A New Security Policy

Tuesday, December 19, 2017Screen Shot 2017-12-19 at 9.12.08 AM

Good Tuesday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
— The First Draft Team
THE UPSHOT

Tax Bill Calculator: Will Your Taxes Go Up or Down?

By ADAM PEARCE, QUOCTRUNG BUI, BEN CASSELMAN AND BLACKI MIGLIOZZI
The Republican tax bill would cut taxes for about 75 percent of filers in 2018. How would it affect you?
A chart shows how the bill would affect 220,000 real households. Answer the questions to find the ones like yours.
See how the tax bill might affect you »

FACT CHECK

President Trump made erroneous claims during his speech on national security on Monday.Trump Inaccurately Claims ‘Firsts’ in Defense Speech

By LINDA QIU

President Trump sold his first national security strategy with inaccurate claims about military spending, NATO and border security.

Open enrollment for health plans under the Affordable Care Act ended last week.

Without the Insurance Mandate, Health Care’s Future May Be in Doubt

By ROBERT PEAR

The tax bill headed for passage eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most people have insurance. No one is sure what that will do to health care.

A view of the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street in New York.

Republican Tax Cuts Would Lift Some Industries More Than Others

By JIM TANKERSLEY AND BEN CASSELMAN

Financial firms would see a larger tax cut than manufacturers, a University of Pennsylvania study concluded.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is traveling to Iowa this week. He will be the first of likely many New York-area Democrats with national ambitions to visit the presidential battleground in the near future.

Democrats in New York Can Already Hear Iowa’s Siren Song

By SHANE GOLDMACHER

The region is home to a glut of nationally ambitious politicians and a confluence of egos that promise friction heading into 2020.

The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. On Monday, an animatronic version of President Trump was added to the exhibit.

Trump, the Animatronic Version, Comes to Disney World

By BROOKS BARNES

Mr. Trump joined the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom on Monday. The exhibit was closed before his inauguration, prompting some people to theorize that Disney was trying to silence him.

Bombardier showcased its aircraft, shown here from the cockpit of a Global Express 6000, at the International Business Aviation Exhibition in Moscow in September.

Trade Clash of Boeing and Bombardier Poses Risks for Nafta

By ANA SWANSON

The case between two rival jet makers has implications for the trade relationship between the United States and Canada, and the trade pact that governs it.

In Fight for Judiciary Slot, Democrats Broach the ‘I’ Word: Impeachment

Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York has pitched himself to be the top-ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committe.By NICHOLAS FANDOS

House Democrats will choose between Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Zoe Lofgren to lead the Judiciary Committee. They have impeachment on their minds.

Alex Kozinski during a hearing on Capitol Hill in March.

Federal Judge Retires Abruptly After Sexual Harassment Allegations

By NIRAJ CHOKSHI

Alex Kozinski, an appeals court judge in California for 32 years, had been accused of misconduct by multiple women.

The case from Belfast concerns a gay rights activist in Northern Ireland who sought to buy a cake from Ashers Baking Company.
SIDEBAR

Across the Atlantic, Another Supreme Court Case on Cake and Gay Rights

By ADAM LIPTAK

This spring, Britain’s Supreme Court will consider whether a bakery could refuse to create a cake celebrating same-sex marriage.

Many on Wall Street and in corporate America are scrambling to understand how much bigger their bill will be.
DEALBOOK

Tax Cuts Would Benefit the Ultra-Rich, but Not the Merely Rich

By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN

Many wealthy Americans are complaining bitterly that the new tax code would have them paying more, not less, in taxes.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
The editors in National Review:
“We believe that Russia’s interference in the election is worth investigating and that dismissing Robert Mueller would be a mistake, both politically and on the merits. Yet there are enough questions about the handling of the Clinton and Trump matters that a thorough fact-finding investigation is warranted [ …]”
The members of National Review’s editorial board believe it’s time to “investigate the investigators.” They, like others on the right, focus on the text messages from Peter Strzok, a top F.B.I. agent assigned to the special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s team, to his mistress criticizing Donald J. Trump, then a candidate. And while they are more cautious than others on the right, calling for more “context” to understand the full meaning of his texts, they write that “the message raises the possibility that top bureau officials were infecting investigations with their personal political views.” Read more »
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From the Left
Sarah Kendzior in Fast Company:
“Even if Mueller is not fired and the investigation reaches its conclusion, Trump will very likely disregard the findings, as he believes himself to be above the law.”
Ms. Kendzior considers a scenario in which Mr. Mueller’s investigation finds evidence of criminal activity, only for those findings to be met with inaction by Republicans in Congress. She finds it “hard to imagine” Republican leaders will hold President Trump and his associates accountable for their actions even if they’re found guilty by the justice system. Read more »
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