Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

Trump pushes drug-dealer death penalty as opioid crisis response.

President Donald Trump, targeting the U.S. opioid epidemic, called again on Monday for the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that so far has gained little support in Congress, amid criticism from some drug abuse and criminal justice experts.

March 19, 2018

Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era rule targeting wage theft, unsafe working conditions.

President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday that killed an Obama-era worker safety rule that required businesses competing for large federal contracts to disclose and correct serious safety and other labor law violations.

Earlier this month, the Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which applied to contracts valued at $500,000 or more. Votes on the bill in both the House and Senate divided along party lines.

Trump signs bill killing Obama-era worker protections

Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 17, 2018

Andrew McCabe, Trump’s foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI deputy director Andrew Mc­Cabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire — a move that McCabe alleged was an attempt to slander him and undermine the ongoing special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018

Trump administration reverses promise to ban elephant hunt trophies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has quietly begun allowing more trophy hunting of African elephants, despite President Donald Trump’s pledge last year to uphold a ban on importing parts of animals killed by big-game hunters.

The agency issued a formal memo Thursday saying it would consider issuing permits to import elephant trophies from African nations on a “case-by-case” basis, effective immediately. The new guidelines, first reported by E&E News and later by The Hill, end U.S. bans on the import of such trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

HP: Trump administration reverses elephant trophy ban

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb. 28, 2018

Trump directs EPA to begin dismantling clean water rule.
President Trump stepped up his attack on federal environmental protections Tuesday, issuing an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules that were enacted by his predecessor.

LAT: Trump administration begins roll back of EPA clean water rules

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Trump signs resolution to permit dumping mining waste into waterways.
This resolution reverses an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking coal-mining operations from dumping waste into nearby waterways.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb. 12, 2018

Trump's budget plan cuts funding for arts, humanities and public media.

President Trump's proposed budget calls for big cuts in a wide array of domestic programs — among them, agencies that fund the arts, humanities and public media.

Funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be cut to zero under the proposal, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely, the first time any president has proposed such a measure.

NPR: Trump's budget plan slashes arts, humanities funding

NYT: Trump proposes eliminating NEA endowments

The Hill • Trump proposal eliminates funding for PBS, NPR