Your Look At Things To Know For Your Thursday

As you face your day, Smile Often, Think Positively, Give Thanks, Laugh Loudly, Love Others ,Dream Big, Remember, Life is like a Camera, Focus on What’s  Important, Capture The Good Times, Develop From The Negative and If Things Don’t Work out, Take Another Shot. Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations. Don’t Quit.

Thursday 11.16.17

Don’t have your Christmas vacation plans nailed down yet? You could always go to Santa Claus, Indiana. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed.

 

Zimbabwe
It looks like President Robert Mugabe’s decades-long hold on power is over in Zimbabwe. Mugabe is under house arrest and military leaders, who snatched power from him Wednesday, are part of the talks being held to form a transition government. Tanks were seen at key intersections in the capital of Harare, but otherwise the streets have been quiet. Mugabe’s decision to dump his vice president — a move widely seen as the first step in handing the reins of power over to his wife — seems to be the trigger that pushed the military to act.
Roy Moore
Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Senate candidate, continued to fire backagainst the sexual abuse allegations against him. His attorney, Phillip L. Jauregui, attacked the credibility of Beverly Young Nelson, who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Jauregui said Nelson lied when she said she never spoke to Moore again after the alleged assault. Nelson’s divorce in 1999 was handled in Moore’s courtroom, Jauregui said, so “there was contact.” The attorney also denied that Moore wrote in Nelson’s yearbook and wants a handwriting expert to examine it.
Tax reform
A GOP senator has come out against the Senate tax reform bill. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says the current bill is too favorable to big corporations and changes would need to be made to gain his support. The Republicans can only afford to lose two votes and still pass the bill, and throwing in a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate may make a few other senators waver. The House is set to vote on its tax reform bill today.
California shooting
Kevin Neal, the man who killed five people in a shooting rampage, was described as “deranged and paranoid” and was never supposed to own any weapons. Police say before he went around a Northern California community randomly shooting at people, Neal killed his wife and put her body under the floor in his house. He had been ordered to give up his firearms after two female neighbors sought a protection order against him after they said he had repeatedly harassed them. Neal killed one of those neighbors as well.
CTE
Researchers have announced that they were able to diagnose the degenerative brain disease CTE in a living person. The study’s lead author told CNN the breakthrough was made with ex-NFL player Fred McNeill in 2012 using an experimental brain scan. Previously, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) could only be diagnosed by examining the brain after the person has died.

 

Check off
Twitter will now remove the verification symbol from accounts that incite hate and harassment, so no more blue check marks for people like Richard Spencer.Not joking
Cards Against Humanity is known for its pranks, but its latest stunt aims to do something quite serious: stop President Trump’s border wall.New Popemobile?
Pope Francis has a hot new ride — a Lamborghini! — but don’t worry, the pontiff’s not going to start racing around Vatican City in it.Just making sure
She really didn’t need the publicity, but Taylor Swift popped up in a Nashville Target anyway, to make sure her hit album “Reputation” is on the shelves.Out of this world
Not happy with life in America? Bored with things in France? Maybe you should move to Asgardia, the world’s first nation in space.

Thanks, dad
Two-year-old Sol Ryan lost his left arm just 10 days after he was born. Luckily for him, his dad had a 3D printer.

$450 million
That’s how much Leonardo Da Vinci’s long-lost painting “Salvator Mundi’ sold for at auction, a record price for a piece of art

Similar, but needs work on his form. Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera

Sen. Marco Rubio, giving President Trump tips after Trump repeatedly reached for water during his Asia speech. Rubio was roasted by Trump and others when he did the same thing during a 2013 speech.
CNN

 

Trump heads to the House before tax vote, Merkel’s under pressure in government negotiations, and pound traders only see bad news for sterling.

Fiscal plan

Leaders in the House cleared the way for a vote today on their tax-overhaul bill, with President Donald Trump poised to rally Republican members ahead of the long-waited legislation. Lawmakers are trying to reduce the costs associated with Obamacare in order to help offset the revenue impact of large tax cuts for corporations and individuals. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whose signature now adorns the $1 bill, is on a nationwide trip to sell the plan, which still lacks broad public support.

Government talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is struggling to form a coalition ahead of a self-imposed deadline at the end of this week. Disagreements over risk sharing in the euro area, curbs on carbon emissions and immigration have made the three-party negotiations particularly difficult as Merkel seeks to secure a fourth term as Chancellor. She doesn’t just face tricky deliberations at home: Brexit negotiations continue to vex euro-area officials, with Merkel wary of pushing Prime Minister Theresa May too hard on the bill for the U.K.’s exit.

U.K. outlook

Options traders are seeing little reason to buy the pound as political discord and economic headwinds create a bearish outlook. In parliament, May is facing a showdown with her own party over a plan to enshrine the Brexit date – March 29, 2019 – into law. Meanwhile, retail sales declined 0.3 percent year-on-year in October, the first drop in more than four years.

Bounce back

Overnight, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.8 percent, while Japan’s Topix index closed 1 percent higher for its first gain in five days, as investors focused on strong earnings growth. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index was 0.7 percent higher at 5:55 a.m.Eastern Time as markets in the region started to recover from the longest losing streak in a year. S&P 500 futures were 0.4 percent higher, the 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.361 percent and gold was unchanged.

Coming up…

Weekly initial jobless claims data are due at 8:30 a.m., with expectations for 235,000 new claimants. Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing data will be published at the same time. There are several Fed speakers today, with Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester at 9:10 a.m., Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan at 1:10 p.m., and Fed Governor Lael Brainard at 3:45 p.m.

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