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Trump’s push to fill courts with conservative judges hits head winds
The president’s effort to fill scores of federal court vacancies with conservative judges hit severe turbulence this week as he was forced to withdraw two nominees and an embarrassing video went viral showing a third struggling to answer rudimentary questions about the law.


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Trump administration gives CDC a list of forbidden words, including ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender’ and ‘evidence-based’
Administration officials are forbidding the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.


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Republicans have votes to pass tax plan after Rubio, Corker pledge support
Congressional Republicans secured enough support to pass their massive tax plan after two critical holdouts, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), signaled they would vote for it. Rubio emerged as a final challenge for Republican leaders, but his ultimate decision to vote for the package came after a standoff that led to a last-minute expansion of the Child Tax Credit.



The final GOP tax bill is complete. Here’s what is in it.
The plan would amount to the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years, affecting nearly every American business and family. Here’s a rundown of what it entails, including a massive corporate tax cut, new cuts for the rich and an expanded credit for working families.






Sen. Collins is taking a big leap of faith with the tax bill. Critics say she’s getting played.
In exchange for her support for the bill, Republican Susan Collins of Maine extracted commitments from the Trump administration and Senate leaders to back legislation pumping money into the health-care system. She will have to vote on the tax bill without knowing for certain that the commitments will be honored.


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FBI officials’ texting about Clinton said to be a cover story for romantic affair
Two senior officials who texted each other about President Trump and Hillary Clinton relied on work phones to try to hide their romance from a spouse, using the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s email server as an explanation for why they were in close contact, according to people familiar with the matter.


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Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface
Andrea Ramsey was hoping to turn a Kansas district from red to blue. In a defiant letter posted on Facebook, she defended herself from charges made by a former subordinate years ago and blamed her decision to drop out on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


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Nine more women say judge subjected them to inappropriate behavior, including four who say he touched or kissed them
Now a total of 15 women accuse Alex Kozinski, a high-profile judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, of some kind of inappropriate comments, touching or other behavior.


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Should 'USDA Organic' animals be treated more humanely? The Trump administration just said no.
The decision reverses years of policy at the Agriculture Department, which, through the “USDA Organic” label, dictates what may be sold as “organic” food in the United States.


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Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception rule
The administration's change allowed businesses to claim religious or moral objections to covering birth control in company health plans.


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Kushner’s legal team looks to hire crisis public relations firm amid Russia probe
Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has quietly called at least two firms, according to four people familiar with the matter. Crisis PR firms are often retained to handle a negative development or an avalanche of media inquiries.


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The ultimate guide for the gift-giving season
The Washington Post and Consumer Reports partnered to bring you the only guide you’ll need. Post editors selected the best items in categories such as food, technology, books, toys and more, and Consumer Reports experts tested thousands of items to select the finest for this roundup.


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