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From politics, elections, sexual harassment allegations to business mergers, news break in America so fast that you may not have had the time to follow them all. Well, here are the important breaking news you may have missed.

House Speaker Ryan Denies Resignation Rumors

Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan of Wisconsin Thursday denied that he is planning to resign his position after the 2018 midterm elections.

Politico reported Thursday that the speaker is telling his close friends that it may be time for him to go but Ryan vehemently denied the rumors saying an emphatic “NO” when asked about it by the media.

“He felt he was ‘made for this moment.’ But now, on the verge of achieving his long-sought legislative dream, he’s got his eyes on the exits,” Politico magazine wrote.

“The speaker can’t afford to admit he’s a lame-duck—his fundraising capacity and dealmaking leverage would be vastly diminished, making the House all the more difficult to govern. When asked at the end of a Thursday morning press conference if he was leaving soon, Ryan shot a quick “no” over his shoulder as he walked out of the room.”



Democrat Doug Jones’ Victory in Alabama

You are probably aware that Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special elections for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. If you aren’t, you are in the minority.

Yes, the Democrat beat the Republican in deep red Alabama and this could portend bad things for Republicans as we head towards midterm elections in 2018 and presidential elections in 2020. This is the first victory for Democrats in a senate race in Alabama in the last decade.

“Look, I had a couple of conversations with Blake Farenthold,” Ryan said at his weekly news conference. “I think he’s making the right decision to retire. There are new stories that are disconcerting. Unacceptable behavior has been alleged in those stories. And I think he’s made the right decision that he’s leaving Congress. And that reflects on the conversations we’ve had.”

President Donald Trump lent his full support to Roy Moore including recording robocalls for him. But as expected, Trump dumped Moore pretty hard as soon as it became obvious that he lost the race.

“I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.

Quintessential Donald Trump. Never talking blame for anything.

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Trump’s FCC Votes to Gut Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the body tasked with regulating how we access information online has voted to gut net neutrality protections.

You may be asking what net neutrality is about and why you should care. Well, net neutrality simply means that whether you are rich or poor, you have access to the same speed and information on the internet as the next guy or gal.

The FCC voted Thursday to end that protection put in place to avoid discrimination against the poor by the Obama administration. With this vote by Republicans on the FCC, companies like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and other ISPs will be able to unilaterally lower your internet speeds, charge you more than they charge your neighbors or even decide that you cannot see some websites just because the owners have not paid them as much as they are demanding.

The vote was 3-2, along party lines. The Republicans hold a 3-2 majority on the FCC.






Republicans Reach Tax Deal

Congressional Republicans announced Wednesday they have an outline of a deal that will allow them to pass their much hyped tax cuts and tax reform.

The plan calls for a lowering of the corporate rate (for big corporations) down to 21 percent while eliminating or reducing Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and pass-through tax rates.

If you are not sure what these mean, do some research online. What about poor Americans and the middle class, you ask? Well, The Republicans are working overtime to convince Americans that they will benefit from the tax cut, the fact is poor and middle class will not.




Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold Steps Down Following Sexual Allegations

Texas Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold, who’s under fire for accusations of sexual harassment, says he will not seek re-election, a Republican source familiar with situation said on Thursday.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with Farenthold twice late Wednesday. Rep. Steve Stivers, who chairs the House campaign arm, also met with Farenthold.

“Look, I had a couple of conversations with Blake Farenthold,” Ryan said at his weekly news conference. “I think he’s making the right decision to retire. There are new stories that are disconcerting. Unacceptable behavior has been alleged in those stories. And I think he’s made the right decision that he’s leaving Congress. And that reflects on the conversations we’ve had.”

Other Congressmen and Senators have been forced to resign or announce their resignation as a result of sexual misconducts including Democrats Al Franken, Senator from Minnesota and Congressman John Conyers of Michigan.

 

 

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