NATION: The Trump administration announced on Aug. 12 that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is enforced — a policy shift that would allow mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in the habitat of protected species.
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Delayed economic war
Bowing to pressure from the private sector and other interest groups, the Trump administration moved to limit the swath of Chinese goods it would enact tariffs on starting Sept. 1. The full list will go into effect in December. (New York Times)
One of the two individuals guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he reportedly hanged himself in a federal jail cell in New York was not an official correctional officer, and neither had checked on the inmate several hours before he was found. U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr has promised an inquiry into the sex offender's death. (New York Times)
On Aug. 12 at the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Barr defended law enforcement and slammed recently elected progressive prosecutors who “style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers'” for being soft on crime. (Associated Press)
Rich immigrants only
In defending a federal policy change that would deny visas and green cards to immigrants if they use — or are thought to need — federal, state and local government benefits, such as food stamps, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said that the U.S. welcomes immigrants who can "pull themselves up by their bootstraps." (NPR)
Appetite for density
The Spokane City Council expanded the geographic area in which developers can utilize the Multi-Family Tax Exemption, an effort to spur housing development in a region plagued by low vacancy rates. (Spokesman-Review)