TAX PLAN. Trump tax plan doubles standard deduction, slashes taxes for corporations, raise rates for the lowest bracket: “The plan would collapse the number of individual tax brackets from seven to three, with rates of 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. However, it also would give the tax-writing committees flexibility to add a fourth rate above 35 percent for the wealthiest taxpayers. The top individual rate is currently 39.6 percent. The bottom rate is currently 10 percent, but Republicans expect most people in that bracket to be better off under the framework, even though the bottom rate is increasing, thanks to an increased standard deduction. The standard deduction would nearly double, to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples. Doing so is designed to increase the number of people who end up in a zero percent bracket.”
I AM BISEXUAL. 16-year-old comes out on live TV.
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ANCIENT LIFE. Researchers believe carbon found in Canadian rocks contains ancient organisms: “Researchers in Japan analysed graphite particles in rocks from the Saglek region of northern Labrador and found that they contained potential traces of life. In work last year, the team dated the band of rocks to 3.95bn years old.”
PAUL HORNER. Fake News writer found dead in bed.
ROBERT MUELLER. Special counsel interview with White House staff ready to begin: “As CNN previously reported, among the people Mueller has expressed interest in speaking with are former and current White House staffers whom investigators consider witnesses, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former press secretary Sean Spicer, communications director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn, communications adviser Josh Raffel and associate counsel James Burnham.”
CHUCK ROSENBERG. DEA Chief abruptly resigns.
SHADY. Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, is having a secure soundproof booth installed in his office: ‘The agency signed a $24,570 contract earlier this summer with Acoustical Solutions, a Richmond-based company, for a “privacy booth for the administrator.” The company sells and installs an array of sound-dampening and privacy products, from ceiling baffles to full-scale enclosures like the one purchased by the EPA. The project’s scheduled completion date is Oct. 9, according to the contract. Typically, such soundproof booths are used to conduct hearing tests. But the EPA sought a customized version — one that eventually would cost almost several times more than a typical model — that Pruitt can use to communicate without fear of being monitored.
SOUTHWEST. Airline apologizes after woman is forcibly dragged off flight. “The airline said that the situation began when the unidentified woman informed the flight crew of her serious pet allergy. The airline noted that one pet and one service animal were also aboard the Los Angeles-bound flight. The woman did not have the proper medical certificate to stay on board, the airline said.”
SWING VOTE AGAIN. Anthony Kennedy will be the key to the “religious freedom” cake case at SCOTUS: “The Colorado baker case, likely to be heard by the justices in December, will force Kennedy to balance his strong support for gay rights – he authored the 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide – with his advocacy for religious rights and free speech.”
LOVE HAS NO BORDERS. Russians cross the border to Norway to attend Pride parade: ‘“This is historic, so close to the Russian border and still it feels safe,” says Valentina Likoshva, LGBT activist from Murmansk. She was one of about 50 people from Russia, Belarus and Kazhakstan who joined the first ever pride parade in Kirkenes, Norway’s border town to Russia in the north. Valentina is psychologist and was the leader of “The house of Equality” project at Maximum, the group for support of LGBT community in Murmansk. Maximum was an NGO that closed down after being listed as “foreign agent” a few years ago.’
JUSTIN BIEBER. Bieber says Ed Sheeran owes him another hit song for hitting him in the head with a golf club. “I think probably a lot of people aren’t even aware of some of the songs he has written for the biggest performers in the world over the last few years,” Justin adds. “He wrote ‘Love Yourself’ for me and bang! It was the biggest song of 2016.”
TRAILER OF THE DAY. Gotti.
FASHION PREVIEW OF THE DAY. GQ goes on set with designers AMI, United Arrows, and Kinfolk.
JUST NOPE. Snake pulled form North Carolina toilet: “When I arrived, only the tail of the snake was visible, so I had to reach in and pull the snake out of the toilet,” Greene says. “It was a very long black rat snake, about 6-feet-long. This was the sixth snake that I have removed from the same toilet in the past four years.”
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Kygo “Stargazing”.
HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Kiran Singh.