News Roundup: Here's What You Missed
By Brody Salazar
1. Trump Reverses E.P.A. Protections of Clean Water:
Although it will have no immediate effect, Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo a regulation created by Obama in 2015 to protect American waterways. The executive order is of no significance on its own but does serve as a way of telling Scott Pruitt, the current head of the E.P.A., what he wants done. However, it will be a lengthy process, and could possibly take longer than one presidential term.
- Source: The New York Times
2. Trump Scapegoats Obama:
While on the show "Fox and Friends," Donald Trump was asked if he thought Obama could be responsible for February's numerous town hall protests against Republicans. Trump responded positively to the question, and even went so far to blame Obama for the recent government leaks. "No, I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it. And some of the leaks possibly come from that group, which are really serious because they are very bad in terms of national security. But I also understand that is politics. In terms of him being behind things, that's politics. And it will probably continue," said Trump.
- Source: CNN
3. LAPD Identifies Officer Involved in Anaheim Incident:
The off-duty officer who fired his gun in a confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim last week has been identified as Kevin Ferguson. Ferguson is still working, but has not been involved in any field work since the incident. Many are criticizing Ferguson's actions and demanding that he be fired, not just for the use of force on a child, but also for firing a weapon when there was no need for either.
- Source: The Los Angeles Times
4. Trump Not Opposed to Granting Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants:
Just before Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, he indicated that he would be open to granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, provided they had not committed any serious crimes. Trump revealed the new position while speaking to news anchors. Despite what he seems to have told the anchors, Trump made no mention of a legalizing undocumented immigrants, and, instead, chose to speak about a new "merit-based" immigration policy that would only let in those able to support themselves.
- Source: The New York Times
5. Trump Approves Bill Removing Gun Checks for Mentally Ill:
Amid many things this Tuesday, one that was not recognized by many was the signing of a Republican bill to revoke gun checks that were put in place during the Obama administration. The regulation added people unable to financially support themselves because of mental illness to the national background check database, and was created with the recommendation of Obama after the Sandy Hook shooting. It was meant to prevent anyone with severe mental health issues from purchasing firearms, and officials estimated around 75,000 people would have been added to the database.
- Source: NBC News