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Tax vote could come today.
• Vice President Mike Pence is postponing a extended-planned trip to the Middle East to see the Republican tax overhaul “through to the finish line,” an aide mentioned. (He also wants to be in place in case a tiebreaking vote is necessary in the Senate).
The Home is expected to take up the $1.five trillion measure right now. We’ll be tracking the vote as it occurs.
• Ever felt sorry for the I.R.S.? (No, genuinely.) Now might be the time.
Derailed train was going as well quickly.
• An Amtrak train that jumped the tracks south of Tacoma, Wash., was traveling 80 miles an hour in a 30 m.p.h. zone, the National Transportation Safety Board mentioned Monday evening.
At least three folks have been killed and about one hundred other individuals injured as rail automobiles slammed into a busy highway.
• The trainwas on the 1st run of a new service from Seattle to Portland, Ore. It was unclear no matter whether technologies that automatically slows trains if they exceed speed limits or strategy harmful circumstances was in use.
A mixed message on national safety.
• President Trump employed a campaignlike address on Monday to outline his technique to safeguard the nation, calling again for a border wall with Mexico and praising the state of the economy.
Warning of rising threats from China and Russia, he presented a program that hints at a Cold War view of the globe. Our correspondents note that the strategy “is animated by a single idea: that the planet has been on a 3-decade vacation from superpower rivalry and it suggests that that holiday is now more than.”
“America is in the game, and America is going to win,” Mr. Trump said. We assessed some of his claims.
• Separately, the U.S. formally accused North Korea of getting behind the cyberattack that placed ransomware on computer systems around the world and that briefly paralyzed the British overall health care method.
They’re generating a list at the E.P.A.
• A Republican investigation group has requested the emails of Environmental Protection Agency workers who criticized the organization or who talked about its administrator, Scott Pruitt, or President Trump.
Now, the agency has hired a organization to offer “media monitoring” of stories about E.P.A. operations.
• The moves have designed a wave of worry at the agency: “This is a witch hunt against E.P.A. employees, who are only trying to safeguard human well being and the environment,” a single worker in Philadelphia said.
A grim assessment in Puerto Rico.
• Facing mounting proof that the number of folks who died because of Hurricane Maria was vastly undercounted, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has ordered a assessment of each and every death given that the storm.
• A number of news organizations, such as The Times, discovered that the number of deaths traceable to the storm was possibly far larger than the official count of 64.
“The Daily”: The heroes of Burial Road.
• For some Haitians, death is tougher to afford than life. The males who have a tendency to the bodies of the unclaimed dead inform their stories.
• Electric automobiles nonetheless have a tiny share of the marketplace, but the auto sector is betting billions that they will soon be as cheap as standard cars.
• Those who rely on tips are among the casualties of an increasingly cashless society.
• The president of ESPN, John Skipper, announced his resignation on Monday, citing a “substance addiction” of “many years.”
Tips, each new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.
• Don’t waste your time with poor resolutions. Do them correct.
• Save a bundle on your prescription drugs.
• Dancing down the years.
Today’s 360 video is the first in a series in which dancers of retirement age reflect on why they’re nonetheless practicing. At 79, Gus Solomons Jr. stated, “I am playing the instrument as difficult as it can be played.”
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum go over the investigation by Robert Mueller, the special counsel.
• 19 acts of heroism in 2017.
Numerous unheralded moments of courage, altruism and sacrifice lurk behind news stories. Right here are some of our favorites.
• A museum’s difficult truths.
The new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum refuses to sugarcoat history. The outcomes are riveting, our reviewer writes.
• Critics loved “The Last Jedi.”
“Star Wars” fans, much less so. (Spoilers ahead!)
• Best of late-night Tv.
Trevor Noah looked back at 2017 in a year-finish edition of “The Day-to-day Show”: “Every day I wake up terrified at the notion that he’s president of the most effective nation in the world, but I should admit, every day I also wake up understanding he’s going to make me laugh.”
• Quotation of the day.
“Just due to the fact you’ve observed ‘My Cousin Vinny’ doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge.”
— Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, right after video of him grilling a nominee for the federal bench final week spread online. The nominee, Matthew Petersen, was unable to answer numerous of the senator’s queries and withdrew his nomination over the weekend.
The National Hockey League wrapped up a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary on Saturday with an outside game among the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.
It commemorated a matchup in between the teams on this day in 1917, when the 1st games in the league’s history were played. On the exact same evening, the Canadiens beat the Senators, 7-four, and the Montreal Wanderers defeated the Toronto Arenas, 10-9.
Now with 31 teams from South Florida to Vancouver, the N.H.L. started with 4 Canadian teams spread over significantly less than 350 miles. The league was founded in a Montreal hotel in late November 1917, in the thick of Globe War I, when specialist hockey was still relatively new.
The Canadiens are now one of North America’s oldest specialist sports franchises. The Arenas at some point became the Maple Leafs. And even though the original Senators folded in 1934, the franchise returned as an expansion group in 1992.
But the Wanderers are a blip in N.H.L. history. Their victory on opening night was their only win in the league. They lost their next 5 games and quit the league right after their arena burned down on Jan. two, 1918.
Naila-Jean Meyers contributed reporting.
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Published at Tue, 19 Dec 2017 ten:49:34 +0000