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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on Captiol Hill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP File

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, one of the "Big Six" tax negotiators, says tax reform will take a lot of cooperation between the Democrats and Republicans. Why? Because once it reaches the floor for a vote, there will be "doubling and tripling of the ideas of people who have been waiting for a long time... [to] put their own ideas and imprint on it."

Other highlights from his interview with CNBC's Ylan Mui:

  • What will happen if Congress lets it slip into 2018? "[I]f it does, it does but I actually believe we know enough about it that we can do it in 2017."
  • On Trump's goal of a 15% corporate tax rate: "I sincerely doubt we'll be able to get that level on the corporate tax rates. But, you know, we have to bring them down..."

Go deeper: The next steps for tax reform (and why GOP is still stuck)

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Civil rights groups sue Oklahoma over law banning critical race theory

The Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo: Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A group of civil rights organizations is suing Oklahoma over a law that restricts discussion of race and gender in public schools.

Why it matters: The law is one of several Republican-led attempts to ban critical race theory (CRT), a concept that links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.

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