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23:54, 15 December 2017

Republican Celebration, Ajit Pai, North Korea: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Republican Party, Ajit Pai, North Korea: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Republican Celebration, Ajit Pai, North Korea: Your Friday Evening Briefing


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Great evening. Here’s the newest.

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1. Republicans are acquiring closer to victory on a tax bill.

Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker mentioned they’ll assistance the $1.5 billion tax cut, and a vote is planned for next week. Negotiators agreed to give a a lot more generous child tax credit in the final bill to shore up help from Mr. Rubio, above.

It is still unclear how Republicans are going to spend for the entire package, which can add no far more than $1.five trillion to the deficit in order to pass without having Democrat assistance. Lobbyists had been playing hardball for the duration of the frantic negotiations.


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two. President Trump attended an F.B.I. Academy ceremony to honor local police officers and sheriffs who had received specialized education.

On his way there, he escalated his attacks on the agency more than its investigation of possible hyperlinks between Russia and his campaign. “It’s a shame what’s occurred with the F.B.I.,” he told reporters.

At the event, he sat next to Lawyer General Jeff Sessions and the F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, to his proper in the photo above, and did not repeat his criticisms.


three. There he is, Ajit Pai, the head of the Federal Communications Commission, as you’ve never ever seen him just before.

In a video released this week by a conservative website, Mr. Pai created an argument for repealing net neutrality guidelines in the silliest techniques possible. (Not pictured: him dancing the Harlem Shake.)

The agency did, of course, vote to repeal those rules on Thursday. Here’s some of the greatest writing from across the political spectrum on the vote.


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4. There’s upheaval inside the G.O.P. right after Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama this week.

Establishment Republicans are attempting to kneecap Stephen Bannon, above, and dry up his funding. He counters that he’s playing a long game. “Revolutions and civil wars take a lengthy time,” he told us in an interview.

It seemed not possible a year ago, but it now appears like the Democrats could take back the Senate in 2018. Some Democrats argue that Alabama shows why they ought to direct resources to communities of colour to do that.


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five. The New York Police Division is looking into allegations of rape against the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. A law enforcement official mentioned that the department was conducting a preliminary investigation and was eager to hear from victims.

Mr. Simmons denies the accusations. And some of the alleged incidents occurred before New York State got rid of its statute of limitations on rape in 2006.


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six. 3 days right after offering to talk to North Korea “without precondition,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reversed course.

Speaking at a U.N. Safety Council meeting, he insisted — as President Trump has all along — that the North have to cease its nuclear threats and “earn its way” to negotiations.

The North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, celebrates the “rocket men” building his nuclear missile as national heroes. Here’s what we know about them.


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7. 3 weeks right after the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe came to an end, Zimbabwe’s new leaders are moving to boost economic relations with the West.

“We call for the unconditional lifting of the political and financial sanctions, which have crippled our national development,” stated the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, above.

Opposition parties and human rights groups say that despite Mr. Mnangagwa’s promises of a new Zimbabwe, he has hewed to his predecessor’s methods.


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8. A friendly reminderfrom Jimmy Kimmel: “Christmas is 10 days away, which signifies we only get to hear that Mariah Carey song 75,000 more occasions.”

Our business desk delved into the economics of Christmas celebrations, following one particular Christmas tree from a farm in Nova Scotia to a cozy living room in Queens. If the U.S. withdraws from Nafta, the value of that tree would probably jump.


9. On that note, may we present (pun alert) our 2017 Gift Guide, produced with our solution-review internet site Wirecutter.

Among the editors’ picks: the photo book “Barbra,” an affordable robot vacuum and a coffee maker that our team crowned No. 1 following hundreds of test cups.


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ten. Finally, back by popular demand: The Week in Excellent News.

Following the column debuted final week, several readers wrote in to express their appreciation. “Such a breath of fresh air to all the chaos going on in the world proper now,” a single wrote.

This week’s selections: Auntie Caterina, above, who provides free taxi rides to the hospital for kids with cancer a enormous opportunity for a young actor in London and a trip to China’s Florida, complete with sun, sand and retired snowbirds.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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