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    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Evening Standard newspaper has apologized to Solange Knowles for digitally altering an image of the singer on the cover of its magazine. Knowles — who had released a song called 'Don't Touch My Hair' — complained on Instagram that an elaborate braided crown on her head had been digitally removed from the cover photo. The magazine article featured the singer talking about her experiences spending time at her mother's salon as a child. She also discussed braiding's importance to her and praised it as 'its own art form.' The magazine said in a statement Saturday that the photo was altered for 'layout purposes' but it was sorry for the offense caused. The statement said: 'Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.
  • GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's leader as 'goodwill ambassador' for the World Health Organization (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he first thought the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a 'goodwill ambassador' for the World Health Organization was a 'bad April Fool's joke.' Trudeau told reporters he was dismayed by the choice of 93-year-old Mugabe, who has long faced U.S. sanctions over his government's human rights abuses, as well as criticism at home for going overseas for medical treatment. Trudeau calls the WHO appointment 'absolutely unacceptable, absolutely unconceivable' and says Canada's diplomats 'are busy making that very, very clear to the international community.' WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus now says he is 'rethinking' his decision and will issue a statement 'as soon as possible.' ___ 7:40 p.m. The head of the World Health Organization says he is 'rethinking' his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a 'goodwill ambassador.' In a new tweet, Tedros Ghebreyesus says that 'I'm listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible.' The appointment of Mugabe has been met with widespread shock and condemnation, including from the United States, which sanctioned him more than a decade ago over his government's human rights abuses. The 93-year-old Mugabe has been criticized at home for going abroad for medical treatment as his once-prosperous country's economy suffers. ___ 5 p.m. The United States has joined in condemning the choice of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a 'goodwill ambassador' for the World Health Organization. The world's oldest head of state has long faced U.S. sanctions over his government's human rights abuses, as well as criticism at home for going overseas for medical treatment. The State Department says that 'this appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity.' The WHO's new leader, the first from Africa, announced the appointment of Mugabe earlier this week. ___ 11:40 a.m. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a 'goodwill ambassador.' With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus announced the appointment at a conference in Uruguay this week on non-communicable diseases. Dozens of health groups have reacted with shock. Tedros, an Ethiopian who became WHO's first African director-general this year, said Mugabe could use the role 'to influence his peers in his region' on the issue. A WHO spokeswoman confirmed the comments to The Associated Press on Friday.
  • VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's government on Saturday offered an 'unprecedented' 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb. The government statement called the Oct. 16 car bomb slaying of Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, whose reporting on corruption targeted the prime minister and other top figures on the southern Mediterranean island, a 'case of extraordinary importance.' It said, in an 'unprecedented measure,' it was offering the sum to 'whomever comes forward with information leading to the identification of those responsible' for her slaying. 'The government is fully committed to solving the murder ... (and) bringing those responsible to justice,' the statement said. The Maltese government offered a reward in a bank heist case a few years ago, but this was believed to be the first time it posted a reward in a murder case. In the last 10 years, there have been 15 Mafia-style bombings or similar attacks in Malta, and many of the crimes have gone unsolved. Top European Union officials have denounced Caruana Galizia's slaying as an attack on journalistic freedom and insisted that rule of law prevail in the tiny member nation. Malta is widely considered a tax haven and a tempting venue for those looking to launder or hide ill-gotten gains. The blast, which blew up the car Caruana Galizia was driving not far from her home, stunned the island's citizens, who eagerly followed her blog on corruption to see which business, financial or political figures were the latest in her sights. Her husband and her three sons — including one, Matthew, who is an investigative journalist himself — didn't immediately comment on the government's move Saturday. But earlier in the week, the family said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had asked for their 'endorsement' for offering a reward. Their reply: 'This is how he can get it: show political responsibility and resign ... for failing to uphold our fundamental freedoms' to the point where their mother 'no longer felt safe walking down the street.' They also called on the government to replace the top police commissioner and the attorney general so 'then we won't need a million-euro reward and our mother wouldn't have died in vain.' Caruana Galizia had dug out Maltese links to the Panama Papers leaks, writing, among other articles, that Muscat's wife had an offshore account that was used to move money from high-level Azerbaijan figures. The Muscats denied having such an account and any wrongdoing. Several other top officials, including a minister and Muscat's chief-of-staff, had launched libel suits against the slain journalist. In the statement Saturday, the government also said information could be passed on confidentially to the police and still be eligible for the reward as long as it 'is corroborated with other independent evidence which would lead to the identification of the person or persons who committed this act.' FBI agents and Dutch forensic experts are helping Malta with the homicide investigation. No date for a funeral has been announced yet. On Monday at 3 p.m., a week to the hour when Caruana Galizia was slain, Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna will celebrate a Mass in the mostly rural area where she died.
