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Obamacare signups reach smooth finish

- The Washington Times

Obamacare’s sign-up deadline came and went this weekend with nary a peep from President Trump, who instead championed a GOP tax bill that repeals a key piece of the 2010 law, leaving it to Democrats and former Obama officials to cheer the embattled program across the finish line.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives to meet with reporters to answer questions on the tax bill and sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Ryan said he's not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans unveil $1.5 trillion tax-cut package

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans late Friday officially unveiled their final $1.4 trillion-plus tax-cut plan that slashes corporate and individual rates, winds down certain credits and exemptions, and imposes new international tax rules.

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How an informant anchored a takedown of a Virginia gang

- Associated Press

In the pre-dawn on Dec. 6, hundreds of federal agents and police officers waited on alert outside 20 homes in the Washington area for the clock to hit 6 a.m.

Bangladeshis worry they'll pay price for NYC subway bomb

- Associated Press

When an immigrant from Bangladesh set off a bomb in New York City's subway system this week, he was the only person injured. But New York City's vibrant Bangladeshi community is worried that it, too, may ultimately get hurt by the attack.

Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can't get abortions

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump's administration is blocking two pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody from obtaining abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday, a repeat of the situation that led to a high-profile court fight earlier this year.

New Mexico state Reps. Jim Dines, R-Bernalillo, left, and. Kelly Fajardo, R-Belen, attend a meeting of state lawmakers on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Santa Fe, N.M., about proposed revisions to the state Legislature's policy against sexual harassment. The two lawmakers have taken on leading roles as the New Mexico Legislature is rewrites its anti-harassment policy in response to concerns that widespread misconduct has gone unchecked. Statehouses nationwide are wrestling with new revelations about sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Colorado, New Mexico lawmakers alter sex misconduct policies

- Associated Press

Lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico began revising their sexual misconduct policies Friday, joining other legislatures that are facing questions about whether they are doing enough to deter predatory behavior and protect victims.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans signed the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate

- Associated Press

Republicans didn't get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance.

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017 file photo, Jeff Hoover looks up to the cheers from the gallery following his swearing in Frankfort, Ky. Hoover, the former House Speaker, denied sexual harassment but said he did send inappropriate but consensual text messages. It's unclear what the other three Republican lawmakers involved in the settlement are accused of doing.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

- Associated Press

As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky: A state forced to confront its past salacious behavior in the midst of an historic transition to Republican rule.

North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam speaks during a high level Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

- Associated Press

North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula - but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions.