The Republican tax plan "does not just fail to lift economic growth meaningfully, it adds significantly to the nation's fiscal problems," says Mark Zandi.Won't become law, he says »
"This is an extremely unusual case for Galveston Island, and the circumstances surrounding this death grow more and more suspicious as time goes on," the department wrote on Facebook. According to Joshua Schirard, operations bureau commander at the Galveston Police Department, this case is particularly unusual because the vast majority of drownings that occur on Galveston beach are reported by someone accompanying the victim. Anyone with information relevant to the case is being urged to call the Galveston Police Department at 409-765-3702 or Galveston County Crimestoppers at 409-763-8477.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared to heap more criticism on President Donald Trump during an interview on Sunday, saying it was “wrong” for high-income Americans to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War. “One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said during a segment on the draft that aired on C-SPAN 3 on Sunday. While the senator’s comments didn’t directly reference Trump, the president is widely known to have received five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War, four for education and one for bone spurs in his heels.
Chinese president Xi Jinping declared an era of national rejuvenation in a speech that garnered 1.5 billion virtual claps on a virtual applause app released in conjunction with the Communist Party congress.
A prominent journalist at Russia’s top independent radio station was stabbed in the neck on Monday after a spate of recent attacks and threats against Russian media. The attacker, identified as 48-year-old Boris Grits, was apprehended. The radio station is one of few Russian media outlets that have been critical of the Russian government, reports The New York Times.
All five living former U.S. presidents gathered at a hurricane relief concert in Texas to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria on Saturday night -- and the Internet can't stop obsessing about one moment between George W. Bush and Barack Obama. During his time in office, Obama was known for his composure and, at times, even disposition. While Bill Clinton delivered a speech discussing the enduring disaster in Puerto Rico, the younger Bush smiled and appeared to whisper something to Obama, making him laugh behind Bill Clinton.
Conjoined twins born in Gaza Sunday need to leave the blockaded Palestinian enclave for treatment crucial to their survival, their doctor and a family member said. "A woman gave birth this morning to Siamese twins joined at the stomach and pelvis," Allam Abu Hamda, head of the neonatal unit at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, told AFP. The twins, whose condition Abu Hamda said was stable, have one shared leg, but separate hearts and lungs.
Actor Tom Hanks recommends this: Brush up on your history. Hanks, who has been described as “Hollywood’s top history buff,” spoke of the importance of learning from the past as a way to navigate the complexities of the present. “Let’s have that discussion, let’s have that be part and parcel to an ongoing re-examination about what is taught about [America’s founding],” Hanks said. “But the destruction, the destruction is anti-social, period, the end.
John Craig was free diving off the coast of Shark Bay in Western Australia on Friday afternoon, when he suddenly found himself alone — and stalked by a tiger shark. By the point Craig managed to get his spear free, the boat had drifted away.
Keir Simmons reports from a Buddhist temple — bombed by the U.S. during the Korean War — in the devoutly atheist country of North Korea, where temple’s monk ensures that history of war with U.S. will not be repeated.
Indonesia's government is seeking clarification from the U.S. after the Indonesian military chief was denied entry to the country, an official said Sunday.
The president has blamed Republican members of the Senate -- and specifically McConnell -- for the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, one of the President’s signature campaign promises. Last week, the president also attempted to squash rumors of infighting, saying that he and McConnell are "closer than ever before." He also noted that he and McConnell are ultimately fighting for the same things.
A string of murders in Florida is sparking fears that a serial killer is targeting Tampa residents. The victims have no known connections to each other and were all bus riders who were killed within a 1-mile radius of each other in central Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood. “When you look at the time frame, the proximity, that there is no apparent motive, that they are alone ― the victims are a lot of the time ― it’s clear to me that they’re all linked,” interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a Friday press conference.
O’Reilly was ousted from the network in April after it was revealed he had settled several other harassment cases. The $32 million payout was unusually high for such a case, according to Debra Katz, a D.C.-based attorney who specializes in sexual harassment and other workplace litigation.
