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Editorial: Trump’s EPA is trying to limit science in crafting new regulations

“So once again, a bad idea from the Trump administration could well die in court before it can imperil public health” reports latimes.com. Which means not “more transparency,” but less scientific influence on federal regulations and policymaking, particularly as they affect public health.Science doesn’t get much respect from the Trump administration.The administration argues that making the raw data public would allow other scientists to verify or build upon a particular study’s findings.Regulations and policies affecting public health of necessity should rely on clear-eyed analysis of the best science and data…

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U.S. proposes denying work permits to asylum seekers who enter illegally

“In September, the administration rolled out a proposal to eliminate a 30-day deadline for processing work permit requests by asylum seekers” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration proposed a regulation on Wednesday that would bar most asylum seekers from applying for a work permit if they entered the United States illegally.In addition, the proposal would allow immigration authorities to reject an asylum application or work permit request made by migrants who miss related immigration appointments.Under existing regulations, asylum seekers must wait 180 days from…

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The cost to become a U.S. citizen is going up 61 percent

“Boundless, an immigration services firm, said in a statement that the move is just another anti-immigration tactic by the Trump administration” writes Christopher Ingraham for washingtonpost.com. Higher levels of immigration are associated with greater economic growth, healthier government finances and greater economic innovation, data shows. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Why the legal issue at the heart of the DACA case matters

“If the Trump administration chooses to execute the heartless and irrational decision to rescind DACA, it should have to own it, politically and morally” writes Contributing Columnist for washingtonpost.com. Specifically, the administration’s sole initial rationale for rescinding DACA was that the program was “illegal and unconstitutional,” according to an opinion from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It turns out that is the important legal principle the case really presents.The immediate, and arcane-sounding, legal argument is about whether the administration proceeded correctly. Source: washingtonpost.com

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UC President Janet Napolitano defends DACA policy she created under Obama

“Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents filed one of the first lawsuits against the Trump administration after it announced in 2017 that it would rescind the DACA program” writes Teresa Watanabe Covers for latimes.com. The UC lawsuit argued that Trump’s actions violated constitutional guarantees of due process and federal law against government actions that are arbitrary, capricious or an abuse of discretion.It was legal to begin with.” Napolitano said UC would continue to stand by its DACA students even if the Trump administration won the case and began winding…

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The least important reforms in Washington

“The size and influence of the NSC staff has been a long-running source of irritation among non-NSC policymakers” writes Daniel W for washingtonpost.com. These are not normal times, and so one must appreciate the high comedy of this latest tweak to the foreign policy machinery.The primary problem with American foreign affairs in 2019 is not the size of the NSC staff, or the failure of policy principals.If there is anything we have learned from the impeachment inquiry, it is that this administration cannot coordinate foreign policy or national security issues…

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Trump to meet with vaping industry as administration weighs flavored e-cigarette ban

“President Trump said that he will meet with vaping industry representatives, as well as medical professionals and state leaders, to discuss the vaping “dilemma.”” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “Children’s health & safety, together with jobs, will be a focus!”. Trump has promised a on e-cigarette vaping flavors in an effort to deter teens from getting hooked on nicotine, but the administration has yet to release guidance about implementing the ban. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Airbnb, Chobani among companies to oppose U.S. asylum work permit slowdown

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Airbnb, Chobani, Western Union and a dozen other companies are urging the withdrawal of a Trump administration proposal to slow down the work permit approval process for asylum seekers” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The proposed regulation is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to crack down on asylum seekers.At the same time, the administration proposed raising fees for U.S. citizenship applications to $1,170, an 83% increase. Source: 95kqds.com

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‘Stink to high heaven’: Graham warns the whistleblower is likely a ‘deep state’ friend of Schiff

“The Washington Examiner that Ciaramella currently works as a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council, reporting to the director of national intelligence” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Ciaramella had a close relationship with several members of the Obama administration, including John Brennan.Ciaramella has not been confirmed as the whistleblower, but he did serve under both the Obama administration and the Trump administration as a National Security Council adviser on issues relating to Ukraine and Russia. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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