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The News

September 27, 2017

It’s Wednesday, the midpoint of the week. Last night, right-wing candidate Roy Moore won the Republican primary in a special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ former senate seat in Alabama, despite the efforts of Vice President Mike Pence to convince voters to support his opponent Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the vacancy before the special election. The victory by Moore stunned observers and served as further evidence of the current anti-establishment sentiments of the Republican base.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration will unveil its tax reform proposal today, promising to lower taxes on earners in the highest income brackets along with other revisions to the federal the tax code. In other news, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency announced his resignation, citing disagreement with the White House; Senate Republicans officially admitted defeat in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act by year’s end; and Saudi Arabia will overturn its ban on allowing women to drive.

As always, good luck on the day ahead and thanks for reading the newsletter.


The Wonks Team

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