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tonight, breaking news unfolding right now on the hill. president trump on the verge of victory, but what just happened? why is the tax bill suddenly being held up? and tonight, who really wins with the tax cuts, and who loses? we break down the math right here. also breaking at this hour, the images coming in right now. passengers who had been on a holiday cruise, and then the deadly tour bus crash that followed. at least 12 dead, a dozen injured. new images from inside that deadly train derailment, and now we learn the train was going more than twice as fast as it should have been. the holiday travel worries tonight. we are tracking two systems at this hour. one from texas to the
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right across the country, hitting several major travel hubs, and then the east. the plane crashing right into the front yard of this home today. and tonight, meryl streep defending herself against any notion she could have done more when it came to harvey weinstein. what she's now saying. good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin with the breaking headline involving your money, your taxes. president trump, one step closer to his first major legislative victory tonight, since being elected president, but this evening, a last-minute holdup. the house voting today to approve the republican tax cuts by a strict party line vote, but late today, word now coming in they'll have to vote again. and the new poll numbers tonight. when americans were asked, who will benefit most from this tax bill, four separate polls showing that americans say more than 60% of them believe it will be the wealthy who benefit most. so, tonight, will the president still sign this into l
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christmas? and who wins, who loses? abc's mary bruce, leading us off from the hill. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan today excitedly gaveled in the first major legislative win of the trump administration. >> the yeas are 227 and the nays are 203. the conference report is adopted without an objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. >> reporter: his gavel rolling off the podium as the biggest tax overhaul in three decades cleared a major hurdle in the house. but tonight, a procedural snag will force them to vote again tomorrow. still, earlier, republicans were ecstatic. >> today we are giving the people of this country their money back. >> reporter: but the speaker interrupted by one of many protesters on the hill. >> you're lying! you're lying! >> reporter: across the country tonight, americans are asking how this bill will affect them. corporate america will see the biggest tax cut, from 35% to 21%. that cut is permanent. tax cuts for individuals will
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expire in eight years. but in the meantime, they will see their standard deduction and child tax credit double. but a new study shows americans making $75,000 a year or less will actually see their taxes go up within a decade. while wealthy americans will continue to see a tax cut. tonight, republicans insist this bill will benefit the middle class. >> you guys do your homework on the thing. >> reporter: you don't trust the analysis? >> are you kidding? $40,000 single mom is going to get over $1,000 back. >> reporter: americans who live in states where taxes are highest could pay a big price. because the new law will limit deductions for state and local income and property taxes, capping them at a combined $10,000. in new jersey, trump voter kassie smith is concerned it will take money out of her pocket. >> when we don't get the deduction on our tax return that the property value will go down, so -- how am i going to try and sell that house?
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new jersey, new york and california. it's primarily why those 12 house republicans voted no. congressman, are you still a no? >> i am, yeah. >> reporter: republicans argue the major tax cuts for corporate america will trickle down to main street america, leading to hirg and higher wages. but skeptics say, don't count on it. some have pointed to this moment, a room full of ceos recently asked how many plan to use the money they save to reinvest in their company and their workers. >> just a show of hands, if the tax reform goes through. >> why aren't the other hands up? >> reporter: even the president's top economic adviser wondering out loud why so few hands went up. and what about health care? the law repeals the individual mandate that all americans have insurance. that could cause 13 million more americans to be uninsured over the next decade. and if healthy americans opt not to buy insurance, premiums for others could skyrocket. the bill is deeply unpopular. new polls show americans believe
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this will benefit the rich. we asked the speaker. any concern that this won't translate into a political win for republicans? >> no concerns whatsoever. results are going to make this popular. >> so, you heard it there. no concerns tonight. results, they say. they're promising they're on the way, should this pass, the hours and day ahead, which we do believe it will, mary. this bill first passing in the house, but now, late word, as we were coming on the air this afternoon that they now have to vote again because of something the senate democrats have now pointed out? >> reporter: yeah, david. this is essentially a procedural snafu, but it creates a real headache. republicans now have to change that and then vote again. but bottom line, this bill is still expected to pass. >> all right, one more bottom line. when will the president actually sign this bill, will he be able to keep his promise to sign this before christmas? >> reporter: well, the white house is now suggesting that the president may not sign this until the new year, saying that the process to get the paperwork to the president's desk may
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david, the president has promised americans tax reform for christmas, and now they're suggesting that might not happen. david? >> we can hear the voices of some of the americans gathered there in the capitol behind you there, mary, thank you. one more question on this tax bill tonight, how will president trump and his family fare? and did he keep his campaign promises? what the white house told our cecilia vega today. >> reporter: tonight, the white house celebrating what it calls a promise made and a promise kept. a promise like this. >> i took this job on behalf of the forgotten men and women of our country, but guess what? they are forgotten no more. >> reporter: most working and middle class americans will get a tax cut, but independent analysts say, eventually, their taxes will go up. the president recently promised a tax code so simple you could file on a postcard. >> great job. thank you very much. i didn't know i was going to be given a prop.
