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September 29, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Trump's ambitious proposal to rewrite the tax code has set off a flurry of analysis in Washington, D.C., particularly from lobbyists who want to make sure particular tax breaks are projected. "One thing is certain," according to The New York Times: "Corporate America would benefit." A Times analysis found that Trump's plan would cut his own taxes by more than $1.1 billion.

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  • In a surreal twist, beloved children's author Dr. Seuss is caught in the American political divide. CBS News reports First Lady Melania Trump donated a selection of children's books to a number of U.S. public school libraries, and the collection includes Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, the Places You'll Go. "Getting an education is perhaps the most important and wondrous opportunity of your young lives," Mrs. Trump wrote on a note accompanying the donation. "Your education will be a lifelong pursuit that will sustain and carry you far beyond your wildest imaginations." But Liz Soeiro, librarian at Cambridgeport (Massachusetts) Elementary School refused the donation. writing on her blog, "Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? My school doesn't have a need for these books."

  • Three people died in a Wednesday night fire which swept through a Meridian house minutes after a home invasion. The incident began with a 911 call about a possible prowler near the area of Amity and Linder roads in Meridian. When police arrived on the scene, they spotted a man with a firearm who would not put down his weapon after several orders to do so. Soon after the man retreated inside a home, the structure soon after went up in flames. Two residents were able to escape the flames, but one of those residents later died at an area hospital. Additionally, the Ada County Sheriff's Office says an elderly woman who lived in the house died in the fire, along with another person, suspected to be the gunman. No identities have been released yet. The Critical Incident Task Force, led by the Boise Police Department, is investigating the incident.
  • Billionaire Elon Musk is still planning on flying people to Mars. As The New York Times reports, Musk spoke early today at the International Astronomical Congress in Australia, and said he has revised his plan for a new rocket, a bit smaller than he first described a year ago, but still bigger than anything ever launched. In the meantime, he's also planning on round-the word rocket flights. "Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft," he later wrote on Instagram.

  • It's National Coffee Day, and baristas around the nation are celebrating with varied levels of strengths of caffeine and exotic flavors. Fortune Magazine reports Dunkin' Donuts, thought by many to be purveyor of one of the best cups of Joe in the country, has decided to celebrate National Coffee Day by introducing a new beer. The doughnut chain has partnered with Catawba Brewing to create Dunkin' Punkin' Brown Ale, a cold brew, pumpkin-flavored beer. "Craft coffee is at the core of our business," said Dunkin' Donuts spokeswoman Meaghan Duff. "We like to brew up something for National Coffee Day that really delights our customers." The exclusive brew will only be sold at four North Carolina tasting rooms, however.

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