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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Senate Republicans seek to block Central American minors from claiming U.S. asylum unless they apply at home 23.1.2019 LA Times: Nation

Senate Republicans proposed Tuesday to effectively bar Central American minors from claiming asylum in the United States unless they apply at home, a reversal of U.S. law that Democrats swiftly denounced as unacceptable.

A proposed spending bill introduced by Senate Republicans would amend federal...

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Policy News: January 22, 2019 23.1.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: Federal Government Shutdown Continues, Impacts to Science Deepen Current shutdown is now the longest in US history. ESA is collecting offers of assistance for affected scientists. Trump Nominates Andrew Wheeler to Lead the Environmental Protection Agency The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds confirmation hearing for Wheeler. Congress Committees announce new ...
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Supreme Court agrees to hear 2nd Amendment challenge to New York City handgun law 23.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear its first 2nd Amendment case in nearly a decade and rule on a strict New York City ordinance that bars a legal owner of a handgun from taking it to a shooting range outside the city.

The city says gun owners may seek permits to carry handguns legally if...

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MLK Day activities underscore the contrast between Trump and 2020 Democrats 22.1.2019 LA Times: Nation

President Trump gave a fleeting, low-key nod to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights hero’s national holiday Monday, while Democrats who may run against Trump in 2020 fanned out to public events across the nation for more fulsome tributes.

The contrast served as a reminder both of...

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For the poor, the safety net in a shutdown doesn't feel safe 21.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Most major aid programs haven't dried up yet. But each day the stalemate in Washington drags on, the U.S. inches closer to what advocates call a looming emergency. Those dependent on the aid are watching closely under a cloud of stress and anxiety.
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Sure, the GOP snubbed Steve King. But when will they do something about Trump's racism? 21.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

House Republicans bluntly snubbed Steve King after his latest racist musing, relieving the Iowan of his congressional committee posts and scrambling to pass a resolution condemning white nationalism.

Ostracizing their outrageous colleague provided a satisfying outlet for Republicans. They could...

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Colorado cities try to keep up as Airbnbs, other short-term rentals multiply 19.1.2019 Denver Post: Local
The short-term rental revolution is on a mad tear in Colorado, but regulations meant to protect neighborhoods amid the rise of online room-booking sites are moving at a much slower pace.
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4 ways Minnesota lawmakers hope to boost education 19.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
State legislators with past teaching experience, including Gov. Tim Walz, will have a big hand in shaping education legislation this year. Here's a look at some of their priorities.
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The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree. 18.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by ProPublica. At the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, a team of about a half-dozen technicians analyzes pictures down to their pixels, trying to determine if the faces, hands, clothes or cars of suspects match images collected by investigators from cameras at crime scenes. The unit specializes in visual evidence […]
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Ditch the global gag rule once and for all 18.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

One of President Trump’s first misguided actions in office was to reinstate an antiabortion policy known colloquially as the “global gag rule.” Under the rule, any foreign nongovernmental organization receiving U.S. aid for healthcare must agree not to spend any of its other funds — the money it...

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House intel chairman Schiff vows to get Trump Jr. phone records -- and more 17.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The California Democrat says to expect new activity from the House intelligence committee this year. Read the transcript of his interview with NPR.
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Big earthquake would topple countless buildings, but many cities ignore the danger 17.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The Northridge earthquake that hit 25 years ago offered alarming evidence of how vulnerable many types of buildings are to collapse from major shaking.

It toppled hundreds of apartments, smashed brittle concrete structures and tore apart brick buildings.

Since then, some cities have taken significant...

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Here’s Why Beto O’Rourke Voted for an Anti-Black Lives Matter Bill 16.1.2019 Mother Jones
Last September, when he was a surprisingly strong challenger to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke brought black churchgoers to their feet when he discussed Botham Jean, a black man who was killed by a white police officer in his own home. “How can we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men […]
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LAPD deploys controversial drone for the first time 16.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The SWAT officers thought the armed robbery suspect might be in a second-floor apartment.

To find out without risking their lives, they deployed a new tool: a small drone that hovered outside the window transmitting live video.

The video showed that the man did not appear to be in the room. The...

L.A. County sheriff reinstates deputy fired over domestic abuse and stalking allegations 16.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Caren Carl Mandoyan played a special role last month at the swearing-in of Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, standing on stage and holding the box of gold pins that would adorn the collars of the top cop and his senior executives.

Mandoyan served as a trusted member of Villanueva’s campaign...

Brazil's new president loosens gun ownership laws 16.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

President Jair Bolsonaro signed an executive order Tuesday making it easier for Brazilians to own guns, swiftly fulfilling a campaign promise that he insists will help combat violent crime and reduce the number of homicides nationwide, which approached the 64,000 mark in 2017.

“What I can say,...

The Threat of Nuclear Weapons Is Truly Terrifying and No One Seems to be Paying Attention 15.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists subscription magazine at Taylor & Francis Online. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Jon Wolfsthal has spent much of his professional life working on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation and associated international security issues. In the second term of the […]
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A Republican Congressman’s Racism Is Finally Catching Up With Him 13.1.2019 Mother Jones
For years, Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has made racist comments with little censure from his own party. But after he questioned why terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are considered derogatory in an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, several GOP leaders are acknowledging that the nine-term congressman has gone too far. A few […]
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Former HUD secretary Castro launches presidential campaign 12.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Julian Castro's announcement came Saturday in Texas, after weeks of hinting he was ready to join the 2020 Democratic primary field. "I've always believed with big dreams and hard work anything is possible," he said.
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