Corrections and clarifications: A previous version of this article gave the incorrect day for the last night of Hanukkah. That item has been removed.
Take two on tax cuts for the House
The House will re-vote Wednesday on a sweeping tax overhaul after a late-afternoon glitch delayed the plan. Senate parliamentarian ruled that three minor provisions in the bill did not comply with strict budget rules and would have to be stripped out. The Senate approved the bill early Wednesday, and once the House follows suit, Republicans can claim their first major legislative win by delivering the $1.5 trillion package to President Trump before Christmas, as he requested. The centerpiece of the GOP bill is a permanent 40% tax cut for corporations, a change Republicans say is long overdue and desperately needed to make America more competitive in the global economy. Smaller businesses will also see their tax burden shrink significantly.
House of Representatives almost passes massive tax reform legislation
Charlottesville to honor rally victim
Just over four months after a young Charlottesville woman was killed when a car plowed into people protesting a white nationalist rally, the Virginia city will dedicate part of the street where she was marching in her honor. The part of 4th Street, where the gray Dodge Challenger barreled into the crowd will be designated “Honorary Heather Heyer Way” in a ceremony Wednesday morning. Among those slated to speak is Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro. Charges against the alleged driver of the car were recently expanded to include a first-degree murder charge. On Monday, the city police chief who oversaw the department’s widely criticized response to the violent rally abruptly retired.
AAA: Holiday traffic congestion expected to peak
Major metro areas across the U.S. are projected to see the heaviest road congestion of the holiday season on Wednesday and Thursday. With the heavier traffic caused by regular commuters mixing with holiday travelers, drivers could see travel times up to three times longer than normal, according to AAA. Drivers are advised to avoid the peak afternoon hours and consider alternate routes. A record 107.3 million people are projected to travel this holiday season, a 3.1% increase that would represent the ninth consecutive year-end rise, AAA says.
Early signing period begins for college football recruits
Some of the drama formerly reserved for February will instead kick off on Wednesday with the start of college football's new early signing period. Last May, the Collegiate Commissioners Association passed a measure giving high school seniors a 72-hour window in December to sign a national letter of intent with the school of their choice. The early signing period, which runs from Wednesday through Friday, comes about two months before National Signing Day, which is the first Wednesday of February. Several top recruits are scheduled to announce their school choices on ESPNU.
Former cardinal disgraced in Boston clergy sex abuse scandal dies
Bernard Law, the embattled former Boston cardinal whose legacy amid the clergy sex abuse scandal ushered in a painful era for the nation and the Roman Catholic Church, is dead at age 86. The Associated Press reported that Law had been sick and was recently hospitalized in Rome. Law's legacy crumbled amid the clergy's sex abuse scandal. Church records at the time showed that he and other Boston officials transferred priests from parish to parish despite records of abuse. Revelations followed that hundreds of priests across the nation may have abused thousands of young people over the previous 40 years.
Contributing: The Associated Press