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Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:00 am


Democrats mull tax cut reversal

Associated Press

For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn't opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and put the money toward a $1 trillion infrastructure package.

The proposal, unveiled Wednesday, is more campaign theme than actual legislative agenda, since Republicans hold the majority in Congress. But it stands as an alternative to Trump's approach to both taxes and spending as his infrastructure blueprint has stalled on Capitol Hill.

“We want to roll back the Republican tax giveaways to big corporations and the very wealthy and invest that money instead in job-creating infrastructure,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Senate floor.

Lawyer: Porn star to set record straight

An adult film actress who has said she had sex with Donald Trump filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement and “set the record straight,” her lawyer said Wednesday.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on NBC there was “no question” Trump knew about the agreement, though he did not offer any proof. Avenatti also said Clifford wasn't looking to profit from her story. But he told CBS: “I don't know whether she's going to ultimately seek payment or not.”

Texas Democrats show up for primary

Texas is the latest place where Democrats are finding optimism for 2018 after kicking off the nation's primary election season with their biggest midterm turnout in more than a quarter-century.

Republicans still won the turnout battle in Texas by a half-million votes. The brightest star on the ballot for Democrats, Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke, revealed weak spots after letting two primary rivals take 38 percent of the vote. And he's the biggest draw on a Democratic ballot that is otherwise littered with little-known candidates for statewide office who've struggled to raise attention and money.

Myanmar leader's US award revoked

The United States Holocaust Museum is revoking a major human rights award given to Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian leader, saying she has failed to respond adequately to the mass killings of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority.

The museum announced Wednesday that the Elie Wiesel Award given to Suu Kyi in 2012 would be rescinded.

Several hurt in knife attack in Vienna

According to a report from an Austrian website, police in Vienna said that several people were injured in a knife attack Wednesday night on the streets of the capital.

News website reported the attack happened when a man with a knife randomly attacked pedestrians. A motive for the attack wasn't immediately known.