Briefing National – November 30, 2017

  • The Senate GOP votes to begin floor debate on their tax reform measure with an eye toward passing the package by Friday [The Hill].
  • A new analysis of the current Senate GOP tax plan shows nearly 40% of Americans will not get a significant tax cut [Washington Post].
  • President Trump’s director of legislative affairs says a government shutdown in December is not likely [ABC News].
  • President Donald Trump sparked international outrage by re-tweeting a series of anti-Muslim video clips posted initially by a far-right fringe group in Britain [Washington Post].
  • London’s mayor, who is a Muslim, is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel Trump’s state visit to the U.K. following Trump’s retweets of a British far-right extremist group [Associated Press].
  • White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly met this month with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election [New York Times].
  • It’s looking more and more like special counsel Robert Mueller has cut a deal with President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn [CNN].
  • President Donald Trump is feeling more cocksure than ever, reveling in stirring the pot then skating away from the controversies without any consequences [Washington Post].
  • The woman who attempted to infiltrate the Washington Post to plant a false story about Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was trying to get inside the paper for months [Washington Post].
  • Alabama Republican Roy Moore has regained the lead in the polls ahead of the December special election. He briefly fell behind Democrat Doug Jones following allegations he pursued relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30’s [FiveThirtyEight].
  • The U.S. warns North Korea that their leadership will be “utterly destroyed” in the case a war breaks out [Reuters].
  • The current debate over sexual harassment has the potential to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections [Reuters]. 
  • Boring but important: The Senate GOP campaign arm broke into a fundraising database maintained by House Republicans [Politico].
  • Multiple women have accused former NBC anchor Matt Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior. None of these allegations are related to the reason Lauer was fired by NBC on Wednesday morning [Variety].
  • Economist Joseph Stiglitz says bitcoin should be banned because it’s not controlled by any government. He also sees a bubble surrounding the rapid rise in value for the cryptocurrency [Coindesk].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 – Treaty of Paris: Representatives from the United States and Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles to end the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1803 – Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.