Good Wednesday morning!
Here’s your Morning Briefing:
Manhattan Terror Attack:
The FBI is investigating an “act of terror” after 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rental truck from Home Depot onto a bike path in lower Manhattan and killed eight people, just blocks away from the World Trade Center memorial.
Saipov was born in Uzbekistan and came to the United States in 2010 and has since became a permanent resident.
After Saipov was named as the suspect, President Trump tweeted that he ordered more “extreme vetting” procedures.
How’s That Tax Reform Going?
After months of pitching tax reform as an easy win, Congressional Republicans have been forced to admit they’re having trouble reaching a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax code.
Republicans now say they will release their tax reform bill on Thursday — a day later than originally expected.
While Republican leadership were very optimistic about tax reform, analysts were quick to say “not so fast,” and pointed out that there are sharp difference between fiscal conservatives and other factions of Congressional Republicans.
Latino Group Pulls Controversial Anti-Gillespie Ad
After the terrorist attack in Manhattan, a Latino group in Virginia announced it had pulled a controversial ad showing an Ed Gillespie bumper sticker, the Republican candidate for the governor of Virginia, on a truck chasing minority a children.
In a statement, Cristobal J. Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Fund the group responsible for the ad, said:
“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time. Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia”