Dec 28, 2017

EPA only got 90 days to revise lead paint policy

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A federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has 90 days to revise a policy designed to protect children from lead-based paint, per The New York Times.

Why it matters: The order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, according to the Times, is a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, which had requested six years to reconsider what levels of lead exposure are acceptable for children.

Timeline: Environmental and health groups petitioned the Obama administration in 2009 to tighten standards on lead in dust and soil in homes, per the Times. It acknowledged the need for stringent rules, but the administration neither carried out its promise to take action in 2011 nor set timelines for creating a new rule, per NYT. The Trump administration later said it would take six years to issue a new policy, which the judges did not accept.

An EPA spokesman told the Times that the agency reviewing the court's decision had declined to say if they would appeal or seek review in the Supreme Court.

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Local news footage captured a tanker truck appearing to drive toward protesters at a peaceful demonstration in Minneapolis, as demonstrators quickly got out of the way of the incoming vehicle on Sunday evening.

The big picture: Protests have continued across the country for six days, as demonstrators call for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd and other other black Americans who have died in police custody or who have been killed in racist attacks.

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Tanker truck appears to plow into Minneapolis protesters

A tanker truck appears to have driven toward thousands of protesters during a demonstration in Minneapolis, video from the scene shows.

Details: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").