Five things of the week 12/22

Alex Acker '18, Staff Writer

Tax Reform Passes

The Trump Administration has passed their new tax reform bill. The Senate passed the bill with a 51 to 48 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 20th. On the next day, the House of Representatives passed the bill with a 224 to 201 vote. President Donald Trump calls the tax reform “the biggest tax cuts in our country’s history.” Now the tax reform bill will await President Trump’s signature and will likely take effect on January 1, 2018.


An Amtrak Train flies off the tracks in Washington state

A brand new Amtrak Passenger Train went off its rails and plummeted into the crowded highway. The accident has killed at least three and has injured one-hundred others. The train was carrying 77 passengers from Seattle to Portland as its inaugural run when all of the cars tumbled into the highway. Investigators are now suspect that the cause of the accident was that the train was going 80 miles per hour on a tracking zone with a limit of 30 miles per hour. Experts and government officials are now working on ways to make train passes and other infrastructures safer.


The United States declares North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyberattack

The United States has now points to the blame at North Korea for the WannaCry cyberattack. The WannaCry ransomware attack targeted Microsoft computers and demanded ransom in the payment form of Bitcoins. The cyber attack was able to affect over 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries. More than $130,000 was stolen from 327 payments. Homeland Security has now found evidence that North Korea put people in danger as well as their finances. The virus is suspected to have been created to steal money to earn extra money for North Korea’s government programs including their nuclear program, according to the CIA.


United Nations votes to rejects recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Recently, President Donald Trump made the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the Israeli Embassy there. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted the decision down with a vote of 128 against and only 8 for recognizing the city as a capital, also 35 abstained. Many of the countries that voted stated that moving the embassy would cause even more conflict among countries in the Middle East. Although they will not move the embassy, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, will continue to recognize Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.


SUV deliberately runs into pedestrians in Australia

An SUV was reportedly traveling at high speeds, went through a red light and proceeded to run into a group of pedestrians in Melbourne, Australia. The deliberate attack has now injured at least 14 people. Two people are now in custody. Although Melbourne Police still don’t know the motivation behind the attack but are saying that the driver had mental health issues. So far no evidence points to this being a terrorist-related attack.