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The House GOP tax bill unveiled on Thursday would eliminate a tax break that has been regularly used to help finance the construction of new stadiums for professional sports teams.

Bottom line: This new language means that more pro team owners would need to pony up for their own facilities, as it would be much harder to convince state and municipal lawmakers to approve bond packages that are no longer tax exempt. Since 2000, there have been around $13 billion worth of tax-exempt bonds issued for stadium construction.

The new language removes tax exemption for any bonds whose proceeds are used to finance capital expenditures for any facility that is used for pro sports games, training or exhibitions at least five days in a calendar year. This is in keeping with the spirit of the authors of the last major tax reform in 1986, although their actual language created the loophole that today's tax-writers are seeking to close.

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Capitol Hill's far right pushes Anglo-Saxon values, European architecture

Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple far-right House Republicans have begun planning and promoting an America First Caucus aimed at pushing "uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions," Punchbowl News first reported.

The big picture: "The document was being circulated as the GOP is struggling to determine a clear direction as it prepares to try winning back control of the House and Senate in the 2022 elections," AP writes.

Super typhoon Surigae explodes to Cat. 5 intensity

Super Typhoon Surigae seen on satellite imagery Saturday morning east of the Philippines. (CIRA/RAMMB)

Super Typhoon Surigae surged in intensity from a Category 1 storm on Friday to a beastly Category 5 monster on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 180 mph with higher gusts.

Why it matters: This storm — known as Typhoon Bising in the Philippines — is just the latest of many tropical cyclones to undergo a process known as rapid intensification, a feat that studies show is becoming more common due to climate change.