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Trump?s tax plan: Why many middle-class Republicans support it

Republican leaders promised tax reform would streamline things so much that 9 out of 10 Americans could file their taxes on a postcard. Recommended: What does the federal government do with your money? From policy analysts to journalists, many have criticized President Trump?s tax bill as hurtful to middle-class Americans, and a betrayal of his populist campaign promises ? particularly since tax cuts for individuals are set to expire after 2025.

In Romania, royal funeral prompts regrets

Outside the monumental former royal palace that looms over the main square of Bucharest, mourners have been laying flowers for days in tribute to a long-deposed and exiled king whom few of them ever knew. Crowds are waiting hours to pay their respects to King Michael I of Romania, one of the last two surviving World War II European heads of state.

In Malaysia, religious concerns stall child-bride reform

?There might be pressures from the outside, but this is where you have to be strong,? says Saira, not her real name, about resisting the unlikely marriage proposal. Lobbyists pressuring the government to criminalize child marriage ?were getting quite a lot of momentum? at one stage, says Tham Hui Ying, vice president of Malaysia?s Association of Women Lawyers. It?s religious,? so politicians are ?not going to push to outright ban child marriage,? she says.

Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush?s ?with us or against us? message to the world body concerning the coming war. This time the impetus for the emergency Security Council meeting was President Trump?s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ? a move in opposition to decades of US-backed council resolutions on the holy city?s status ? and neither friend nor foe of the United States was having anything to do with it. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?

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