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Politics

Here’s What’s Known About the Compromises on the Tax Plan

12:00 Stephen Stanley Amherst Pierpont, Chief Economist 12:00 Tim Duy University of Oregon, Professor:Practice 12:30 James S Tisch Loews Corp, President/CEO 13:00 Drew Matus MetLife Investment Management, Chief Market Strategist:Investments 13:00 Kevin Logan HSBC Securities (USA) Inc, Chief U.S. Economist 13:18 Chuck Grassley US Senate, Senator:Iowa 13:40 Anthony Scaramucci White House Office, Former Communications Director

Feds in ‘heightened posture’ over hackers who may target today’s Alabama election

Federal officials are in “a heightened posture” looking to thwart any hackers who may be targeting today’s hotly contested Senate race in Alabama, where allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican nominee, Roy Moore, have upended a once-presumed Republican victory, according to a top Homeland Security official. This morning, officials from the Department of Homeland Security held a “coordination call” with state and local counterparts in Alabama, and similar conference calls are expected throughout the day, said Chris Krebs, who is acting as the under secretary for DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate. Hoping to become the next U.S. senator from Alabama, Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, is facing off against D...

Everything You Need to Know About Malaysia’s Election: Q&A

Malaysia is preparing for a general election in 2018 and the outlook is promising for Prime Minister Najib Razak. It’s been an uncomfortable few years, with headlines swirling about a scandal over the finances of a state fund and unhappiness over rising living costs. But Najib is arguably in his strongest position since his narrow victory in the 2013 ballot, with the economy picking up and the opposition in disarray. 1. When will the election take place? Najib, 64, gets to decide. The constitution dictates it must be held before August, but there’s speculation it might take place as soon as January. 2. How long has Najib been in charge? Najib leads the party called United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, which has held power since independence in 1957 and is the most important member...

Republican Aide Gets $673,000-a-Year Job Regulating Auditors

William Duhnke, a longtime Republican Senate aide, just got a significant pay bump. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission named him Tuesday to lead the the front-line regulator of U.S. accounting firms, a job that pays $673,000 per year. As a key staff member for former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, Duhnke has knowledge of financial issues, but he lacks any experience in the auditing profession. Duhnke will replace James Doty, who has run the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board since 2011. He was named along with J. Robert Brown, Kathleen M. Hamm, James G. Kaiser and Duane M. DesParte, who will serve as board members, the SEC said in a statement.  “Bill, Jay, Kathleen, Jim, and Duane bring substantial experience to the board and a shared commitment to serve ...

Trump’s Stand-In Bureaucrats May Have Overstayed Limits

President Donald Trump’s slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying positions for so long that it may violate time limits on acting appointments, potentially resulting in decisions being overturned in court. Enforcement actions as well as policy decisions on a variety of topics, such as easing restrictions on methane emissions from oil wells or permitting schools to offer 1 percent milk, could be challenged on the grounds that they were enacted by officials who had been in acting roles too long or were improperly delegated authority. “We are considering all legal options to prevent illegal policy changes being forced upon the American people by Donald Trump’s political appointees,” said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century...

Measuring Trump’s Regulation-Killing Claims

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Nigerian Appeal Court Drops 15 of 18 Charges Against Senate President

A Nigerian appeal court dropped most charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki, accused of falsely declaring his assets, but said he still had a case to answer on three counts. The decision of the Abuja Court of Appeal to abandon 15 of the 18 charges brought against Nigeria’s third-most powerful person after President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy Yemi Osinbajo, “vindicates the innocence of the senate president,” his spokesman Yusuph Olaniyonu said Tuesday in an emailed statement. Saraki was acquitted in June by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which dismissed the charges on the grounds that the “evidence given was discredited in cross-examination,” a court spokesman said at the time. Charges Denied Saraki has denied the allegations, stemming from his time as governor of the western st...

Trump Adviser Calls Russia and China ‘Threats’ to U.S. Liberty

President Donald Trump’s top national security adviser described Russia and China as “revisionist powers” posing bellicose threats to the U.S. in a muscular speech that went further than his boss has in criticizing the two countries. “Geopolitics are back and are back with a vengeance after this holiday from history we took in the so-called post-Cold War period,” H.R. McMaster, the director of the National Security Council, said in a speech in Washington on Tuesday. China and Russia, he said, “are undermining the international order and stability. They’re ignoring the sovereign rights of their neighbors and the rule of law.” McMaster’s comments, made at an event hosted by a U.K. research group, Policy Exchange, come the week before Trump is set to unveil his national security strategy. Rus...

School bus erupts in flames, killing student and driver in Iowa

Investigators work the scene of a school bus fire that killed two people on Dec. 12.  (AP) A school bus driver and a student were killed early Tuesday when a school bus caught fire in western Iowa, officials said. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. after the bus backed out of a farm driveway and ended up in a ditch in Oakland, located 35 miles east of Omaha, Neb. The homeowner, also the parent of the child, called 911 and said the bus was in flames before fire crews arrived, KETV reported. The remains of two people were found inside the bus after the fire was extinguished, Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told the Omaha World Herald. GIRL, 5, KILLED IN GEORGIA SCHOOL BUS CRASH Authorities identified the driver as Donnie Hendricks, 74, and the student as Megan Klindt...

Florida man dragged, kicked and punched deputy before he was shot by police, video shows

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT A Florida man kicked, punched and dragged a deputy before he was fatally shot by police, surveillance video shows. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released the footage of Jean Pedro Pierre, 42, hitting and dragging Deputy Sean Youngward, 48, at a condominium complex in Lauderdale Lakes on Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported. The department said it released the footage on Friday to quash rumors circulating on social media regarding the shooting. Some social media users accused of officer of executing an unarmed man – but Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the video show what actually happened. “What you see on video is not the end all, but what you see on video is indisputable,” Israel said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The...

Teen cancer survivor seeks to change school hat policy after alleged punishment

Chloe Terpenning lost her hair in March while undergoing chemotherapy for stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  (Photo John Lovretta/The Hawk Eye) A 15-year-old cancer survivor is seeking to change the way her school handles its dress code policy after she allegedly spent several days in trouble over a grey knit beanie that she was wearing, which was specifically designed for cancer patients. Chloe Terpenning, who lost her hair in March during chemotherapy treatment for stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has already obtained more than 220 signatures on a hard copy petition, and an additional 100 online, The Hawk Eye reported. Terpenning is a student at West Burlington High School in Iowa, where policy states that “Hats, caps, HOODS (sic), sunglasses, hairnets, head scarves, headbands (other than tho...