The Senate Tax Bill

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Good Friday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Senate Republicans have unveiled their rewritten tax plan, which delays the corporate tax cut that President Trump called essential but is more attuned to the middle class than the House plan is. The disparate bills demonstrate the competing pressures facing lawmakers and the calculations that Senate and House leaders are making to ensure passage of the bills through their respective chambers.
  • How could a change in tax law affect you? Here’s a guide to some of the issues that will be under consideration in the coming days.
  • With the details evolving, uncertainty remains, but the Republican tax proposals in both chambers are unfavorable to people living in high-cost states that are Democratic bastions.
  • Roy S. Moore, the Senate candidate in Alabama, was accused of making sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s, prompting some Republicans to distance themselves. Mr. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell said he should step aside if the allegations are true.

  • Mr. Trump arrived in Vietnam on Friday for an economic summit meeting, setting foot in a country still grappling with the legacy of its war with the United States. The president sent a strikingly hostile message to leaders at the forum, many of whom once had high hopes for an American-led trade pact.
— The First Draft Team

The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline

Noreen McClendon, the executive director of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, leads a nonprofit that has developed affordable housing and job opportunities in the neighborhood.

Noreen McClendon, the executive director of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, leads a nonprofit that has developed affordable housing and job opportunities in the neighborhood. Melissa Lyttle for The New York Times

Most theories for the great crime decline that swept across nearly every major American city over the last 25 years have focused on the would-be criminals.
Their lives changed in many ways starting in the 1990s: Strict new policing tactics kept closer watch on them. Mass incarceration locked them up in growing numbers. The crack epidemic that ensnared many began to recede. Even the more unorthodox theories — around the rise of abortion, the reduction in lead or the spread of A.D.H.D. medication — have argued that larger shifts in society altered the behavior (and existence) of potential criminals.
But none of these explanations have paid much attention to the communities where violence plummeted the most. New research suggests that people there were working hard, with little credit, to address the problem themselves.
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Pete Souza, the chief White House photographer for President Barack Obama, worked to perfect the lighting in the room as he prepared to give a speech at St. Francis College about his new book in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Pete Souza Photographed the Obama Presidency. Now He Helps People Remember It.


Mr. Souza’s photo retrospectives, often laced with tongue-in-cheek captions and commentary, began during President Trump’s first week in the White House.

A Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Denver. A group backed by the conservative billionaire industrialists Charles G. and David H. Koch is pressing Republicans to make it easier for veterans to see private doctors at government expense.

With Obamacare Fight Lost, Conservatives Turn to Veterans’ Care


A conservative veterans group, founded and funded by the Koch brothers, is fighting to allow private health care to compete with Veterans Affairs hospitals.

An illustration of the NASA Space Launch System, a heavy-lift rocket still in development. NASA says it won’t get off the ground until the end of 2019 at the earliest.

NASA’s Rocket to Deep Space May Not Be Ready Until 2020


Technological hiccups, a tornado and other factors have slowed the Space Launch System that NASA hopes will carry astronauts to the moon and Mars.

John F. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, unsuccessfully pressured Elaine Duke, acting Homeland Security secretary, to end a program protecting immigrants in the United States illegally from deportation, according to people familiar with their discussions.

White House Pressed Unsuccessfully to End Immigration Program


President Trump’s chief of staff tried to persuade the acting homeland security secretary to end a program that shields about 300,000 immigrants from deportation.

As scholars and conspiracy theorists have combed through the files of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, they have not yet reported discovering conclusive evidence that definitively changes the previous understanding of the assassination or the weeks and months surrounding it.

Latest Batch of J.F.K. Assassination Records Released


The government has posted 13,000 more documents from its secret files as it works to finally make public all of its records stemming from the 1963 killing.

An insurance agent meeting with a woman shopping for insurance in Miami on Nov. 1, the first day of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.

Pace of Sign-Ups Under Affordable Care Act Blows Past Prior Years


In the first four days of open enrollment, the Trump administration said, 601,462 people selected health plans in the federal marketplace,

Pussy Riot Takes Aim at Trump and Putin in New Song


The dissident Russian band’s release deals with state surveillance and police brutality, with a cameo by Chloë Sevigny.

President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, arriving in Beijing on Wednesday.

‘Uncle Trump’ Finds Fans in China


Many Chinese say they are relieved to see a leader who seems to care more about making deals than idealism.

President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, struck a conciliatory tone when they met in Beijing on Thursday. But their officials are still preparing for months of contention on trade.

Trump Promotes Deals in China, but Hints at Long Trade Fight Ahead


Washington and Beijing are preparing to tackle thorny trade issues that went unaddressed by a meeting that stressed cooperation and muted rhetoric.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan during a news conference about the Republican plan for tax overhaul on Tuesday. Party leaders insisted on Wednesday that they would push ahead with the plan despite electoral losses.

Republicans Are All In on Tax Plans, but Face Real Political Risk


The House and Senate are plunging ahead with Republican tax plans that could prove costly to some lawmakers in the 2018 elections.

The F.B.I. headquarters in Washington. In July, a counterterrorism supervisor for the bureau had his handgun, a $6,000 watch and $60 in cash stolen from his hotel room in North Carolina, according to a police report.

After Night of Drinking, F.B.I. Supervisor Wakes to Find a Woman Stole His Gun


The supervisor is the subject of an internal investigation. The police report about the incident indicates that a woman stole a $6,000 Rolex and cash from his hotel room.

President Trump with President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing on Thursday. Mr. Trump called on Mr. Xi to redouble Chinese pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump, Aiming to Coax Xi Jinping, Bets on Flattery


President Trump projected an air of deference to China that was almost unheard-of for a visiting American leader.

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
Jim Geraghty in National Review:
“[…] tonight is about as bad as it can get for the G.O.P. — a sense of déjà vu from the results across the country 2006 and 2008.”
According to Mr. Geraghty, those on the right who blame Ed Gillespie’s establishment ties for his loss in Virginia’s gubernatorial race and those on the left who emphasize his Trump-inspired campaign strategy are both right. In a sense, he writes, “Gillespie’s getting the worst of both worlds.” And however you choose to explain his loss — and the Republican Party’s statewide losses in Virginia and elsewhere — “Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration should feel slapped in the face.” Read more »
From the Left
Jamelle Bouie in Slate:
“It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of the Democratic Party’s victory on Tuesday.”
Mr. Bouie sees lessons in Tuesday’s elections for all sides. He advises Democratic candidates to ride the anti-Trump energy that propelled so many into office. Moreover, he says, the lesson for Republicans is to learn just how ineffective “Trumpism without Trump” can be. The strategy, which he defines as “just a euphemism for the politics of white identity,” is a key to understanding why Mr. Gillespie lost the governorship. Finally, he reminds his readers that the “rules of politics still apply,” adding: “Unpopular presidents make for unpopular parties.” Read more »
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