1 big thing: Republicans get their tax cuts
Tax reform passed the House of Representatives today, getting one step closer to President Trump's desk.
Why it matters: This is a huge legislative win for Republicans after a tough 2017 that included multiple failed efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Quick hits from the NYT:
- Paul Ryan "called the vote 'a turning point' saying 'this is our chance, this is our moment.' When the bill passed the House, a giddy Mr. Ryan smiled broadly and banged the gavel with force as he declared victory."
- "Passage of the bill came over the strenuous objections of Democrats... Twelve House Republicans also voted no on the bill, including lawmakers from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California."
- "Republicans in Congress moved with remarkable speed to enact the biggest tax overhaul since 1986, unveiling legislation to rewrite the tax code, marshaling support for their effort and devising a compromise between the House and Senate in under two months."
What's next: The Senate, where it's expected to pass even without the vote of Sen. John McCain, who's back in Arizona recovering from his latest round of chemo. (And a second vote in the House tomorrow because of procedural hiccup.)
- Go deeper: How the tax code is about to change
2. What you missed
- There are "technical links to previously identified North Korean cyber tools" that helped the U.S. trace the origin of the WannaCry ransomware attack, the White House says. Details.
- Trend watch: The use of wearable devices in China is set to overtake the U.S. market this year. Numbers.
- Atlanta intrigue: Amazon has registered a lobbyist in Georgia. It's still searching for the home of its second headquarters.
- Facebook is rolling out new tools that will prevent people from harassing other users that are particularly prone to harassment, such as women and journalists. More.
- Research that involves modifying certain diseases to make them more deadly will again be funded by the U.S. government. Read up.
- Trump v. Obama deportation numbers, the latest Axios video. Watch.
3. 1 thing to watch
Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement that he regrets calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign over sexual misconduct allegations;
"I have stood for due process throughout my years as a prosecutor and in chairing the Judiciary Committee... I regret not doing that this time."