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TAX REFORM happening in 2017 — HOUSE WILL VOTE TUESDAY, and the SENATE will follow — WSJ lavishes praise on PAUL RYAN — OMAROSA hints the show will go on — B’DAY: JAKE SHERMAN

Driving the Day Good Saturday morning. OK, WE WERE WRONG. We said tax reform probably wouldn’t happen in 2017. It will. It’s a significant legislative victory for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SPEAKER PAUL RYAN and SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL. Republicans tell us that they have to spend 2018 selling these tax cuts to the public, Read More…

Trump boasts of massive deregulatory efforts

With help from Ben Lefebvre TRUMP TOUTS DEREGULATORY EFFORTS: Speaking from the White House with gold scissors in his hand, President Donald Trump gave his administration high marks Thursday for withdrawing or delaying 1,579 planned regulatory actions during his first year in office. And he urged administration officials to go further still in fiscal 2018 Read More…

RUBIO pulls emergency brake on tax debate — PUTIN to Congress: Are you normal at all … FAIR QUESTION — SPOTTED: Frank Luntz and Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan lunching at the DEM CLUB

Driving the Day THE INEVITABLE TURBULENCE — SEUNG MIN KIM, BRIAN FALER and COLIN WILHELM: “With GOP on the verge of a tax victory, Rubio throws in a wrench: The Florida senator is demanding a more generous child tax credit to win his vote”: “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has finally thrown down the gauntlet and Read More…

CHEAT SHEET: The next week in D.C. — MORE DIRT on BLAKE FARENTHOLD from MJ LEE — PUTIN: collusion accusations damage U.S. political system — SPOTTED: Obama at District Winery

Driving the Day INSIDE MOSCOW’S MIND — AP/MOSCOW at 5:33 a.m. “Russian president says accusations of Trump collusion by his opponents damage U.S. political system.” THE DECEMBER TIMELINE — Here’s a rough sketch of what you should expect for the next week. Friday: Republicans are scheduled to release their tax bill. Monday through Wednesday: Congress Read More…

‘POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE’ in Alabama — WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW about how this affects Washington — ABBAS says Palestinians ‘won’t accept any role for U.S.’ in Middle East peace process

Driving the Day HERE YOU GO, JARED — BREAKING, at 4:17 a.m.: “ISTANBUL (AP) – Palestinian President Abbas says Palestinians won’t accept any role for U.S. in Mideast peace process ‘from now on.’” http://bit.ly/2Bl3lUY BANNER HEADLINE in the Montgomery Advertiser: “SEN. JONES (D) … Alabama votes Democrat in for historic change” http://bit.ly/2AhkEm1 Story Continued Below Read More…

GAME DAY in Alabama — SCOOP: MCHENRY transfers 1M to NRCC — INSIDE Scalise’s holiday party — JOSH GREEN: Bannon inspired by Nazi propaganda — PELOSI’s sexual harassment meeting

Driving the Day Good Tuesday morning. Hanukkah begins tonight. IT IS ELECTION DAY IN ALABAMA, and voters will choose between Roy Moore and Doug Jones. REPUBLICANS’ GOAL: Pass the tax bill before the new senator gets seated. Moore or Jones will be seated after Dec. 20, we hear. NEW: WE HEAR if everything goes according Read More…

PUTIN in Syria — WSJ: Some will pay 100 percent marginal rate — WHERE IS ROY MOORE? — SPOTTED: Jared and Ivanka take the kids skating — B’DAYS: John Kerry and Max Baucus

Driving the Day NEW IN THE MIDDLE EAST — AP at 3:41 a.m.: “RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – Saudi Arabia announces that movie theaters will open in the kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years.” … at 4:57 a.m.:“MOSCOW (AP) – Tass says Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived at Read More…

The BIG NYT TRUMP piece — RICHARD SHELBY tells Tapper he didn’t vote for ROY MOORE — Stabbing at the central bus station in JERUSALEM — ALEXANDRIA 90210: TORI SPELLING was BONJEANS’ big guest

12/10/2017 11:15 AM EST Driving the Day Good Sunday morning. BUZZ — SOME HOUSE DEMOCRATS are talking about skipping the State of the Union in January. THE PRESIDENT is at Trump International Golf Club this morning. He is scheduled to return to Washington later today. TRUMP’S MONDAY: The president is lunching with VP Mike Pence Read More…

VIOLENCE in Gaza — TRUMP takes to Pensacola to boost Roy Moore — AP: FRANKS offers 5 million to woman to carry child — OBAMA’s Nazi Germany warning — SUNDAY SHOWS and WEEKEND READS — B'DAY: Kirsten Gillibrand

