5 things you need to know Friday

Trump to resume tax cut push at White House

President Trump will resume his push for tax cuts on Friday with an Oval Office meeting designed to highlight the manufacturing industry — and maybe send a message to a vulnerable Democrat. Trump will host more than a dozen industry representatives including several from West Virginia, home of incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin. Democratic leaders are concerned that if Trump is able to convince any senator from their party to support the plan, it will increase his odds of getting the 50 votes needed to win Senate approval. Manchin has said he does not support the tax-cut plan outlined last week by GOP congressional negotiators and instead wants to work with Trump on a different deal.

Again?! Another storm is headed toward the U.S.

The deadly Tropical Storm Nate is forecast to hit  the Yucatan peninsula late Friday as it pushes toward the U.S. Nate is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall somewhere between southeast Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle early Sunday. The storm has already killed 17 people in Honduras and Nicaragua, where up to 30 inches of rain are forecast to create life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Grand Isle, La., on a barrier island south of New Orleans, has already called for a voluntary evacuation, but maps show the storm sparing areas hardest-hit by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. And no, it's not your imagination: Nate feels like it came out of nowhere, and this hurricane season really has been much worse than usual

World Cup hopes on the line for U.S. men's national team

The U.S. men's national soccer team is dangerously close to not qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986 as it heads into a crucial qualifier against. Panama Friday night in Orlando (7 p.m. ET, ESPN 2/Univision). The U.S. currently sits in fourth place in its CONCACAF region, just behind Panama. The top three finishers get automatic World Cup bids for next year's tournament in Russia, while the fourth-placed team must settle for a playoff against Australia or Syria. Panama will be playing for revenge. Four years ago, Panama, which has never qualified for the World Cup, was eliminated in the final qualifier by the U.S., which scored two late goals to win 3-2. 

Groups nationwide honor civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer

Communities across the country will honor civil rights legend and voting rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer on Friday, on what would have been her 100th birthday. Hamer, who died at 59, garnered national attention after she helped form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that challenged the state’s all-white party establishment.She also played a key role in organizing “Freedom Summer,” during which volunteers from across the country came to Mississippi in 1964 to register black voters. That same year, Hamer's efforts at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City eventually led to Democrats later requiring convention delegations to include more black people and women. 

Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Peace Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize has been awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an international watchdog that campaigns to rid the world of nuclear weapons. ICAN won "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," the Nobel committee said in a statement. This is the final award as the annual ceremonies for awarding the honors in the name of Alfred Nobel come to a close. Any person or organization can be nominated for the peace prize by anyone eligible to nominate, and for the second year in a row, President Trump received a nod for the honor. This year's awarding also comes amid debate about whether Aung San Suu Kyi — who won the prize in 1991 — should be stripped of the honor. The de facto leader of Myanmar has drawn international condemnation for her defense of her country's treatment of its Rohingya population, a minority Muslim group. The awards for literature, chemistry, physics, and medicine were handed out earlier this week.  

 

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