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Trump plans to spend the next year making everything we do — from eating to driving to working — more dangerous: report

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According to acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump intends to spend the next year deregulating as much as possible. From chemicals in drinking and shower water to what is sprayed on the food Americans eat, or into the air they breathe, Trump intends to stop protecting people from it.

The announcement came as a “blunt” message to Cabinet secretaries, Axios reported Sunday. A senior White House official and another source briefed on the private conversation; both confirmed the “highest priority.”

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“We knew there was one thing we could do without legislation,” the senior official told Axios. The measure of a Cabinet secretaries’ performance will be tied to the regulations they’ve unmade. “Dereg is going to be top of the list.”

Trump’s crusade to deregulate has already caused an outbreak of childhood cancers in one Indiana town. The Indy Star reported on heartbroken moms and their strive to uncover the source of their childs’ deaths.

“Unfortunately we received results that provide us with validation we didn’t necessarily want,” said Stacie Davidson. Her 14-year-old stepson, Zane Davidson, is now in remission after fighting a rare form of leukemia for three years.

Axios explained that Trump has worked to use his executive powers to circumvent the House and Senate, leaving checks and balances up to the courts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been fighting tooth and nail to get as many of Trump’s right-wing judges confirmed on as many courts as possible.

Trump’s “agencies are sweeping away regulations, including the most aggressive gutting of environmental regulations since at least President Reagan, and maybe ever,” Axios reported.

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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