US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 07:03:59

24 Jul 2019

Trump Administration Circumvents Congress For Food Benefit Cuts (Again)

The Trump administration is reviving another food benefit cut that Republicans couldn’t get through Congress.   Under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states would lose some flexibility to set eligibility standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ― commonly known as food stamps ― which would push 3 million people out of the program.
The Trump administration is reviving another food benefit cut that Republicans couldn’t get through...
13 Jun 2019

Census Fight Grows as House Panel Backs Contempt and Trump Asserts Privilege

A House committee voted on Wednesday to recommend that the House hold two cabinet secretaries in contempt of Congress, hours after President Trump invoked executive privilege to block disclosure of crucial documents on the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
A House committee voted on Wednesday to recommend that the House hold two cabinet secretaries in contempt of Congress,...
30 Dec 2018

Trump signs executive order freezing pay for federal workers in 2019

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday that cancels a planned pay increase for federal workers in 2019. Trump previously called the raise, a 2.1% increase set to take effect in January, "inappropriate" and an unrealistic burden on the federal budget. The order also cancels a yearly paycheck adjustment calculated in order with the region of the country where workers are posted.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday that cancels a planned pay increase for federal workers in 2019....
29 Dec 2018

‘Pouring Salt Into the Wound’ Amid Shutdown, Trump Signs Executive Order Freezing Pay of Nearly 2 Million Federal Workers

With hundreds of thousands of federal employees currently furloughed or working without pay due to the ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump delivered another blow to struggling workers on Friday by signing an executive order that will freeze the pay of around two million public employees in 2019.
With hundreds of thousands of federal employees currently furloughed or working without pay due to the ongoing...

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25 Dec 2018

Trump ignores climate change, offers handouts to timber industry in wildfire executive order

Nowhere in an 1,800-word executive order to address forest management and wildfires — quietly issued on Friday — does President Donald Trump draw a connection between climate change and increased wildfire risk. Instead, critics say it looks like a potential handout to the logging industry. The executive order, titled “Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk,” calls on the secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to reduce “regulatory barriers” to getting rid of “hazardous fuels” that contribute to wildfires.
Nowhere in an 1,800-word executive order to address forest management and wildfires — quietly issued on Friday...
21 Dec 2018

Trump administration aims to toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients

The Trump administration unveiled a plan Thursday to force hundreds of thousands more Americans to hold jobs if they want to keep receiving food stamps, pursuing through executive powers what it could not achieve in Congress.
The Trump administration unveiled a plan Thursday to force hundreds of thousands more Americans to hold jobs if they...

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31 Jul 2018

Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich

The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives.Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in an interview on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Argentina this month that his department was studying whether it could use its regulatory powers to allow Americans to account for inflation in determining capital gains tax liabilities.
The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a...
26 May 2018

Trump takes aim at federal bureaucracy with new executive orders altering civil service protections

President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire poor performers, sharply curtailing the amount of time federal employees can be paid for union work and directing agencies to negotiate tougher union contracts.
President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making...
7 Jan 2018

Trump Administration Bricked On at Least Half of Its Executive Orders in 2017

In his first year in office, Trump  ordered 95 separate reports, performance reviews, instructions, or other  activities to be carried out by executive branch agencies. The Intercept has been reviewing these orders for the last year. We found that 48 of the 95 actions were completed, in many cases after the due date stipulated in the order. Federal agencies have yet to complete another 20. In 27 cases, the agency was unresponsive to our requests for information.
In his first year in office, Trump  ordered 95 separate reports, performance reviews, instructions,...
9 Dec 2017

4 Horrible Policy Changes Trump Issued This Week While You Weren’t Looking

While the Republican Congress continues to be unable to govern, President Donald Trump is unilaterally making horrible policy changes, using every distraction to get away with it. The Trump administration’s ground-level policy changes continued apace, out of the headlines, from withdrawing from a major international agreement on migration to the repeal of Obama-era rules on wages and methane leaks.
While the Republican Congress continues to be unable to govern, President Donald Trump is unilaterally making horrible...
30 Nov 2017

Trump’s Acting Directors Are Quietly Dropping “Acting” From Their Titles

The fight over the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is assumed to be about President Donald Trump’s intent to deregulate finance. But it’s also part of a larger fight about separation of powers and the expanding authority of the executive, made clear by the Trump administration’s use, and abuse, of the law the president relied on to attempt to install Mick Mulvaney as acting director.
The fight over the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is assumed to be about...
13 Oct 2017

Trump signs order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday intended to circumvent the Affordable Care Act by making it easier for individuals and small business to buy different types of health plans with lower  prices but also fewer benefits and protections.
President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday intended to circumvent the Affordable Care Act by...
30 Aug 2017

Right before Harvey, Trump nixed a rule designed to protect cities from flood risks.

