Morning Scoop: Massive tax bill passes, goes into effect in 12 days

By Uloop Staff on December 20, 2017

Uloop Morning Scoop for December 20 was compiled by Uloop Staff and Natalia Kolenko.

 

SENATE PASSES LARGEST TAX BILL IN A GENERATION

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announces the passage of the tax bill. (Image: AP video)

The Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the U.S. tax code in over 30 years early Wednesday morning, a major legislative win for President Trump and Congressional Republicans.

CNN reports, “The bill passed along party lines, 51-48 with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence who presided over the vote. Senator Jeff Flake, the last undeclared Republican, voted for the bill.”

The House passed the bill earlier Tuesday, but technical changes were made and there will be a re-vote Wednesday where it is expected to pass again.

The new tax system will go into effect in just 12 days and everyone from the IRS to accountants to the rich are scrambling to figure out how the law will impact them. Politico reports, “payroll companies are bracing for confusion as they figure out new withholding rules that will affect millions of American paychecks.”

 

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MISSOURI COLLEGE STUDENT FINISHED HER FINALS WHILE SHE WAS IN LABOR

This picture of Nayzi Thomas was taken by her mother and posted on Twitter. (Image: Twitter)

Nayzia Thomas, a sophomore at Johnson County Community College, was really determined to finish her semester. So determined in fact, that she completed her psychology exam while in a hospital bed. She gave birth to her son, Anthony, a little than 12 hours later.

Yahoo! reported that, instead of putting off her final psych exam, Thomas decided to complete her assignment on time.

“It wasn’t due until the end of the week,”  Thomas told Yahoo! “But my goal was to try to have everything done before. [I thought] before all this gets crazy, let me hurry up and finish this final.”

Not only did she finish, she earned a 3.5 this semester. That’s what you call focus.

 


TODAY IN A TWEET

College football’s new early signing period allows recruits to sign their National Letters of Intent between Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 for the first time this year.

 


FACEBOOK’S FACIAL RECOGNITION TOOL NOW FINDS PHOTOS YOU ARE UN-TAGGED IN

Screenshot of Facebook’s new Photo Review. (Image: Facebook/TechCrunch)

Facebook is rolling out a new feature called Photo Review that aims to give you more control of any image of you that has been uploaded to the social media platform.

The new feature will “alert you when your face shows up in newly posted photos so you can tag yourself, leave it be, ask the uploader to take the photo down, or report it to Facebook,” according to TechCrunch.

Facebook has set up different kinds of alerts, so that users who upload photos in a private or limited mode still have protection. But you will be notified of every public posts that contains an untagged photo of you. And there will be a page that will keep track of all your untagged but recognized photos.

 

 


LAST BUT NOT LEAST: 5 WAYS TO GIVE BACK OVER WINTER BREAK

Five ways you can share some of your free time this winter break with those who are less fortunate. (Image: Uloop News file)

Uloop’s Alicia Geigel is thinking about those students who are feeling super grateful and blessed this holiday season and might want to share those blessings with others who aren’t so fortunate.

There might be a few of you reading this who feel that way, too. If so, take a minute to check out these 5 simple ideas for giving back over winter break. They are way better than watching every episode of “Parks and Recreation” again.

 


We’re hoping you are all home safe and feeling good about how you crushed your finals.

And remember, you can use Uloop to find a part time job on your campus, connect with a tutor or get a head start on housing for next year. 

 


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