Jan 12, 2017

The Obama regs on GOP's chopping block

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The GOP will start whittling away at Obama's regulatory legacy on Jan. 30 and cut away for two weeks, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said. Reuters has the details of what they're going after first:

  • Workplace pay rules that track worker gender, race and ethnicity
  • Environmental rules on the impact of coal mining, and curbs of methane leaks

Then they'll take on more regulations on labor, energy and the environment, banking and finance, transportation, education, and media ownership.

The mechanism: Under the Congressional Review Act, which lets Congress overturn recently implemented rules, these steps only need simple majority so there is little Democrats in either the House or Senate can do to do stop it.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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