The “raisin weekend” stems from a gift — originally it was raisins, now it’s flour and shaving foam — traditionally given by first year students to their academic “parents” in gratitude for their guidance. Hundreds of students gathered to throw clumps of foam at each other, and it was all in the name of university tradition. The practice dates back around 600 years, and the name derives from when new students would offer a handful of raisins to older students in exchange for showing them around the university. A more typical present these days might be a bottle of wine.
First lady Melania Trump gave a group of students a special treat on Monday during her surprise visit to a Michigan middle school. She was one of two notable D.C.-based guests at the Orchard Lake Middle School in the Detroit suburbs on Monday, accompanied
Talk about a bum note: A Montreal man says he’s facing a $117 traffic ticket just for singing in his car. In September, Taofik Moalla was driving home and singing along to “Gonna Make You Sweat,” a 1990 dance music smash by C+C Music Factory. The 38-year-old Moalla was grooving to the beat when police suddenly pulled him over, according to HuffPost Canada.
Because of the huge success of the 911 R, Porsche suddenly has a renewed focus on cars that are built especially for enjoyment on the road, not all out times on the track. The new 911 GT3 is available with a touring package, which removes the rear wing and can only be optioned with the manual gearbox. It's actually inspired by the original 1968 model of the same name, so the T stands for Touring, and Porsche has focused on taking weight out of the Carrera.
Grocery chain Meijer said it is recalling more than 30 packaged vegetable products and party trays in six U.S. states due to a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause fatal food poisoning. The recall includes vegetable products, such as cauliflower florets and asparagus spears, as well as party trays sold in Meijer stores between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20 in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, the company said in a statement Friday. Meijer was notified of the possible listeria contamination after it had been identified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the company said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea's nuclear threat with "strong, resolute diplomacy", as he "humbly" accepted his landslide victory in a snap election. Fresh from clinching a two-thirds "super-majority" that enables the nationalist premier to realise his dream of revising Japan's pacifist constitution, Abe vowed to forge a "national consensus" on the divisive issue. Addressing reporters on his election win, Abe said he would "confirm close co-operation" on North Korea with Donald Trump when the US president visits Japan next month and then discuss the issue with the Chinese and Russian leaders.
The Trump administration has more or less blacklisted reputable news outlets like CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, NBC and several others, rousing President Donald Trump's supporters with the now familiar battle cry of "fake news." Standard operating procedure in the Trump White House? "When you consistently undermine, erode and invalidate the trust the public has in journalism, you're eliminating a critical piece of a free and functioning society," Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, tells Newsweek. Here are just a few examples of how the Trump White House responded to legitimate and vital requests for public information or comment.
Joseph Orbeso, 22, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, missing for three months, were discovered in a remote canyon last week in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, their bodies interlocked in an embrace. Investigators from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department have characterized the deaths as a “murder-suicide.” But they have told relatives the deaths were a “sympathetic murder-suicide,” according to family members.
Every year, New Yorkers and their beloved canine pals embark on a time-honored tradition: The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. While there are usually several holiday events involving dogs in costumes as a walk up to Halloween, the Tompkins Square parade in Manhattan is one of the best-known.
A woman and her two children have been arrested in Long Island in connection to seven armed robberies, all of which took place over the last month. Deborah Salvatore, 55, and her children, Rick Mascia, 25, and 31-year-old Lauren Mascia, are accused of robbing a number local establishments: Two Family Dollar locations, two Dunkin Donuts, one Dollar Tree and the same Carvel twice. The most recent robbery was at a Dunkin Donuts on Oct. 21, and it initially didn't go as planned: Rick entered alone and said he wanted to buy a donut, but the cashier replied, "We’re about to close, so you can have the doughnuts for free," recounted another employee to the New York Post.
On the heels of devastating wildfires that killed more than 40 people in Northern California earlier this month, Southern California is now on high alert for fire danger. Nearly all of Southern California has been placed on a red flag warning through Wednesday, as weather conditions ― including high winds, low humidity and record-breaking heat ― make the region particularly susceptible to wildfires. Cal Fire has increased staffing in the area, bracing for any fires that might come.