ambassador a Children's Hospital Los Angeles. While at the hos

2017-12-15 02:04:00
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Seth Meyers says any room Omarosa enters becomes 'a Situation Room'  

On Thursday, the government did something most Americans opposed and there was chaos and drama at the White House — so, just your average day in Washington. On Thursday's Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host examined the Federal Communications Commission's deeply unpopular decision to repeal former President Barack Obama's net neutrality rules, as well as Chairman Ajit Pai's love of gigantic coffee mugs and the term "light touch regulation." While this is huge news, it's being overshadow

2017-12-15 01:09:00
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Report: Mueller asked Trump campaign data firm for documents  

The Wall Street Journal reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that worked for President Trump's campaign, turn over the emails of all employees who were involved with the campaign. WSJ says it was a voluntary request, as was another from the House Intelligence Committee, which the company went along with. The paper also reports Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee via video call this week

2017-12-14 23:44:00
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3 additional women accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct  

Three women have come forward to accuse actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including one who said he exposed himself to her when she was in high school, Variety reports. Cori Thomas said in 1980, she spent an afternoon with Hoffman and his daughter, her classmate Karina, in New York City. Instead of picking her up at a restaurant, Hoffman changed the plans and told the restaurant to tell Thomas' parents to pick her up at his hotel room. Karina left and Hoffman decided to take a shower,

2017-12-14 22:45:35
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Trump Delivers A Favor For The Fast-Food Industry  

The president's appointees on the labor board just made it harder for workers to fight big chains like McDonald's.

2017-12-14 22:17:15
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Donald Trump Jr. Doesn't Seem To Know His Dad Appointed The FCC Head  

He blamed Obama for Commissioner Ajit Pai's role in the net neutrality repeal.

2017-12-14 22:14:32
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Email shows music publicist suggested meeting between Trump, Putin in 2015  

In July 2015, British music publicist Rob Goldstone suggested in an email his client, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, would be able to set up a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reports. The Post obtained the email Goldstone sent to Trump's personal assistant Rhona Graff one month after he announced he was running for president, which asked if Trump would be able to attend a birthday party later in the year for the pop star's

2017-12-14 21:13:37
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Rubio won't support GOP tax bill unless it expands child tax credit  

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) could complicate things for the Republicans as they try to pass their tax overhaul, having told reporters on Thursday he won't support the legislation unless it increases the refundable portion of the child tax credit. Senate and House Republicans say they have reached an agreement on a tax bill, which lowers the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and top individual tax rate from 39.6 to 37 percent, and are just ironing out the final details. As it stands now, the bill s

2017-12-14 20:10:30
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Trump's Biggest Win In 2017 Is His Judicial Confirmations  

He's gotten more circuit court judges on the bench than any other president in a first year in office. Many oppose abortion rights and are anti-LGBTQ.

2017-12-14 19:42:39
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How Net Neutrality Repeal Could Silence Women And People Of Color  

The FCC voted Thursday to overturn rules that ensured ISPs couldn't play favorites with websites and services.

2017-12-14 19:37:53
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Firefighter killed while battling massive Southern California blaze  

A firefighter from San Diego died Thursday while fighting the Thomas Fire in Southern California, the state's fourth-largest fire in modern history. He's been identified as Cal Fire San Diego Unit Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson, 32, a married father of two. The Thomas Fire started Dec. 4 in Santa Paula, and quickly spread to the southwest and northwest. It is now at 242,500 acres, having moved from Ventura County to Santa Barbara County, and has destroyed more than 900 homes. It's been fu

2017-12-14 19:13:00
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Rich Fraud, Poor Fraud: The GOP's Double Standard On Tax Mistakes  

Their new tax bill lavishes breaks on businesses that underpay what they owe.

2017-12-14 17:19:02
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Lindsey Graham is beating the war drums on North Korea  

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is adamant that war with North Korea is becoming more likely every day. "If nothing changes, [President] Trump's gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out," Graham told The Atlantic on Thursday. He additionally said he thinks there is a 30 percent chance that the U.S. launches a preemptive strike on North Korea — and that the odds would spike to 70 percent if North Korea conducts another missile test. To his credit, Graham — who has beco...

2017-12-14 16:16:43
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Marco Rubio Holding Out For Child Tax Credit That Actually Helps Poor People  

Don't hold out hope that Rubio will kill the bill, though.

2017-12-14 16:14:11
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