Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

Trump announces decision to "withdraw" from Iran nuclear deal

President Trump announced Tuesday his much-anticipated decision to "withdraw" from the Iran nuclear deal, in keeping with a longtime campaign promise. The president claimed there is Israeli intelligence proving Iran is not in compliance with the agreement, and said he fears the 2015 deal will allow the Iranian regime to amass nuclear weapons.

CBS: Trump to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

President Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules he says suffocates industry.

WASHINGTON — President Trump's latest effort to boost the nation's manufacturing sector is an industry-friendly rewrite of air quality regulations he says pose "unnecessary and outdated barriers to growth."

But environmental advocates warn it would be another damaging step by an administration obsessed with deregulation at the expense of hard-fought public health protections.

The proposed loosening of air quality standards came in the form of a directive Trump issued Thursday instructing the EPA to work with states that have metro areas which failed to attain clean air standards. The president's primary aim, the directive states, is "promoting domestic manufacturing and job creation."

USA Today: Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

EPA prepares to roll back rules requiring cars to be cleaner and more efficient.

The Trump administration, handing automakers a victory, is preparing to announce an effort to weaken strict Obama-era pollution standards.

NYT: EPA Auto Pollution Rollback

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.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

Department of Justices files launches lawsuit against California “sanctuary” laws.

California tried to make it harder for ICE to round up immigrants. So the federal government is suing the state. The Department of Justice has just filed a lawsuit against the state over three laws it passed in 2017 that limit government officials’ and employers’ ability to help federal immigration agents, and that give California the power to review conditions in facilities where immigrants are being detained by the feds. Sessions, in a Wednesday speech to the California Peace Officers’ Association, a law enforcement union, is giving the message in person.

Vox: Federal lawsuit against California "sanctuary" laws