What We’re Following
Tax Bill: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the GOP’s tax proposal only to find that additional changes from the Senate will require another vote on Wednesday. Even so, the bill is expected to become law this week. The $1.5 trillion tax cut is likely to substantially increase the national deficit, which in turn could set the stage for a Republican push to roll back entitlement programs. Yet history suggests that Democrats will be more likely to gain a political advantage.
Safety Concerns: Investigators’ early findings suggest that the passenger train involved in Monday’s fatal wreck in Washington State was traveling 50 miles faster than the speed limit on the section of track where it derailed. The investigation is still under way, and it’s possible that the proper use of a technological failsafe could have prevented the crash. Meanwhile, the new strategy document released by the Trump administration appears to lack a solution for what may well be a pressing security crisis: how to contain the president.
Party Positions: David Frum outlines how the clash between two conservative critics illustrates the way Donald Trump is transforming conservatism itself. And Vann R. Newkirk II reports on how grassroots organizers worked against heavy odds to achieve a high turnout of black voters in last week’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama—and how their efforts provide a model for Democrats in 2018.