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Don­ald Trump un­veiled an am­bi­tious tax plan, propos­ing sweep­ing tax cuts for in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions in what the pres­i­dent dubbed a “on­cein-a-gen­er­a­tion” op­por­tu­nity to over­haul Amer­ica’s tax code. Trump called the cur­rent tax sys­tem a “relic” while rolling out a pro­posal that seeks to sim­plify the tax code. The plan, drafted by a group of con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials, col­lapses the num­ber of per­sonal tax brack­ets from seven to three.

The White House has launched an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter it emerged that Don­ald Trump’s sonin-law and ad­viser, Jared Kush­ner, and other se­nior of­fi­cials used per­sonal email ac­counts for official busi­ness, Politico re­ported. Cit­ing four un­named of­fi­cials, the news site said the in­ves­ti­ga­tors have be­gun pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from the pri­vate ac­counts of se­nior aides.

The health and hu­man ser­vices sec­re­tary, Tom Price, has re­signed, af­ter rev­e­la­tions that he spent more than $1m of tax­pay­ers’ money on travel in­clud­ing char­tered flights. Price, in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion af­ter re­peated fail­ures to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act, had come un­der fire for spend­ing so much money on pri­vate flights in­stead of us­ing com­mer­cial airlines.

Don­ald Trump be­lieves NFL own­ers are “afraid of their play­ers” when it comes to the protests against racial and so­cial in­jus­tice that have swept the US sport­ing land­scape. “I have so many friends that are own­ers, and they’re in a box,” Trump said in an in­ter­view with Fox News. It was the lat­est salvo in Trump’s at­tack on foot­ball play­ers who refuse to stand for the na­tional an­them.

For­mer judge Roy Moore, one of the most con­tro­ver­sial fig­ures in Repub­li­can pol­i­tics, is set to be­come a US se­na­tor – in spite of op­po­si­tion from Don­ald Trump. Moore, for­mer chief jus­tice of the Alabama supreme court, beat ap­pointed in­cum­bent Luther Strange by 55% to 45% in the Alabama Repub­li­can Se­nate runoff.

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