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December 15, 2017
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FCC votes 3-2 to repeal net neutrality
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
FCC votes 3-2 to repeal net neutrality
The Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality, which prohibits internet service providers from favoring some users over others. Supporters of net neutrality, which was enacted during the Obama administration, said they might challenge the FCC's action in court.
Bloomberg (free registration) (12/14),  NBC News (12/14),  Fox News/The Associated Press (12/15) 
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The Business & Politics Poll
Will you be traveling for the holidays?
AAA forecasts record numbers of Americans will take to the road, air, rails and seas this holiday season, but the largest share of the participants in this week's Business & Politics Poll won't be joining them.  Forty-six percent of those responding said they plan to stay home for the holidays, but 39% plan to travel more that 50 miles. New poll Monday.

No -- we're staying home  45.84%
Yes -- more than 50 miles from home  38.57%
Yes, but only locally  14.24%
None of the above/other  1.35%
Agenda Items
Rubio's opposition puts GOP tax bill in doubt
Rubio's opposition puts GOP tax bill in doubt
Rubio (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The fate of the Republican tax bill became uncertain when Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he would not vote for the measure unless the child tax credit is increased, a provision that would increase the cost of the bill. Under congressional rules, the bill can't increase the deficit during the next 10 years by more than $1.5 trillion if Republicans are to pass it without Democratic votes.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/14),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/14) 
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Friday Fact Check
What could net neutrality rollback mean?
What could net neutrality rollback mean?
With the Federal Communications Commission decision to roll back the 2015 net neutrality rules on broadband providers, the way consumers experience the internet could change. John Kruzel explains how the FCC now classifies broadband as an information service, what changes Americans might see, and what comes next for the new rules.
PolitiFact (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/14) 
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Daily Diversion
Sanders' chocolate-pecan pies end "Piegate"
Sanders' chocolate-pecan pies end "Piegate"
Sanders (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
After reporter April Ryan joked on Twitter last month that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hadn't actually baked the pie in a photo online, Sanders baked four chocolate-pecan pies for the White House press potluck. Sanders posted photos of the baking process on Twitter as proof, and Ryan declared "Piegate" over.
Fox News (12/15),  New York Post (12/14) 
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It is time for us to restore internet freedom.
Ajit Pai, chairman, Federal Communications Commission, quoted by Bloomberg
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