In our news wrap Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that states may legally force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-to-4 decision overturned two long-standing precedents that allowed online retailers not to collect sales tax in many cases. Also, Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was charged with fraud for using public funds to pay for meals.
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In the day's other news, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may legally force online shoppers to pay sales tax; the 5-to-4 decision overturned two longstanding precedents that allowed online retailers not to collect sales tax in many cases. A number of states argued that, as a result, they have been losing billions of dollars in revenue each year.
In Israel, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with fraud today. Sara Netanyahu is accused of using some $100,000 in public funds to pay for meals from restaurants and celebrity chefs. Her lawyers call the charges — quote — "baseless and delusional."
The prime minister also faces a series of corruption investigations.
Turkey is headed toward a crucial election Sunday and the president today appealed for support. Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants a new term with greatly expanded powers. Early voting is already under way, but polls show the presidential and parliamentary races are tightening. Erdogan's opponents are warning against one-man rule.
Back in this country, the Trump administration proposed merging the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney spoke at today's Cabinet meeting, and laid out an extensive plan for reorganizing the government. He called for creating a single Department of Education and the Work Force.
We think that makes tremendous sense, because what are they both doing? They're doing the same thing. They're trying to get people ready for the work force. Sometimes, it's education. Sometimes, it's vocational training. But they're all doing the same thing, so why not put them in the same place?
The plan also would create a single food safety agency, among other changes. Many of them will first need congressional approval.
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a new farm bill today that sets tougher work requirements for food stamp recipients. The larger bill renews a broad array of crop and nutrition programs. It now moves to the Senate, which favors a more modest measure without the tougher food stamp provisions.
The CEO of technology company Intel has resigned over a consensual relationship with an employee. The company said that Brian Krzanich violated its non-fraternization policy. It gave no details. Krzanich joined Intel in 1982. He became CEO in 2013.
Trade tensions again kept Wall Street on edge today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 196 points to close at 24461. The Nasdaq fell 68 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 17.
From New Zealand today, word of a happy arrival. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl. Later, she posted a picture with her seven-pound newborn alongside her partner, Clarke Gayford. The late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was the only other world leader to give birth while in office.
And on a sadder note, Koko, the famed gorilla who knew sign language, has died at a preserve in California. She was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and learned to sign as part of a project with Stanford University. Her capacity to communicate and show emotion gained renown, and was featured in documentaries. Koko the gorilla was 46 years old.
Still to come on the "NewsHour," how the immigration debate is playing out in court; Navajos seek to draw new political lines by rewriting the election map; and much more.