Ten days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to speed up the pipeline for federal infrastructure projects. One component of that Aug. 15 order? Eliminating an Obama-era rule called the federal flood risk management standard that asked agencies to account for climate change projections when they approved projects. That drew condemnation from an odd coalition of scientists, civil engineers, and fiscal conservatives concerned about reversion to the old ways: pouring money into projects that would soon be washed away.
Ten days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order...
5 May 2017

Trump signs order aimed at allowing churches to engage in more political activity

President Trump on Thursday said he would direct the Internal Revenue Service to relax enforcement of rules barring tax-exempt churches from participating in politics as part of a much-anticipated executive order on religious liberties. “For too long the federal government has used the state as a weapon against people of faith,” Trump said, later telling those gathered for the event that “you’re now in a position to say what you want to say ... No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.” The sweep of the measure was significantly narrower than a February draft that several religious groups are pushing.
President Trump on Thursday said he would direct the Internal Revenue Service to relax enforcement of rules barring...

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21 Apr 2017

Trump wants to make it easier to drill in national parks. We mapped the 42 parks at risk.

It’s no secret that oil and gas companies are on the hunt for new places to drill. But the quest for more fossil fuels could heat up in places you might not expect: our national parks. With President Donald Trump’s executive order on energy, federal agencies are now reviewing all rules that inhibit domestic energy production. And that includes regulations around drilling in national parks that, if overturned, could give oil and gas companies easier access to leases on federal lands they’ve long coveted. Weaker regulations could mean oil and gas pollution and spills in pristine national parks.
It’s no secret that oil and gas companies are on the hunt for new places to drill. But the quest for more fossil fuels...
12 Feb 2017

Stephen Miller: A key engineer for Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda

The 31-year-old top adviser to President Trump began building a conservative foundation as a teen in liberal Southern California. Miller is one of the leading advocates of the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, and he wrote some of Trump’s most strident campaign speeches. Starting as a teenager, with his frequent calls to the nationally syndicated “Larry Elder Show,” Miller made a name for himself in conservative media circles for his willingness to take controversial stands and act as a champion for those on the right who felt maligned by a culture of political correctness.
The 31-year-old top adviser to President Trump began building a conservative foundation as a teen in liberal Southern...
9 Feb 2017

Trump suggests only politics could lead court to rule against his immigration order

President Trump denounced arguments against his immigration order as “disgraceful” on Wednesday, a day after three federal appellate judges lobbed critical inquiries at those challenging and defending the plan, and suggested a ruling against his administration would be based on politics and not a fair reading of the law. Trump insisted the order was within his executive powers and “a bad high school student would understand this.”
President Trump denounced arguments against his immigration order as “disgraceful” on Wednesday,...
8 Feb 2017

Donald Trump’s Executive Order Will Let Private Equity Funds Drain Your 401(k)

Donald Trump’s February 3executive order  enabling financial advisers to continue ripping off their clients could prove a lifeline for a surprising beneficiary: the private equity  industry. The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule would have forced investment advisers in workplace retirement plans like 401(k)s to operate in their clients’ best interests, rather than recommending high-cost, high-risk products that offer the advisers kickbacks and perks.
Donald Trump’s February 3executive order  enabling financial advisers to continue ripping off their clients could...
31 Jan 2017

Trump Supporters Applaud Immigration Order as a ‘Welcome Change’

While President Trump’s order banning immigration from several Muslim countries led to protests at several American airports, the news was often met with satisfaction and approval in those precincts that Mr. Trump carried in the November election. They say they feel safer and view the airport protests and objections as misguided.
While President Trump’s order banning immigration from several Muslim countries led to protests at several American...

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30 Jan 2017

Google co-founder Sergey Brin joins protest against immigration order at San Francisco airport

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and president of Alphabet, joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport tonight as demonstrators assembled at airports across the country in opposition to...
Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and president of Alphabet, joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport...

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