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House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan’s future unclear
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(CNN) The House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines, advancing a key agenda item for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The vote was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats …
The House just passed its big tax bill. Here’s what is in it.Washington Post
House Passes Tax Bill in Major Step Toward OverhaulNew York Times
House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOPThe Hill
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The Hill

Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case
The Hill
A federal judge presiding over the corruption and bribery case against Sen. Robert Menendez · Robert (Bob) MenendezIn judge’s 2010 Senate trial, Menendez was guilty of hypocrisy Excused Menendez juror: ‘I don’t think he did anything wrong’ We don’t …
Judge Declares A Mistrial In Sen. Robert Menendez Corruption TrialNPR
Mistrial declared in Bob Menendez trial after jury deadlocksUSA TODAY
Menendez Case Ends in Mistrial, Averting Senate FightBloomberg
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PEOPLE.com

What to Know About Lil Peep, the Rapper Who Reportedly Died of an Overdose at Age 21
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The music industry is mourning the death of up-and-coming rapper Lil Peep at age 21. News broke his death on Thursday, when his manager Chase Ortega wrote a chilling message on Twitter, according to Billboard: “I’ve been expecting this call for a year.
Rapper Lil Peep dies at 21CNN
Bella Thorne, Sam Smith pay tribute to rapper Lil Peep after his death at 21EW.com (blog)
Lil Peep, hero to the emo and hip-hop scenes, dies of suspected overdose at 21Los Angeles Times
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USA TODAY

Mugabe seen in talks with military amid Zimbabwe political chaos
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Are you in Zimbabwe? We want to hear how the current situation is affecting you. Contact CNN via WhatsApp at +1 347 322 0415. Please do not put yourself in any danger. Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN) Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe has been …
In the midst of Zimbabwe’s crisis, China’s influence comes under scrutinyWashington Post
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, coup chief meet with smiles and handshakesReuters
Robert Mugabe’s ruthless 37-year reign in Zimbabwe appears near endFox News
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Texas sheriff calls out anti-Trump truck decal, sparking free speech debate
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(CNN) They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that apparently includes truck decals. A Texas sheriff on Wednesday suggested criminal charges are possible for the owner of a white truck that bears a profane message for President Donald Trump and his …
Texas sheriff is on the hunt for driver with profane anti-Trump window stickerWashington Post
Texas sheriff concerned about truck with anti-Trump messageCBS News
Texas sheriff threatens charge for anti-Trump truck decalNBCNews.com
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New York Times

Deal to Bolster Gun Background Checks Is Reached by Senators
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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Thursday that would improve background checks for gun buyers — a milestone, albeit a narrow one, in the divisive national debate over gun control. The measure — inspired by a …
Senators introduce bipartisan deal on gun background checksCBS News
Bipartisan deal on gun control unveiledNBCNews.com
Senators introduce bipartisan gun background check billThe Hill
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Washington Post

China says it hasn’t dropped its plan for Korean de-escalation, despite Trump
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BEIJING — China said on Thursday it will stick by its “freeze-for-freeze” proposal to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula, contradicting a suggestion by President Trump that it had turned against the plan. The proposal calls for North Korea
Trump, Mueller and Kim Jong-un: Three Actors In a Very Dangerous PlayHuffPost
China appears to have crossed Trump on North KoreaBusiness Insider
North Korea’s two-month cease-fire: Is Pyongyang rethinking or reloading?Washington Examiner
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New York Times

Leonardo da Vinci, UCLA Bruins, Ross 128: Your Thursday Briefing
New York Times
Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” at Christie’s in New York. The painting was sold on Wednesday for $450.3 million with fees, shattering the high for any work of art sold at auction. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times. (Want to get this
‘Leonardo da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450mBBC News
Long-lost da Vinci painting fetches $450.3 million, an auction record for artWashington Post
Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 MillionNPR
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The Hill

House GOP set for big tax win
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House Republicans are poised Thursday to pass a sweeping tax-reform package that, if enacted, would deliver the first major legislative victory of the Trump era. President Trump will visit Capitol Hill ahead of the vote to rally support, but it appears
Tax Bill Thrown Into Uncertainty as First GOP Senator Comes Out Against ItNew York Times
Sparkling wine, jets, the unborn and other special-interest wins in the tax billCNN
How Cotton brought Obamacare repeal back from the deadPolitico
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