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President Trump has signed 41 bills into law since assuming office, and has boasted about the magnitude of his successes compared to past presidents: "I think probably seldom has any president and administration done more or had more success so early on, including a record number of resolutions to eliminate job-killing regulations."

One quick thing: At this point in his presidency, Trump has not signed more laws that any other president. In fact, as of his 150-day mark, Trump has signed the same number as George H.W. Bush, and less than Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Carter, and Clinton, PolitiFact noted.

While there has been no landmark legislation, there are some noteworthy things that happened these last five months while our attention was elsewhere:

  1. Trump used the Congressional Review Act to pass 15 laws, which is a fast-track tactic to reverse Obama-era regulations.
  2. The U.S. is back in the market to host a world expo thanks to the "U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act." This comes as Minnesota is bidding to host a world fair in 2023.
  3. Federal employees will now be reimbursed for taking an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing services when on official government travel.
  4. The late Law and Order actor and former senator, Fred D. Thompson, had a courthouse in Tennessee named in his honor.
  5. Defense Secretary James Mattis was granted immunity from a decades-old law that states whomever holds that position needs to be at least seven years out of military service. Mattis served four years ago.

The one new policy: Under the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, Trump established the Office of Accountability at the Department of Veteran Affairs with the intent to bring accountability back to the VA. Senior officials in the Department now have the ability to fire employees who don't meet expectations, and there are new protections for those who reveal wrongdoings within the agency.

For a dive into the other laws Trump has passed, more here.

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Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

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