(SL) – Congressional Democrats are continuing their assault on the House Republican Tax Reform Bill. Hours after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans are attempting to play the middle class for “suckers,” the Senate’s top Democrat accused the GOP of throwing “dust in the eyes of the middle class.”
Chuck Schumer blasted the bill for hurting working families through eliminating deductions like interest on student loans, state and local taxes, and medical expenses.
The New York senator said Republicans are trying to avoid public hearings on the bill fearing unpopular provisions could be unearthed. As Democrats try to slow the bill down, President Trump on Thursday asked to have it delivered for his signature by Thanksgiving.
(SL) – Democrats say the Republican tax bill unveiled today is a tax cut for the wealthy at the hands of the middle class. In a Capitol press conference, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill a Ponzi Scheme and said Americans who depend on Medicare, Medicaid, or credits for childcare would be the losers of this bill.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer added that the bill is designed for major corporations and the wealthiest bracket of Americans to get ahead.
He said Republicans were ashamed of this bill, or they would give it the hearings and time for independent scoring that it deserved.
Meanwhile, Trump believes the plan will help make the U.S. globally competitive again. Trump met with GOP leaders at the White House today and called it a tremendous bill that will produce historic tax cuts.
He said the tax code will be greatly simplified and joked that the only people who won’t like it are those who work for H&R Block. Trump predicts that the tax cuts will stimulate more job growth and higher wages.
(SL) – Federal officials say they found a man wanted for questioning in connection with the New York City terror attack. During a briefing Wednesday the FBI didn’t elaborate on the man, who like the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov is from Uzbekistan. Nor did the FBI say whether the man has given them information.
CBS News says it heard from a high-ranking official that the man is a friend of Saipov and may not have a role at all in the attack. Saipov is accused of plowing his truck into pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday, killing eight people.
Federal prosecutors filed terrorism charges against Saipov yesterday. CBS News says he was known to the FBI because his name came up in previous counter-terrorism investigations. An intelligence source says Saipov had contact with individuals who were considered radicalized extremists, including one from Uzbekistan.
In the meantime, President Trump is repeating his calls for the suspect in the New York Halloween terror attack to be put to death. Trump took to Twitter this morning and once again posted “DEATH PENALTY!” in all caps.
He wrote that he’d love to send the suspect, an Uzbek immigrant, to Guantanamo Bay, but that course of action would take too long. He added that it’s probably appropriate to keep him in New York, where he’s accused of killing eight people with a truck and injuring around a dozen others.
The suspect is facing federal terrorism charges. Prosecutors said he left a note at the scene that had Arabic phrases that are frequently associated with ISIS.
(SL) – The Houston Astros are World Series champions for the first time in their history. They defeated the Dodgers 5-1 in Game Seven of the Fall Classic in Los Angeles. Houston scored twice in the first inning and added three more in the second to lead 5-0 and cruise from there.
George Springer’s two-run homer capped the second-inning outburst. Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one run over the final four innings to get credit for the win. Yu Darvish failed to get out of the second inning for the second time in the series and took the loss. Andre Ethier singled in the only Los Angeles run in the sixth inning. The Dodgers were denied their first World Series title since 1988.
Astros outfielder George Springer is the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player. Over seven games, Springer was 11-of-29 for a .379 batting average and pounded five home runs and seven RBI. Springer joins Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley as the only player to hit five home runs in a single World Series. Springer set the World Series record for most extra base hits with seven and total bases with 29. The 28-year-old homered in each of the final four games of the series.
However, the real MVP was Astros shortstop Carlos Correa the World Series champion and is now a husband-to-be. Correa proposed to his girlfriend on the field just moments after the Astros beat the Dodgers 5-1 in Game Seven of the Fall Classic. She said yes, capping an exciting night for the 23-year-old Correa. He finished 7-for-25 during the World Series with two home runs and five RBI.
(SL) – There are reports that the Justice Department is considering charging Russian government officials with hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers. “The Wall Street Journal” reports the Department has identified more than a half-dozen Kremlin officials involved in breaching the DNC’s computers during the 2016 presidential campaign. The “Journal” reports investigators have pulled together enough evidence to file charges next year.
On Monday, it came to light that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was told early last year that Russians had compromising information about then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos has told investigators that information was said to include thousands of emails.