Today is 9/12/2019, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions
In a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending all injunctions that had blocked a White House ban on asylum for anyone trying to enter the U.S. via a third country, such as Mexico, without seeking protection there. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshaped into a more moderate court by the Trump administration – handed the White House a partial victory in the case Monday by ending the nationwide injunction against the asylum policy. However, the 9th Circuit kept the injunction alive within the territorial boundaries of the circuit, which encompasses California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington. The Supreme Court’s order was not a final ruling on the policy’s merits but does allow the policy to take effect nationwide, including in the 9th Circuit, while the case makes its way through the lower courts.
DML: Good news is this may slow down the flow of migrants, and with the busy “migration season” is the rear window Border Patrol may get a small breather. Bad news is those migrants who are willing to cross the border the old fashion way — eluding capture by sneaking in — won’t care much about this ruling because it doesn’t prevent them from getting a job in the US.
2-2020 Democrats to debate in Houston
The next Democratic presidential primary debate will take place Thursday night in Houston. The group is much smaller this time around — slashed in half after numerous candidates failed to attract enough donors or support in the polls.
DML: Tonight it’s Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.
3-Trump administration takes aim at teen vaping
In an effort to curb teen vaping, President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is looking to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products.
DML: Thank God.
4-Trump delays China tariffs increase
President Trump announced late Wednesday that the U.S. will delay a planned tariff increase on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods for two weeks. “At the request of the vice premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary on October 1st, we have agreed, as a gesture of good will [sic], to move the increased Tariffs on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods (25% to 30%), from October 1st to October 15th,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Wednesday’s announcement came 10 days after the U.S. imposed 15 percent tariffs on about $112 billion of Chinese imports, the latest salvos in an ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing.
DML: “Good will.” That’s hysterical. Only Trump comes up with such a term to get a pop in the polls.
5-OxyContin maker reaches settlement
Attorneys representing more than 2,000 local governments, Native American tribes, hospitals and unions have reached a tentative settlement with Purdue Pharma, with the OxyContin maker being held partially responsible for the nation’s ongoing opiate epidemic. The pharmaceutical giant agreed to a deal after months of negotiation that had been proposed weeks ago, according to Attorney Paul Farrell. Under terms of the settlement, the Sackler family will relinquish control over the Stamford, Conn.-based company, which has agreed to pay more than $12 billion in damages over a still-unspecified period of time, according to sources close to the situation. About $3 billion of that $12 billion settlement will come directly from the Sackler family’s personal wealth.
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