The House overwhelmingly passed tax legislation, moving the GOP one step closer to giving Americans massive tax cuts. The House approved a large tax overhaul by a 227-to-205 vote. A vast majority of Republicans voted in favor of the bill, while Democrats continued to oppose Republican-led tax reform.
State flags in Maryland are being flown at half-staff in honor of a fallen police officer. Detective Sean Suiter, who was on the Baltimore City’s police force for 18 years, passed away on Thursday after being on life support.
A federal judge in New Jersey declares a mistrial in the corruption case of Democrat Bob Menendez. After more than week of deliberations and one juror being replaced because of a planned vacation, the jury could not all agree on the Senator’s guilt or innocence.
A female radio host accuses Democrat Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment. Leeann Tweeden says Franken forcibly kissed her during a USO Holiday Tour rehearsal in the Middle East in 2006. She came forward Thursday, also releasing a photo of Franken grabbing her breasts while she was sleeping on the plane ride back home.
The Trump administration is set to make an unprecedented move, allowing seven states to enforce work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Utah, and Wisconsin are expected to submit the waivers. Four of these states previously decided to grant Obamacare Medicaid expansion to low-income residents.
As Congress seeks to pass a spending bill before the end of the year, Republicans on Capitol Hill look to uphold fiscal responsibility. According to a new report released Thursday morning, Conservatives are becoming increasingly concerned that a spending bill will include excessive spending provisions.
A federal judge in Philadelphia blocks the DOJ policy of withholding law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities. On Wednesda, Judge Michael Baylson ruled Philadelphia law enforcement do not have to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Several U.S. charities announce they will contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts. According to reports, the Ford, Rockefeller, and Open Society Foundations will donate five million dollars to help the island rebuild.
A suspected Islamic State militant accused of kidnapping appears before a judge in France. On Wednesday, authorities issued preliminary terrorism charges to 32-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche. He is accused of helping ISIS hold four French journalists captive for nearly a year in Syria.