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1. Senate Republicans are making progress in their push to pass a tax bill by Friday.
The Senate Price range Committee passed the bill along party lines, permitting it to proceed to the floor. The leadership is scrambling to corral uncommitted senators and jump by means of procedural hoops. Here’s the newest.
President Trump was on Capitol Hill for a lunch with Republican senators, above. He escalated the threat of a government shutdown, which would occur if lawmakers can’t agree on a separate spending measure.
2. The courts are nevertheless deciding who will lead the Customer Economic Protection Bureau, the nation’s best consumer watchdog.
But they ruled that even though they make a decision, Mick Mulvaney, above, President Trump’s pick as acting director, can remain in workplace. We appear at the messy fight for manage — and the deregulatory pressures the agency faces — on our “The Daily” podcast.
three. A Libyan militia leader became the initial individual effectively prosecuted in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012, observed above.
Ahmed Abu Khattala was convicted on 4 counts, like conspiracy to supply material support for terrorism, in a federal court in Washington.
In a surprise, he was acquitted of murder. Still, he faces up to 60 years in prison.
4. North Korea conducted its 1st missile test in much more than two months. Inside minutes, South Korea fired a missile to demonstrate its capacity to strike the North’s launch web sites.
The exchange came after a senior South Korean official warned that the North was working on becoming in a position to launch nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles as early as subsequent year.
No wonder Hawaii is bringing back its Cold War-era nuclear warning technique. Above, the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, with scientists in September.
five. In Myanmar,Pope Francis met with the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, above.
But in a closely watched speech, he avoided straight addressing the scenario of the persecuted Rohingya minority, or even mentioning the term.
He is scheduled to say Mass in Yangon tomorrow just before an anticipated crowd of 200,000 and to meet with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh later in the week.
6. Just a day prior to jury choice was to start, a federal judge delayed a trade secrets trial among Uber and Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit.
He based the choice on a letter written by a lawyer for a former Uber employee. The letter not only contradicted statements from the company’s lawyers, it also asserted that Uber had a secret team devoted to corporate spying and impeding legal instances against it.
“I can no longer trust the words of the lawyers for Uber in this case,” the judge mentioned. “If even half of what is in that letter is true, it would be an injustice for Waymo to go to trial.”
7. Jay-Z, above, and Kendrick Lamar led the nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, coming Jan. 28.
The list was heavy on hip-hop and R&B, and shut out some pop stars from the key categories (Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” a single of the year’s most significant hits, fell into ideal pop solo).
Competing for album of the year are Jay-Z and Mr. Lamar Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino and Lorde. Here are the nominees in the best 20 categories.
8. The International Olympic Committee’s decision next week on how to punish Russia for doping will be informed by the diaries of a complicit Russian chemist. We got an exclusive appear.
Grigory Rodchenkov spent years assisting Russia’s athletes acquire an edge by employing banned substances. His diaries from 2014 and 2015 — his final years as Russia’s antidoping lab chief ahead of he fled to the U.S. — supply new information about the elaborate cheating at the final Winter Games in Sochi.
9. This week’s Times Magazine cover story is a profile of Sean Hannity, the Fox News host Stephen Bannon named “the single most critical voice for the ‘deplorables.’”
He’s become the face of the network in the post-O’Reilly era. With more than 13 million nightly viewers, he is also a single of President Trump’s most public defenders.
Soon after the write-up published, Mr. Hannity tweeted some criticism of our selection of cover photograph, above.
10. Ultimately, can Meghan Markle save the monarchy?
The novelist Irenosen Okojie wrote in an Op-Ed that Ms. Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry “made me, a black British woman, see the royals slightly differently.”
“Not considering that Diana, Princess of Wales, has there been this kind of interest from young individuals in a member of the royal family members,” she added.
The late-night hosts celebrated the news of their engagement, as well. But Trevor Noah believed “diversity” was receiving too considerably attention: “It’s 2017, men and women. It shouldn’t matter that a single of them is a ginger.” (Harry is, of course, a redhead.)
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Published at Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:59:28 +0000