  • PRAGUE (AP) — The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis decisively won the Czech Republic's parliamentary election Saturday in a vote that shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister. With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said ANO won in a landslide, capturing 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament. 'It's a huge success,' the 63-year-old Babis told supporters and journalists at his headquarters in Prague. Babis is the county's second-richest man, with a media empire including two major newspapers and a popular radio station. Although he was a finance minister in the outgoing government until May, many Czechs see him as a maverick outsider with the business acumen to shake up the system. With slogans claiming he can easily fix the country's problems, he is, for some, the Czech answer to U.S. President Donald Trump. Since the leader of the strongest party usually gets to form a new government, Babis could be the country's next leader despite being linked to several scandals — including being charged by police with fraud linked to European Union subsidies. The charges will likely make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs to build a parliamentary majority. He didn't immediately say which parties he preferred but has invited all parties that won seats in parliament for talks. In a blow to the country's political elite, four of the top five vote-getting parties Saturday had challenged the traditional political mainstream. Some have exploited fears of immigration and Islam and have been attacking the country's memberships in the EU and NATO. The opposition conservative Civic Democrats came in a distant second Saturday with 11.3 percent of the vote, or 25 seats. They were the strongest mainstream party. The Social Democrats, the senior party in the outgoing government, captured only 7.3 percent — 15 seats — while the Christian Democrats, part of the ruling coalition, won only 5.8 percent support or 10 seats. 'It's a voting hurricane,' analyst Michal Klima told the Czech television, referring to the poor results for the mainstream parties. The Pirate Party won seats for the first time, coming in third with 10.8 percent of the vote, while the most radical anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-EU party, the Freedom and Direct Democracy, was in fourth place with 10.6 percent support. The two parties won 22 seats each. Babis' centrist movement stormed Czech politics four years ago, finishing a surprising second with an anti-corruption message. Babis has also been critical of the EU and opposes setting a date for when his country would adopt the shared euro currency. Like most Czech parties, ANO also rejects accepting refugees under the EU's quota system. But Babis played down his euroskeptic views after his victory. 'We're oriented on Europe,' he said. 'We're not a threat for democracy. I'm ready to fight for our interests in Brussels. We're a firm part of the European Union. We're a firm part of NATO.' Still, some experts saw a strong shift to the right for the Czech Republic if Babis works out a coalition government with Tomio Okamura, head of the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, who wants to ban Islam and organize a referendum to exit the EU. 'Should (Babis) join forces with Okamura, the Czech Republic would be facing difficult times,' Klima said. A record nine parties and groupings made it into Parliament. Those included the Communists, who got 7.8 percent of the vote and 15 seats, the pro-EU conservatives with 5.3 percent and seven seats and a group of mayors who won 5.2 percent support and six seats.
  • DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran. While the United States strives to heal the rift between the Gulf Arab states and Qatar, and resolve civil wars in Yemen and Syria, Tillerson is the Trump administration's point man on an even more ambitious and perhaps even less likely geopolitical gambit. U.S. officials see a new axis that unites Riyadh and Baghdad as central to countering Iran's growing influence from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, particularly as the Iraqi government struggles to rebuild recently liberated Islamic State strongholds and confronts a newly assertive Kurdish independence movement. History, religion and lots of politics stand in Tillerson's way. He arrived in Riyadh on Saturday and planned to visit Qatar on Monday. The effort to wean Iraq from Iran and bond it to Saudi Arabia isn't new, but U.S. officials are optimistically pointing to a surer footing they believe they've seen in recent months. They're hoping to push the improved relations into a more advanced phase Sunday when Tillerson participates in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee in Riyadh. Tillerson will seek Saudi financial generosity and political support for Iraq, its embattled northern neighbor. Two U.S. officials said Tillerson hopes the oil-rich Saudis will contribute to the massive reconstruction projects needed to restore pre-IS life in Iraqi cities such as Mosul and lend their backing to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He is treading delicately among a host of powerful countries on Iraq's borders which are increasingly trying to shape the future of the ethnically and religiously divided nation. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly preview Tillerson's plans. Shiite-majority Iraq and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia, estranged for decades after Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, have tried in recent years to bridge their differences. Nevertheless, the relationship is still plagued by suspicion. Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad in 2015 after a quarter-century, and earlier this year unblocked long-closed border crossings. But the emergence of arch-Saudi rival Iran as a power player in Iraq continues to gnaw at Riyadh and Washington. Iran's reported intervention in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, following last month's much criticized vote for independence in a referendum, has deepened the unease. President Donald Trump wants to see 'a stable Iraq, but a stable Iraq that is not aligned with Iran,' H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, said this past week. He suggested Saudi Arabia could play a pivotal role. The U.S. view is that the alternative may mean more conflict in Iraq, which endured years of insurgency after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion and ethnic warfare when the Islamic State group rampaged across the country in 2014. 'Iran is very good at pitting communities against each other,' McMaster said Thursday at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 'This is something they share with groups like ISIS, with al-Qaida. They pit communities against each other because they use tribal and ethnic and sectarian conflicts to gain influence by portraying themselves as a patron or protector of one of the parties in the conflict and then they use that invitation to come in and to help to advance their agenda and, in Iran's case, I think is a hegemonic design.' Trump and his national security team have framed much of the Middle East security agenda around counteracting Iran, which they see as a malign influence that poses an existential threat to Israel and other American allies and partners in the region. They also accuse Iran of menacing the United States and its interests at home and elsewhere in the world. Shortly after taking office, Tillerson identified improving Saudi-Iraqi ties as a priority in the administration's broader policy to confront and contain Iran. Officials say he has devoted himself to the effort. On his second official trip abroad, Tillerson in February canceled a planned 'meet and greet' with staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to focus on the matter, according to one of the U.S. officials. Tillerson's decision to skip that gathering was widely criticized at the time as a sign of disengagement with his employees, but the official said Tillerson adjusted plans to speak by secure telephone to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on the Iraq rapprochement. Tillerson, according to the official, implored al-Jubeir to visit Baghdad as a sign of Saudi goodwill and commitment to the effort to defeat IS, which then still held about half of Mosul. Al-Jubeir agreed. Two days later, he made a surprise trip to the Iraqi capital. He was the first Saudi foreign minister to do so in 27 years.
  • KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide attack killed 15 military academy members west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul Saturday, a Defense Ministry official said. Dawlat Waziri, the ministry's spokesman, said the attack took place outside the training academy of the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, killing 15 and wounding four others. Waziri added that attack on foot occurred in the early evening when the on-duty officers were on their way home. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, who said that 27 academy members were killed. A statement issued by the office of President Ashraf Ghani said that the targeting of security forces illustrated the militants' 'isolation.
  • PRAGUE (AP) — The Latest on the Czech Republic's parliamentary vote (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Almost complete results from the Czech Republic's parliamentary election are showing that the centrist ANO (YES) movement led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis has won big. With the votes from 98.7 percent of the polling stations counted by the Czech Statistics Office, ANO won landslide with 29.8 percent of the vote. The victory paves the way for Babis to become the next prime minister. The opposition conservative Civic Democrats are distant second with 11.2 percent of the vote while the country's most radical anti-migration, anti-Islam and anti-EU party, Freedom and Direct Democracy, is in third with 10.8 percent of the vote. The Pirate Party won parliamentary seats for the first time with 10.6 percent while the Communists got 7.9 percent in the ballot that delivered a severe blow to mainstream parties. __ 3:45 p.m. Voting has ended in the Czech Republic's parliamentary election and early results show the centrist ANO (YES) movement led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis in the lead. The Statistics Office says Saturday that ANO has received 31.7 percent of the vote after ballots from almost 15 percent of the polling stations have been counted. Babis, the front-runner heading into the vote, has been critical of the European Union and his victory could result in another euroskeptic government in Central Europe. If he wins, he's likely to become the country's next prime minister, despite allegations of fraud linked to EU subsidies. The Czech Republic's most radical anti-migration, anti-EU party, Freedom and Direct Democracy, is in second with 11.7 percent of the vote so far and the Communists are third with 9.5 percent of the vote. ___ 9 a.m. Czech citizens are voting for a second day in a parliamentary election that could install another euroskeptic government in Central Europe. Two days of balloting that started Friday are being held to fill 200 seats in the Czech Republic's lower house of Parliament. Voting wraps up on Saturday afternoon and results are expected late in the day. The centrist ANO (YES) movement led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis was the front-runner heading into the election. Polls show he is likely to become the next prime minister despite allegations of fraud linked to EU subsidies. Babis has been critical of the European Union; he opposes the EU's quota system on redistributing refugees and setting a date for adopting the euro. Eight parties and groupings are in line to win seats.
  • RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Algeria after the Algerian foreign minister claimed Moroccan banks launder money from hashish trafficking. In a statement issued Saturday, Morocco's Foreign Ministry called Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel's remarks 'very serious,' ''false' and 'of an unprecedented level of irresponsibility in the history of bilateral relations.' Messahel said during a debate with business leaders in Algeria's capital Friday that neighboring Morocco's banks were 'laundering money from hashish.' He also said Morocco's national airline, Royal Air Maroc, 'carries something other than passengers.' Algeria and Morocco have tense diplomatic relations, mainly over the Western Sahara. Morocco annexed the former Spanish colony in 1975, but the independence-seeking Polisario Front is trying to claim the territory with Algeria's help. The borders separating the North African countries have been closed since 1994.
  • BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month. The government-run Syrian Central Military Media said 'the Syrian army and its allies have restored security and stability to Qaryatayn' after clearing the town of out IS fighters. The capture of Qaryatayn came after nearly three weeks of fighting that saw IS capture areas it had earlier lost in an offensive by Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militiamen under the cover of Russian airstrikes. Earlier this week, IS lost control of the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate, after a four-month offensive by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. Last week, IS lost its stronghold of Mayadeen in eastern Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump issued a statement Saturday commending the U.S.-led coalition partners on 'liberating' Raqqa, adding that they had made 'more progress against these evil terrorists in the past several months' than others had done in years. He added that the end of the Islamic State group's self-styled caliphate 'is in sight.' IS still holds parts of Syria's eastern Deir el-Zour province and Iraq's Anbar province, as well as small, scattered pockets elsewhere. The loss of Qaryatayn is another blow for the extremist group. Earlier this month, the Russian military accused the U.S. of helping IS launch a series of attacks against Syrian troops. Moscow said that IS launched a series of attacks in late September week from the area around Tanf near Syria's border with Jordan, where U.S. military advisers are based. The Russians said the IS attacks near Qaryatayn in the Homs province, and a key highway linking Palmyra and Deir el-Zour, wouldn't have been possible without U.S. intelligence. The capture of Qaryatayn came as Syria and its strong backer Iran signed a joint memorandum of understanding for developing cooperation and coordination between the two countries' armies. It said the memo was signed between the two countries' chiefs of staffs, adding that it provides for exchanging military expertise and intelligence and technology information in a way that can boost the two countries' capability for fight terrorism, according to state news agency SANA. Iran has been one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's strongest supporters since the country's crisis began in 2011 and has sent thousands of Iranian-backed militiamen to boost his troops against opponents. The Chief of Staff of Iran's armed forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, is on an official visit to Syria. He toured the front lines in the northern province of Aleppo and discussed military cooperation with President Bashar Assad. Israel has been concerned about Iran's growing role in Syria and has been trying to keep Iran and the fighters it backs away from its border. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria. Israel fears Iran will plant itself on the country's doorstep by establishing a Shiite 'corridor,' with land links from Iran to Lebanon, allowing the movement of fighters and weapons across the region. Earlier Saturday, the Syrian army said Israeli forces struck one of its positions near the Golan Heights south of the country. The army statement said Saturday's shelling by Israeli troops came after Syrian opposition fighters fired mortar rounds that hit an open area in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, giving the Jewish state a pretext to bomb the army. The army said the shelling caused material damage without saying if there were casualties. In one rare incident, Israel this week struck an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon.
  • “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage and his wife, Erica Schmidt, welcomed their second child, Us Weekly reported Friday. >> Read more trending news It is the second child for the couple. Their daughter was born in 2011, Us Weekly reported. The couple did not publicly confirm the second pregnancy, but Us Weekly confirmed they were spotted with their newborn at a concert in September. Dinkage plays the part of Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” which ended its seventh season in August.

