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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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Sorry, Sarah Sanders: Black Job Creation Doesn't Excuse Racism 16.8.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders steps away from the podium following the daily press briefing at the White House on August 15, 2018.   This week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders touted false unemployment statistics for black workers—in order to defend President Trump against charges of racism. Sanders told reporters at a press briefing, "When President Obama left after eight years in office—eight years in office—he had only created 195,000 jobs for African Americans. President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years." This was, of course, incorrect. The Council of Economic Advisors tweeted out corrected information and took responsibility for the error. The truth is that, over the eight years that Obama was president, about three million jobs were created for black workers. Sanders then apologized in a tweet, while adding she had “no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans ...
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Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive 16.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum governing how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations, according to people familiar with the action.
Minneapolis company's 'fur-ternity leave' lets new pet parents work from home 16.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Employees at the company can now work from home to take care of their new pets.
What Was the Life of This Guest Worker Worth? 15.8.2018 American Prospect
On Sunday, August 5, a group of 200 farmworkers and supporters began walking at sunrise along the shoulder of Benson Road, heading north from Lynden, Washington, toward Canada. When they reached O Road, the marchers turned right to walk along the border. Unlike the frontier with Mexico, with its walls, floodlights, and patrols, the border line here is no line at all—simply a road on each side of a weed-choked median. The procession, chanting and holding banners, passed a succession of blueberry fields for the next 14 miles, finally reaching the official border crossing at Sumas. Pausing for a protest in front of the local immigrant detention center, it then continued on until it reached its objective one mile further on—the 1,500-acre spread of Sarbanand Farms. There, in front of the ranch’s packing and warehouse facilities, participants staged a tribunal. “We are here to assign responsibility for the death of Honesto Silva,” announced Rosalinda Guillen, director of Community2Community, one of the ...
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New Zealand Bans Foreigners From Buying Existing Homes 15.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
New Zealand has lured Asian billionaires, Hollywood filmmakers, and tech entrepreneurs with a liberal immigration policy and light regulation of foreign property purchases. Now, as it tries to cool one of the world’s hottest housing markets, the country is banning foreigners from buying existing homes.
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HUD Moves to Shake Up Fair-Housing Enforcement 14.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The administration wants to shift the way it enforces fair housing, pivoting away from efforts to integrate lower-income housing into wealthier neighborhoods in favor of promoting more development overall.
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Ben Carson moves forward with push to change fair housing rule 14.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
HUD Secretary Ben Carson is moving to overhaul an Obama-era rule intended strengthen the 1968 Fair Housing Act and combat housing segregation.
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White House takes aim at financial protections for military 13.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Documents obtained by NPR show proposed changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars.
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165,000 Philly homeowners may be paying too much in property taxes. Is the city assessing property fairly? 10.8.2018 Philly.com News
An Inquirer and Daily News analysis of recent assessment and sales data found that assessment inaccuracy for residential properties remains a stubborn problem in Philadelphia.
Minnesota's August primaries: a field guide 9.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota has an unusually high number of competitive primaries to keep track of this cycle. Here's a breakdown of the major races and candidates to watch on election night Tuesday.
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Trump's 'opportunity zones' could give his South Jersey golf club a tax break 8.8.2018 Philly.com News
Those incentives could attract investment in a new restaurant or hotel at the Pine Hill golf course property, raising possible conflicts.
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Crowded field seeks DFL nod for attorney general 8.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There's a crowded DFL primary race for Minnesota attorney general. Here's a quick look to help you sort through some of the candidates.
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Q&A: We All Benefit from Welfare. Most of Us Just Don’t Realize It. 8.8.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) A Tea Party rally at the U.S. Capitol on July 19, 2013 In recent decades, Americans have become increasingly angry at the federal government, anger that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. And yet, more Americans than ever are benefiting from government social programs, many of which the Trump administration is actively working to destroy. Political scientist Suzanne Mettler calls this paradox “the government-citizen disconnect.” Such is the title of Mettler’s new book , which draws on original survey data to explore how the use of 21 federal social policies is connected to Americans’ attitudes about government. She finds that 96 percent of Americans have used at least one of these policies. But partly because of policy design—which makes means-tested programs for the poor more visible than policies for the rich hidden in the tax code—many Americans don’t recognize the value of government social programs. Critically, wealthier Americans—who tend to exert more ...
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Rural Americans' struggles against factory farm pollution find traction in court 6.8.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Industrial farms have negatively impacted surrounding communities for decades, but new litigation might be changing that.
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Taking on Class and Racial Discrimination in Housing 2.8.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Senator Cory Booker on Capitol Hill Zoning laws are not usually the stuff of which presidential campaigns are made. But Senator Cory A. Booker, who is often talked about as a presidential contender, says bad zoning laws are making housing more segregated and less affordable, and he has just introduced legislation to do something about it.  Booker was born in Washington, D.C., one year after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That legislation, which outlawed racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, helped make it possible for Booker’s parents, African American executives, to become the first black family to reside in Harrington Park, New Jersey, an affluent white community outside of Newark with strong public schools. Those schools helped launch Booker to Stanford, Oxford, Yale Law and beyond. But as a child Booker quickly became aware that a single law couldn’t wipe out entrenched inequalities of housing opportunity.  He visited relatives living in ...
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Who's on the DFL primary ballot in the 5th? Meet the candidates 30.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Voters in Minneapolis and neighboring suburbs will elect a new member of Congress this year. The 5th Congressional District seat has been in Democratic hands since 1963, which means the August DFL primary will likely decide who goes to Washington.
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Pa. sues five companies over mortgage modification scam 27.7.2018 Philly.com News
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office claims the companies scammed vulnerable homeowners into paying $280,000 for services they never received.
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A transgender woman finds support where she least expected - from a Montgomery County church and town 26.7.2018 Philly.com News
Love in Action United Church of Christ in Hatboro helped usher Jennifer Angelina Petro through a turbulent period of transition and, Petro says, "saved" her life.
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After Trump's Threat to Iran, White House Convenes a Policy Meeting 26.7.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
Four days after President Trump’s stern warning to Iran’s president, national security adviser John Bolton is scheduled to hold a meeting of Pentagon and other top officials on the administration’s emerging strategy on Iran.
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