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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Congress breaks for Thanksgiving recess as Senate tax battle looms

  • White House defends Trump against past sexual misconduct allegations

  • Fox News poll has Doug Jones up 8 points over Roy Moore

  • Keystone Pipeline spills 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

  • Tesla unveils electric semi truck

Congress broke Thursday for Thanksgiving recess, with the GOP's tax legislation teed up in the Senate for when lawmakers return on Nov. 27. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is closely watched by Republican leadership due to his badly needed "yes" vote, signaled a positive stance on the bill Friday: "[I] value the process of moving important pieces of legislation through regular order," he said. "I am hopeful that when we return from the Thanksgiving recess ... we will see this process continue, with both sides of the aisle having sufficient opportunity to debate the merits of tax reform and offer amendments." The Senate has significantly less room for party defections than the House, which passed its version of the bill Thursday.

Source: Business Insider, The Week

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders drew a distinction between Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who was accused of kissing and groping a woman in 2006, and President Trump, who was accused of misconduct by more than a dozen women during his campaign. "I think specifically in one case, Sen. Al Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn't," Sanders said. "I think that's a very clear distinction." Trump was famously caught on tape making vulgar comments about women and bragging about groping and kissing them without consent, telling Access Hollywood's Billy Bush in 2005: "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

Source: CBS News

A Fox News poll released Thursday shows Democrat Doug Jones leading Republican Roy Moore by eight points in the Alabama Senate race. Fifty percent of likely voters surveyed and 49 percent of registered voters in the deeply conservative state said they would vote for Jones, while 42 percent of likely voters surveyed and 40 percent of registered voters said they support Moore. The poll was conducted Nov. 13 through 15, after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, saying when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s, he made sexual advances or pursued relationships with them. A Fox News poll conducted in mid-October had the candidates tied.

Source: Fox News

The Keystone Pipeline leaked more than 200,000 gallons of oil Thursday morning in an agricultural area of northeastern South Dakota. TransCanada, the company that operates the pipeline, said it shut down the pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to Wood River and Patoka in Illinois. A state official said the oil has not reached any bodies of water. The last major leak on the Keystone pipeline, which was rejected by the Obama administration and resuscitated by President Trump, was in April 2016, when 16,800 gallons of oil spilled in Hutchinson County, South Dakota.

Source: NBC News

Tesla's Elon Musk announced the Tesla Semi on Thursday night at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The fully electric truck has the capability to haul 80,000 pounds and travel 500 miles on a single charge, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just five seconds with an empty trailer. Musk said that on 100-mile routes, the Semi will cost truckers $1.26 a mile, compared to $1.51 for today's diesel trucks. Still, "500 miles is still far less than diesel trucks can travel," CNN writes. "And diesel fuel tanks can be refilled much more quickly than batteries can be recharged." Walmart, for one, is excited about the promise of electric trucks and preordered 15, which are expected to go into production in 2019.

Source: Wired, CNBC
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