News you should read today – September 29, 2015



obama_putinObama and Putin meet in UN
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama met on the crisis in Syria but failed to resolve their dispute over the future role of Bashar al-Assad. In dueling speeches before the UN General Assembly, Obama branded the Syrian leader a child-killing tyrant while Putin said the world should support Assad against the Islamic State group. But both leaders agreed there should be a process of political transition in Syria. Some European powers are reportedly softening their stance, signaling Assad could stay on in an interim role, but France’s President Francois Hollande stuck close to Obama’s line. Putin said, “I relate to my colleagues the American and French presidents with great respect, but they aren’t citizens of Syria and so should not be involved in choosing the leadership,” AFP



MccarthyMcCarthy announces he’s running for House speaker
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy officially announced his bid for House speaker on Monday, promising to “lead the fight” for conservatism while healing divisions in the conference. McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) candidacy is no secret. The 50-year old has been calling lawmakers for days, asking for their support. He is positioning himself as both a fighter and healer — and someone who wants to bring Washington closer to the American people. His only challenger is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), whose district might be eliminated by the 2016 election. McCarthy’s strength is his relationship with his colleagues, and he sought to remind lawmakers of that as he launched his bid. Politico


congressSenate set to approve ‘clean’ spending bill to keep federal government open until December
On Monday, the Senate easily beat back a filibuster threat from conservative Republicans, 77 to 19, setting up a Tuesday vote to approve a stopgap spending measure that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11. The House is the expected to pass the measure, despite conservative anger over the lack of a provision to strip funding from Planned Parenthood. If Congress doesn’t act by Wednesday at midnight, the government will officially begin to shut down due to lack of allocated funding. Senate Democrats, joined by eight Republicans, blocked a measure to defund Planned Parenthood in the upper chamber last week. The “clean” stopgap bill is “the only viable way forward in the short term,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “It doesn’t represent my first, second, third or 23rd choice when it comes to funding the government, but it will keep the government open through the fall.” According to a national poll released Monday, shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood is unpopular, even among Republicans. The Week


Donald-Trump-For-President-e1434544190588Donald Trump unveils his tax plan
Donald Trump release his tax plan on Monday in his New York’s Trump Tower. The plan, which Trump said he formulated “with some of the leading scholars and economists and tax experts in this country,” would decrease the number of tax rates from the current seven to four, at 0, 10, 20 and 25 percent. Individuals making less than $25,000 and married couples making less than $50,000 will not have to pay taxes. While 36 percent of American households do not pay income tax currently, that share would jump to 50 percent. The current highest income-tax rate—39.6 percent—would drop to 25 percent. The plan would also eliminate the marriage penalty tax and the estate tax, which opponents label a “death tax” and it will also bring jobs back to the United States that are currently going to China, Japan and Brazil, he said. Trump went on to pan the public posture of other wealthy politicians, like Mitt Romney, towards their own taxes. Politico


afghanAfghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban
The Taliban had forced Afghan troops and officials to retreat to the airport and freed hundreds from jail, in one of their biggest assaults on Monday, since 2001. Afghan forces have begun an operation to retake the city of Kunduz, after suffering a major military reverse.The president said security forces were “retaking government buildings” and inflicting “heavy casualties”. The US said it had carried out an air strike on the city early on Tuesday. Kunduz is the first provincial capital seized by the Taliban since they lost power in the US-led invasion 14 years ago. Heavy fighting was reported, and officials said they had regained control of the area around the provincial prison and the police headquarters. BBC





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