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New Trump executive order will hasten oil and gas pipeline permits: Industry officials

“The oil and gas industry ships 99.9 percent of all its raw and refined products through pipelines, Gerard said” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday afternoon that the oil and gas industry sees as essential to speeding up pipeline reviews and permitting, in addition to other energy infrastructure projects, according to senior representatives of the oil and gas industry and unions.He said the oil industry has faced circumstances when it is waiting for permits for nearly a decade with no way…

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Trump’s Threat to End Obamacare Insurer Payments Would Actually Cost More

“After failing to repeal Obamacare, President Trump has repeatedly threatened to end those payments in order to harpoon the law” writes Newkirk Ii for theatlantic.com. Of course, one of the likely options appears at this point to just be Congress appropriating the cost-sharing reductions.Cost-sharing reductions are an important piece of the framework of the Affordable Care Act.That’s the conclusion of the Congressional Budget Office, which on Tuesday released a report estimating the effects of terminating federal payments to insurers, which the White House currently sends on a month-to-month basis. Source: theatlantic.com…

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China says U.S. trade probe would violate international rules

“Trade groups for technology companies welcomed Trump’s order Monday but the Chinese Commerce Ministry said it violated the spirit of international trade and Washington’s World Trade Organization commitments” writes Joe Mcdonald for sun-sentinel.com. China criticized President Donald Trump’s order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing’s technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will “resolutely safeguard” Chinese interests.Ahead of Monday’s order, the Chinese foreign ministry appealed to Trump to avoid a “trade war.”.  Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Indian police order Muslim man to prove his patriotism by leading partition celebrations

“Police in India have ordered a 22-year-old Muslim to prove he is not a traitor by leading Tuesday’s celebrations of the split from Pakistan in 1947” writes Memphis Barker for telegraph.co.uk. In order to show his repentance, “he has undertaken to participate in the Independence day function with suitable fervor”, an official said, “by putting up the national flag on the mast, salut[ing] it during its unfurling and join[ing] others in singing the national anthem.” Over the weekend Mr Alam, a member of India’s 172m-strong Muslim minority, also washed the…

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Chuck Schumer dismisses Trump executive order on China: ‘Weaker action than anyone could ever imagine’

“President Trump’s pattern continues: Tough talk on China, but weaker action than anyone could ever imagine,” Schumer said in a statement shortly after Trump signed the executive order at the White House on Monday” writes Al Weaver for washingtonexaminer.com. “I applaud the Trump administration’s continued efforts to protect American jobs and ensure trade is fair for American businesses and workers,” Portman said.Democrats believe American workers deserve A Better Deal on trade and infrastructure, not more empty promises from the President.”. Schumer said that the proposal has “far more teeth” than…

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Trump says he is considering pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

“President Donald Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” issuing a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted last month of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants” writes Matt Zapotosky for sun-sentinel.com. “Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?”.  Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will ‘poison’ relations

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s order to his top trade adviser to investigate supposedly unfair Chinese trade practices will “poison” relations between the two countries, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday” writes Jonathan Ernst for cnbc.com. Trump will later on Monday issue the order to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force U.S. firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, senior administration officials said on Saturday. “But instead of advancing the United States’ interests, politicizing trade will only acerbate the country’s economic woes, and poison the…

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Trump says he was being sarcastic when he thanked Putin for ordering cuts of US diplomatic staff in Russia

“President Donald Trump implied that he was joking when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering cuts of US diplomatic staff in Russia” writes Bryan Logan for businessinsider.com.au. Trump made the comment during a press conference on Thursday, saying he was “very thankful” for the dramatic cuts, which he claimed would save the US some money. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because…

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