via How your tax bracket could change under the Senate’s tax plan, in two charts – AOL Finance

Senate Republicans appear to be inching closer to passing their huge tax overhaul.

The most concrete sign that Republicans were making progress came in the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday, where the bill passed on a party-line vote of 12 to 11. Two GOP senators on the committee, Ron Johnson and Bob Corker, ended up voting for the bill after saying on Monday they would vote against it.

via How your tax bracket could change under the Senate’s tax plan, in two charts – AOL Finance

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via White House has plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA chief, U.S. official says – AOL News

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, within weeks, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday.

Under the plan, Republican Senator Tom Cotton would be tapped to replace Pompeo at the CIA, the New York Times reported, citing senior officials.

The Times, the first to report the plan, said it was not immediately clear whether President Donald Trump had given final approval to the shakeup.

via White House has plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA chief, U.S. official says – AOL News

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1 John 2:15-17

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

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via Matt Lauer fired from ‘Today’: New reports detail what allegedly led to his ousting – AOL Entertainment

As the fallout continues following Matt Lauer’s firing from NBC News, insiders at the network are coming forward with more details about what led to Lauer’s termination and the speculation running rampant inside 30 Rock.

Before a NBC staffer filed an official complaint on Monday, executives at NBC had reportedly been hearing rumors about stories being reported for Variety and New York Times and asked Lauer “if there was anything that he thought we should know or could fit into this category, and he adamantly denied that there was,” Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison reports.

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via The Latest: Russia opposes further isolation of North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the global response to North Korea’s latest missile launch (all times local):

9 p.m.

Russia says it opposes a U.S. push for further isolation of North Korea after its recent missile test.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that the possibilities of pressuring North Korea with more sanctions have been exhausted. He deplored the U.S. refusal to engage in talks with North Korea and noted that a series of military drills by the U.S. and its allies in the region fueled tensions.

Lavrov referred to comments by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who warned that the North Korean missile test “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. isn’t seeking.

He said “the Americans need to explain to us all what they want: If they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea … they should say it openly.”

Russia has condemned North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests and urged the U.S. and its allies to freeze their military drills and engage in talks with the North to help end the standoff.

via The Latest: Russia opposes further isolation of North Korea

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via Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria — and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce proteins unlike those found in nature.

It’s a step toward designer drug development.

One of the first lessons in high school biology: All life is made up of four DNA building blocks known by the letters A, T, C and G. Paired together, they form DNA’s ladder-like rungs. Now there’s a new rung on that ladder.

via Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

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via Brown University to allow students to ‘self-identify’ as persons of color – The College Fix

Brown University is implementing a change to its graduate school application that will allow applicants to “self-identify” as persons of color. Multiple efforts by The College Fix to clarify the details of this change were ignored by campus officials.

The policy comes as a result of complaints made by graduate students on the Graduate School advisory board that international and Asian American students are not treated as members of historically underrepresented groups by the university, according to The Brown Daily Herald.

via Brown University to allow students to ‘self-identify’ as persons of color – The College Fix

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via Parts of Siberia are Colder Than Minus 60 Degrees Fahrenheit, and It’s Only November | The Weather Channel

As mild temperatures encompass a large swath of the contiguous United States this week, parts of Siberia are experiencing temperatures colder than minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit – and it’s only November.

via Parts of Siberia are Colder Than Minus 60 Degrees Fahrenheit, and It’s Only November | The Weather Channel

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via In US, 57 percent of kids on track for obesity by 35: study

Miami (AFP) – More than 57 percent of children in the United States will be obese by age 35 if current trends in weight gain and poor eating habits continue, researchers warned Wednesday.

The risk of obesity is high even among children whose present weight is normal, said the report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

via In US, 57 percent of kids on track for obesity by 35: study

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1 John 1:1-3

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3)

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