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New Trump rules give his own golf courses freedoms to pollute Florida — and 6 other states

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President Donald Trump’s golf courses could end up polluting streams and wetlands under a new rule by his administration.

“The Trump administration on Thursday will finalize a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and other water bodies, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers who said Obama-era rules had shackled them with onerous and unnecessary burdens,” The New York Times reported Wednesday.

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“Mr. Trump, whose own real estate and golf-course businesses almost certainly ran the Obama-administration rule, has called the regulation ‘horrible,’ ‘destructive’ and ‘one of the worst examples of federal’ overreach. Golf course developers were among the key opponents of the Obama rule, and key backers of the new Trump rule,” The Times noted.

Trump owns golf courses in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Four of those states are considered potential swing states in the 2020 presidential election, with Florida having 29 electoral votes, North Carolina having 15 electoral votes, Pennsylvania having 20 electoral votes and Virginia having 13. Combined, the states account for 77 of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the 2020 campaign.

According to Trump Golf Count, the former reality TV star has spent 244 days at golf courses as president.

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GOP senator: I may not support more stimulus because of the ‘great’ 11 percent unemployment

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On Friday, NBC News reported that although President Donald Trump remains interested in a second round of stimulus payments, many Senate Republicans are not.

One of these skeptical Republicans is Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who told reporters that he wanted to wait and see in light of the "great" new unemployment numbers.

"Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said the 'direct stimulus checks are going to depend on how the economy is doing' and noted the 'great unemployment numbers' of June, when the rate fell to 11.1 percent," reported Sahil Kapur and Haley Talbot. "'So if it turns out the economy is recovering, that's a good thing and direct stimulus checks may not be necessary,' he added."

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The nation’s first reparations package to survivors of police torture included a memorial — survivors are sill waiting

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It took some time for Vincent Wade-Robinson to come around to the idea of having his name inscribed on a memorial. His experience had been painful. He didn’t want to dwell upon it.

“How can you describe torture?” he asked me. “Every day I look in the mirror I have that scar across my nose. That’s my reminder of what happened to me.”

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Republicans handed a road map for dumping ‘dangerous’ Trump before the GOP convention

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In an appeal to fellow Republicans who have not yet turned their backs on Donald Trump after a disastrous three and a half years, longtime conservative gadfly Bill Kristol made the case that it is still possible for the GOP to salvage the 2020 election by dumping the president from the top of the ticket before it is too late.

With multiple polls showing the president falling farther and farther behind presumptive 2020 presidential opponent Joe Biden, and the president under siege over reports he knew and remained silent about Russia placing a bounty on the lives of American military personnel in Afghanistan, Kristol, writing at the Bulwark, suggested two approaches that would take Trump out of the mix -- voluntarily or not.

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