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don't lose it. >> it's yours. it's yours. >> reporter: that postcard not happening either. the 503-page tax bill still means a lot of paperwork for taxpayers. the president insisting, time and time again, he's going to pay big league under the plan. >> it's not good for me, believe me. this is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me. >> reporter: also, not true. here's how president trump stands to benefit. income taxes for the ultra rich will drop. business owners, including those in commercial real estate like the trumps, get a big break from what's known as a pass-through deduction. and his family stands to save millions on inheritance taxes. the president has said this tax bill will cost him a fortune. that's actually not the case. how does he figure this is going to cost him a lot of money? >> look, we expect that it likely will certainly on the personal side could cost the president a lot of money. >> reporter: but he stands to benefit from pass-through
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deduction, estate tax chemical shun is doubled. he's going to make money on that. >> look, again, this is a tax plan that we hope benefits all americans. >> and cecilia vega live at the white house tonight. you pressed sarr sanders on this today. she did seem to couch her words? >> reporter: yeah, when it comes to his business dealings, sarah sanders said the president could benefit from the tax cuts. she still maintains he will take a hit when it comes to his personal income, but the president stands to win on both friends. >> all right, cecilia vega at the white house again for us tonight. we move to the dropping headline at this hour. passengers on a holiday cruise in mexico, many of them ameri n americans, crashing on a bus trip. several dead. tonight, members of the u.s. mission staff are now en route to the crash site. and here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, investigators in mexico still trying to determine what caused this tour bus, carrying
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passengers, to careen off the road in rural mexico. you can see the bus on its side pushed up against that thick vegetation. police tape is up and stretchers are there for the wounded. bystanders appearing to rush in to help the wounded, some of whom were may haved out on the two-lane roadway. others seeming to walk around dazed. the bus apparently went off the road on the way to the chacchoben ruins, about an hour away from where the ships docked on the yucatan peninsula, about four hours south of cancun. its believed at least seven americans are among the 18 people hospitalized. >> some of the officials from the u.s. embassy, perhaps our mission, are on their way there. >> reporter: the royal caribbean cruise line said that it was carrying 27 passengers from its ships, "celebrity equinox" and "serenade of the seas". in a statement, the company said, "we are doing all we can to help our gu
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david, those crew ships originated in miami and ft. lauderdale. and what is so gutting about this crash is that nearly half the people on that bus were killed, including a minor. david? >> all right, matt gutman, our thanks to you. we are learning more tonight about the horror playing out for americans on that speeding train in washington state. a new, faster route on its first day being used, derailing on a bend in the track. heavy equipment lifting the trains off the track. we do have new images of the damage inside the train. the shattered windows there, the sides crushed in. tonight, we've now learned the train was traveling more than twice as fast as it was supposed to. abc's clayton sandell in dupont, washington. >> reporter: today, giant cranes began picking up the pieces of amtrak 501. crews are working around the clock, clearing wreckage from interstate 5, still shut down going south. >> amtrak 501. emergency. emergency. emergency. we are on the ground. >> reporter: investigators are
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drivers below. 80 miles per hour, well above the 30-mile-per-hour limit. >> the emergency brake was automatically activated after, when the accident was occurring, rather than being initiated by the engineer. >> reporter: the train was making its first passenger run between seattle and portland on newly upgraded track, filled with rail lovers like zach willhoite and jim hamre, two of the three people who died. >> it was like being inside an exploding bomb. >> reporter: beverly and charlie heebner were excited for that maiden run, too. >> i saw her legs, i reached down and i shook one, and she shook it back. i said, oh, boy, are you all right? and she said, i think so. >> reporter: drivers who saw it all happen came running to help. >> even when people were pinned under the train, i was grabbing the dude's hand, was, like, rubbing his back. >> reporter: the new stretch of track was equipped with a safety system called positive train
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transponders along the tracks exchange signals with the train's onboard computer. if engineers are not responding, ptc is supposed to take over, preventing an accident. but for yesterday's fatal run, ptc had not yet been activated. congress has repeatedly delayed deadlines requiring ptc on major rail lines nationwide. >> and clayton sandell with us live on the scene. and late today, you were telling us, they are still clearing the scene? >> reporter: that's right, david. they're still trying to clear out that 270,000-pound locomotive from this scene, but they still have to inspect the bridge and the road before this interstate can open, and that could take several days. and tonight, david, we're just learning from the ntsb that they have recovered two data recorders that hopefully will provide more pieces to this puzzle. david? >> all right, dlin sandell on this again tonight. clayton, thank you. there are holiday travel worries brewing tonight. two storms will effect travel this week. the first one bringing blinding rain from texas all the way to the carolinas. the second
