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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. They have a deal.
Residence and Senate Republicans reached an agreement on a tax bill that keeps the party on track for final votes next week. President Trump delivered what was dubbed a closing argument for the bill from the White Home, above.
The crucial provisions, as described by a senior Congressional aide: The corporate tax price drops to 21 % in 2018. Men and women can deduct up to $ten,000 in state and neighborhood taxes. The corporate option minimum tax gets nixed. Here’s the newest from Capitol Hill.
two. “We knew the globe was seeking at us.”
Black voters were critical in the victory of Doug Jones, above, over Roy Moore to represent Alabama in the Senate. The share of African-American voters, including the man quoted above, was even greater than in 2008 and 2012.
Here’s how writers from across the political spectrum reacted to the outcome. And our colleagues at “The Daily” stayed up all night to bring you this discussion.
three. No surprises from the Federal Reserve. It raised its benchmark price by a quarter of a percentage point, to a variety of 1.25 percent to 1.5 %.
Anybody with a credit card will see a modest but immediate jump in the interest price, followed by borrowers with student and auto loans and, eventually, mortgage holders.
We profiled the outgoing Fed chair, Janet Yellen, above. The 1st woman to occupy that workplace, she is leaving with rock-star status.
four. Chuck Schumer’sworkplace filed a police report about a fraudulent document, set up to look like a court filing, that described the senator sexually harassing a employees member. The senator, above, and the supposed accuser confirmed that it was false.
Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, testified before a Property Judiciary Committee. Republicans, seizing on revelations of an exchange of texts crucial of Donald Trump in between an F.B.I. agent and an F.B.I. lawyer, pressed their efforts to discredit the Mueller investigation.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, who went from “The Apprentice” to the White Home, is leaving the administration in January.
5. Los Angeles fire officials mentioned that the Skirball fire, which burned by way of the wealthy neighborhood of Bel-Air last week, was began by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment. They have no expectation of locating those accountable.
The blaze virtually reached the world-well-known Getty art museum. But officials there maintained that there was no danger to the collection, which includes operates by Vincent van Gogh. The billion-dollar complex was constructed to be highly fire resistant.
6. Disney is closing in on the as soon as-unthinkable buy of most of Rupert Murdoch’s movie and television empire, 21st Century Fox. Above, Disney’s chief executive, Robert Iger.
The business is rushing to pivot from standard Television into digital streaming services as the market adjustments. The $60 billion-plus deal could transform the entertainment world.
7. “Fake news,” President Trump’s battle cry, is now in heavy rotation with autocrats and dictators from Venezuela to Cambodia.
In China, Russia, Turkey, Thailand and numerous other countries, leaders are using it to silence critics and thwart media scrutiny. For strongmen like President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, above, invoking “fake news” gives the leeway to ignore democratic norms.
eight. These days in #MeToo: Salma Hayek, above, particulars Harvey Weinstein’s crude advances and threats toward her — and how he attempted to shut down “Frida,” the Oscar-winning biopic.
And 4 females accused the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual harassment and assault. The allegations span from 1988 to 2014. He denies the claims.
Our gender editor, Jessica Bennett, answered inquiries from readers.
9. The 2018Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are: Bon Jovi (above), the Automobiles, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone. The gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will get an Award for Early Influence.
Bon Jovi won the Rock Hall’s fan poll, receiving far more than a million public votes.
The ceremony will be held on April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland the show will be broadcast later by HBO and SiriusXM.
ten. Lastly, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is garnering fantastic reviews from critics.
The film “is expected to make much more than $425 million by Sunday. You can tell they’re generating a lot of income due to the fact nowadays Yoda endorsed the Republican tax strategy,” Jimmy Fallon joked.
It’s a very good evening to stay up late: NASA says the Geminids meteor shower, most visible in between midnight and 4 a.m., will be the greatest all year. (And if it is cloudy where you are, verify out the live stream.) Above, a spectacular Perseid meteor shower in 2015.
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Published at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:19:32 +0000