Driving the Day REUTERS/GAZA: “Israeli strikes kill two Gaza gunmen, but anti-Trump protests subside”: “Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen on Saturday after rockets were fired from the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” http://reut.rs/2kLGlYF — EGYPT’S Coptic pope and Palestinian President Mahmoud Read More…

BREXIT talks move to phase 2 — SHUTDOWN AVERTED, problems punted to the end of the month — TRUMP soaks rich New Yorkers — INSIDE the White House Hanukkah party — ZINKE loves helicopters — B’DAY: Jim Yong Kim

Driving the Day POLITICO EUROPE’S CHARLIE COOPER — “The European Commission recommended to the European Council on Friday that ‘sufficient progress’ has been made in Brexit talks to allow negotiations to move on to Phase 2, which will cover trade and the U.K.’s future relationship with the EU.” http://politi.co/2AF1dGS … Read our very scoopy London Read More…

Pruitt heads to House grilling today

With help from Emily Holden, Eric Wolff and Alex Guillén WELCOME TO CONGRESS, MR. PRUITT: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt makes his long-awaited first appearance before a House Energy and Commerce subpanel this morning where he’s expected to get grilled on a host of issues. The session will be broken into two segments — 10-11 a.m. Read More…

STATE DEPT issues ‘worldwide caution,’ as HAMAS calls for UPRISING IN ISRAEL after Trump announcement — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Tax air wars in NY — TOM LOBIANCO writing Pence book — THE WING holds D.C. welcome dinner

Driving the Day THE STATE DEPARTMENT has issued a “worldwide caution” for U.S. citizens traveling the world. MATT LEE, the AP’s longtime diplomatic correspondent (@APDiploWriter), says: “The last time the @StateDept issued a ‘Worldwide Caution’ because of a US policy decision was March 2003 at the start of the Iraq war.” The State Department memo Read More…

WILDFIRES RAVAGE California — POPE urges Trump to keep status quo in Israel, as REX gets a chilly reception in Europe — THREE DAYS UNTIL GOV’T SHUTDOWN — Holes in Trump’s political operation — B’DAY: Don Nickles

Driving the Day JUST POSTED — AP’S JOSH LEDERMAN: “Doctors identify brain abnormalities in Cuba attack patients”: “Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. “It’s the most Read More…

BIG MCKAY COPPINS story on PENCE — WORLD TO U.S.: Don’t name Jerusalem the capital of Israel — NYT: CONYERS retiring — SCOOP: Joint House-Senate GOP retreat will be at the GREENBRIER at the end of Jan.

Driving the Day BIG NEWS FOR DEMS — NYT’S YAMICHE ALCINDOR — “Conyers Won’t Seek Re-election in Wake of Harassment Claims, Relative Says”: “Mr. Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, will make the announcement by calling into a local radio show on Tuesday morning, Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator, said in Read More…

The POLITICO PLAYBOOK POWER LIST: 18 to watch in 18 — BIG WEEK: Gov’t funding runs out Friday, House-Senate tax negotiations to begin — BILLY BUSH on Trump — ANNIE KARNI on Jared — TRUMP works to block ROMNEY

Driving the Day Good Monday morning. JUST POSTED — THE POLITICO PLAYBOOK POWER LIST: 18 TO WATCH IN 18. Next year — 2018 — is shaping up to be a momentous one in politics. Midterm elections are less than a year away, with the backdrop of an unfolding federal investigation into a foreign power’s influence Read More…

MCCONNELL: Gov’t won’t shut down — TRUMP unleashes on Twitter: POTUS says people who lost money in stock market should SUE ABC — INSIDE the GRIDIRON DINNER — PETER BAKER A1: TRUMP’s whiplash presidency

Driving the Day KEEP YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS … MAYBE!: MCCONNELL PREDICTS NO SHUTDOWN: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks to SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Republicans have a majority in the House and the Senate. Can … you keep the government open on your own?” MCCONNELL: “Look there’s not going to be a Read More…

TAX BILL sneaks through Senate just before 2 a.m. — SEUNG MIN KIM talks to MCCONNELL about how he got a win on taxes — SPOTTED at the WH Xmas media party — KUSHNER working on Middle East peace without REX

Driving the Day Good Saturday morning. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP walked out of the White House this morning and took questions from the press, according to pooler James Osborne of the Houston Chronicle. — ON THE SENATE TAX BILL: “It was a fantastic evening last night. We passed the largest tax cuts in the history of Read More…

