TODAY: President Trump, Republicans pass cut. Experts, why new track in Washington state Amtrak crash had no speed control system. EU rules Uber a Transport Company. First dolphins found living off Cornwall coast. Fed Agent arrested taking photos women’s bathroom. Strategist touted volunteer work for College of DuPage, chairwoman secretly paid his son’s college tuition. Salvation Army ponders cashless kettle. SpaceX’s 50th Falcon rocket launch, ISS resupply mission.
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DailyMail:Trump secures major victory as Senate Republicans pass $1.5 trillion tax cut bill despite Democrats warning they’ll ‘rue this day’ and protesters screaming ‘don’t kill us’ – paving the way for a final House vote today after earlier hiccup
The Senate passed the GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax cut early Wednesday morning, leaving just one technical hurdle and President Trump’s signature as the final steps before the president’s top legislative priority becomes reality.
There was little last-minute drama in the Senate where the final tally was 51-48 – hardly different from the original version that cleared the Senate earlier this month.
Not a single Democrat voted for it, just as none in the House voted for a similar bill earlier on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times:Rail experts ask why new track in Washington state Amtrak crash did not have speed control system
The train was traveling 80 mph in a 30-mph zone on a newly opened $181-million segment of track south of Seattle, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Train cars spilled onto busy Interstate 5 and killed three train passengers.
The new 14.5-mile bypass, developed by the local government agency Sound Transit, was designed to allow the train to travel at faster speeds by avoiding cargo traffic.
But the passage was not yet equipped with what is known as a “positive train control system.” Such systems automatically slow down trains when they are approaching curves too quickly or headed toward a collision with another train.
WSJ:Uber Dealt Blow as EU’s Top Court Rules It Is a Transport Company
Uber Technologies Inc. suffered a major defeat in its effort to overturn strict rules and licensing requirements in Europe, after the bloc’s highest court Wednesday ruled the ride-hailing company should be regulated as a transportation service, rather than a digital service.
Telegraph:First English dolphins found living off the coast of Cornwall
But it was always thought the mammals migrated, roaming from the southern Irish Sea to the Bay of Biscay throughout the year.
Now an 11-year monitoring project by the University of Plymouth and Cornwall Wildlife Trust has shown that a social group of 28 bottlenose dolphins stays-put permanently off the English coast.
ChicagoTribune:Agent arrested, accused of taking photos in women’s bathroom at University of Wisconsin [Associated Press]
University of Wisconsin police say they’ve arrested a federal agent for taking photos in a women’s restroom at a residence hall.
ChicagoTribune: Strategist touted volunteer work for College of DuPage while chairwoman secretly paid his son’s college tuition
Newly filed court documents reveal former College of DuPage board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton secretly paid tuition to Georgetown for the son of her political strategist, which experts say may run counter to the state’s ethics and election laws.
Chicago tribune:Salvation Army ponders cashless kettle as digital donations increase
But credit or debit? Neither, at least not in Chicago. But that could change next year as the local Salvation Army continues to look for ways to keep up with today’s increasingly cashless society.
And from there the reporter goes war on cash.
SpaceflightNow:SpaceX’s 50th Falcon rocket launch kicks off station resupply mission
SpaceX supply ship arrived at the ISS with 2.4 tons of cargo.
Astronaut Mark Vande Hei grabbed the Dragon cargo craft using a Canadian built arm.
44 flights have delivered payloads into orbit.
This is the second time a refurbished SpaceX Dragon capsule made a trip to the ISS
Interesting point: SpaceX is 15 years old.
Yahoo:DOW cooling to 24,751 at this moment
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