5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Sessions touts merit-based immigration after 3 injured in New York subway blast

  • U.S. Treasury's one-page tax plan analysis slammed by tax experts, Democrats

  • Polls show dead heat between Moore, Jones in Alabama Senate race

  • Trump accusers come forward for 'round two' at Monday press conference

  • Dunkirk, Call Me By Your Name snag nominations for 2018 Golden Globes

Three people were injured Monday when a man detonated an explosive in a Midtown Manhattan subway station. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was wearing "an improvised, low-tech explosive device" that he "intentionally detonated" around 7:20 a.m. ET in the subway station below the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Ullah, who is of Bangladeshi descent and lives in Brooklyn, was taken into custody after the blast; he sustained the most serious injuries, though none of the four wounded individuals faced life-threatening injuries. In response to the attack, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed America's "failed immigration policies," saying, "It is a failure of logic and sound policy not to adopt a merit-based immigration system."

Source: ABC News, CNN

After a delay, the U.S. Treasury Department finally released on Monday a one-page document it called an "analysis of growth and revenue estimates" of the Republican tax plan, agreeing with the Trump administration that there will be an annual economic growth of 2.9 percent, more than enough for the plan to pay for itself over 10 years. Most economists do not expect growth to be that robust, and congressional researchers have estimated the plan would add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over a decade. The conservative Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the document "makes a mockery of dynamic scoring and analysis," while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it "nothing more than one page of fake math." The Senate has approved one tax bill and the House of Representatives another, with both cutting taxes for businesses and the wealthy.

Source: Reuters

Alabama Senate candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones are locked in a dead heat ahead of Tuesday's "all but impossible" to predict election. Although a Fox News poll published Monday shows Jones, the Democrat, up 10 points, a competing poll by Emerson shows Republican candidate Moore up 9 points. RealClearPolitics' average between Nov. 27 and Dec. 10 shows Moore up just 2.5 points. Moore is accused of pursuing girls as young as 14 while he was in his 30s; even Alabama's other senator, Richard Shelby (R), admitted, "I couldn't vote for Roy Moore." The betting markets give "Moore about an 80 percent chance of victory," FiveThirtyEight writes — or "roughly the same chance they gave Hillary Clinton just before the 2016 presidential election."

Source: RealClearPolitics, FiveThirtyEight

Several of the 16 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct spoke out again Monday on Megyn Kelly Today and at a press conference, calling on Congress to investigate their allegations. "Let's try round two," said Samantha Holvey, who claimed in October of last year that Trump inappropriately inspected women who participated in his beauty pageants. Holvey called it "heartbreaking" to have gone public with her story "and nobody cared." Jessica Leeds, who says Trump groped her on an airplane, added that "none of us want this attention … but this is important, so when asked, we speak out." U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told CBS on Sunday that Trump's accusers "should be heard." Trump has vehemently denied the allegations.

Source: The Washington Post, Politico

Guillermo del Toro's aquatic fairy tale, The Shape of Water, leads the 2018 Golden Globes with seven nominations, followed by fellow Best Picture, Drama, nominees The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six each. The trio will compete in the category against Dunkirk and Call Me By Your Name. In the television drama category, just one show — This Is Us — belongs to a traditional network, competing against Netflix's Stranger Things and The Crown, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, and HBO's Game of Thrones. In the Best TV Musical or Comedy section, Black-ish, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Master of None, SMILF, and Will and Grace will go head-to-head. The Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category hosts The Disaster Artist, Get Out, I, Tonya, The Greatest Showman, and Lady Bird.

Source: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times
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