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Clean Power Plan Repeal: 6 Things to Know

Oct 9, 2017, 3:55 pm EDT

The Clean Power Plan that was launched under Obama’s administration will be repealed. Source: Flickr

Here are six things to know about the move:

    The announcement was made by Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, at an eastern Kentucky event, where he said that that the Clean Power Plan will be roleld back. It was designed to move away from coal and towards electricity sources that produce less carbon emissions. The repeal will be filed in the Federal Register on Tuesday to eliminate Obama’s environmental legacy. It will make it more difficult for Trump to lower emissions as part of the Paris climate agreement, which he vowed to abandon earlier this year. The proposal shows that the country will save $33 billion by not complying with the Clean Power Plan’s regulations. Pruitt said that the Obama administration had exceeded its authority in an attempt to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Environmental activists plan on fighting the move

Coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants make up about one-third of America’s carbon dioxide emissions. Read 

Rex Tillerson: The Secretary of State Says He Is NOT Resigning

Oct 4, 2017, 5:41 pm EDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he will not be departing from the position after all.

In fact, he said that rumors of him leaving were unfounded as he never considered quitting at all. Tillerson did say that his relationship with President Trump has been strained, and added he considers the POTUS to be a “moron.”

“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post,” Mr. Tillerson said. Mr. Pence separately denied the report. Read 

Supreme Court Cases 2017: What Is Gerrymandering?

Oct 4, 2017, 4:53 pm EDT

John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse are encouraging the Supreme Court to create new standards for what constitutes gerrymandering.

The concept of gerrymandering refers to the drawing of electoral district lines with the intent of favoring one party. In some cases, it involves collusion between political parties.

The practice has drawn criticism from McCain, Whitehouse and other senators, who spoke to the Supreme Court Tuesday to discuss new standards of gerrymandering. Read 

Facebook Hiring 1,000 to Review Ads Amid Russia Political Scandal

Oct 2, 2017, 1:43 pm EDT

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) announced it will hire 1,000 workers to review ads found on the social media site moving forward. Source: Facebook

The decision to hire more employees comes following the revelation that a Russian company shelled out money to release ads on Facebook to influence the U.S. election. All in all, more than 3,000 ads were bought by a single Russian company.

“Many appear to exploit racial and social divisions and exploit ugly stereotypes. We find this interference deeply offensive” a Facebook spokesperson wrote Monday morning. Read 

What Is the Jones Act? Here’s What You Should Know

Sep 28, 2017, 2:05 pm EDT

The Jones Act is an old law that  requires all goods taken from between U.S. ports to be carried on ships build, owned and operated by Americans.

The century-old law was designed to promote shipping by vessels owned and operated by the U.S., but it is currently making it challenging to get critical supplies into Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

A 2010 study by the University Puerto Rico discovered that the island had to pay $537 million per year, resulting in launching the territory into a recession for 11 years. A terrible economic crisis has been the result of such a law. Read 

Anthony Weiner Prison Sentence: Former Congressman Gets 21 Months for Sexting Teenager

Sep 25, 2017, 1:16 pm EDT

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has received his sentence in his recent sexting case.

Judge Denise Cote has handed down a sentence of 21 months in prison for Anthony Weiner. The prison time comes after Weiner admitted to sexting a 15-year-old girl. He will also be supervised for three years following his release from prison.

Anthony Weiner broke down into tears in the courtroom on the news of his sentence. The former Democrat member of Congress was seeking a lighter sentence in the case. His defense lawyer argued that Weiner suffered from an illness and that prison time would undo work on overcoming the problem. Read 

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