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tonight, your money, your taxes. president trump's new plan. what it means for you. after several efforts to repeal obamacare fail, the president now turns to a major tax overhaul. proposed cuts for middle class families, also major cuts for corporations and wealthy americans. also tonight, the crisis in puerto rico. a full week after the hurricane hit, more than a million people without power or drinking water. the mayor of san juan tonight saying people are starting to die. the deadly showdown. the police video just released. the suspect jumping from his pickup, firing at police. officers responding. tonight, abc news obtaining some of the russian ads bought on facebook. you will see them for yourself. posing as an american group, the ads say, "we need trump." the massive explosion,
30,000 forced to evacuate. authorities now asking, was this an accident or not? and the first airline to offer free text messages while you're flying. are phone calls next? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with the president's sweeping new tax plan, and what it could mean for middle class americans, corporate america and t wealthiest americans, too. he late today in indianapolis, the president promising a revolutionary change f middle orclass families. but still unanswered tonight, how will he pay for it? and even some republicans this evening saying this will be even more challenging than their efforts to kill obamacare. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl, leading us off. >> reporter: after failing yet again to get a republican health care plan through congress, president trump is now promising to deliver on something even more ambitious -- a massive new tax cut. like what we're talking about.
>> reporter: details are still sketchy, but the plan calls for slashing the tax on corporations, now 35%, to 20%. for individuals and families, reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to just three. doubling the standard deduction for families. that would mean no income tax whatsoever on the first $24,000 the president insists his plan will benefit the working class, and not the wealthy. >> they can call me all they want. it's not going to help. i'm doing the right thing, and it's not good for me. believe me. >> reporter: of course, it's impossible to know how any plan will affect the president because he still has not released his tax returns. but there's one big provision that would clearly benefit the wealthy. he wants to eliminate the estate tax. something that is only paid on estates valued at more than $5.5 million for individuals, $11 million for couples. while congress will surely make changes in the plan, the
president insists there's one thing he won't budge on -- that huge tax cut for corporations. >> 20 is my number. so, i'm not negotiating that number. 20 is a perfect number. >> reporter: the president doesn't explain how to pay for these hefty tax cuts, leaving congress, already deeply divided, to figure that out. >> tax reform is going to make health care look like a piece of cake. >> so, let's get to jon karl live at the white house tonight. and admistration officials have said they want tax reform done by the this year. but you heard senator corker there, this is going to be a very heavy lift. >> reporter: that is an extremely ambitious timeline. this will be a heavy lift even to get done by next year, david. that said, there is immense pressure on republicans, both here at the white house and on capitol hill, to show that they can deliver on this. >> jon karl leading us off tonight. jon, thank you. now, to another major headline involving your money tonight. your tax dollars being spent by cabinet members flying on jets.
one of those cabinet members installing a $25,000 phone booth in his office. president trump was asked about it today, asked about how secretary tom price and his expensive charter price, which are now under investigation. abc's cecilia vega reporting, it's your money. >> reporter: president trump today making it clear, he is angry with his health secretary's penchant for private planes on the public dime. >> i'll tell you, personally, i am not happy about it. i am not happy about it. >> what are you going to do about it, mr. president? >> i'm going to look at it. i'm not happy about it, and i let him know it. >> reporter: secretary tom price under fire for his luxury jet travel, costing taxpayers more than $400,000. an investigation now under way, and price says those high priced trips are on hold. >> we've heard the criticism. we've heard the concerns. and we take that very seriously and have taken it to heart. >> reporter: but today, the president made it clear, price's future is in question. >> would you fire him, sir?
>> we'll see. >> reporter: three cabinet secretaries now under investigation for expensive travel. treasury secretary steve mnuchin accused of taking costly government jets over commercial flights, including that trip to kentucky with his wife, where they viewed the eclipse. and new revelations about the epa administrator. scott pruitt's frequent trips home to oklahoma, paid for by taxpayers, already under the microscope. and now he's under fire for installing a $25,000 secure private phone booth in his office. something previous administrators didn't have. a spokeswoman says pruitt, a vocal critic of the agency before he took the top job, needs the secure phone booth so his calls are not subject to hacking from the outside. >> cecilia vega with us from the white house as well tonight. and cecilia, three cabinet sectarians under scrutiny here. and tonight, both parties are use?ndi ining more from the w repter:epubcansnd hi democrats launched this investigation. they are focused on senior
administration officials, and ofrd tanhoses their travel hc trips since inauguration day. >> cecilia vega with us tonight. cecilia, thank you. hu> we turn next here to the tanima cri puerto rico. the mayor of san juan now saying people are starting to die. president trump this week facing pressure, denying he was too preoccupied with the nfl, tweeting about sports instead of puerto rico over the weekend. and tonight, is there a law, the jones act, that is preventing aid from reaching millions of americanitizens in need? abc's eva pilgrim from san juan again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a lifeline to a town cut off since the hurricane. >> i want to talk to them. i want to tell them that i'm okay. they don't worry for me. >> reporter: the red cross setting up satellite internet for the residents of vega alta. for lydia rivera, it's a god send. once she's connected, relief as her phone liges usp from her fa.
