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Tax overhaul nears Trump’s desk
• The largest rewrite of the tax code in a generation is on the verge of becoming law soon after Republicans in the Senate passed the measure early this morning.
The Home will vote on the bill once more nowadays, soon after slight alterations had been produced in the Senate. The two chambers need to approve identical legislation just before sending it to President Trump for his signature.
We have a breakdown of how every single representative and senator voted on the bill, which would make deep and lasting cuts to corporate taxes as nicely as temporarily lowering taxes for most individuals. No Democrat in either home voted in favor.
• Still have questions? Our reporters will be conducting a Facebook Live discussion right now at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.
The two-month dash to a Republican victory
• The tax strategy, born of the failure to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act this year, raced by means of Congress at a dizzying pace. We retraced its path.
In the end, the measure met practically each deadline in an optimistic timeline. “Today, we are giving the people of this country their cash back,” Speaker Paul Ryan mentioned on Tuesday.
But our reporters note: “To get to that moment, Republicans walled themselves off from criticism, convincing a single an additional that unfavorable economic analyses of their bill had been incorrect, and that its poor poll numbers would improve after the cuts worked their way into Americans’ paychecks.”
• Republicans are nearing their 1st key legislative achievement considering that taking energy. But they’re also maintaining an eye on next year’s midterm elections, our chief Washington correspondent writes.
From #MeToo to #WhatAboutUs
• The Harvey Weinstein scandal unleashed a worldwide movement against harassment in the worlds of entertainment, media and government. The plight of blue-collar workers has drawn a lot much less focus, nonetheless.
The Times spoke with female employees at two Ford plants in Chicago exactly where harassment persisted decades right after the company attempted to tackle sexual misconduct.
Tonya Exum, an Army veteran who reported becoming groped, recalled a union representative saying: “It’s not sexual harassment. He only did it one particular time.” (If you are a blue-collar worker, you can confidentially share your experiences here.)
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The supply of subway riders’ misery
• New York City’s subway program has had its worst year of delays given that the transit crisis of the 1970s.
An investigation by The Occasions located that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s flawed policies and practices led to preventable breakdowns.
• A close look at service in June — the system’s most-delayed month this year — highlights how avoidable upkeep difficulties result in commuter anguish practically every single hour.
• “Porch pirates” are busy for the duration of the vacation season, swiping packages from doorsteps.
But property owners and retailers are striking back with cameras and other technologies.
• Uber lost a major legal battle nowadays, when the European Union’s highest court declared that the company should comply with difficult rules governing standard taxi associations.
• The Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, were once mocked for their investment in the virtual currency Bitcoin. Who’s laughing now?
Separately, a hedge fund dedicated to virtual currencies released its return to investors: 25,004 percent (not a typo).
Suggestions, both new and old, for a much more fulfilling life.
• How tobe a greater traveler: Here’s what we discovered in 2017.
• The ideal toys and games that teach kids how to code.
• Recipe of the day: Go retro with stuffed mushrooms.
• Dancing down the years
Today’s 360 video continues our series in which dancers of retirement age reflect on why they’re nevertheless practicing. “My viewpoint as a dancer is completely dramatic, because I’m identified with the body,” said Douglas Dunn, 75. “And the physique is the issue that is changing.”
• Disgraced cardinal dies
Cardinal Bernard Law, at 1 time the senior Roman Catholic prelate in the U.S., resigned as the archbishop of Boston in 2002 after revelations that he had protected pedophile priests for years. He was 86.
• The year in pictures
Photographs hold the power to clarify in tumultuous times. View some of the most exceptional pictures from 2017.
• Why every vote counts
A Democrat in Virginia defeated a Republican incumbent by a single vote — 11,608 to 11,607 — leaving the Property of Delegates evenly split amongst the two parties.
• At War returns
We retired our lengthy-running blog devoted to the military final year, but we’d like your help shaping its replacement. Let us know what you’d like to see.
• Exactly where to subsequent?
NASA will announce the finalists nowadays for a coming space mission. Right here are the choices.
• Ideal of late-night Tv
Jimmy Fallon joked that the broadly unpopular Republican tax overhaul was “payback for the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton.”
• Quotation of the day
“Like Celine Dion, poutine was as soon as mocked and underappreciated in Quebec.”
— Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, a professed “poutinologist” from Montreal who presented an academic paper arguing that Canada had culturally appropriated a dish so quintessentially Québécois that it amounted to theft. Poutine consists of French fries, cheese curds and gravy.
Eighteen years ago today, Portugal handed Macau back to China after ruling it as a colony for 442 years. The move came two years after Britain handed back Hong Kong, which had created Macau the last European colony in Asia.
Portugal offered to return the territory in the 1970s, but China’s leaders demurred since they feared losing a trading link to the outside globe, The Instances reported on the eve of the 1999 handover.
“Since then, the Portuguese administration has presided more than Macau’s steady deterioration into a disreputable, vaguely sinister gambling destination for weekend wagerers from Hong Kong,” the Occasions story said.
The territory, which is about 40 miles west of Hong Kong, has a population of about 650,000.
A different kind of milestone was reached significantly less than a decade soon after the handover, when Macau overtook Las Vegas to turn into the world’s greatest gambling center, with $six.95 billion in annual income.
“Where Macau was when derided for its seedy gambling dens and endemic organized crime, it is now getting referred to as Asia’s Las Vegas, and not just by the locals,” The Instances reported in 2007.
Mike Ives contributed reporting.
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Published at Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:33:20 +0000