Top News Stories For Today – Nov 30, 2017
Haley: N Korea latest launch bring world closer to war
North Korea’s decision to launch its latest missile on Tuesday “brings us closer to war,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday. It’s believed that the new intercontinental ballistic missile could be able to reach anywhere in the United States.
Speaking during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Haley said if it comes down to it, “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” Haley also called on the other members of the Security Council to sever all ties with North Korea. The Associated Press
UK’s MP accuses Trump fueling hate
UK MPs have attacked Donald Trump’s sharing of far-right posts, accusing him of fueling hate and calling for a planned state visit to be cancelled. One Tory MP said the world would be “a better place” if Prime Minister Theresa May could persuade the US president to delete his Twitter account.
The US president retweeted three videos posted by a British far-right group. When Mrs. May said he had been “wrong” to do so Trump said she should focus on combating terrorism in the UK. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she hoped Mrs. May’s criticism “would have some impact on the president” – but she rejected calls for his state visit to be called off. BBC
Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh
Pope Francis landed in Bangladesh on Thursday after a diplomatically sensitive trip to mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where he made no direct reference to the plight of Bengali, the so called Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousands. He did not even pronounce the word ‘Rohingya’ while he was in Myanmar. Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid welcomed the pope at Dhaka airport.
On Friday, the pope is expected to meet a group of Rohingya refugees from among the roughly 625,000 who have fled to Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar since the end of August. All of Myanmar citizen regard the largely stateless Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, they are excluded from the 135 “national races” recognized by law, and even using the name is considered inflammatory. Reuters
GOP tax bill gathers support ahead of Senate vote
A number of on-the-fence Senate Republicans have announced their support of the GOP tax bill, with leadership confirming there are enough votes to at least advance the bill forward in the legislative process Wednesday afternoon.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) came around after initially citing concerns about the deficit, and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) also said he would back the bill. On Wednesday, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) both flipped to “yes” just before the Senate Budget Committee vote. Now all eyes are on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), with The New York Times writing that “even those who know Mr. McCain best are unsure how he will vote.” A final vote is expected late Thursday or Friday. Politico, The New York Times, The Week
US economy better than first thought
The US economy was doing better during the summer than first thought. Revised numbers from the Commerce Department said the economy grew at 3.3% between July and September (the original number was 3%). That’s the best growth the US has seen in three years.
An uptick in exports and increases in consumer and business spending powered the growth. President Trump has promised to get the economy to annual growth above 3%, something that hasn’t happened in a decade. It won’t happen this year though, because the economy was so sluggish during the first three months. CNN
Nearly half of Americans oppose GOP tax bill
Opposition has grown among Americans to a Republican tax plan before the US Congress, with 49 percent of people saying they opposed it, up from 41 percent in October, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Congressional Republicans are trying to rush their tax legislation to a vote on the Senate floor before the end of the week. Trump strongly backs the bill and wants to sign it into law before the end of the year.
According to CBO calculation, by 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the GOP tax bill. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a federal agency within the legislative branch of US government that provides budget and economic information to Congress. The CBO was created as a strictly nonpartisan agency, and it has historically issued credible forecasts of the effects of both Democratic and Republican legislative proposals. VOA, Chicago Tribune
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