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President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class.
White House officials on Wednesday were to release broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small. The top tax rate for individuals would drop by a few percentage points, from 39.6 percent to the "mid-30s," according to an official with knowledge of the plan.
Small business owners would see their top tax rate go from 39.6 percent to 15 percent, said the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the proposal before the White House announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.
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A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.
Trump vowed Wednesday to appeal the "ridiculous" decision to the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits — one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County — against an executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation.
The injunction will stay in place while the lawsuits work their way through court.
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April 26 marks "Denim Day," a worldwide annual rape-prevention campaign that encourages anyone who stands in solidarity with sexual assault victims to put on jeans for the day, NBC News reported.
Although the strategy may seem like an odd way of protesting, the movement began as a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the teenage victim wore "very, very tight jeans."
As NBC News reports, in the case, a driving instructor had raped an 18-year-old girl before her first lesson, but the Italian court said the encounter must have been consensual because the girl's jeans were too tight to have been taken off by the attacker alone.
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Mexican fast food chain Chipotle announced Tuesday that its customer payment system had been breached, CNBC reported.
In a statement on the company's website, Chipotle said it detected "unauthorized activity" on the system. Officials are focusing on credit card transactions that occurred from March 24, 2017, to April 18, 2017.
The restaurant added that the breach has been stopped and additional security measures have been added, though the investigation is ongoing. Chipotle encouraged customers to monitor their card activity.
The announcement came as Chipotle reported better-than-expected sales in the first quarter on Monday.
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President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say.
The congressmen also raised new questions about fees Flynn received as part of $530,000 in consulting work his company performed for a businessman tied to Turkey's government.
The bipartisan accusations that Flynn may have broken the law come as his foreign contacts are being examined by other congressional committees as part of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
In his first post-presidency event, former President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of preparing the "next generation" of leaders to navigate American politics.
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President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order Wednesday that will call for a review of federally protected public lands, NBC News reported.
The order will focus on the past 20 years of national monument designations that span more than 100,000 acres, officials said.
The Bears Ears National Monument is expected to be at the center of the review, which will be due back to the president within 45 days. Former President Barack Obama designated the Utah monument of 1.3 million acres, as it is sacred to Native Americans and has archaeological sites. Republican critics say the land should be given back to the state.
The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows the president to declare federal lands as monuments and restrict how the lands are used.
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Bulky pants are out at JFK Airport this fashion season — particularly if there's a huge stash of cocaine taped to the legs inside them.
Customs and Border Protection arrested two men at JFK on April 19 after agents found drug-laden packages taped to their legs following a flight from the Dominican Republic, the agency said Wednesday.
The first, a U.S. citizen named Ariel Garcia, allegedly had about 11 pounds of cocaine in the packages, with a street value of about $180,000.
Meanwhile, a second man, a citizen of the Dominican Republic named Elvin Montilla-Sosa, was also taken aside for inspection; he allegedly had 12 pounds of cocaine taped to his legs and back. That stash had a street value of about $200,000, authorities say.
Both men now face federal drug smuggling charges. Attorney information was not immediately available.
Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find.
But Cuba's hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela's economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba's greatest socialist ally.
A much-feared return to Cuba's post-Soviet “Special Period'' of food shortages and blackouts has yet to materialize as energy conservation and a boom in tourism and overseas remittances cushion the blow of a roughly 50 percent cut in Venezuelan oil aid worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
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The 8-year-old daughter of a New Jersey police officer killed in the line of duty seven months before she was born stunned a random cop in a local pizza and pasta shop by anonymously buying him dinner last week.
Mikayla Raji was eating at Villa Borghese II in Helmetta, one of several of the chain's locations in the Garden State, with her mother Friday night when Jamesburg police officer Joseph Quinn stopped by to pick up some food.
When Quinn went to pay, he was told his food had already been purchased. It took some diligent police work, the department said on its Facebook page, but detectives were able to hunt down the person who treated him: Mikayla Raji.
"I asked my mom if we could pay for his dinner, but keep it a secret. I wanted to do it because he works hard and he keeps us all safe," Mikayla told News 4 Tuesday.
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Comedian Bill Cosby is blind, he confirmed in a rare interview released Wednesday, in the run-up to his sexual assault trial in suburban Philadelphia.
The interview, published by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Newswire, only features a few quotes from Cosby. He and a public relations expert decided to give the interview to the agency, which focuses on the black community, because they felt the outlet would be more interested in 'facts over sensationalism,'" according to the interview.
It's his first time speaking at length to the press since charges were filed against him for allegedly sexually assaulting a Temple University employee at his home in 2004. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail. He calls the encounter consensual.
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Tennis superstar Serena Williams on Wednesday dropped a major hint that she could be pregnant, posting a photo of herself on her Snapchat story with the caption "20 weeks."
The photo shows Williams in a swimsuit with what appears to be a baby bump.
President Donald Trump plans to release a broad outline of his tax plan Wednesday, three days ahead of his 100th day in office.
Trump has suggested his plan will include "maybe the biggest tax cut we've ever had." He'll seek a corporate tax rate reduction, but will abandon a so-called border adjustment tax included in a plan released by House Republicans last year, according to details of the plan reported in the press prior to Trump's announcement.
Here's a breakdown of what to keep an eye on as the White House and congressional Republicans attempt to push a tax bill through Congress this year.