leaving a voicemail for her mother. >> hello, mommy. >> reporter: military operations are bringing tons of equipment and supplies, but residents in this town tell me they're still waiting for help. >> there's supplies coming tomorrow. that's what they told us. >> reporter: a full week after the storm ravaged this u.s. territory, thousands are still in shelters. one man posting videos from residents in utuado on facebook. >> my name is robert stone, and if they see this thing, know that i am okay and that i'm well taken care of. >> what's out there is total devastation, total annihilation, people literally gasping for air. >> reporter: nearly half of the island still without water. the lines of people hoping to get gas, food, even money, seem longer than ever. and a crowd at the airport. people hoping for a seat on one. >> and eva pilgrim with us live
again tonight. eva, some people in congress are asking homeland security to waive the jones act. >> reporter: that's right, david. for hurricanes harvey and irma, a waiver of that act was granted. the president says he's considering the same for hurricane maria, but that a lot of shippers and people who work in the shipping industry don't want it waived. the president is planning to visit puerto rico on tuesday. david? >> eva pilgrim tonight, thank you. and maria, gaining strength today, unbelievably, growing back to a category 1 hurricane. strong waves and flooding still along the outer banks of north carolina. tropical storm warnings still in effect tonight. maria teetering on the edge between a tropical storm and a hurricane, but moving sharply east, soon out of harm's way. and good riddance. overseas tonight, the images after a fierce rocket attack on the air port in kabul in afghanistan. it came after jim mattis arrived there, and after the u.s.
revealed, here back some time ago that more u.s. troops are on the way. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with images of the attack. >> reporter: this burning plume after that barrage of firepower, some 40 rounds of munitions, 82mm rockets and rocket towards kabul's airport.hed the target, claims the taliban, the aircraft defense secretary jim mattis had flown in on hours before. at the time of the attack, mattis was meeting afghanistan's president. but not only did the taliban take credit, but so did isis, releasing a video they claimed shows the attack in progress. afghan special forces raided a nearby house. they were backed up by a u.s. air strike. a missile from an apache helicopter malfunctioned, killing one woman and wounding several others. this was mattis's first visit since the u.s. announced it would be adding 3,000 american troops to the 11,000 already there.
this attack is a stark reminder that even after 16 years of trying to defeat the taliban, and the loss of thousands of lives, they still remain a formidable threat. david? >> martha raddatz from washington. martha, thank you. next tonight here, abc news obtaining some of those ads bought on facebook by russian agents. facebook admits the were$1 p00, companies during the election. tonight, you're going to see the ads for yourself, and were the russians at it again, just within the last week during the debate over the nfl? abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross with what those ads said. >> reporter: tonight, abc news has obtained some of the posts and ads congressional investigators say the russians planted on facebof the kremlin effort to help get donaooldt trump easlearcted p. americans would have no idea what they were reading was written by the russians. they rail against illegal immigrants. this one warns against so-called
refugees jeopardizing our national security. this ad uses a popular cartoon. dora the explorer knows how easy it is to cross the u.s. border. it's like a children's game. dness, we need -- we need to ma trump. the ads supposedly come from a group called secureds, buter bo congressirdonal unvest say there is no such group, that they were, in fact, created by russian companies which paid more than $100,000 to facebook to post them during and after the election. >> their goal was to spread dissension, was to split our country apart, and they did a pretty good job. >> reporter: many of the ads, investigators say, came from an operation in st. petersburg, russia, in this building where young russians are hired to send out fake news. a former employee says she took this undercover video inside when she worked there in 2015, hoping to expose the operation, where the so-called trolls worked 12-hour shifts.
the former employee, fa facebook was one of their main platforms. according to investigators say their slant, pro-trump, anti-clinton. their targets, voters in specific areas of key swing states. >> how did they have that level of specificity? that's one of the questions we need answered. >> that is the question tonight. brian with us, who helped the russians target those ads to vorticular swing states, swing tthrsteis wha election? today, there was one republic senator who even said there's a possibility if the russiansven during the nfl debate. >> reporter: yes, david. on capitol hill today, senator james rd, member of thefo nksenate intelligence committee sails russian trolls have been tweeting on both sides of the issue, trying to raise the noise level, he said, and push divisiveness in the country. by the way, this morning, president trump tweeted that he considers facebook to be ant anti-trump. >> brian ross with us tonight. brian, thank you. next tonight, to a major new fallout from the scandal rocking college basketball.