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  • Police are investigating after a young child's body was found on a Texas beach. >> Read more trending news Officers responded to a call Friday evening from an individual who said they found a body near the shoreline of a Galveston beach, according to the report posted on the Galveston Police Department's Facebook page. Police determined that the body was that of a white boy, approximately 3-5 years old. The child has not been identified and no missing persons reports match the child's description, KHOU reported. Galveston police Capt. Joshua Schirard told KHOU that this is a very unusual case. Schirard said the U.S. Coast Guard and agencies in surrounding counties are assisting with the case.
  • A 26-year-old Bunnell man is dead after his motorcycle crashed on an Interstate 95 on-ramp, the Florida Highway Patrol said.  Read: Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home Troopers said the man was driving on the entrance ramp to I-95 from U.S. 1 around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle.  Read: Teacher embroiled in student sex scandal in Seminole County bonds out of jail His motorcycle flipped over and threw him off, troopers said.  The man died at the scene, troopers said.  The crash remains under investigation.  Troopers have not yet identified the man. 
  • More than 60,000 people have already registered for the  event, which is meant to help people with food following Hurricane Irma. Over 100,000 thousand are expected to show up throughout the week. Organizers say the event was prepared based off of similar event that were held in Volusia and Brevard Counties. The events caused huge lines that stretched out the door. The DCF Regional Director says the program is open for people not already on public assistance who suffered some sort of loss or damage because of the storm. They will leave with a debit card to buy groceries. Those who live in neighboring counties but could not make it to their county’s registration events will not be turned away. Roughly 15,000 Orange County residents have already been served at other events. People in Seminole County are encouraged to go to Orlando Live Events in Casselberry. People who decide to show up should expect to wait in line for hours, as well as expect traffic congestion. Attendees are advised to bring a valid Florida Driver License or Identification card. Attendees are also advised to show up on days corresponding to the first letter of your last name. The centers will be open between October 21st and October 25th. The information for the Orlando and Casselbery centers are as follows: Orange County: Camping World Stadium1 Citrus Bowl PlaceOrlando, FL 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day Seminole County: Orlando Live Events6405 S US Hwy 17 92Casselberry, FL 32730 10/21 – A - F10/22 – G - J10/23 – K - O10/24 – P - Z10/25 – Make-up Day More information can be found here: https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/siteLocations.shtml
  • A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom.  Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation. >> Read more trending news During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported. The weapons included the following: An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip A .308-caliber rifle A .50-caliber pistol A 12-gauge shotgun Numerous other handguns About 15 knives A baseball bat with protruding nails in it  A crossbow Brass knuckles A container of gunpowder More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition Three incendiary devices A homemade silencer Tactical vests Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered. Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them. Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.
  • A day after Senate approval of a budget outline for 2018 that authorizes expedited work on a tax reform plan- without the threat of a Senate filibuster – House GOP leaders set the table for a vote next week on the budget measure, hoping to give more momentum to the bid for the first major tax reforms since 1986. Friday afternoon, House GOP leaders signaled their plan to simply accept the budget plan passed 51-49 by the Senate, setting a Tuesday meeting of the House Rules Committee, which sets the ground rules for bills on the floor of the House. “We want Americans to wake up in the new year with a new tax code, one that is simple and fair,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Now it is time to meet this moment and deliver real relief to hardworking people.” Approval of the Senate-passed plan would allow tax-writing committees in both the House and Senate to get to work on the actual details of tax reform; what’s been released so far is an outline, but not the fine print. “This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As for Democrats, some feel like they are being set up by the GOP, predicting that Republicans will unveil their tax reform bill, and then demand a vote on it days later. “I am perfectly willing to negotiate,” said Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO). “I can’t do it in a vacuum.” “It doesn’t work that way,” McCaskill told reporters. “Why can’t we have a bill?” When you look back at the 1986 Tax Reform Act – that took months to make its way through the House and Senate, and then a conference committee for final negotiations. Need some weekend reading? Here is the link to the explanation of the 1986 Tax Reform Act – it’s only a little under 1,400 pages. It’s a gentle reminder that if you do ‘real’ tax reform – it is a very complicated endeavor.