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the northwest through the midwest this week, hitting several travel hubs, reaching the east coast by this weekend. of course, just as millions travel for christmas. so, let's get right to ginger zee. she's going to track it all week long for us. >> reporter: there are travel troubles right now. let's get to the map. right along i-40, memphis, for example, dense fog advisory. less than a quarter mile visibility. some heavy rains that will move into little rock. that's going to move along that warm front, overnight through south carolina and north carolina tomorrow. then, we have to turn west, because the winter alerts are consuming the west. las vegas, for example, on a high wind warning. you can see the snow. 28 inches in parts of washington state and the cascades. look what happens, denver through minneapolis on thursday, you could see snow impeding your travel. and then it becomes all rain. more of a warm core system as it heads to east coast. >> ginger, thank you. we turn to new fallout from the allegations of sexual abuse against harvey weinstein. rose m
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meryl streep. mcgowan tweeting that stream's silence is the problem. weinstein's lawyer says that any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by mr. wean stein, but tonight, abc's linsey davis with meryl streep's response. >> reporter: the most nominated actor in oscar history, in a different role tonight. meryl steep defending herself against accusations she turned a blind eye to harvey weinstein's abusive behavior. >> i just want to thank my agent kevin huvane and god, harvey weinstein. >> reporter: after weinstein's fall, streep said she was "appalled," adding "not everybody knew." recently telling "vogue's" anna wintour she hasn't stopped thinking about it. >> what do you sit around talking about the dining room table with three daughters? >> harvey weinstein! that's all we talk about. i mean, you know, it's horrible. >> reporter: but when streep announced she would join an army of actresses wearing
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awards season as a silent protest, it infuriated actress rose mcgowan, who claims weinstein raped her. >> and that cannot stand, and it will not stand. >> reporter: mcgowan tweeting, "actresses like meryl streep who happily worked for the pig monster, are wearing black in a silent protest. your silence is the problem!" mcgowan adding, "maybe you should all wear marchesa," the fashion line designed by weinstein's estranged wife. now, in a lengthy statement, streep is responding, writing "it hurt to be attacked by rose mcgowan. i wasn't deliberately silent. i didn't know. i don't tacitly approve of rape. i didn't know. i don't like young women being assaulted. i didn't know this was happening." so far, no direct response from mcgowan, though she did delete her tweet and did apology for the dig about actresses wearing awards dresses designed by weinstein's wife. "the marchesa line was beneath me," she wrote, "and i'm sorry for that." >> meryl streep says she's reached out
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made sure mcgowan has her phone number, waiting for her call. harvey weinstein, as you know, has denied anien in consensual sexual activity, david. >> line see davis tonight, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the manhunt now across state lines. two escaped prisoners on the run. dangerous inmates breaking out through a whohole in the way. the plan crashing right into the front yard of this home. and, of course, crunch time is here for last-minute christmas shoppers. i'm one of them. millimeters went online this year, but the deals that are now out tonight, if you're willing to drive to the store. imagine that. the old fashioned way. we'll be right back.
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>> brick and mortar stores are offering massive discounts just to get people into the doors. >> reporter: the deepest discounts on clothe, homewares and jewelry. this engagement ring slashed by more than $4,000 at kohl's. this kitchenaid mixer half off at macy's. another option this week? buy online and pick up in-store. dick's sporting goods and walmart offering discounts on some items. >> waiting until the last minute is good if you know exactly what you want and you know exactly where it is and you can get in and get out. >> reporter: these popular air pod headphones sold out on many sites, but we found them still available for in-store pickup at some apple stores. and david, the big discounts aren't just on holiday gifts. it's travel, too. jetblue launching a flash sale today with one-wayar
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vermont village organic apple cider vinegar and the applesauce. their ideas and yours, pouring in tonight. >> made in america! cheers! >> reporter: and the nicotras. >> hi, david. we're from beautiful staten island, new york city. >> reporter: their gifts already wrapped. >> lee sim's chocolate. based right here in staten island. we think it's delicious. >> reporter: thanks for the idea. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: christine from new jersey with her one thing. >> firehook baked sea salt crackers. i think they're so tasty. >> elves working hard in michigan, founded in 1962. the work trucks, the workbench, even the kitchen sink made in america. selling in walmart for 55 years now, and still in demand tonight. 130 new hires across three factories. >> made in america! >> reporter: and then, the christmas cookies. the toy soldier, the angel. santa's reindeer.
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