Photo: Democratic Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones acknowledges supporters at the election night party in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S., December 12, 2017. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters)
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The big tax bill looks like it’s headed for a vote next week. House and Senate negotiators have worked out most of the details, and so, Republicans seem ready to pass the bill and get it to Trump before Christmas, as they hoped.
Mike DeBonis, Washington Post
Democrat Doug Jones celebrated a surprise victory last night over Republican Roy Moore in ruby-red Alabama. A year ago, Donald Trump won in Alabama by 28 points.
Maybe you have some down time this holiday season, and plan to catch up on some reading. KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt is out with his favorite books of 2017, and his favorite books of all time.
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'
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