Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works RD James on Thursday announced the repeal of the Clean Water Rule. The rule granted federal pollution protections for streams and wetlands. The EPA and the Army claim that the “2015 rule … impermissibly expanded the definition of ‘waters [...]

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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday signed a notice that seeks to reduce pollutant regulations for methane. The EPA suggests that methane should not have been subject to separate, redundant regulations, and that removing methane-specific regulations imposed in 2016 will “not affect the amount of methane emission” while other volatile organic [...]

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US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey mishandled records of meetings he had with the Trump administration. Seven memoranda that span January 6, 2017, through June 6, 2017, were subject to the investigation. The memos were all generated by Comey, who used the FBI’s computer [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order discharging federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. The order seeks to alter the Higher Education Act of 1965 and its 2008 amendment, which already discharged federal student loans for this group of veterans. Previously though, disabled veterans were required to submit [...]

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New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday announced his decision to fire Daniel Panteleo, the police officer who was involved in Eric Garner’s death. Five year ago, Garner was accused of illegally selling loose cigarettes. When confronted by police, Garner refused to comply with an arrest by then-Officer Pantaleo. Pantaleo clasped and maintained [...]

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The State Supreme Court of Hawaii held on Tuesday that a constitutional provision regarding Hawaiian education was intended to revive the Hawaiian language (‘ōlelo Hawai‘i) using reasonably accessible immersion education. In making this decision, the court acknowledge the substantial role Hawaiian language has played in the Native Hawaiian society, including the expression and preservation of [...]

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Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Thursday urged the preservation of the rule of law following the failed night raid and the later arrest of his political opponent Almazbek Atambayev. Atambayev, the former president, has been accused of corruption and illegal land purchases. As a result, Atambayev was stripped of immunity from prosecution. In Jeenbekov’s statement, [...]

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