Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EDT.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EDT:
— TRUMP-TAX PLAN (sent; developing)
— TRUMP TAX CUTS-EXPLAINER (upcoming)
— CONGRESS RDP (sent; developing)
— TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS (sent; developing)
— KOREAS-TENSIONS (upcoming)
— IMMIGRANT CRIME (sent; developing)
— TRUMP 100-LETTERS FROM AMERICA (upcoming)
— SANCTUARY CITIES (sent; developing)
— RODNEY KING RIOTS- 25TH ANNIVERSARY (upcoming)
— VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS (sent; developing)
— EARLIEST AMERICANS (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— COLLEGE PROTESTS (upcoming)
— JUDGE FOUND DEAD (sent)
— FERAL HOGS FOR DINNER (upcoming)
— ON THE MONEY-OLD CARS-NEW TECH (upcoming)
— TWITTER-NO TRUMP BOOST (sent)
— SUMMER PREVIEW-RIDLEY SCOTT (upcoming)
— BRITAIN-RABBIT DIES (sent; may develop)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EDT):
TRUMP-TAX PLAN – Trump is proposing a tax overhaul that would provide tax cuts for business and individuals, even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. SENT: 780 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1:30 p.m. event, 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP TAX CUTS-EXPLAINER — The impact on the economy of Trump’s sweeping tax-cut plan. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.
CONGRESS RDP – Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of Trump’s premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. SENT: 870 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. meeting, 850 words by 4 p.m., photo.
KOREAS-TENSIONS — In an unusual White House briefing, Trump meets with the entire U.S. Senate as the administration seeks an urgent solution to North Korea’s escalating aggression. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m. (meeting is at 3 p.m.)
TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS – Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as “national monuments,” an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days. SENT: 730 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:20 a.m. event, 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
IMMIGRANT CRIME – The Trump administration launches an office for American victims of immigrant crime, an action critics say give the false impression that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than native-born U.S.-citizens. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 11:30 a.m. event, 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP 100-LETTERS FROM AMERICA – One hundred days into Trump’s presidency, The Associated Press returned to some of the people featured in stories about him and his policies to ask them to write a letter to the president, evaluating the job he’s done so far and looking ahead to what they hope comes next. UPCOMING: 3400 words by noon in chunky text, photos.
CONGRESS-BORDER WALL – Republicans have a new talking point about Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall. UPCOMING.
TRUMP 100-FAMILY – Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law to head the Peace Corps has a president leaned as heavily on his family as has Donald Trump. SENT: 1024 words, photos. With TRUMP 100-FAMILY HISTORY — Plenty of presidencies have been family affairs. SENT: 300 words.
TRUMP-HOUSING SECRETARY — Ben Carson is in Ohio, part of a national listening tour. SENT: 130 words.
VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS – Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government’s response to political unrest that has been blamed for 26 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere’s major powers. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing
SYRIA – France’s foreign minister says that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAN-US – A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fires a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official says, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries. SENT: 310 words, photo
IRAQ – Iraqi paramilitary forces said Wednesday that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces have been battling the Islamic State group for months. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-SUBWAY ALERT – Prosecutors say a university student with an interest in weapons and extremism planted a homemade bomb on a London subway train with the intention of causing carnage. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
BRITAIN-PORTUGAL MISSING GIRL – British detectives say they are still pursuing “critical” leads in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 10 years after the girl — then three years old — vanished from a vacation home in Portugal. SENT: 130 words.
SANCTUARY CITIES – For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by Trump and used Trump’s own language against him. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With SANCTUARY CITIES-TEXAS – Texas legislators plan to push forward on a propsal that would jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.
RODNEY KING RIOTS- 25TH ANNIVERSARY – Twenty-five years ago, a jury acquitted four white police officers who pummeled black motorist Rodney King in what was one of the first violent police-civilian confrontations captured on video. As news spread through then-predominantly black South Los Angeles, outrage quickly morphed into one of the deadliest race riots in U.S. history. Today, it’s indelibly etched in the memories of witnesses. UPCOMING: 2,000 words, photos, video. With: BC-US–Rodney King Riots-Major Players, BC-US–Rodney King Riots-Timeline.
DENNIS HASTERT-PENSION – Illinois officials are poised to consider the status of the pension Dennis Hastert receives for the time the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker served in the state’s General Assembly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
POLICE BARRACKS AMBUSH – Jury expected to begin weighing sentence for gunman who targeted Pennsylvania State troopers, killing one. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Trial resumes at 9 a.m.
POLICE SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA – A lawyer for the family of a man killed by police in South Carolina says he plans to continue his lawsuit after seeing video of the shooting. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; news conference scheduled for 2 p.m.
COLLEGE PROTESTS – Fearing a return to violent protests that roiled campuses in the 1970s, institutions of higher learning are re-examining how to protect free speech while keeping students and employees safe in a time of political polarization. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos.
JUDGE FOUND DEAD – The death of the first black woman on New York’s highest court has left both police and admirers mystified. SENT: 670 words.
FERAL HOGS FOR DINNER – In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
EARLIEST AMERICANS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) – A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived more than 100,000 years earlier than scientists thought __ and maybe they were Neanderthals. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m., 700 words.
TWITTER-NO TRUMP BOOST -Twitter’s frequent presence in the news – as the preferred megaphone for Trump – has not translated into profit or meaningful user growth for the company. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 7:45 a.m. earnings release.
NET NEUTRALITY-BRACING FOR A FIGHT – Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over threats to net neutrality, a key issue for them and their users. SENT: 770 words, photo.
ON THE MONEY-OLD CARS-NEW TECH — Old cars can learn new tricks. For a few hundred dollars, an older car can be equipped with the safety technology found on newer cars, like forward collision warning or backup cameras. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon, photos.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-PR CRISES — When a small business has a public relations crisis like the one United Airlines had this month, recovering may not be as easy as it is for a big company. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.
BRITAIN-RABBIT DIES – United Airlines investigates report that rabbit died on flight. SENT: 230 words.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SUMMER PREVIEW-RIDLEY SCOTT — Almost 40 years after “Alien” shocked audiences, Ridley Scott is returning to the well that made him a star director with a new terrifying installment, “Alien: Covenant.” UPCOMING by 4 p.m.: 750 words, photos.
SUMMER PREVIEW-DWAYNE JOHNSON — Dwayne Johnson has graduated from “franchise Viagra” to “franchise starter.” Now he’s hoping to turn “Baywatch” into the next franchise in his film empire, but the former wrestler-turned-actor knows the audience is king. UPCOMING by 4 p.m.: 750 words, photos.
TRIBECA-VIRTUAL REALITY — The names are getting bigger and the ambitions are, too, in virtual reality. A number of high-profile projects unveiled at the Tribeca Film Festival show the young medium pushing forward to unlock VR’s power to create empathy, whether it’s a Holocaust survivor or a crow voiced by John Legend. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.
TV-AMERICAN GODS — “American Gods,” an eight-episode sci-fi romp premiering Sunday on Starz, lands as TV’s latest counterstroke to conventional storytelling. UPCOMING: 750 words by 10 a.m., photos.
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