21st Century Fox, Net Neutrality, Roy Moore: Your Thursday Evening Briefing


For a preview of life without net neutrality, an Op-Ed contributor suggests looking to China, where the internet comes with surveillance and censorship. “Net neutrality is called the First Amendment of the internet for a good reason,” he writes.

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3. Congressional Republicans plan to unveil a final tax bill on Friday, with the aim of voting on it next week and getting it on President Trump’s desk by Christmas. Just one catch: They’re still hunting for ways to pay for it.

With John McCain in the hospital and Bob Corker a no, Senate Republicans are facing their narrowest margin yet. Marco Rubio, above, said he might vote no unless an expanded child tax credit is included. Susan Collins, on the other hand, is looking like a yes despite the best efforts of activists.

We discussed taxes and net neutrality on “The Daily.”

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4. “No one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation.”

As the dust settles in Alabama, some evangelical Christians say supporting Roy Moore tarnished their brand. Above, supporters of Mr. Moore on election night.

Data shows how the tide turned against him. We mapped the election results statewide — and then checked to see how they matched up to the 2016 presidential election. Big cities, college towns and black communities were keys to Doug Jones’s victory.

And we published a behind-the-scenes-look at our much-discussed election night results needle. It was developed as a cutting-edge means of “visualizing uncertainty.”

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5. With just a few days left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of thousands of consumers are receiving bills for health plans they did not choose.

Their current plans won’t be available next year, so they were automatically enrolled into other plans — some with sky-high prices.

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6. President Moon Jae-in, above left, promised a “new start” in South Korea’s relations with China as he met with President Xi Jinping. Many hope the re-engagment will lead to stepped-up diplomatic efforts on disarming North Korea.

But “Mr. Moon appears to have fallen short of pleasing Beijing” after South Korea’s embrace of Thaad, the U.S. antimissile system, our correspondent says.

The visit was also marred by the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese security guards. South Korea demanded a formal apology.

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7. A generational shift at The New York Times: A. G. Sulzberger, 37, will take over as publisher from his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., on Jan. 1.

“I am an unapologetic champion for this institution and its journalistic mission,” said the younger Mr. Sulzberger. He previously worked as a reporter and editor and is best known for the 2014 “innovation report” about the company’s path forward in the digital age.

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8. “We make a product that has conquered the world.”

The celebrity pizza maker Gino Sorbillo, second from left, was triumphant after learning that Unesco put the art of Neapolitan pizza making on its annual list of “the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

The 32 winners included Chogan, an Iranian horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling, and Uilleann piping from Ireland. But the pizza got most of the attention.

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9. Kit Harington, a.k.a Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” has a new gig. He’s producing and starring in “Gunpowder,” debuting Monday night on HBO.

The three-part miniseries recreates the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, the failed scheme by Guy Fawkes and other Catholic militants to blow up England’s Parliament and kill the Protestant king.

The foiling of the plot is still celebrated yearly on the fifth of November. (Remember, remember.)

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10. Finally, Alabama’s election may have been too easy a target for the late-night hosts.

“Roy Moore may have lost last night’s election, but we’ll never forget all the people he touched,” Seth Meyers observed.

And do you remember the BBC dad? How about the dancing hot dog? Despite lots of dark stuff, there were many moments of pure joy online this year. We caught up with a few of 2017’s viral stars.

Have a great night.

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