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Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set rock (AP) Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth.
The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a present for middle class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth.
be fantastic for the middle income people and for jobs, most of all, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before travelling to Camp David for the weekend. I will say that because of what we done with regulation and other things our economy is doing fantastically well, but it has another big step to go and it can take that step unless we do the tax bill. stranger to hyperbole, Trump also predicted the legislation would cause the economy to soar beyond its current 3 per cent rate of growth.
think we could go to 4, 5 or even 6 per cent, ultimately, the president said. are back. We are really going to start to rock. GOP, tax bill most visible win may be averting failure
WASHINGTON (AP) Despite the sheer size and society spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savour by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump.
Even if Republicans are correct that tax cuts for business and the wealthy bolster the economy, it can take time for obvious results to show. And even with millions of families likely to enjoy lower taxes, many won feel much until they file their 2018 tax returns in early 2019. That well after the November 2018 elections that may be a coin flip for control of Congress, and recent races suggest those contests may be heavily influenced by President Donald Trump unpopularity.
Approval of the tax bill seems certain, with House passage assured and two of the few potential Senate GOP opponents lining up Friday behind the measure: Marco Rubio of Florida and Tennessee Bob Corker. That means a White House signing ceremony, probably by Christmas.
Republicans hope that would overshadow their embarrassing failure to repeal President Barack Obama health law. Another flop would have infuriated GOP backers and donors already enraged by the Affordable Care Act debacle, fueling hard right primary challenges against Republican incumbents or encouraging conservatives to stay home in November.
If the tax bill isn approved, country reaction is going to be, did we put you in in the first place?’ said David Winston, a GOP pollster who advises congressional leaders.
Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails
WASHINGTON (AP) Special counsel Robert Mueller investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to several people familiar with Trump transition organization.
But the investigators did not directly request the records from Trump still existing transition group, Trump for America, and instead obtained them from a separate federal agency that stored the material, according to those familiar with the Trump transition organization.
A transition attorney sent letters Saturday to two congressional committees saying the General Services Administration had improperly provided the transition records to Mueller investigators. Kory Langhofer, general counsel for the transition group, wrote to the Republican chairmen of the House Oversight committee and the Senate Homeland Security committee about what the transition contends was an disclosure of its emails.
The GSA has provided office space and other aid to presidential transitions in recent years and typically houses electronic transition records in its computer system. But Trump for America considers the records private and privileged and not government property.
The people familiar with the transition organization spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the records sensitivity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven words and phrases transgender, and were not to be used in documents that are to be circulated within the federal government and Congress in preparation of the next presidential budget proposal, the paper reported.
On Saturday a CDC official confirmed CDC officials were given from higher ranks of the federal government at a recent meeting to reconsider certain language in draft budget documents. But she said she did not know if there was any specific prohibition about using those seven words. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees CDC, said in a statement that it a mischaracterization to say the CDC was banned from using certain words. But HHS officials did not clarify or answer any other questions.
In an email to the agency employees on Saturday night, CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald noted the media report and wrote; want to assure you that CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science and evidence based institution. As part of our commitment to provide for the common defence of the country against health threats, science is and will remain the foundation of our work. Senate, despite GOP efforts to paint Democrat Doug Jones as an unacceptable extremist on the issue.
Certainly, any analysis of what Jones upset over Roy Moore means for other races involves a caveat: The Republican nominee was twice ousted from the state Supreme Court and stood accused of sexual misconduct with minors, baggage that gave Jones an opening in a state that hadn elected a Democratic senator since 1992.
Yet Jones could not have won without crossover votes from conservative Republicans who oppose abortion, and that just what he did.
Exit polls show Jones won a third of voters who said abortion should be illegal in most cases, and 27 per cent of those who want it outlawed completely.
These numbers suggest that abortion may not necessarily be a defining issue in the 2018 midterm elections.
Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into ghost town as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito.
The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighbouring Summerland came as winds that had eased a day earlier roared back at around 30 mph (48 kph), with gusts to about 60 mph (97 kph). Firefighters sprayed water onto hot spots sparked by wind blown embers. Firefighters also drove to the historic San Ysidro Ranch in yellow fire trucks as heavy smoke rose from the coastal hills, blotting out the blue skies.
A portion of Santa Barbara was under mandatory evacuation. At the city zoo, workers began putting some animals into crates and kennels, to ready them for possible evacuation.