The Trump administration is weakening the global trading system

The chips are down “SEEING POSSIBILITIES in potatoes” is the upbeat slogan of Lamb Weston Potato Products, Inc., an American exporter. But new trade deals mean that its foreign competitors have fewer obstacles blocking their view. One is the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into effect on December 30th. Negotiated as […]

Environmentalists fear the Trump administration is gearing up to lift a key regulation on the coal industry

Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were unnecessary as they were too costly. Those remarks have sparked an outcry from environmentalists who feared the next step would be looser rules favoring the coal industry at the expense of public health. Under the Mercury and […]

Trump administration says it will keep a tent city holding more than 2,000 migrant teenagers open through early 2019

Mike Blake/Reuters The US will keep a tent city holding more than 2,000 migrant teenagers open through early 2019. The Tornillo facility in Texas, which originally housed up to 360 children, was later expanded to hold some 2,300 largely Central American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 in more than 150 […]

One striking image shows the Marine Corps generals who will have left the Trump administration, after the president praised their service

Department of Defense President Donald Trump once boasted that his administration was staffed by notable members of the US armed forces. Those service members will soon be leaving his administration. The latest former Marine Corps general who is voluntarily leaving the administration is Defense Secretary James Mattis. US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ upcoming departure from […]

Trump administration organizes pushback against its own climate report

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference on November 7, 2018. (credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Late last week, as the country would be focusing on antacids and shopping, the Trump administration released a report on climate change prepared by its own scientific agencies. The hope was that the report, and […]

Trump administration defends FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules

(Reuters) — The Trump administration defended the Federal Communications Commission repeal of landmark open internet rules known as net neutrality, urging a federal appeals court to reject a challenge. In a 167-page court filing late on Thursday, the Justice Department and FCC urged the court to reject the suit filed by 22 states, the Distric…Read […]

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a new family separation policy for immigrants

Associated Press/Matt York The Trump administration is reportedly considering a new family separation policy for immigrants who cross the US-Mexico border with their children. Instead of forcibly splitting up immigrant families at the border, as authorities did under the “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the parents would face a “binary choice” to be held as a […]

Nikki Haley is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far

Skye Gould/Business Insider Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, announced on Oct. 9th she intended to resign from her position at the end of 2018 in an Oval Office press conference with President Donald Trump.  The administration has been rocked by high-profile departures — including Reince Priebus as chief of staff and […]

The Trump administration reportedly dismissed intelligence findings showing that refugees don’t pose a significant national security threat

Kevin Dietsch via Associated Press The Trump administration reportedly dismissed intelligence findings last year saying that refugees don’t pose a significant threat to the United States. Former government officials told NBC News that a top Justice Department deputy said in a September 2017 meeting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t agree with the intelligence findings. […]