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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. “We have the votes.”
That’s what Senator Mitch McConnell told reporters on Friday, and he appeared to be right: The Senate is now on the verge of passing the Republicans’ sweeping tax overhaul. Check back for the latest updates.
An independent tax center said that the bill would add $1.2 trillion to federal deficits over 10 years, and we modeled taxes for 25,000 middle-class families to see how it would affect them. You can check this graphic to see how many people in your income group would get a tax cut.
Republicans say the bill will fuel investment and job creation. Critics say the only winners are the rich. We asked two economists to make their cases. And here’s how to make sense of the bill itself.
2. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador, and pledged to cooperate with the investigation into election meddling.
His decision to help could undercut arguments made by Mr. Trump and his aides that they were not fully aware of Mr. Flynn’s discussion with the Russians. Court documents revealed new details about what the Trump team did know. Scrutiny is intensifying around Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law.
3. President Trump scoffed at reports that he would soon fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tweeting that they were “fake news,” and that “I call the final shots.”
His remarks came just hours after Mr. Tillerson flatly denied that Mr. Trump planned to replace him with the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, possibly by the end of the year.
Mr. Tillerson described the plan, which was told to our reporters by senior White House officials, as “laughable.”
4. In San Francisco, an undocumented Mexican immigrant was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Kathryn Steinle, whose death was invoked by Mr. Trump as justification for his hard-line immigration agenda. After a five-week trial, the man was convicted only of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Ms. Steinle’s death on the city’s Pier 14, above, also fed a fierce debate over whether immigrants without legal status — the shooter had been deported five times — should be dealt with more aggressively.
Mr. Trump called the verdict “disgraceful,” and renewed his call to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
5. More firings and scandals over sexual harassment accusations.
Ruben Kihuen, Democrat of Nevada, was also pulled in. His former campaign finance director told Buzzfeed that Mr. Kihuen repeatedly propositioned her for sex and touched her inappropriately.
Our journalists have now analyzed all the apologies — and non-apologies — issued by the high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct.
6. Pope Francis finally used the word “Rohingya.”
On his last day in Bangladesh, the pope listened to the stories, and held the hands, one by one, of 16 Rohingya survivors of persecution in Myanmar, where he visited this week but did not utter the name.
The pope, in emotional remarks at a large interfaith gathering, above, asked for forgiveness “for the indifference of the world.”
7. Most of the planet is transfixed by the 2018 World Cup draw that took place today at the Kremlin, above. Here’s our analysis. (Germany and Brazil are the current co-favorites.)
Also, Tiger Woods is back in action — and is so far playing well — at the Hero World Challenge.
8. The original Seven Wonders of the World were laid out by Philo of Byzantium in 250 B.C., and of those ancient seven, only the pyramids remain.
It’s a good thing that a new batch of Seven Wonders was selected in 2007. You can explore them all — the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Petra, the Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer, Chichén Itzá, above, and Machu Picchu — in this collection of 360 videos.
9. The supermoon will be visible on Sunday, so let’s start by explaining what exactly a supermoon is. For that matter, what’s a blood moon, blue moon or strawberry moon?
Here’s a primer on the science and origins behind these lunar events. You can decide whether they are worth late nights or early mornings of moon-gazing.
10. The weekend is finally here so here’s a guide to the best TV shows and movies that are new to Netflix, Amazon and other streaming platforms. (Don’t miss “My Happy Family,” above, a drama from Georgia.)
And, if you want to be a more informed citizen, here’s our selection of 11 great weekend reads.
Finally, the late-night host Stephen Colbert made it clear he doesn’t think much of the Republican tax bill.
He even offered a new theory for its trickle-down economics: It’s when rich people “throw their money in the air and dance underneath it for joy! Woo! Woo!”
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