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Sen. Susan Collins takes huge leap of faith with tax bill. Critics say she’s getting played.

December 16, 2017
Erica Werner | The Washington Post
As GOP tax legislation nears final passage on Capitol Hill, Sen. Susan Collins is approaching the moment for a mighty leap of faith.
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AP-NORC Poll: 52 percent say country worse off under Trump

December 16, 2017
Julie Pace, Emily Swanson | Associated Press
Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close.
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Senators Rubio, Corker say they’ll vote in favor of GOP tax bill

December 16, 2017
Kelly O'Donnell | NBC News
Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Bob Corker announced they will vote for the GOP’s tax plan, likely giving Republicans the support they need to pass it. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump slammed the FBI for spending “million and millions of dollars” on the Russia probe.
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How the Trump White House and GOP senators fast-track judicial nominees

December 16, 2017
Joan Biskupic, Ariane de Vogue | CNN
Under normal circumstances, confirmation hearings for district court judges aren't headline grabbers.  
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Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers

December 16, 2017
Yeganeh Torbati | Reuters
The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.
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GOP holdouts threaten tax reform bill

December 15, 2017
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
The GOP tax bill hit major obstacles ahead of an expected vote early next week, with some lawmakers including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Utah Sen. Mike Lee issuing ultimatums and demands.
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With Billions at Stake in Tax Debate, Lobbyists Played Hardball

December 15, 2017
Jim Tankersley, Kenneth Vogel | The New York Times
As the largest tax rewrite in decades powered through Congress, lobbyists found themselves sprinting to keep up and find ways to persuade, influence or cajole the small group of lawmakers empowered to tweak language in the final version of the joint Senate and House bill.
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Paul Ryan Is More Than A Policy Wonk

December 15, 2017
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Most of the focus on what a Ryan-less House would look like centers on the legislative and intra-party repercussions of his departure. Not as much attention has been paid to Ryan’s significant investment in the political infrastructure of the party, and what it would mean for House Republicans to lose that.
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Pence delays Middle East trip in case his vote is needed on tax bill

December 15, 2017
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
Vice President Pence delayed his trip to the Middle East and Germany this weekend and will remaining in Washington for a few extra days in case he is needed to cast a tiebreaking vote on Republican tax legislation, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
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