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Thursday’s news: Americans rush to file their taxes ahead of Republican’s historic changes to the tax code. Plus, partisan tensions heat up over the Russia probe.


1. “Tax changes are coming Monday: Here’s when it will affect you,” by CNBC’s Ylan Mui and Michael Sheetz

“A jumble of changes are coming to the tax code, with many of them set to begin on New Year's Day — Monday. The bill makes cuts and adds exemptions to individual, corporate and international taxes, but only a few are permanent.” http://cnb.cx/2BMMtnb


2. “Trump legal team readies attack on Flynn’s credibility,” by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig

“President Trump’s legal team plans to cast former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn as a liar seeking to protect himself if he accuses the president or his senior aides of any wrongdoing, according to three people familiar with the strategy.” http://wapo.st/2Dr5BHH


3.  “Trump White House Saw Record Number of First-Year Staff Departures,” by The Wall Street Journal’s Eli Stokols               

“President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was fired after 25 days on the job. Two high-profile campaign aides who followed him into the White House, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, were gone before summer’s end. And his third communications director’s tenure is still remembered around the West Wing as “Scaramucci Week.” http://on.wsj.com/2E7ufhU


4. “Mueller's team to question former RNC officials on Russia,” by Axios’ Jonathan Swan

“Members of Robert Mueller's team have begun reaching out to former Republican National Committee staff who were familiar with the digital operations of the Trump campaign, according to a source with knowledge of the outreach. The only outreach I can confirm happened recently.” http://bit.ly/2CjDxXE


5. “How Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal in January,” by POLITICO’s Michael Crowley

“President Donald Trump allowed the Iran nuclear deal to survive through 2017, but the new year will offer him another chance to blow up the agreement — and critics and supporters alike believe he may take it.” http://politi.co/2Ce0b6a