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President Trump signed the Republican tax-cut bill into law before flying to Florida for the holidays. In a pair of letters, more than 40 former attorneys and members of Congress urged the Trump administration to support Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The White House confirmed that Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn will step down early next year. The UN Security Council voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea. Trump tweeted in support of Republican Representative Ron DeSantis for governor of Florida.
Today on The Atlantic
How to Sell Obamacare: After President Trump declared Obamacare “dead,” the job of insurance-enrollment counselors has become even more difficult and confusing. (Olga Khazan)
‘Trickle-Down Myth-Making’: Several companies have announced new bonuses and wage increases for workers after the passage of the GOP tax-cut bill. Here’s why many of those would have happened anyway. (Annie Lowrey)
A Historic Gift: News that more than 24,000 acres of land in California will now be protected from development, writes James Fallows, “is a gift to the planet and to the future—a dramatically positive move from people with wealth, when there’s been so much movement the opposite way.”
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