Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google+ Major EPA reorganization will end science research program TheHill.com Autoplay: On | Off A federal environmental program that distributes grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children is being shuttered amidst a major organization consolidation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) will no longer exist following plans to combine three EPA offices, the agency confirmed to The Hill on Monday. The program provides millions of dollars in grants each year. Perhaps best known for its handling of fellowships that study the effects of chemicals on children's health, the NCER will be dissolved and science staff serving there will be reassigned elsewhere within the department, the EPA said.
A top U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers Tuesday he has not received specific direction from the Trump administration to disrupt Russian cyberattacks targeting U.S. elections at their source. "I haven't been granted any additional authorities," NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, who also serves as commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee. While Rogers said he has not asked for additional authorities to stop Russian cyberattacks at the source, he noted that it would ultimately be up to President Trump to give him that permission. "I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that," Rogers said Tuesday. "The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the secretary of defense."
One inadvertently denies restaurants, retailers and others generous new write-offs for things like remodeling. Another would allow wealthy money managers to sidestep a crackdown on lucrative tax breaks that allows them to pay lower taxes on some of their income than ordinary wage earners. A third creates two different start dates for new rules that make it harder for businesses to shave their tax bills. There are dozens of other snafus, hitting everything from real estate investments to multinational corporations to farmers.
Roberta Gordon never thought she'd still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn't think she'd still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store and hands out samples, earning $50 a day, because she needs the money. "I'm a working woman again," she told me, in the common room of the senior apartment complex where she now lives, here in California's Inland Empire. Gordon has worked dozens of odd jobs throughout her life -- as a house cleaner, a home health aide, a telemarketer, a librarian, a fundraiser -- but at many times in her life, she didn't have a steady job that paid into Social Security. She didn't receive a pension. And she definitely wasn't making enough to put aside money for retirement.
A school superintendent near Houston said his district plans to suspend any student who takes part in classroom walkouts as a form of protest over gun violence after last week's school massacre in Florida. "Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness," Superintendent Curtis Rhodes, of Needville, Texas, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post, threatening a three-day suspension. "Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved." read more