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The Justice Department is, in essence, urging a federal judge to side with Texas and invalidate marquee portions of the Affordable Care Act that Congress couldn’t bring itself to repeal, all because, in its view, the new tax law rendered those portions inoperable. Let a court do what congressional Republicans never could.
Kasich is in an awkward spot as the battle over partisan gerrymandering comes to Ohio. American Civil Liberties Union sued to strike down Ohio’s congressional map. It says legislators gerrymandered the map to considerably benefit Republicans and that this redistricting violated the U.S. Constitution. Kasich, who signed the map into law, has said little about the suit. “Politicians now select their voters, instead of voters electing politicians.”
EPA issued a notice that it’s planning to revise how it evaluates costs and benefits in making regulations. This is a critical calculation in designing new regulations on everything from greenhouse gas emissions to toxic pesticides. The new proposal could also undermine the case for regulations under other EPA tentpoles, like the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. EPA is also limiting how is establishes harm from environmental toxins. Some of these chemicals like 1,4-Dioxane, a compound found in adhesives and sealants, are likely carcinogens.
The agency also added 13 new chemicals to its Toxics Release Inventory this week, a public database of industrial chemicals that could cause harm to human health or the environment. The database lets people know what chemicals are in their communities, what their effects are, and how they’re managed.
House Democrats on Friday called for a criminal investigation of Pruitt, but President Trump is standing by his man.