Top News Stories For Today – Nov 16, 2017
US House to vote Tax reform today
A GOP senator has come out against the Senate tax reform bill. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says the current bill is too favorable to big corporations and changes would need to be made to gain his support.
Johnson’s opposition means that Republican leaders are once again facing a very narrow path to passage. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two members of his conference and pass the bill along party lines. With Johnson out, all eyes turn to other members who may be concerned about the announcement Tuesday that the Senate Republicans would include a repeal of the individual mandate in their tax bill. CNN
ObamaCare enrollment up 47%
Enrollment rates for ObamaCare are skyrocketing even as the health-care law’s future remains uncertain, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Nearly 1.5 million people have signed up for health coverage in the first 11 days of open enrollment for 2018, a 47 percent jump compared to the same time last year.
The Trump administration cut this year’s enrollment period in half and reduced the budget for ObamaCare outreach and education by 90 percent, making the spike in sign-ups all the more notable. Senate Republicans had announced Tuesday that they will include a repeal of the individual mandate — the piece of ObamaCare that requires individuals to purchase coverage or face a fine — in their tax plan because it would free up billions to offset tax cuts. The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Week
More sexual accusation against Moore
On Wednesday, as Alabama Republican officials huddled to discuss Roy Moore’s candidacy for US Senate, four more women came forward with stories about Moore, adding to the growing list of women who say Moore fondled, badgered, or assaulted them when they were as young as 14 and he was in his 30s.
Gena Richardson and Becky Gray said Moore repeatedly asked them on dates when they worked at the Gadsden Mall in their late teens, and when Richardson relented, Moore pulled her in for an unwanted kiss in his car. Kelly Harrison Thorp said Moore asked her out at a Red Lobster when she was 17, and Tina Johnson said Moore grabbed her buttocks when she was 28 and he was married. Moore denies the allegations from all nine accusers. The New York Times, Alabama Media Group, The Week
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus sold for $450m
Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at Christie’s in New York for $450.3m, including auction house premium, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction. The sale generated a sustained 20 minutes of tense telephone bidding. The auction house would not reveal the identity of the buyer or even the region from which they came.
Previewing the lot last month, Christie’s described the painting of Christ holding a crystal orb in his left hand and raising his right in benediction as “the biggest discovery of the 21st century”.
California shooter never supposed to own a gun
Kevin Neal, the man who killed five people in a shooting rampage, was described as “deranged and paranoid” and was never supposed to own any weapons.
Police say before he went around a Northern California community randomly shooting at people, Neal killed his wife and put her body under the floor in his house. He had been ordered to give up his firearms after two female neighbors sought a protection order against him after they said he had repeatedly harassed them. Neal killed one of those neighbors as well. CNN
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