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Early this morning, the Senate passed the GOP tax bill, which now has a clear path to Trump's desk before Christmas. Because it's a gift. But not for you.

How Republicans passed their deeply unpopular tax reform: Fueled by the ACA repeal defeat, they rejected Congressional estimates of the damage the bill will exact, then stuffed it with favors.

Among its many good deeds for corporations, the GOP tax plan removes incentives for tax fraud whistleblowers.

Paul Ryan looks so happy bringing that gavel down, it’s almost like it was literally landing on the hand of a kid on food stamps.

One unexpected casualty of the GOP tax plan: the IRS, which must implement a new code without adequate resources.

A spectacular animation imagines “The White Hole Theory,” where a black hole led to the Big Bang.

A Texan running for Congress outlines how surgical gerrymandering is keeping her state red.

EPA employees fear the agency's hiring of a media monitoring firm is for increased surveillance of their activities.

New York City will launch a task force to investigate how algorithms discriminate against citizens.

Facebook decided a friend's post from the hospital wasn't feed-worthy, so he died without knowing others cared.

Banned sand: Porn-spotting AI mistakes rolling dunes for alluring nudes.

A typical homeowner in LA seeing smoke on the horizon will just say, “I hope it doesn’t come near my house, and if it does, I hope somebody takes care of it.” Local governments can help reduce wildfire devastation through education and debris collection services.

A century after a four-year-old went missing and, months later, reportedly reappeared, the family learned it wasn't the same child.

We hadn't noticed before, but Google Maps actually includes building footprints.

As the homeopathic market grows, the FDA announces it will regulate the products and their claims harder.

A new smart pillow claims to help you fall asleep by inflating and deflating to slow and relax your breathing.

Essentially, that would turn humans into something closer to an electric eel. It’s unlikely that we’d ever be able to stun people, but we could conceivably use the ion gradients in our own bodies to power small implants. Battery researchers realize maybe your body could do what electric eels do.

An Ethiopian philosopher worked out Hume and Locke's biggest conclusions—a century earlier—while hiding in a cave.

Employees destroy retired Chuck E. Cheese mascots' heads to avoid traumatizing children who see a disembodied Chuck.

Spotify crunches its data to define the “Christmas music threshold,” which Americans cross as early as Nov. 12.