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Justin Trudeau admits 2001 brownface photo was ‘racist’
Sep18

Justin Trudeau admits 2001 brownface photo was ‘racist’

iStock(NEW YORK) — A 2001 photograph of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface makeup at a private school dinner party has surfaced online just after the Canadian prime minister launched a reelection campaign in the wake of one of the nation’s biggest polit…

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Justin Trudeau admits 2001 brownface photo was ‘racist’
Sep18

Justin Trudeau admits 2001 brownface photo was ‘racist’

iStock(NEW YORK) — A 2001 photograph of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface makeup at a private school dinner party has surfaced online just after the Canadian prime minister launched a reelection campaign in the wake of one of the nation’s biggest polit…

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Trump targets California for plan to deal with homeless on ‘our best streets’
Sep18

Trump targets California for plan to deal with homeless on ‘our best streets’

LPETTET/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump continued to blame local officials in California for an increase in the number of homeless people living on “our best streets,” echoing previous comments about the image hurting the “prestige” of hig…

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Trump revokes California’s waiver on emissions standards, setting up legal fight
Sep18

Trump revokes California’s waiver on emissions standards, setting up legal fight

MCCAIG/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration is revoking a waiver California has had for decades allowing it to impose tougher vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions standards than the federal government — in order to cut air pollution in the state.

Traveling in California, Trump, in a series of tweets, claimed that the move would “produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER.”

He also claimed “Many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” and warned “Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this alternative to California, you will be out of business.”

The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER. This will lead to more production because of this pricing and safety……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019

…. advantage, and also due to the fact that older, highly polluting cars, will be replaced by new, extremely environmentally friendly cars. There will be very little difference in emissions between the California Standard and the new U.S. Standard, but the cars will be….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019

Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told car manufacturers on Tuesday that the administration is moving toward a single “national standard” for vehicle fuel efficiency, an apparent swipe at California’s recent landmark agreement with four major automakers to impose stricter standards.

In a speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association, Wheeler said the administration planned to “bring clarity to the proper and improper scope and use” of a waiver in the Clean Air Act, the federal law intended to curb air pollution.

“One national standard will provide much-needed regulatory certainty to auto makers, dealers and consumers,” Wheeler said.

Trump’s tweets didn’t mention that California last July reached voluntary agreements with four automakers to reduce vehicle emissions, and that other states have embraced the new standards.

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom called Trump’s move a “political vendetta” against the state, while environmental groups vowed to fight the plan in court.

“California won’t ever wait for permission from Washington to protect the health and safety of children and families,” he said.

At least one environmental group has already said it will sue.

In a statement, the Environmental Defense Fund called it “unlawful” for the government to block states from choosing higher standards.

The plan “would be a reckless and unlawful attack on a great American success story,” the group stated.

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Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested and charged with running drug den
Sep18

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested and charged with running drug den

Rawf8/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Democratic megadonor and political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with running a drug den out of his California home where prosecutors say he lured in addicted and homeless men.Buck, 65, was charged with …

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Trump orders increased sanctions as Saudis blame Iran for attack on oil facilities
Sep18

Trump orders increased sanctions as Saudis blame Iran for attack on oil facilities

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — The Saudi government on Wednesday publicly blamed Iran for the attack on its oil facilities over the weekend — an accusation that will have serious consequences for a region already on edg…

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