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New federal rules target Michigan’s Line 5 safety concerns – Interlochen

The federal agency that regulates pipelines across the United States announced new rules Tuesday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented regulations that increase inspections and leak detection technology on pipelines, while also increasing oversight on damaged pipelines.
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McSally sidesteps questions about Trump’s Ukraine call – Kansas City Star

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona declined to say Monday whether she's troubled by President Donald Trump's efforts to get foreign governments to investigate his political rival. Asked repeatedly by reporters whether the president acted appropriately, McSally said she wants to wait until all the facts are gathered.
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Despite opposition, plans move ahead for Somali mall in Minneapolis – Star Tribune

Abdi Warsame came to the community center to talk about his vision for Africa Village, his long-envisioned mall for Minneapolis’ East African hub. He never got the chance. Protesters shouted and hoisted signs the moment the two-term City Council member entered the crowded room that night in August. He stood above his supporters in an attempt to address them, but gave up within a few minutes. A month later, at a coffee shop downtown, Warsame dismissed the opposition that night as “a little passionate discourse between the community.”
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A Trump Policy Shift Gives Farmers in Key 2020 States ‘Exactly What We Wanted’ – The New York Times

.....Midwestern farmers and politicians delivered a message to President Trump: Fix the policies hurting corn prices and prompting ethanol plants to close, or risk alienating one of the most loyal parts of your political base. And last week, after a flurry of pressure from senators and criticism from agricultural groups, the Trump administration relented, saying that it would put forth rules designed to increase ethanol demand
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether LGBT workers are legally protected – Chicago Tribune

The state Human Rights Department investigates private companies, state units, local governments, unions and staffing agencies. Starting July 1 of next year, the agency will be able to investigate employers with as few as one worker. Arthur Ehrlich, an attorney who works on employment discrimination cases, said people who live outside of the state but have jobs in Illinois are protected under the law; however, Illinois residents with jobs outside of the state are not.
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What will the candidates do about gun violence? – Las Vegas Sun

Polling shows that many Americans are in favor of additional gun safety legislation such as expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban. So where do 2020 presidential candidates stand on the issue? To find out, the Sun posed the following question to each candidate: If you are president, what steps will your administration take to address gun violence?
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Steyer Polling at 1 Percent in Home State of California – Free Beacon

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer isn't seeing the love from his home state of California. A poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California showed the billionaire and political activist garnering only 1 percent support in the Golden State among the crowded presidential field.