Here are the week’s best stories, and a appear ahead.
1. Now comes the challenging element for Senate Republicans.
A G.O.P. tax program passed easily in the House. Above, Speaker Paul Ryan and Representative Kevin Brady celebrated. Members of the Senate Finance Committee also authorized their version of the tax package, though whether or not it can pass the complete chamber remains to be noticed. A single Republican, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, has currently stated he will not vote for it in its current form.
In the frantic rush to legislate a new tax code by Christmas, the Home and the Senate should ultimately reconcile their plans, which differ but have a common underlying priority: lasting cuts for corporations.
2. Allegations of sexual misconduct continue to send shock waves through the halls of government and, in Alabama, the campaign trail. Republicans in Roy Moore’s residence state voiced firm help for his Senate bid, placing them publicly and bitterly at odds with best Republicans.
President Trump politicized the sexual harassment debate, staying reasonably mum on Mr. Moore, above, but swiftly denouncing Al Franken right after a radio newscaster accused the senator of forcibly kissing and groping her in 2006. Mr. Franken’s admission and apology did little to silence calls for his resignation, as politicians and comedians tried to assess the line among predatory behavior and an inexcusable error.
three. Specifics continue to emerge about Russia’s multipronged effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, including its attempts to enlist the Trump campaign. The most current: A leading Russian official produced a backdoor supply to set up a meeting in between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, which Jared Kushner, above, eventually rejected.
Beneath questioning by Congress, Lawyer Common Jeff Sessions repeatedly claimed not to have been lying in the past, but stated news accounts had now jogged his memory about a campaign aide’s supply to arrange a related meeting.
Separately, he has begun contemplating appointing a unique counsel to investigate allegations about Hillary Clinton, a potential bow to White House pressure that our correspondent says “would shatter post-Watergate norms.”
four. Negotiators at the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, hammered out the beginnings of a “rule book” to chart progress in scaling back carbon emissions. It didn’t seem to square with the urgency expressed by the German chancellor, who named climate alter “an concern figuring out our destiny as mankind.” (An overview of our Bonn coverage is here.)
South Dakota faced a more immediate concern: a 210,000-gallon oil leak, above, from the Keystone Pipeline, which carries crude from Canada. It came just days before Nebraska’s regulators are to make a decision regardless of whether to give final approval to a various, controversial pipeline, Keystone XL, which would be operated by the identical company.
five. Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, was ousted on Sunday as leader of his ZANU-PF celebration.
Mr. Mugabe, 93, is now set to negotiate his departure as the country’s president with the army commander who had him placed under residence arrest final week.
Yet another strongman, known as the Crocodile, has been named Mr. Mugabe’s successor as celebration leader. The party vote came a day soon after thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets to celebrate Mr. Mugabe’s beautiful fall from energy, which began with a military takeover.
Above, Mr. Mugabe in 2012 with his wife, Grace, a important player in Zimbabwe’s politics who was barred from the celebration for life on Sunday.
On a separate note, the Trump administration paused a selection associated to Zimbabwe that set off an international uproar: allowing U.S. hunters to bring house trophies from elephant hunts there.
six. Speakingof trophies: “Salvator Mundi,” a 26-inch-tall oil painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, sold for a gorgeous $450.three million — the most ever paid at an art auction. And that was in spite of its broken situation and questionable authenticity. (Our critic says it’s no Mona Lisa.)
The buyer’s identity remains unknown.
The takeaway for the rest of us: marketing! And the recognition that art figures as a lot as stocks in financiers’ portfolios.
7. An exhaustive, on-the-ground investigation presented in The Occasions Magazine reveals that the U.S.-led coalition is killing far far more Iraqi civilians than previously acknowledged in its “precision” air campaign against the Islamic State — 31 times far more, in truth.
At the very same time, Iraq is attempting to come to grips with the quantity of these killed by the Islamic State. At least 70 mass graves have been identified. Our new Baghdad bureau chief shares the story of an Iraqi shepherd left to bury the bodies of his neighbors.
Neighboring Iran continues to choose up the pieces following suffering the world’s most deadly earthquake this year.
eight. There’s a new Fantastic Migration.
Puerto Ricans are turning up in droves in Florida, especially Orlando, in a post-Hurricane Maria exodus so massive it rivals these from New Orleans to Houston soon after Hurricane Katrina and from Cuba to Miami during the Mariel boatlift. Several are staying with buddies and loved ones, above.
“When it starts raining, they have episodes of anxiousness because they believe their residence is going to flood once again,” said a clinical psychologist. “They have heart palpitations, sweating, catastrophic thoughts. They consider ‘I’m going to drown,’ ‘I’m going to die,’ ‘I’m going to drop almost everything.’”
9. “Saturday Evening Live” took aim at Al Franken, an alumnus of the show, over a 2006 photo showing him with his hands extended over a sleeping woman’s breasts.
“Sure, this was taken ahead of Franken ran for public workplace, but it was also taken right after he was a sophomore in higher college,” Colin Jost, above, stated on “Weekend Update.” “It’s pretty hard to be like, ‘Oh, come on, he didn’t know any better. He was only 55.’”
ten. Lastly, single males in China are turning to a distinctly 21st-century coach for a leg up in the dating scene. In a country where final year males outnumbered girls by 33.six million, the “Fall in Really like Emotional Education” school delivers instruction in grooming, dressing and, critically, making an method.
The school’s founder says 90 % of its graduates, who are educated in private style (“sleeves should be folded up above the elbow”) and the art of the pensive profile picture, end up with girlfriends.
Have a excellent week.
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Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:56:47 +0000