Briefing National – November 9, 2017

  • The GOP is worried that Tuesday’s election losses may portend bigger problems for them in 2018 [Washington Post].
  • Republicans in Congress say the drubbing they took at the polls on Tuesday night puts extra pressure on them to pass tax reform [Politico].
  • Senate Republicans will unveil their tax reform proposal on Thursday. Their plan would eliminate the ability to deduct state and local taxes, but will not completely get rid of the estate tax [New York Times].
  • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly worried his son, Michael Flynn Jr., could be legally vulnerable in the investigation into how Russia interfered in the 2016 election [CNN].
  • President Trump said Thursday he’s confident China can help defuse the growing crisis with North Korea [New York Times].
  • Lawmakers are alarmed that President Donald Trump‘s Justice Department is allegedly intervening in the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Sources say the DOJ is demanding that the two companies sell off Turner Broadcasting, including CNN, or the deal will not go through [Politico].
  • What the heck is going on with the Rand Paul assault story? His neighbors are saying the attack on Paul by a neighbor was not motivated by a landscaping dispute, but rather it was political [Washington Examiner, Breitbart].
  • An employee of an anti-hunger nonprofit founded by members of the House embezzled more than $1 million, then disappeared [Politico].
  • Video captured the attack on a Texas church where a gunman methodically slaughtered 26 people on Sunday [New York Times].
  • Experts say this year’s flu vaccine may not protect everyone from the bug, but you should get one anyway [CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
  • 1872 – A fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours, consuming 65 acres and destroying 776 buildings. At least 30 people were killed.
  • 1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting president to make an official trip outside the United States to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
  • 1938 – Mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night.
  • 1979 – NORAD computers detected a purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and early-warning radars, the alert was canceled.
  • 1989 – East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.