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• Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin on Wednesday became the first Republican to declare that he would not vote for his colleagues’ bill to rewrite the U.S. tax code. Other senators also expressed misgivings about the plan’s cost and effect on the middle class.
• “There are tough choices at the heart of the Republican tax bills speeding through Congress, and they make clear what the party values most in economic policy right now: deep and lasting tax cuts for corporations,” our tax and economics reporter Jim Tankersley writes.
• A lawyer for Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate, suggested that a purported message from his client, written in the high school yearbook of one of the women who have accused Mr. Moore of sexual misconduct, may have been forged.
The state’s Senate race grew increasingly uncertain after four more women came forward to accuse Mr. Moore of unwanted advances.
• State Republican leaders met Wednesday night to discuss whether Mr. Moore should remain the party’s nominee for the Dec. 12 special election. No decision was announced.
• Until 10 days ago, Black Cube, a private investigation firm established in 2010 by former intelligence analysts of the Israel Defense Forces, was largely unknown in the U.S.
But the company is now in the spotlight after the producer Harvey Weinstein hired it to investigate the actress Rose McGowan, who accused him of sexual assault.
• In placing President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe under house arrest on Wednesday, the nation’s military may have foreshadowed the end of more than just one political career.
The apparent coup echoed across a continent where the notion of the “big man” leader is defined both by the lure of power in perpetuity and the risk that, one day, the edifice will crumble.
• We looked back at key moments in Mr. Mugabe’s nearly 40-year reign.
• One of our art critics, Jason Farago, assessed “Salvator Mundi,” the work attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-setting $450.3 million on Wednesday.
His verdict: “a proficient but not especially distinguished religious picture from turn-of-the-16th-century Lombardy, put through a wringer of restorations.”
• Other critics said the astronomical price attested to how much salesmanship drives and dominates the conversation about art and its value.
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