America in 24 Hours – Breaking News You May Have Missed
These days news break fast in America and the world that sometimes it is nearly impossible to keep track so we decided to give you a digest of all the important news and events you may have missed in the last 24 hours. Enjoy!
North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile
North Korea launched a ballistic missile early Wednesday (North Korean Time) in further defiance of the international community, especially President Donald Trump whose bellicose stance against Pyongyang appears to have backfired.
South Korea military authorities announced mid afternoon Tuesday (U.S. Time) that Pyongyang authorities appeared to have fired the ballistic missile. Authorities in Japan later confirmed the launch and said it appeared the missile landed in the sea.
“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early this morning from Pyongsong, South Pyongan, to the east direction. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is analyzing more details of the missile with the US side,” said an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. This makes the 23rd missile the North Koreans have tested since Trump became president.
GOP Tax Bill Clears Senate Budget Committee
The Republican tax bill cleared the U.S. Senate Budget Committee Tuesday following a party line vote. It was approved 12-11 with two key Republican senators voting yes after expressing concerns about the effects of the bill.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.”
GOP senators, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Bob Corker(R-Tenn.) had repeatedly told the media they would vote against the measure in committee if their concerns weren’t addressed. Johnson has expressed concerns that the bill doesn’t do enough to help pass-through businesses, while Corker is concerned about the impact on the U.S. national debt .
The tax plan, if it becomes law, will add $1.4 Trillion to the dept according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). However, both senators ultimately decided to vote in favor of the measure. The Budget Committee combined the tax bill with a measure that allows drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Democrats Snub Trump after Twitter Attack
Democrat congressional leaders pulled out of a scheduled White House meeting with President Donald Trump early Tuesday after the president tweeted that the meeting was unlikely to produce any meaningful results.
“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!” Trump tweeted.
Moments after the tweet, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a joint statement saying they did not see the point in attending the White House meeting.
“Given that the President doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead,” Pelosi and Schumer said in their joint statement. “Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (House Speaker Paul) Ryan to meet this afternoon.”
Speaking on the Senate floor later, Sen. Schumer said the proposed meeting would have amounted to nothing more than a “show meeting.”
“If the President, who already said earlier this year that ‘our country needs a good shutdown,’ isn’t interested in addressing the difficult year-end agenda, we’ll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April. We look forward to continuing to work in good faith, as we have been for the last month, with our Republican colleagues in Congress to do just that,” Pelosi and Schumer said.
Trump in Capitol Hill to Lobby for Tax Plan
Faced with the ignominious record of being the first U.S. President to go through first year in office without a major legislative victory, President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill Tuesday to practically beg hold-out GOP Senators to sign on to the disastrous Republican tax plan.
Trump had lunch with Republican leaders and cajoled them to vote for a tax bill most Americans believe favors the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class, and balloons the deficit to the tune of $1.4 Trillion.
Republicans are desperate to pass a tax plan – any tax plan and they have made it clear that they consider this their last opportunity to pass a major legislation this year. From ban on Muslim visitors to the U.S., to the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, Republican leaders and President Trump have failed to get anything through both chambers of Congress.
Harry Gets his Meghan
England’s Prince Harry announced on Monday that he will be marrying American actress Meghan Markle next year.
Prince Harry and his soon to be bride made their initial public appearance as an engaged couple in Kessington Palace and Harry told the media he knew the moment he met Meghan that she was the one for him.
The Royal family announced Tuesday that Meghan intends to become a U.K. Citizen after the wedding to Harry in May 2018. A spokesman said Markle would retain US citizenship through the process of becoming a UK citizen but it was “too early to say” if she would retain dual nationality. The process is expected to take several years.
CBO Slams GOP Tax Plan: Poor Americans to Lose Billions
The non partisan Congressional Budget Office Monday slammed the Republican tax plan as a huge giveaway to wealthy Americans. The CBO said poor Americans would lose billions of dollars if the tax plan became law.
The plan would also cause 13 million Americans to lose their health insurance policies under ObamaCare. This is due to the cancellation of the provision known as individual mandate that forces individuals to buy insurance or face penalties.
The CBO said American families or individuals earning $40,000 or less would be hard hit, and will be worse off by 2025 when the GOP tax bill will be fully in effect. On the other hand, wealthy Americans and those with higher incomes will enjoy the full benefits of the tax plan.
Trump Goes Racist on Sen. Warren with ‘Pocahontas’ Slur
A racist will always be a racist and Donald Trump is no exception. On Monday, Trump’s racist tendencies were on display as he chose to use a White House event meant to honor Native American veterans to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ‘Pocahontas’.
Trump told the native American veterans who thought they were there to be honored: “You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Moments after making that racist remark, Trump turned to one of the Navajo code talkers who served during World War II that he liked him. “But you know what? I like you. Because you are special. You are special people, you are really incredible people.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said it was “unfortunate” that Trump could not make it through a ceremony honoring these native Americans without resorting to racial slurs.
“Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he’s going to shut me up with it,” Warren said. “It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,” she added.
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