Today in 5 Lines
Republicans passed their tax-cut bill, sending it to President Trump’s desk for signature. In a speech on the White House lawn, Trump, joined by GOP lawmakers, celebrated the passage of the legislation, saying “it’s always a lot of fun when you win.” Earlier in the day, Trump threatened to cut off aid to any country that votes for a UN resolution denouncing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Mark Warner warned that if Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it could lead to a “constitutional crisis.” A judicial panel awarded a contested ballot to Republican candidate David Yancy, producing a tie in Virginia’s 94th District House race.
Today on The Atlantic
What Exactly Is Sexual Misconduct?: The current reckoning with harassment is extremely important, writes Michelle Cottle. “But not all offenders are created equal.”
Hatch and Release: After months quietly preparing for retirement, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch might be having second thoughts. Was he persuaded by President Trump? (McKay Coppins)
Pass and Delay: Despite Republicans’ rush to pass their tax bill, President Trump likely won’t sign the bill until early January. Here’s why. (Russell Berman)
A Tax Cut for Christmas: Roughly 80 percent of American households will benefit from the Republican tax plan. The problem is, only 17 percent actually believe it. (David A. Graham)