May 25, 2018

Trump signs orders to make it easier to fire federal employees

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A series of executive orders, signed by President Trump on Friday, will make it easier to lay off federal government employees and "[roll] back the prerogatives of unions that represent them," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Per the Times, the signings were praised by the White House as Trump promoting "efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules." But the unions criticized it as an "assault on democracy."

What they do, per BuzzFeed News:

  • Cut down on the time it takes to fire a federal employee.
  • "Reward 'performance over seniority.'"
  • Require federal employees to "devote at least 75 percent of their work hours for agency purposes."
  • Tell agencies to renegotiate union contracts and publish them.

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

Situational awareness

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.