5 Things to Know on Dec. 16

A look at the news you need to know today. Read even more in our full morning briefing: http://nyti.ms/1IU9AOv
  1. Republicans talk tough
    Jeb Bush and other Republican presidential candidates attacked Donald Trump last night, united against Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. and arguing over who would be toughest in protecting Americans from terrorist threats. http://nyti.ms/1Ow7pxd
  2. Star Wars: Two thumbs up
    Our chief film critic writes today that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opening on Friday, brings “new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon.” http://nyti.ms/1ZbZr3G
  3. Watching the Fed
    The Federal Reserve’s policy-making committee is expected to announce today that it will raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade. Confused about what that means? Here’s an unconventional look at what happens when the Fed raises rates: http://nyti.ms/1Qsb6df
  4. Congress reaches a deal
    Republican and Democratic negotiators in the House agreed to a deal late Tuesday night on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the U.S. government through 2016, and on a huge package of tax breaks. http://nyti.ms/1Nx9IjN
  5. Baltimore awaits Freddie Gray verdict
    Jurors in the trial of Officer William G. Porter, charged with manslaughter in the April death of Freddie Gray, announced on Tuesday that they were deadlocked. They will resume deliberations this morning. http://nyti.ms/1NpxGzt