famed louisville head coach rick pitino placed on unpaid leave. the highest paid coach in the ncaa. his attorney says pitino has been, in effect, been fired. abc's linsey davis tonight on why. >> reporter: tonight, legendary coach rick pitino, out at the university of louisville. >> effective immediately, coach pitino has been placed on an unpaid administrative leave. >> reporter: it comes just one day after college basketball was ensnared in a sweeping bribery and corruption case, announced by the fbi. >> these defendants conspired to secretly funnel six-figure payments to the families of three high school players. >> reporter: an adidas executive charged with funneling money to a top high school recruit to make sure he committed to louisville, a school adidas sponsors. three years ago, pitino himself complained about the ininfluence of shoe companies in recruiting. >> i never thought that shoes would be the reason you recruit players. >> reporter: louisville is
already on probation after another scandal involving escorts for recruits. >> while this may be a dark day for the university of louisville, better days are ahead. >> reporter: tonight, coach pitino says he has been effectively fired, and that the matter will follow its legal course. but he also says that he has done nothing wrong, and that the facts will exonerate him. david? >> linsey davis, our thanks to you again tonight. next , this evening, to new images just released of a deadly showdown with police in sacramento. the encounter with a murder suspect, showing what happened in the moments after they pulled him over. here's abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman tonight. >> reporter: : police began following eric arnold because he was wanted in connection with a double murder. the seconds after the stop, it became clear what he seemed capable of. [ gunshots ] tonight, sacramento police releasing 15 dash and body camera angled of the september 7th shooting. after the stop, you can hear the officers give arnold explicit instructions.
>> drop the keys out the window. >> reporter: and then, from multiple angles, you see arnold burst out of his truck, spin and fire. he blasts six shots from his semi automatic. police respond with over 30 bullets. arnold was hit over 1 times. but some of his six shots hitting their mark. two officers wounded. this officer, badly li lly limp. >> reporter: both of thosepeti . that suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. david? >> matt gutman, thank you. a massivexps eowonsilot t s sabotage. a huge blast in ukraine tearing through an ammunition depot at a military base. 30,000 people evacuated from the nearby town. ukraine has been fighting russia-backed accept are cysts for three years now. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the highway doanstff hour. traffic backed up for miles. the police chase ending with a
shootout on a major highway. news tonight abo the suspect. also, the murder mystery unsolved for nearly three decades in this country. now, there is a major break, in what had been called the case of the killer clown. and the first u.s. global airline to offer free text messaging while you're flying. so many asking today, will phone calls on planes be next? we'll be right back. [radio alarm] ♪ ♪ julie is living with metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. she's also taking prescription ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor, which is for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor- positive her2- metastatic breast cancer as the first hormonal based therapy. ibrance plus letrozole was significantly more effective at delaying disease progression versus letrozole.
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finally, america strong. the charlotte couple with a surprise for their family. >> tammy and drew waltz from charlotte, north nour siblings, boys and a girl, ages 8 to 11, over christmas last year. they are orphans from eastern europe who came to live with them temporarily during the holidays through a nonprofit. together for five weeks, they instantly bonded. and when it was time to say good-bye, the waltzes say their home, their lives, felt empty. they stayed in touch and began to talk about adoption. the kids were overjoyed. and when tammy and drew decided to give them a permanent home, they began to tell their friends and family, and they recorded each of their responses. this soon to be great-grandma came first. >> you're going to be a great-grandma. times four.
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a commute in chaos. two incidentsat nightmare for the morning commute and it is not over we westbound lanes of interstate 80, still closed after a police shooting. you can see policen scene looking for evidence as we pull out. there are no cars because the road is still closed at this hour. >> the freeway closure on interstate 80 began just after 9:00, an armed suspect was shot and killed after a tense stand-off with police. it began as police began facing a homicide suspect in richmond. >> live in emeryville with still a developing story. >> reporter: interstate 80, westbound, as you can see, is still shut down seven hours after a tense stand-off began.
we just got an update. they estimate it could renope about an hour, at 5:00 p.m. of course, that's too late for the afternoon commute. a very tense day out here on the freeway. motorists took cover when a gun battle began between police and the gunman on interstate 80. >> a bunch of gunshots. i don't know how much. >> he was over the stand-off. a man driving a black suv refusing to surrender. police say the suspect was wanted for a homicide in fairfield. authorities spotted his car this morning and the chase was on. the richmond police and the chp assisted, trying to get the driver to stop. a spike strip was placed in the road. >> after we spike that vehicle, it collided with the concrete barrier. >> the car they were chasing started to lose, it had a flat tire so it was