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- The Environmental Protection Agency has again been sued over its rollback of Obama-era waterway protections. The lawsuit alleges that the new rule conflicts with the Clean Water Act and “disregards” science “without any rationale, let alone ‘reasonable,’ explanation.”
- Green Bay, WI Mayor Eric Genrich penned an open letter to President Trump before his scheduled town hall event with Fox News host Sean Hannity: “Our instinct toward hospitality, of course, extends to our president, but I want you to know that it has its limitations. We don’t tolerate intolerance or willful ignorance, and we won’t endorse or ignore divisive and bigoted rhetoric.”
- The Supreme Court handed President Trump a win on Thursday by ruling that asylum seekers have no right to a federal court hearing before being removed from the United States. The 7-2 decision allows the administration to fast-track the removal process, a move that could affect thousands of immigrants.
- Nearly 1.5 million US workers filed new applications for unemployment benefits in the third week of June. More than 6.6 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits through pandemic assistance programs since the start of June — almost triple the total jobs gained in 2019.
- The Trump administration wants to open up 82 percent of an Alaska reserve for oil and gas leasing, even as the swath of land is currently protected and is home to a variety of animals like caribou and migratory birds.
- U.S. troops will remain at the country’s border with Mexico through late next year, though the number of service members there will diminish by about 1,500, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to continue military support to the southern border, with up to 4,000 troops authorized through September 2021
- The White House announced that the Trump administration’s top IT official, Suzette Kent, will step down from her position in July.
Kent was responsible for developing guidance on the use of internet-connected technology, along with streamlining digital interaction between the federal government and U.S. citizens and businesses, as well as overseeing some cybersecurity initiatives.
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- Statement from attorney for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, “Mr. Parnas is prepared to testify completely and accurately about his involvement in the President and Rudy Giuliani’s quid pro quo demands of Ukraine.”
- EPA has finalized a rule that it argues “reduces unnecessary regulatory burdens” at chemical plants by undoing some Obama administration safety regulations and parts of a major chemical disaster rule that was implemented in response to an explosion that left 15 dead. Opponents warn it could put low income communities at risk to chemical explosions and oil spills.
- California’s highest state court has struck down a state law that would have required President Trump to hand over his tax returns as a condition to appearing on the state’s ballot for the Republican primaries.
- President Trump’s much-scrutinized pick to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Barry Myers, has withdrawn from consideration, citing health concerns. Myers has faced criticism from Democratic lawmakers over sexual harassment allegations made against AccuWeather while Myers served as the company’s CEO.
- President Trump made an unexpected trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday to receive the remains of a fallen service member.
- Trump has signed a temporary spending bill to fund federal agencies through Dec. 20, averting a possible government shutdown.
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- The Trump administration has made it easier to sell U.S. firearms outside the United States, including assault rifles and ammunition. The proposed rule changes, which would move oversight of commercial firearm exports from the U.S. Department of State to the Department of Commerce, could be enacted as soon as the end of this year, the sources said late on Wednesday.
NOTE: While the State Department is primarily concerned with international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses on making it easier for U.S. companies to sell products overseas.
- In his new book, Don Jr writes about a visit to Arlington National Cemetery before his father’s inauguration and compares the sacrifice of the soldiers buried there to his. “In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed — voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals.”
- The White House sent its nomination for outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s replacement to the Senate. Nominee Dan Brouillette currently serves as the deputy secretary at the Department of Energy.
- Jennifer Williams, an aide to VP Pence who listened to the call between Trump and the Ukrainian President told impeachment inquiry investigators that she found the conversation to be unusual because it was political in nature.
- A lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower has sent the White House a cease and desist letter to stop Trump’s attacks. “Your client, the President of the U.S., is engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client and their family in physical danger.”
- Trump’s Acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney ignored a subpoena to appear before House committees for a closed-door deposition.
- President Trump says they’re going to impose a 21 year old age limit for vaping. He says it’s coming next week.
- Trump refutes China’s claim the 2 sides have reached a deal to slowly rollback tariffs. The President says he has not agreed to such a deal at this point, negotiations are continuing and China ‘wants a deal more’ than the US.
- After weeks of Republicans demanding that Schiff open up the doors and allow the public to see the impeachment proceedings, Trump says this morning: “They shouldn’t be having public hearings.”
- Trump says he’s considering visiting Russia in May. He told reporters that Vladimir Putin invited him to a May Day parade.
- Trump tweeted: “I will be announcing the winners of the #MAGACHALLENGE and inviting them to the @WhiteHouse to meet with me and perform. Good luck!”
NOTE: The MAGA Challenge is a Twitter challenge among Trump supporters, in which they upload Trump-friendly raps to the internet.
- Trump will host the Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov at the White House later this month, the White House announced Friday. The two leaders plan to discuss security in the Black Sea region, energy and “countering malign influence,” Grisham said.
- The House committees running the impeachment inquiry into Trump released the transcript of their closed-door deposition with the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert Alexander Vindman and Deputy Assistant to the President, Fiona Hill.
- Months before Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman – both Giuliani clients who are currently awaiting trial – urged then-Ukrainian President Poroshenko to announce those investigations in return for a state visit to DC.
- White House counsel Pat Cipollone told top NSC lawyer John Eisenberg in July to talk to Trump about NSC aides’ concerns that Ukrainians were being unduly pressured. Eisenberg never did that nor reported the complaints to DOJ.