Top News Stories For Today – Dec 12, 2017
EU economic powers warn US about tax plans
The European Union’s top five economies are warning US that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks having “a major distortive impact” on trade. In a letter to US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the finance ministers of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain wrote they had “significant concerns” about three tax initiatives in particular.
EU nations have been carefully watching Trump’s domestic tax proposals as they made their way through Congress and have long expressed fears they might hurt world trade and EU companies in particular. VOA
Alabama’s controversial election held today
Alabama Senate candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones face off Tuesday in their closely watched special election, with polls showing a dead heat. A Fox News poll published Monday showed Jones, the Democrat, up 10 points, but a rival poll by Emerson showed Moore, the Republican, with a 9-point lead. RealClearPolitics’ average between Nov. 27 and Dec.
10 put Moore up by 2.5 points. Moore’s standing slipped weeks ago after several women accused him of pursuing them or touching them inappropriately when they were as young as 14 and he was in his 30s. Former President Barack Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, made last-minute robocalls backing Jones, countering a similar appeal by President Trump for Moore. FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post
Congresswomen want Trump sexual misconduct investigated
More than 50 female members of Congress want House leaders to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by President Trump before he was in the White House. The representatives sent a letter Monday to Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy and Democrat Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“At least 17 women have publicly accused the president of sexual misconduct,” the letter from the Democratic Women’s Working Group says. “The American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations. The president’s own remarks appear to back up the allegations…he feels at liberty to perpetuate such conduct against women. We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump.” VOA
Trump calls sexual allegations against him ‘fake news’
President Trump is once again denying allegations of sexual misconduct after several of his accusers came forward for “round two” on Monday and asked Congress to investigate their claims. “The Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia — so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met,” Trump tweeted, adding: “FAKE NEWS!”
Trump has consistently denied allegations against him, although he admitted to making comments on an Access Hollywood tape about forcing himself on women without their consent. Samantha Holvey, who claimed in October of last year that Trump inappropriately inspected women who participated in his beauty pageants, called it “heartbreaking” to have gone public with her story “and nobody cared.” Donald J. Trump, The Week
Sessions touts US’s merit-based immigration policy
Three people were injured Monday when a man detonated an explosive in a Midtown Manhattan subway station. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was wearing “an improvised, low-tech explosive device” that he “intentionally detonated” around 7:20 a.m. ET in the subway station below the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Ullah, who is of Bangladeshi descent and lives in Brooklyn, was taken into custody after the blast; he sustained the most serious injuries, though none of the four wounded individuals faced life-threatening injuries. In response to the attack, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed America’s “failed immigration policies,” saying, “It is a failure of logic and sound policy not to adopt a merit-based immigration system.” ABC News, CNN, The Week
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