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Vacation time! (Unless you are an accountant.)
• The writing and rewriting of the tax code in Congress has sent tax pros into a burst of activity.
Public firms are necessary to report the effects in economic statements in the exact same quarter that the law is enacted. Finishing the evaluation just before the end of the year will be tough, even if, for numerous accountants, it is thrilling.
“This has, in some methods, been my Super Bowl,” a single director of a tax and advisory firm said. “It’s been the most exciting time of my profession.”
• Separately, Congress voted on Thursday to fund the government into January, averting a shutdown this weekend.
U.N. defies U.S. on Jerusalem
• The General Assembly voted 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, for a resolution demanding that the U.S. rescind its declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Even though largely symbolic, the resolution indicated the extent to which the Trump administration’s stance has unsettled worldwide politics and contributed to Washington’s diplomatic isolation.
• Calling the vote “null and void,” the U.S. ambassador, Nikki Haley, mentioned, “We will bear in mind it when we are known as upon as soon as once more to make the world’s biggest contribution to the United Nations.”
Draining the E.P.A.
• Far more than 700 individuals have left the Environmental Protection Agency considering that President Trump took office, keeping the administration on track for its goal of cutting about 20 percent of the agency’s work force.
The departures reflect poor morale at the E.P.A., which Republicans have criticized as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach.
• An evaluation by ProPublica and The Instances located that far more than 200 scientists have left, as have 96 specialists who investigate and analyze pollution levels.
Jakarta’s selection: Redevelop or drown
• Indonesia’s capital, with 30 million residents, is sinking more rapidly than any other massive city on the planet.
The major result in: Jakartans are digging illegal wells, draining the underground aquifers on which the city rests. About 40 percent of the city now lies under sea level.
• Readthe latest in our series of stories about how climate adjust is challenging the world’s urban centers.
• A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Constitution by continuing to own and profit from his business empire.
• Eric Schmidtis stepping down as executive chairman of Google’s parent organization, Alphabet.
• Also departing: John Schnatter, the chief executive of Papa John’s, who blamed the N.F.L.’s handling of the controversy more than the national anthem for a decline in pizza sales.
• Is Apple slowing down old iPhones? Yes, but it is difficult.
Guidelines, each new and old, for a much more fulfilling life.
• You actually do want to know how the sausage (salami) gets made.
• If you’re not completed buying, right here are some last-minute present ideas.
• Recipe of the day: Russian honey cake is worth the time.
• Women of color fight back
In today’s 360 video, a feminist collective holds a self-defense workshop in the Bronx.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum talk about the passage of the Republican tax program.
• In memoriam
Dick Enberg was a veteran sportscaster whose signature expression of “Oh, my!” punctuated Super Bowls, Olympics and Wimbledon tournaments. He was 82.
Janet Elder ran the administrative side of the Times newsroom, but she also had an unofficial role as chief counselor and sympathetic ear to the rest of the employees. She was 61.
• Mr. Claus is very good for tourism
Households fly to a town in Lapland every single year to see Finland’s “official Santa.” Never ever thoughts that it is 1,600 miles from the North Pole.
• Ready for the weekend
At the movies, our critics reviewed a crop of vacation releases, which includes the “Jumanji” remake, “Pitch Best 3” and “The Greatest Showman,” about the life of P.T. Barnum. (Also, Steven Spielberg’s take on our pals at “The Post.”)
Ultimately, if you are in New York City, see these 5 wonderful art exhibitions ahead of they close.
• The week in great news
Right here are seven excellent things The Times wrote about.
• Best of late-evening Tv
Disputing President Trump’s assertion that the Republican tax overhaul “essentially repealed Obamacare,” Seth Meyers stated: “But I say we let him think he’s repealed Obamacare so he stops trying. In reality, I think this could work with all of his promises.”
• Quotation of the day
“The holiday windows are considered a gift to the city.”
— Tiffany Bourre, a spokeswoman for Hudson’s Bay, referring to the seasonal displays in New York City for two subsidiaries, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.
President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel brought to thoughts a similarly momentous announcement more than a century ago.
In December 1911, King George V of Britain announced that India’s capital would be moved from the city then known as Calcutta to Delhi.
For 24 hours, The Instances reported, the British news media “was so astonished as to be unable to comment.” The British officials then ruling in India had proposed the move due to the fact Delhi was much more central and due to the fact of expanding opposition in Calcutta to the Crown’s rule, or Raj.
Countries adjust their capitals to signal a fresh commence or to move government away from financial hubs — with varying good results.
Myanmar, for instance, built a new capital that replaced Yangon in 2005. But the city, Naypyidaw, is eerily quiet, and most embassies have stayed place.
Similarly, Dodoma has been Tanzania’s seat of Parliament considering that 1996, but the rest of the government has been slow to move there from Dar es Salaam.
Other nations whose capital relocations can trip up even the most significant geography buffs include Brazil (Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro, since 1960), Kazakhstan (Astana, not Almaty, given that 1997), Nigeria (Abuja, not Lagos, because 1991) and Turkey (Ankara, not Istanbul, considering that 1923).
Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.
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Published at Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:05:13 +0000