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Today's Trump Top 5: Undoing Obama's climate legacy
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1. Trump signs executive order on climate
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
Today at the EPA President Trump acted on a pledge to unravel several parts of the Obama-era climate change push. He signed an executive order that will:
- Begin undoing the EPA Clean Power Plan than mandates cuts in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
- Undo several policies that made climate change a factor in federal decisions, such as the Obama administration's tally of a metric called the social cost of carbon.
- End an Interior Department policy that froze issuance of new coal leases on federal lands.
- Reconsider EPA and Interior rules that govern oil-and-gas development.
- Make several other policy changes, which we describe here.
Why it might not matter: Fossil fuel production is pretty resilient to policy shifts unless they really mess with the underlying market fundamentals.
What's next: Bureaucracy, and lawsuits.More on Trump's EPA plans, here.
2. Two birds with one stone
Richard Shotwell / AP
The Trump administration is looking at driving tax reform AND infrastructure concurrently, a White House source told Axios' Jonathan Swan. It's a major strategic shift — infrastructure was likely going to be parked until next year — and is only possible because of last week's healthcare debacle.
Why: Trump needs fast victories and infrastructure is something that's big, flashy, and potentially bipartisan.
"Infrastructure is always something, you can see it, you can feel it, you can taste it....for them to be able to go back home and say, 'hey, we're going to get this done, this bridge, this transit system, this roadway, this whatever the infrastructure piece, it's coming.'" - Rep. Bill Shuster, who would steer Trump's infrastructure package through the House, to Axios.More on the infrastructure & budget plans, here.
3. Where the budget cuts hit
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The NIH: The White House's spending proposal included a NIH cut of $1.23 billion. Top Republicans said they'd push back on these cuts, but now their day of reckoning with Trump might come earlier than they originally thought.
More on NIH cuts, here.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Rural Americans would be most affected by Trump's proposal to pull funding from the CPB, as more than 65% of the its federal funding goes to keeping rural PBS and NPR stations running. 70% of Americans oppose eliminating the CPB, according to a Quinnipiac poll.More on how the budget cut will affect the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, here.
4. Fired then blocked
Carolyn Kaster / AP
The White House reportedly attempted to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired early on in the Trump administration, from testifying about ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia, the Washington Post reports.
Sean Spicer has called the report "entirely false".
Read more on this saga, here.
5. One fun thing
During today's press briefing, Sean Spicer claimed that people would claim there was a Russia connection if Trump used Russian salad dressing, to which White House reporter April Ryan began shaking her head.
Spicer then told Ryan to stop shaking her head, and she subtweeted back. Watch the video and see the tweet, here.