World News Snapshot – December 2017

Stephanie Katherine Y., Co-Editor/Contributor

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December 2017. Here’s what you need to know in the world:

GOP Passes Landmark Tax Bill

The landmark tax bill was supported in the House 224-201, with no Democrats supporting it and 12 House GOP members voting no. In the Senate, the bill passed along party lines 51-48, with Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the vote. The bill drastically cuts the corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% and drops the tax rates for the highest bracket from 39.6% to 37%.

Jerusalem Declared as Capital of Israel 

President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and announces a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While President Trump claims that “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” the move outraged numerous political officials declaring that the declaration does nothing to foster diplomatic relations between Israel and Palestine. Despite these roaring claims, Trump signed the same national security waiver signed by Presidents Obama and Bush because it would take years to move the location of the U.S. Embassy.

North Korea Conflict Heats Up 

The White House has “dramatically” ramped up its military plans amid fears that diplomacy won’t thwart North Korean despot Kim Jong Un from making good on his threats. One option is destroying a launch site before the rogue regime uses it for a new missile test, while another is targeting weapons stockpiles, according to the news outlet. Only time will tell how this conflict will come to an end.

Thanks for taking a moment to read some of the major headlines around the world. Check back next month for more headlines.

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