Sep 26, 2019

17 states hit Trump administration with endangered species lawsuit

A Bald Eagle in Alaska. Photo: Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

17 states filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration Wednesday in an effort to try and stop the rollback of the Endangered Species Act.

Why it matters: The landmark act from the Nixon administration helped save species including the bald eagle and grizzly bear from extinction, per the New York Times. The Trump administration claims the changes will help reduce regulatory burden on the Interior Department. The new rules were to take effect Thursday, AP notes.

Go deeper: 3 billion birds have been lost in U.S. and Canada since 1970

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Trump administration sues California over emissions-trading market

Cars in California traffic. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration sued the state of California Wednesday to cease its emissions trading market, arguing it's unconstitutional for the Canadian province of Quebec to be its partner.

Why it matters, per Axios' Amy Harder: This lawsuit shows the federal government going on the offense, targeting a landmark state-level climate policy that’s been in place in the Golden State for many years.

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019

Trump's impeachment poll warnings

Data: Nixon survey by Gallup, Clinton survey by CNN, Trump survey by Monmouth University. (The Gallup question changed from "Do you think President Nixon should be impeached and compelled to leave the Presidency, or not?" to "Do you think his actions are serious enough to warrant his being removed from the Presidency, or not?" after Feb. 1974.) Chart: Axios Visuals

Public support for President Trump's impeachment is higher than it was for Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton when the House launched impeachment inquiries against them.

Why it matters: Support for impeachment of Trump is still less than half the country — 44% in the Monmouth University poll shown here; 47% in a CNN poll. And the polling reflects a 50-50 country. But the Ukraine scandal is pushing the numbers up.

Go deeperArrowOct 6, 2019

Donald Trump on the issues, in under 500 words

Trump at a "MAGA" rally in Florida on May 8. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is running for re-election in 2020. He considers former Vice President Joe Biden to be his top rival. In June, he told Vladimir Putin that Russia shouldn't meddle in the next presidential election.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Oct 15, 2019