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Weekend Reads 12/16/17

Scam I Am: Why is the G.O.P. Rushing This Tax Abomination?

It’s outrageous. But it also looks like really bad politics, especially given what we know is coming: calls next year for cuts in popular social programs, because of a deficit Republicans just voted to explode. So what are they thinking?

If Congress can afford corporate tax cuts, it can afford children's health care

For 20 years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program has helped states subsidize health coverage for children from low-income families. But this fall, Congress allowed CHIP’s funding to expire.

California's Still-Growing Thomas Fire Spews Brown Smoke in NASA Image

If the fire grows another 2,000 acres (809 hectares), it will be the third biggest fire in California history, according to NASA.

Republicans Shouldn’t Assume Roy Moore Was An Outlier

By the way we usually calculate these things, Alabama is 28 or 29 percentage points more Republican than the country as a whole, but Jones just won an election there by 1 or 2 points,2 representing a 30-point swing from the norm. That is, we have about 30 percentage points worth of blame to assign. So how to divvy them up?

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