Enforcing border checkpoints during Hurricane Harvey could leave people in harm’s way

What does immigration enforcement have to do with natural disasters? Plenty. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency is telling people that the window for evacuating from #HurricaneHarvey is closing, the federal government says it plans to enforce immigration laws at checkpoints near the border. If it holds, that decision may cause harm in the Gulf…

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Waving goodbye to laws at the border…again

Seems like all we do lately when it comes to our government is contemplate the unprecedented. So it’s almost a relief to find familiar ground. Almost. The Department of Homeland Security says it will bypass environmental and other laws to “ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads” near San Diego, prototypes and a first…

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Cutting NOAA Isn’t Just About Climate and Satellites. It’s About Coastal Economies.

A budget proposal for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leaked to the Washington Post would slash coastal science and resilience programs. It would limit natural disaster preparation and research. It would limit data gathering, including satellites, which can help communities prepare for extreme weather. And if that wasn’t bad enough, a lot of jobs…

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A New Anti-Anti-Corruption Law

Last Tuesday, President Trump signed a law rolling back a regulation that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments they made to foreign governments. Oil and gas companies say the transparency regulation was burdensome, and raised costs for their products that have been passed on to consumers. But an underlying law still exists, with…

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