Congress doesn't have much time left on the legislative calendar for the year, but there's still a lot on the agenda to get across the finish line. In the few remaining days, Republicans hope to pass a tax reform bill and either another short-term continuing resolution or an omnibus to fund the government.
Another item on the agenda is the reauthorization of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), including the controversial Section 702. read more
MORE than 15,000 scientists from around the world have signed a terrifying letter warning of an imminent apocalypse. The message is called "Warning to Humanity" and is an ominous vision of the grim fate awaiting Planet Earth. The message updates an original Warning from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which was made in 1992. Now the global scientific community's view of the future is even bleaker. Apart from the hole in the ozone layer, which has now been stabilized, every one of the major threats identified in 1992 has worsened. Runaway consumption of precious resources by an exploding population remains the biggest danger facing humankind, say the scientists.
In a report, the Billionaire Bonanza, the thinktank said Donald Trump's tax change proposals would "exacerbate existing wealth disparities" as 80% of tax benefits would end up going to the wealthiest 1% of households.
"Wealth inequality is on the rise," said Chuck Collins, an economist and co-author of the report. "Now is the time for actions that reduce inequality, not tax cuts for the very wealthy." read more
Fats Domino, the genial, good-natured symbol of the dawn of rock and roll and the voice and piano behind enduring hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame," died Tuesday at the age of 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish coroner's office in Louisiana, confirmed his death to the Associated Press. A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, Domino was among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was reportedly only second to Presley in record sales thanks to a titanic string of 11 top 10 hits between 1955 and 1960. read more