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Trump Signs Repeal of Transparency Rule for Oil Firms and More In Politics Today

by Countable | 3.20.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Trump signs repeal of transparency rule for oil companies"

"President Trump signed legislation Tuesday to repeal a controversial regulation that would have required energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments.

The legislation is the first time in 16 years that the Congressional Review Act (CRA) has been used to repeal a regulation, and only the second time in the two decades that act has been law. It is the third piece of legislation Trump has signed since taking office three weeks ago."

"It is the start of one front in an aggressive deregulatory effort that the Trump administration and the GOP Congress are undertaking to roll back Obama-era rules on fossil fuel companies, financial institutions and other businesses that they say have suffered for the last eight years.

The resolution repeals a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule written under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law.."

Read more at The Hill.

2. "White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website"

"The White House has posted inaccurate texts of President Trump's own executive orders on the White House website, raising further questions about how thorough the Trump administration has been in drafting some of his most controversial actions."

"A USA TODAY review of presidential documents found at least five cases where the version posted on the White House website doesn't match the official version sent to the Federal Register. The differences include minor grammatical changes, missing words and paragraph renumbering — but also two cases where the original text referred to inaccurate or non-existent provisions of law."

Read more at USA Today.

3. "Secret Service director to step down"

"The head of the Secret Service, a retired presidential detail leader who was given the assignment of shoring up the agency in a period of crisis, is leaving his post, a little more than two years after arriving in one of Washington's toughest jobs."

"Joseph P. Clancy, whom President Barack Obama summoned back from the private sector in late 2014 amid a string of security breaches and employee misconduct in the agency, said it's now time to retire for good. He alerted the White House last week of his plans to step down March 4, giving President Trump the chance to select his own security chief."

Read more at the Washington Post.

4. "U.S. calls Venezuela's vice president an international drug trafficker"

"U.S. authorities on Monday said the vice president of Venezuela was an international drug trafficker and slapped severe sanctions on him. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said Tareck El Aissami has played a "significant role in international narcotics trafficking," a news release said."

"“OFAC's action today is the culmination of a multi-year investigation under the Kingpin Act to target significant narcotics traffickers in Venezuela and demonstrates that power and influence do not protect those who engage in these illicit activities," said John Smith, acting director of OFAC. El Aissami, who was appointed vice president of Venezuela in January, is a former interior and justice minister and governor of the country's Aragua state.”

Read more at CNN.

5. "Russia deploys missile, violating treaty and challenging Trump"

"Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints from American officials that it violates a landmark arms control treaty that helped seal the end of the Cold War, administration officials say."

"The move presents a major challenge for President Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and to pursue arms accords."

Read more at the New York Times.

— Erin Wright

(Photo Credit: Jay Galvin via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Leah
    02/15/2017
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    The only reason for reducing transparancy is to hide corruption

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  • Sarah
    02/15/2017
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    What ever happened to "draining the swamp"? The lack of transparency is getting worse, and not better. Politicians seem to be so mired down in their habitually wallowing in the swamp that they are most comfortable with lack of transparency. Please stand up for what is right, and look out for the little guy again, not for millionaires and oil companies.

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  • Kevin
    02/14/2017
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    I'm all for deregulation. But, emboldening oil companies who already have way to much power in this country is nuts. Start standing up to these special interests and represent the people.

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  • Jonathan
    02/15/2017
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    A lack of transparency is what we are already fighting against in the Trump regime. Repealing this law isnt about less restrictions for businesses to grow its about less restrictions so its easier to hide ties (such as trumps refusal to relase tax returns or his ties to russia). No no no!

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  • Heyman
    02/15/2017
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    I urge you to represent us and fight against this repeal. No transparency does not equal more jobs, allowing companies to not disclose their deals with foreign sovereignties doesn't not encourage them to create jobs for Americans. This repeal simply takes away the Americans' right of information. Please help us!

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  • DorightGA
    02/15/2017
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    No transparency to how oil companies are paying foreign governments. Hey tea party and Christian Right, how do you like our country now. Somebody in the Republican Party with a moral compass please stand up.

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  • VSB
    02/14/2017
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    It is hard to have any confidence in this administration when their language both orally and in writing is incosistent and seems to be giving more power to businesses and less to the people. I recall during the campaign when Donald Trump stated he was going to make America great again! Maybe part this thought was incomplete and he should have added 'while running over the American people.' He has removed every check on big business to hold them accountable and has increased the threat to the U.S. by provoking so many foreign leaders. I do believe this administration only cares about making the wealthy wealthier and greedier with unchecked corruption now possible at every turn. Then the administration has the audacity to blame the media for communicating these actions to the public. Our democracy is being threatened every hour of every day by this administration.

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  • Lindsey
    02/15/2017
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    This non-transparency issue is a disgrace. Any Senator that finds this roll back acceptable should lose the job as a Senator. And the harm to our environment is enraging! We are watching. Vote them out, never forget and never give up! Vote them out!!!

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  • eyadk
    02/16/2017
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    Transparency is a hallmark of democracy. This action should not be altered and it should become more ubiquitous to include government dealings as well. Especially government that can hide behind false claims of national security to hide wrong doings as a result of impulsive actions.

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  • Elissa
    02/14/2017
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    Considering the oil companies past transgressions I consider this a violation of Trump's promise to drain the swamp of special interests.

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  • ChrisJedlicka
    02/15/2017
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    Why would this administration revoke transparency and increase protections for the oil industry? This blatant display of greed reveals yet again the true nature of more deplorable "representatives" that need to be removed.

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  • Amber
    02/15/2017
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    I keep wondering, what swamp is being drained. I assume the president has a different definition than I do. Every step he takes gives more power to big business and less to the people.

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  • Jane
    02/15/2017
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    We need more transparency, not less, especially when it comes to large corporations. Please fight for more transparency!

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  • Michele
    02/15/2017
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    What more does Trump have to do to make it clear to the citizens of this country that he does not care about anything but his own interests. We need to stop this nonsense now!

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  • J
    02/15/2017
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    Another GOP leader bowing at the feet of big oil. No surprise there. They write the checks, regulations roll back, elected officials get richer, the environment and our children get screwed. Sounds familiar. Quit kissing the rings of big oil, the NRA and other special interests! Do your job!

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  • Alex
    02/15/2017
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    Repealing measures of transparency gives big businesses and their executives more freedom to go behind the American people's back. Donald Trump and his administration say that he is "the people's president," however, this bill passed by him and his wealthy cabinet members such as Rex Tillerson aim for the financial gain of only the top 0.1%

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  • Joe
    02/15/2017
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    We need more transparency not less!!

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  • Linda
    02/15/2017
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    This is completely inexcusable. Removal of transparency will just lead to more corruption. What kind of country are our current leaders trying to turn us into?

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  • Anna
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representatives, at this point in time we need more transparency and not less. Please oppose this with all of your force.

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  • Jamaal
    02/14/2017
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    Anything that is anti-transparency is anti-democracy and unAmerican. You MUST prove you represent THE PEOPLE and not simply the corporations.

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