President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walked onto the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday to cheers and fist pumps before delivering a congratulatory speech on the passage of the GOP tax bill.

Trump, rattling off several names of the people who played a role in the passage of "the largest tax cut in the history of our country," said he "had a lot of fun" working with leadership to get this done. It was fun because "we won."

Other speakers:

  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration," he said, citing Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation, Circuit Court judge confirmations, regulatory rollback, and now the tax bill.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan: "Something this big, something this profound could not have been done without exquisite presidential leadership."
  • VP Mike Pence: "We made history today but as the President said... we're just getting started! This administration will not rest until the forgotten men and women of this country are forgotten no more."
  • House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady said he knew overhauling the tax code would be possible when Trump was elected.

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Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with "direct, meaningful ties" to political groups from claiming the news exemption within its political ads authorization process, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Since the 2016 election, reporters and researchers have uncovered over 1,200 instances in which political groups use websites disguised as local news outlets to push their point of view to Americans.