Here’s a breakdown of where the legislative process goes from here.
One of our congressional reporters, Thomas Kaplan, says the Senate plan “calls for trillions of dollars in spending cuts over the coming decade. But the cuts exist only on paper, without legislation to achieve them.”
3. A fight over trade is playing out in the White House as top advisers spar over how far the U.S. should go in putting in place the America First trade policies that President Trump promised.
Above, Mr. Trump meeting the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres, today in the Oval Office.
In today’s edition of “The Daily,” our audio news report, we discuss the State Department under Rex Tillerson, who has fired or driven out many experienced diplomats.
4. In Northern California, investigators are digging through the debris of the devastating fires that roared through wine country to find out what started them.
Determining the causes of the fires could have huge financial implications: who ultimately pays for the extensive damage, and whether insurance companies can recover some of the estimated $1 billion they will pay out.
“It’s a crime scene for us until we determine otherwise,” one investigator said.
And four weeks after Hurricane Maria, a “perfect storm” of logistical nightmares has left 80 percent of Puerto Rico without electricity.
5. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain holds an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to decide how to use Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution — a forceful tool that could allow him to take full administrative control of independence-minded Catalonia.
Barcelona, a global city and a magnet for 10 million visitors a year, has been caught in the middle of the separatist storm. Above, a demonstrator holds an Estelada, a Catalan flag, in Barcelona on Thursday.
6. Vikings cut down the forests in Iceland more than 1,000 years ago, taking their axes to the birch woodland that covered a quarter of the countryside. By most accounts, the island was largely deforested within three centuries.
“Simply everything was stripped away,” one soil researcher said.
Icelanders would like to get those forests back, to improve the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change. But it’s a slow and seemingly endless task.
7. The Orionids meteor shower peaks on Sunday. Here are a few facts.
A meteor shower is actually leftovers of icy comets crashing into Earth’s atmosphere. And comets are sort of like dirty snowballs, leaving a trail of rocks and ice that lingers in space.
When Earth passes through this comet waste, the bits of debris pierce the sky at such speeds that they burst, creating a celestial fireworks display.
Learn more about the major meteor showers and how to watch them here.
8. “The Walking Dead,” the zombie apocalypse drama, is back.
This season there are even more factions to deal with, and more than enough shifting allegiances, devious double agents and bitter blood feuds. Here’s a quick refresher before you watch the Season 8 premiere on Sunday.
It’s also the show’s 100th episode, a notable TV milestone for such a physically intense, tightly serialized narrative. Our critics look at how long the series might last, and how it might need to change to survive.
9. The Astros forced a Game 7 by beating the Yankees, 7-1, in the American League Championship Series. Saturday’s decisive game, in Houston at 8 p.m., will determine who faces the Dodgers in the World Series.
If it is the Yankees, it will be the 12th installment of a Series rivalry that overshadows all others. The last time the two clubs met in October was in 1981, when the Dodgers beat the Yankees in six games. Here’s a look at the Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw.
10. Late-night talk show hosts chimed in on President Trump’s phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier. Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” said he wasn’t shocked in the slightest.
“I don’t think we should be surprised that Trump offended this family,” Mr. Noah said. “We’ve all heard him speak: We’re offended every day.”
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