Briefing National – November 16, 2017

  • House Republicans are set to pass their tax reform measure on Thursday [The Hill].
  • The GOP tax reform bill in the Senate may be in trouble as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he will not vote for the package [Associated Press].
  • Congress must pass a spending bill to fund the government by the end of the year. Conservatives are worried the spending bill won’t get much scrutiny as lawmakers will be anxious to get home for the holidays [Politico].
  • Two more women have come forward to describe advances by Roy Moore toward them when they were teenagers working at an Alabama mall. One woman says after refusing to give Moore her home phone number, Moore called her using the main number of the high school she was attending [Washington Post].
  • A woman says Moore groped her while she was a client in his law office in 1991 [].
  • Republicans in Congress are considering a drastic plan to head off Roy Moore‘s flailing candidacy. They may ask Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed when Jeff Sessions became Attorney General, to step down, which would trigger another special election [Politico].
  • Republican strategists are worried that members of Congress aren’t taking the prospect of a Democratic wave in 2018 seriously, which could lead to big losses for the party next year [Politico].
  • Six Democrats in Congress are calling for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump [Politico].
  • Former Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine says the party should ditch the superdelegates in future nominating contests [Politico].
  • Time Inc. is in talks to sell itself to the Meredith Corporation. The deal is backed by the Koch brothers who are offering $500 million to make the deal go through [New York Times].
  • Nobody really knows what the heck is going on in Zimbabwe, but it’s becoming clear that Robert Mugabe‘s grip on power has ended [CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1793 – Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.
  • 1859 – John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
  • 1875 – Brigham Young University is founded.
  • 1907 – Oklahoma became the 46th state admitted to the union.
  • 1909 – President William Howard Taft holds a summit with Mexico’s president Porfirio Diaz. Both men narrowly escape assassination during the meeting.
  • 1968 – U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos were kicked off the US team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.