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Good Thursday morning, folks. The last 24 hours have been something of a victory lap for Republicans, who are now relishing in their ability to make good on a promise to pass a major tax overhaul bill by Christmas. It's the biggest change to the American tax code since Ronald Reagan was in office.

Now, the final GOP tax bill just needs the signature of President Donald Trump to become law, which is expected in the coming days. But first, Republicans paused Wednesday to celebrate their first major legislative accomplishment after what has been a somewhat rocky year. Republicans from both the House and Senate gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday afternoon to applaud themselves for a job well done.

Among those that President Donald Trump applauded was U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.


TRUMP + SCOTT

President Donald Trump is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., front right, and other members of congress, during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, to acknowledge the final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump heaped praise on Republicans for their work on the tax bill, but gave a few personal shout-outs to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. Wednesday afternoon.

"Tim Scott, who has been so incredible, he’s going to say a few words," Trump said.
Trump also said, "Tim Scott has been great." Before inviting Scott up to speak, Trump described Scott as " a friend of mine — a very, very special man."

Scott was among nearly a dozen Republicans who Trump singled out to say a few words about the tax bill.

"To those Americans who are watching this process: This is not about Washington. It's not about the left. It's not about the right. It's about single parent moms who are looking for a reason to be hopeful in 2018."

Read more: 'Thank you, Tim': President Donald Trump personally thanks Tim Scott for work on tax reform http://bit.ly/2kv2o34


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Christmas will be here in a mere four days. I sincerely hope you will be able to spend it surrounded by your loved ones. This newsletter will be taking a short break for the holidays starting Monday, Dec. 25. We will return with our regularly scheduled programming on Jan. 2, 2018.

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Today's Palmetto Politics Headlines

Georgia is likely to continue its nuclear project while S.C. decides if its reactors are done for good

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'Thank you, Tim': President Donald Trump personally thanks Tim Scott for work on tax reform

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott stood on the White House lawn Wednesday afternoon reveling in being a part of history. Read more

Most Lowcountry employers won't feel the impact of eliminating commuter benefits in tax reform bill

The final version of the Republican tax reform bill eliminates business deductions for companies that subsidize their employees' parking, m… Read more

Charleston GOP Chairman Larry Kobrovsky won't challenge Mark Sanford for Congress

Charleston County Republican Party Chairman Larry Kobrovsky has abandoned his plans to run for Congress, saying GOP U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford … Read more

South Carolina utility regulators refuse to throw out case against SCE&G

COLUMBIA — South Carolina's utility regulators on Wednesday refused to throw out two cases against SCANA Corp., as the utility owner and st… Read more

AND ONE MORE THING: OUR SOUTHERN COUSIN GRAPPLES WITH NUCLEAR PROJECT
Georgia Power is continuing to build two new reactors at its Vogtle Nuclear Station south of Augusta, despite billions of dollars in cost overruns and mounting delays. Tony Bartelme/Staff

Regulators in Georgia will decide today whether they should do what South Carolina did months ago: Kill a massive nuclear project that's years behind schedule and far over budget. By most indications, they won't.

Why? Perhaps because of the political fallout in Columbia, Georgia commissioner Tim Echols told Bloomberg:

"Based on what we've seen coming out of South Carolina's capital, I would be surprised if our commission canceled this project."

(Kudos to business reporter Thad Moore for this contribution)

Read more: Georgia is likely to continue its nuclear project while S.C. decides if its reactors are done for good http://bit.ly/2kSsIDz

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