AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s ‘middle-class miracle’ favors wealthy

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right, acknowledges President Donald Trump, as he speaks during a passage of the tax bill event on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — You wouldn’t know it from President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, but the tax overhaul coming into effect is heavily tilted to the rich. It also leaves “Obamacare” in place, despite his assertion that the tax plan repeals the health care law. Nothing about the plan provides the fuel to achieve economic growth at the levels he’s predicted.

GOP tax overhaul will be felt by state, local governments

FILE- In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-West Deptford, N.J., gives a rebuttal to Gov. Chris Christie's state of the state address in Trenton, N.J. With Congress sending President Donald Trump a tax overhaul, state and local governments are preparing for some fallout. Sweeney, started rethinking his proposal as the tax changes moved through Congress. Now, he’s concerned about whether a state tax hike that would be felt more deeply for people who can no longer deduct it from their federal returns might backfire. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

With Congress sending President Donald Trump a tax overhaul, state and local governments are preparing for some fallout.

Congress rushes to avoid shutdown, punts issues to January

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., right, appear before the House Rules Committee asking to add protections to the government funding bill for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as "dreamers," on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. With a government shutdown clock ticking toward a midnight Friday deadline, House Republican leaders struggled on Wednesday to unite the GOP rank and file behind a must-pass temporary spending bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conflict-weary lawmakers eyed the U.S. Capitol exits Thursday as the Republican-led Congress rushed to approve a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and then sprint home for the holidays.

Hollywood accusers named AP Entertainers of the Year

FILE - This combination photo shows actresses listed in alphabetical order, top row from left, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevingne, Romola Garai, Judith Godreche, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lea Seydoux and Mira Sorvino, who have made allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. The women who initially spoke out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood this fall, inspiring millions to tell their own stories of harassment and illegality on social media, have been named The Associated Press Entertainers of the Year, voted by members of the news cooperative and AP entertainment reporters. (AP Photo/File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Arguably the biggest thing that came from Hollywood this year wasn’t a movie or a TV show. It had heroines and villains, but no script. And it went viral despite having no big publicity machinery behind it.

UN assembly declares U.S. action on Jerusalem ‘null and void’

In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 photo, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, right, votes against a resolution concerning Jerusalem's status at U.N. headquarters. The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the U.S. move. (Eskinder Debebe/United Nations via AP)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions on Thursday in favor of a nonbinding resolution declaring President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void,” a smaller margin than the Palestinians hoped for but also a rebuke to the Trump administration which is threatening to cut funding for those who voted “yes.”

Turnout up 5 percentage points in divisive Catalan election

Yellow ribbons decorate a bridge in Girona, Spain, on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. The yellow ribbon stands as a symbol of support for imprisoned pro-independence politicians. Catalans are choosing new political leaders in a highly contested election called by central authorities to quell a separatist bid in Spain's northeastern region. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalan authorities said voting turnout Thursday was up by more than 5 percentage points in a crucial Spanish regional election seen as a crucial test of strength for Catalonia’s powerful secession movement.

Slain Australian’s family demands integrity in U.S. probe

CORRECTS FAMILY NAME - John Ruszczyk, left, is supported by his son Jason Ruszczyk as he makes a statement in Sydney, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, demanded a more rigorous probe into the fatal shooting of his daughter, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, by Minneapolis police. John Ruszczyk said his family was deeply concerned about the possibility "the initial investigation was not done properly, and with the greatest integrity or sense of completeness." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) — The family of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer in July demanded a more rigorous probe Thursday after a prosecutor cast doubts on the investigation.

Climate change predicted to drive more migrants to Europe

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016 file photo Italian officers rescue a woman from a crowded wooden boat carrying more than seven hundred migrants, during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya. Scientists say climate change could dramatically increase the number of people seeking asylum in Europe. Researchers examined asylum applications in the European Union from 2000 to 2014 and found the number was influenced by temperature anomalies in migrants’ home countries. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

BERLIN (AP) — Europe could see a surge in “climate refugees” as global warming increases poverty and hardship elsewhere in the world, scientists said Thursday.

Car rams into pedestrians in Melbourne; 19 injured

In this photo made video from the Australian Broadcasting Corp., a white SUV vehicle is stopped after allegedly striking pedestrians, Thursday, Dec. 21, 20217, in Melbourne, Australia. Local media say over a dozen people have been injured after a car drove into pedestrians on a sidewalk in central Melbourne. (Australian Broadcast Corp. via AP)

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police said there is no evidence of a terrorist link to a car ramming attack Thursday in central Melbourne that left 19 people injured.



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