Morning! A look at the trending stories from today.
Per The AP:
1. WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT MOST FROM TRUMP TAX CUTS
An official says the top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35 percent to 15 percent, while small business owners would see theirs go from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.
2. LITTLE CHANGE ON RACE IN BOSTON POLICE STOPS
The gap between how often minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police than their white counterparts doesn’t appear to be improving in the city, an AP review finds.
3. LEADING GOP MODERATE OPPOSES PLAN TO MOVE HOUSE HEALTH BILL
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., says the changes would cut too deeply into the Medicaid program for the poor and leave many people unable to afford coverage.
4. SOUTH KOREA SAYS THAAD DEPLOYED
The announcement that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed comes as North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.
5. TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION ORDER SWATTED AGAIN
A U.S. district judge in San Francisco cites statements by Trump in a ruling that blocks the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.
6. DEBATE HEATED OVER WHO SPEAKS FOR ISLAM
Al-Azhar, one of the top institutions of clerics in the Muslim world, is at the center of a political feud in Egypt over who speaks for the religion as Pope Francis is set to visit Cairo.
7. TRUMP’S TWEETING ISN’T LIFTING TWITTER’S PROFIT
The people already on the site may well be using it more, but America’s first true “Twitter President” hasn’t inspired others to sign up en masse.
8. INTERNET FIRMS WIND UP FOR FIGHT VS. TELECOMS, FCC
The premise of “net neutrality” is under siege, enabling broadband providers to play favorites or steer users toward (or away from) particular websites.
9. WHO’S KEEPING A WARY EYE ON LATIN AMERICAN ALLY
So far Cuba is weathering the political unrest rocking Venezuela, which is the island’s greatest ally and source of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in highly subsidized oil.
10. NASCAR HAS HOLE TO FILL AFTER BIGGEST STAR RETIRES
The big question is whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also take Earnhardt Nation and its thousands of race fans with him, too.
From Business Insider:
1. The Russians are using “a new style of attack” on France’s centrist presidential candidate , Emmanuel Macron. The group –
known as Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, or STRONTIUM – began registering domain names such as “mail-en-marche.fr” in an attempt to trick members of his campaign team into clicking on links that looked affiliated with his political party, En Marche.
2. US President Donald Trump is taking aim at one of America’s closest allies – Canada . Like Mexico and China before it, Canada finds itself on center stage in Trump’s trade agenda.
3. Trump may expand the USA’s inflight laptop ban to include Europe . According to The Guardian, officials within the British government say their US counterparts are mulling over the possibility of expanding the prohibition of any electronics devices larger than a cellphone from being transported within the cabin of direct flights to the US from Europe.
4. The US has moved the THAAD anti-missile defense system to South Korea . It comes amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.
5. The US government could shut down for the first time in almost 40 years . A short-term spending bill is set to expire on Friday, and Congress is currently trying to keep the government funded in order to avoid a shutdown. The last time the nation closed down was during Jimmy Carter’s administration in 1979.
6. Here’s what France’s two presidential candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, think about Brexit . Let’s just say, they have two distinctly different political ideologies, especially when it comes to the European Union.
7. Russia and Japan are taking another stab at a decades-old territory dispute . It relates to islands off Japan’s northern coast seized by the Soviet Union in 1945. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will discuss the issue during a visit Russia this week to meet with president Vladimir Putin.
8. The US is “deeply concerned” by Turkish air strikes in Syria . The US says Turkey went ahead with the mission without proper coordination either with itself or the broader global coalition fighting ISIS. The strikes reportedly killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria.
9. The death toll in Venezuela’s political protests has risen to 26 . The number increased this week after two men died on Tuesday from gunshots at separate political demonstrations.
10. The world’s first malaria vaccine is coming to Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi . The on-the-ground testing in a pilot program will be available to babies and children in high-risk areas.