TAX DEBATE scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. — TRUMP says shutdown could be good for him — KNOWING JOHN MCENTEE — GOV’T SHUTDOWN is one week away — TRUMP pressed Senate to end Russia probe — B’DAY: Karen Tumulty

Driving the Day Good Friday morning and welcome to December. THE SENATE IS SCHEDULED TO RESUME WORK ON THE TAX BILL this morning. Late yesterday, the process hit a snag. SEUNG MIN KIM and COLIN WILHELM: “Multiple GOP senators leaving the chamber after a dramatic late afternoon vote said a key proposal for deficit hawks Read More…

Senate close to resolving ANWR issues

With help from Darius Dixon, Eric Wolff and Ben Lefebvre ANWR ISSUES COMPLICATE TAX FIGHT: Complications from language in the Senate’s tax package related to ANWR drilling that ran afoul of budget reconciliation rules appeared on the verge of being resolved by late Wednesday. “We are finishing up the last of that and expect to Read More…

TAX BILL clears key hurdle, problems linger — UPDATE on D.C.’s Dec. — SPOTTED: Reince and Christie at Cap Grille — TRUMP feuds with U.K. PM over his promotion of hate group — LONDON MAYOR tells him to stay home

Driving the Day Good Thursday morning. UPDATE ON D.C.’S BRUTAL DECEMBER: If Republican leaders had their way, they would pass a monthlong government funding bill next week before the Dec. 8 shutdown and deal with all the fiscal madness — the debt limit, shutdown politics and boosting spending caps — in January. Three problems: defense Read More…

CONYERS spotted on flight to Detroit — STATE OF PLAY on the end-of-year negotiations — WAPO: N.K. rocket can reach DC — MAGGIE and JMART: Trump now doubts the voice on Access Hollywood video is his — B’DAY: RAHM

Driving the Day WHERE YA GOING, MR. CONYERS? — SPOTTED on a Delta flight from DCA to Detroit Tuesday evening: Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). “Conyers didn’t get the upgrade on Delta out of DCA. Sitting in 10D comfort seat,” per our tipster. Pic http://bit.ly/2jwBaHU The House is in session this week. There were votes last Read More…

BREAKING… Last-minute Senate tax bill changes — TRUMP to meet with BIG 4 — NEW Conyers allegations — WAR at the CFPB — SEAN HANNITY profile – WH MAY BAN staffers’ personal cell phones – B’DAY: Jake Sullivan

Driving the Day Good Tuesday morning. YOU’RE INVITED — NEXT WEEK! — We’re super excited to announce the guests for our first live podcast taping next Thursday night (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m. at Sixth and I. Our idea: to bring the written Playbook to life in a live setting. We want you to hear Read More…

U.S. backs Obama-era HFC deal

U.S. BACKS HFC REDUCTION DEAL: While you were munching on turkey and mashed potatoes, the Trump administration pledged its support for an international accord aimed curbing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases. “The United States believes the Kigali Amendment represents a pragmatic and balanced approach to phasing down the production and consumption of HFCs, Read More…

THE TIMING ON TAXES — WHO POTUS dined with at Mar-A-Lago — AL FRANKEN trying to get back to work — CFPB fight heading to court — PRINCE HARRY engaged to Meghan Markle — B’DAY: Steve Bannon

Driving the Day BIG AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE — @KensingtonRoyal at 5 a.m.: “The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.” Pic of the couple http://bit.ly/2AettOu … WEDDING will be spring of 2018. Good Monday morning. WHAT THE SMART PEOPLE SAY ABOUT TAX REFORM … — If the Senate Read More…

Rocky road remains for Keystone XL

With help from Ben Lefebvre, Esther Whieldon and Emily Holden NO CAPSTONE FOR KEYSTONE: Whatever chance the nearly decade-long fight over the Keystone XL pipeline had ending with Nebraska state regulators approving a key permit for the project seems to have evaporated. By approving an alternate route through the state that steers clear of more Read More…

Grading Pruitt on his promises

With help from Alex Guillén and Sara Stefanini IS HE KEEPING HIS WORD? EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt came into office boasting of returning the agency to its mission of cleaning up the air, water and land, but Pro’s Alex Guillén and Emily Holden look at what he’s accomplished so far and how it stacks up Read More…

U.S. speaks today in Bonn

With help from Darius Dixon, Alex Guillén, Sara Stefanini and Eric Wolff FINDING TEA LEAVES TO READ: The top U.S. diplomat at an international climate summit is scheduled to deliver a closely watched speech today, as world diplomats attempt to tease out a firmer sense of where the country stands in the climate negotiations. Judith Read More…