Plus three other things you need to know today.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer
Lewis, a key leader in the civil rights movement who faced racist violence for his activism, announced on Sunday he would continue to perform the duties of his office while undergoing treatment. “I’ve been in some kind of fight—for freedom, equality, basic human rights—for nearly my entire life,” the Georgia Democrat said, adding “with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.”
The federal tax overhaul in 2017 cut the corporate tax rate—then came the lobbyists
Two years ago, the president signed into law a huge tax reform bill that, among other things, lowered the corporate income tax rate with the goal of spurring long-term economic growth. A new investigation out this morning from the New York Times, however, found the cuts weren’t enough for some of the world’s largest companies. In fact, lobbyists “swarmed” the Treasury Department as it worked to roll out the law, ultimately leading officials to interpret the law to exempt many companies from paying additional taxes.
Alabama senator may back Trump in impeachment trial
Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has issued neutral statements regarding his stance on the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, sparking speculation that he may be the Democrat to break ranks and support the president. Jones is in a precarious position, having narrowly won a special election two years ago, and risks angering his base if he sides with Republicans.
Iran calls retaliatory U.S. airstrikes “terrorism“
Tehran condemned a series of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend as “terrorism.” The raids targeted sites connected to the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah group, which orchestrated an attack that killed an American civilian contractor in Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday. At least 25 people died as a result of this weekend’s airstrikes. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made it clear the administration blames Iran for the contractor’s death.