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Trump wants to join a trade agreement that no longer exists

Responding to concerns from the agricultural community, Trump today noted that he had instructed U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to explore the US rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “…on our terms of course”. The news either portrays the information in a positive manner, or skeptically,  noting the many […]

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But his emails…

Social media is abuzz with the proof of Donald Trump Jr’s collusion with Russian officials. He actually released the emails containing the proof on Twitter, but only because the New York Times was about to release content from the emails. Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July […]

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Groups Challenge Trump’s Terminator two-fer order

NRDC, The Communication Workers of America, and Public Citizen just filed a lawsuit against Trump’s infamous “two-fer” rule. This is the rule I’ve designated the Terminator Rule. From the lawsuit: To repeal two regulations for the purpose of adopting one new one, based solely on a directive to impose zero net costs and without any […]

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The Army Corps Decision on Dakota has serious ramifications

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday it would approve development of the last section of the Dakota pipeline. In a cryptic letter, the Corps announced it was terminating the Environmental Impact Statement process in the Federal Register. The reason? Trump told them to do so. As former State Department lawyer Keith Benes said to […]

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Don’t Make Gorsuch into a Purity Test for Democrats

I normally agree with much of what Think Progress writes, but not in one of its latest pieces on how Senate Democrats stand on Gorsuch appointment. It’s interpretation of their stand is obvious from subheadings of “Team Spine”, “Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”, and “Team Trump”. I am not happy with a Gorsuch appointment because of his strong beliefs […]