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FCC to Rule on Net Neutrality…House, Senate Strike Deal on Tax Plan…Kentucky Lawmaker Under Investigation Commits Suicide

NEW YORK (AP) – He’s come under fire from fellow Republicans, blamed for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and for foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of the stinging defeat, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon shows no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment.

NEW YORK (AP) – As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guarantee equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight. The Thursday vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. Its proposal would roll back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or collecting tolls from services they don’t like.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. Middle- and low-income families would receive smaller tax cuts, though President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for the middle class. The agreement reached by House and Senate GOP leaders also calls for scrapping a major tax requirement of the “Obamacare” health law.

UNDATED (AP) – In the decade since the recession began, the nation as a whole has staged a heartening comeback: The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009. And last year, income for a typical U.S. household, adjusted for inflation, finally regained its 1999 peak. Yet the rebound has failed to narrow the country’s deep regional economic disparities and in fact has worsened them, according to data analyzed exclusively for The Associated Press.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A coroner says a Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a woman has died in an apparent suicide. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings says an autopsy of Rep. Dan Johnson is scheduled for Thursday morning. Billings says Johnson died from a single gunshot Wednesday night on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky.

Jones Stuns Moore in Alabama…NYC Subway Bomber in Court…Trump: Gillibrand Would “Do Anything” for Donation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama’s Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the age of Trump. The president had urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

NEW YORK (AP) – The man accused of setting off an explosion in the New York City subway is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday. Prosecutors say Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, made it clear from a hospital bed that he was on a mission to punish the United States for attacking the Islamic State group. Ullah sustained burns Monday from the pipe bomb strapped to his body.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump attacked her in a provocative tweet that claimed she’d begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” for them. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, is up for re-election next year and is considered a possible presidential contender in 2020. She has been a leading voice in the national debate over how to confront sexual assault and harassment.

ISTANBUL (AP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the only reason Donald Trump “dared” recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was because some in the region sought to establish ties to Israel. Rouhani’s comments on Wednesday came during the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Organization following Trump’s decision.

MOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin’s Russia has emerged as a key stakeholder in the Middle East. Putin has brokered deals with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel. Russia now has a regional footprint that even the Soviet Union couldn’t dream of during the Cold War era. Putin sought to save an ally from imminent collapse and break Russia’s international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine when he launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago. He has achieved that and more.