5 things you need to know Wednesday

5 things you need to know Wednesday

© Paul Kitagaki Jr., The Sacramento Bee via AP The sun rises through a cloud of smoke after a wildfire swept through the area in Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Trump heads to Pennsylvania to promote tax plan

President Trump will visit central Pennsylvania on Wednesday to make his case for an overhaul of the nation's tax code. Republicans have outlined an ambitious plan to collapse brackets, change rates, eliminate deductions and revamp how big and small businesses are taxed. In his visit to the state capital of Harrisburg, Trump will speak on how tax cuts would help drive the economy, the White House said. The choice of Pennsylvania is not an accident: Trump last year became the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1988.

Calif. wildfires: Weather conditions put region under additional threat

Strong winds could bring "elevated-to-fire weather threats" to Northern California Wednesday as a cluster of devastating wildfires killed at least 17 people and destroyed more than 2,000 structures. The fires — fueled by dry grasses and brush, heat and low humidity — decimated entire neighborhoods, seemingly coming out of nowhere and causing residents to run for their lives in the middle of the night. Southern California also battled through dangerous wildfires, with Santa Ana winds spreading the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim, Calif. and burning more than 8,000 acres. President Trump, who has pledged his support for the regions hits by the wildfires, said the federal government will provide assistance. 

Trump administration revives debate over Keystone XL pipeline

Justice Department attorneys will head to court on Wednesday to try and stop a lawsuit that would halt the Keystone XL pipeline. Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no power to infringe on the president's authority. Trump approved the 1,179-mile pipeline in March, and in response, conservation groups and Native American organizations sued the project. Opponents claim that the environmental review that was completed in 2014 was inadequate, igniting a public debate about climate change. South Dakota and Montana regulators have already given approval while the Nebraska Public Service Commission must decide by Nov. 23 whether to approve the project.

Busy SpaceX set for second mission in two days

SpaceX is poised to launch a satellite via a used Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, two days after delivering 10 satellites to orbit from California. The 6:53 p.m. ET launch of a commercial communications satellite for SES and EchoStar will re-fly a Falcon booster that first launched back in February when it helped boost supplies to the International Space Station. If successful, Wednesday's mission would be the second time since June that SpaceX has launched two satellites within two days from two different coasts.

Spanish government seeks resolution after Catalan leader calls for talks

Spain's government will hold an emergency Cabinet meeting Wednesday over the ongoing political situation with the autonomous region of Catalonia. Catalonia's regional president Carles Puigdemont called for dialogue the same day that Catalan lawmakers signed a document they called a declaration of independence from Spain. In recent days, large rallies have taken place across Spain by people committed to national unity after a disputed Oct. 1 independence referendum showed 90% of Catalan voters favored breaking away from the nation. The Spanish government said the vote was illegal and has vowed not to allow Catalonia, which represents a fifth of Spain’s economy, to break away from the rest of the country. 

Contributing: The Associated Press


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