Happy Wednesday, folks. Looking ahead today, the Senate and House are poised to finalize the biggest overhaul of the country's tax laws in more than three decades. Looking ahead to the weekend…let's try to focus on the joy of the holiday season.

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Penelope Garnant looks at the lights at “Miracle on South 13th Street.”
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Penelope Garnant looks at the lights at “Miracle on South 13th Street.”

Before a flurry of relatives and gift wrapping takes over, consider adding this to your to-do list: seeing nine of Philly's must-visit spots for holiday lights.

Still need to do some shopping? Try these last-minute beauty gift buys for the skincare guru in your life, or snag one of these cookbooks for your favorite amateur chef. For the health nut on your list, look for these affordable kitchen tools  just don't forget the express shipping.

And before you head to this weekend's holiday parties, let a dietitian show you how to navigate the dinner table.

Early this morning the Senate passed the GOP's sweeping tax bill and the House looks to pass it (again, on a re-vote) today, a change that will impact every member of the U.S. economy. The bill gives big tax cuts to the wealthy and businesses; middle-income families will see more modest cuts. The bill will also add $1.46 trillion to the nation's debt over the next decade.

The GOP is looking for a "win" ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, but most nonpartisan analysts and voters have little confidence in the bill's many promises. Republicans say Americans will warm up to it once they see their new paychecks, though most won't see the full effects until they do their 2019 taxes, post-midterms.

Refford was in the bike lane when she was hit by a box truck at the intersection of 13th and Pine streets, less than three weeks after Emily Fredricks was killed in a bike lane on 11th Street on her way to work.

Cycling advocates have petitioned the city for bike safety upgrades, requesting they speed up installation of bike-friendly infrastructure. The city's response? We can't move any faster.

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December 20, 2017
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December 20, 2017
"It's safe to say that never in recent history has so much planning gone into protesting something that hasn't happened yet, and may never happen. But if you've been paying close attention these last few days, something is afoot." — Columnist Will Bunch asks if you have a safety plan for U.S. democracy if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

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A Bucks County third grader is donating to Carson Wentz’s AO1 Foundation this holiday and created a cookie version of the QB in his honor. Gives a whole new meaning to gingerbread man.