ACLU files suit to protect young aliens
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of youthful illegal aliens whose deportations were deferred by an executive action by President Obama, claiming President Trump’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was unlawful and unconstitutional. It was difficult, however, to grasp the lawsuit’s prospects since it attempts to extend constitutional protection to a program that was never authorized by Congress. Even President Obama acknowledged that his executive order exceeded his authority when he signed it. The ACLU’s lawsuit claims DACA’s suspension violates the Administrative Procedures Act and the Fifth Amendment’s “due process” clause. President Trump delayed the effective date of his order and gave Congress six months to approve legislation to authorize DACA.
Foreign trade deficit slowed in August
The Bureau of Economic Analysis said the U.S. exported $195.3 billion worth of goods and services to the nation’s trading partners in August and, during the same month, imported $237.7 billion worth of goods and services. That added up to $42.4 billion difference that disfavored the U.S., but the deficit was $1.2 billion less than it was in July. Countries that sold more than they bought in the U.S. were China ($29.7 billion), European Union ($10.9 billion), Japan ($6.3 billion) and Mexico ($5.8 billion).
Suicide visits more frequently in rural areas
Using mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that rural counties had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties during the 2001-2015 period. CDC noted that suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death and there were more than 500,000 suicides committed during the 2001-2015 study period. The overall death rate for rural counties was 17.32 per 100,000 people; and, 11.92 per 100,000 in metropolitan counties.
CFPB rule will help close payday loan trap
A rule that was finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau requires payday and car title lenders to determine whether people can afford to repay their loans before they can lend them any money. While that might seem like a sound business policy, payday and car title lenders are anxious to provide loans to people who can’t afford to repay them just so they can provide them with even more onerous loans. “Too often, borrowers who need quick cash end up trapped in loans they can’t afford … (the rule) prevents lenders from succeeding by setting up borrowers for failure,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said.
FOIA lawsuit seeks Mueller probe costs
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to gain access to budget and administrative records kept by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. It is among several legal actions taken by JW related to the surveillance, unmasking, and illegal leaking against President Trump during the FBI’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
Suburbanites lack health insurance coverage
In the affluent and not-so-affluent suburbs that surround the nation’s urban centers, one in seven residents lack health insurance coverage; and, altogether, they comprise about 40% of the nation’s total uninsured population. These startling claims were made by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the researchers found that the 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act boosted health insurance coverage for suburbanites, but at a level lower than was achieved in rural and urban areas.
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