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Tax overhaul is a promise saved
• After a yr of legislative setbacks, Republicans demonstrated their management of Washington on Wednesday, sending a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul to President Trump for his signature.
It’s unclear if Mr. Trump will signal the invoice earlier than the top of the yr, because it may have an effect on negotiations to fund the federal government and avert a shutdown.
The president and congressional Republicans have mentioned that the brand new tax code will create jobs and lift wages. If it does, it could contradict historic expertise and the assessments of many consultants.
• We clarify tips on how to write off donations below the plan, and reply the query on everybody’s thoughts: Will my taxes go up or down?
“We’re watching these votes”
• President Trump has threatened to finish American assist to any nation that votes right now in favor of a U.N. decision denouncing his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Allow them to vote towards us; we’ll save lots,” Mr. Trump mentioned. “We don’t care.”
• Making good on the menace may imply reducing off help to some essential strategic allies within the Center East. Some assist packages, like Egypt’s, are congressionally mandated.
Missed deadline, misplaced lives
• After a lethal commuter prepare crash in California 9 years in the past, Congress ordered all passenger railroads to put in automatic-braking methods by 2016.
However the deadline was prolonged, and preventable crashes corresponding to Monday’s lethal accident in Washington State hold occurring.
Railroads have cited the associated fee and complexity of including the expertise, known as constructive prepare management, estimating a complete value of greater than $10 billion.
• “We put a person on the moon 50 years in the past, sooner than we’ve been in a position to implement constructive prepare management,” a former member of the Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned. “I imply, come on.”
Growing: S.U.V. plows into crowd in Australia
• The motive force of the car that injured no less than 14 folks, together with a baby, in Melbourne right now dedicated “a deliberate act,” the police mentioned.
Two folks have been arrested, although their names weren’t launched.
• The police haven’t mentioned if the case is being investigated as a potential act of terrorism.
“The Every day”: Sexual harassment at Ford
• A long time after the corporate tried to deal with misconduct at two crops, new allegations of abuse increase questions on the potential of change.
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• Dozens of main employers — together with Amazon, Goldman Sachs and Goal — positioned recruitment adverts on Fb that have been restricted to explicit age teams, an investigation by ProPublica and The Occasions discovered.
Fb defended the observe, however a number of consultants questioned whether or not it violated anti-discrimination legal guidelines.
• A consulting agency has pulled out of a federal contract with the E.P.A. after it was disclosed prime government had been investigating company staff important of the Trump administration.
• Glenn Thrush, a outstanding political reporter at The Occasions accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, will stay suspended till late January and can then be faraway from the staff overlaying the White Home.
“Whereas we consider that Glenn has acted offensively, we’ve determined that he doesn’t need to be fired,” Dean Baquet, the manager editor, mentioned.
• The creator of the quick story “Cat Individual,” which was shared extensively on social media after showing in The New Yorker this month, is alleged to have obtained a seven-figure e-book deal.
• U.S. shares have been down on Wednesday. Right here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.
Suggestions, each new and outdated, for a extra fulfilling life.
• Be taught tips on how to resolve The New York Occasions crossword. (Rookies welcome.)
• Sexual harassment coaching isn’t sufficient. Listed below are issues that work.
• Recipe of the day: Attempt roasted salmon glazed with brown sugar and mustard.
• Dancing down the years
Immediately’s 360 video continues our collection through which dancers of retirement age mirror on why they’re nonetheless working towards. “The physique has this unbelievable method of therapeutic itself and discovering itself anew,” Brenda Bufalino, 80, mentioned.
• Catalonia votes, once more
Immediately’s election may resolve whether or not the Spanish area persists in its drive for independence or seeks a settlement with the central authorities after months of feuding. Right here’s what to observe for.
• One-vote win lasts for at some point
A day after a recount gave Democrats a single-vote victory in a Virginia Home of Delegates race, a panel of judges declared the race tied. Management of the Home could also be determined by the equal of a coin toss.
• It’s the shortest day of the yr
Or the longest, in case you’re within the Southern Hemisphere.
We clarify how the winter solstice works, and why people may not exist with out it.
• The yr in sports activities
Relive the unbelievable comebacks, unbelievable photographs and memorable performances of 2017.
• Better of late-night TV
Samantha Bee mentioned the small group of evangelical Christians who pushed for Jerusalem to be acknowledged as Israel’s capital. “After all, Armageddon is the one factor that Trump occurs to get executed with absolute precision,” she mentioned.
• Citation of the day
“This has been a yr of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration.”
— Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the bulk chief, who has usually been at odds with the president, celebrating the passage of the tax overhaul.
That is the time of yr the Krampus, a legendary, furry, horned beast, prowls cities and cities within the Bavarian and Austrian Alps, scaring away evil spirits and reminding naughty kids that Christmas is across the nook.
The custom of the Krampus, a mountain goblin who’s an evil counterpart to the great St. Nicholas, has just lately loved a revival. Even earlier than the 2015 Hollywood horror model introduced the custom to hundreds of thousands of Individuals, a brand new era of Germans and Austrians was reviving a practice cherished in childhood.
Dozens of “runs,” or parades of individuals wearing horned masks and carrying whips or bells, take over cities in southern Germany and Austria from the final weeks of November to Dec. 23.
In a 2014 look on “The Tonight Present,” the actor Christoph Waltz defined Krampus to an American viewers: the Austrian reply to Elf on the Shelf.
The Krampus, he mentioned, doesn’t simply spy on youngsters and report again to Santa, however arrives with a stick, a bag and threats. “In case you weren’t good, you get caught within the bag and hit and shipped off,” he mentioned.
Fashionable Krampus parades, nevertheless, are sure by strictly enforced guidelines, together with no ingesting and no hitting. Scaring kids and vacationers is allowed, however not sticking anybody in a bag.
Melissa Eddy contributed reporting.
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