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The Daily Countable: 🚗Trump revokes Obama fuel standards, & 🙋🏽Teacher strikes go viral.

by Countable | Updated on 4.4.18

Welcome to the hardest-day-of-the-week to spell, folks. Let's find out what's happening on this [mentally saying] "Wed-nes-day"…

Speaking of spelling tests… The successful statewide teacher’s strike in West Virginia has emboldened educators in other deep red states. On Monday, thousands of teachers walked out of classrooms in Kentucky and Oklahoma. Arizona may be next. What are they demanding? Do you support their efforts? Let us know here.

On the Radar

The first person has been sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan has been sentenced to 30 days in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine for lying to Mueller's team. Read what Van Der Zwaan pleaded guilty to here.

On the Dashboard

The EPA is revoking Obama-era standards requiring that cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Scott Pruitt, who heads the agency, said the new limits will allow "auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford—while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars.” Click here to read how California might throw a wrench in the hood.

Under the Radar

  • The Department of Justice is introducing quotas for immigration judges in an effort to speed up deportations. The DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review sent a memo to judges, informing them that they must complete 700 cases a year to earn a "satisfactory" grade. Read what else they're required to do here.

  • But the DOJ can't always get what it wants: A federal court in Washington, D.C., told the Trump administration they cannot prevent undocumented teenage women in federal custody from obtaining abortions. Head here for the full story.

  • And speaking of undocumented immigrants… An obscure immigration provision on the books since 1882 is currently being rewritten to curb legal immigration. Proposed changes to the "public-charge" provision would give immigration agents the authority to reject green card applicants who participate in federal assistance programs—either for themselves or through their citizen children. We un-obscure it a bit here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • In the evening, the president attends a private dinner with supporters.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 9th.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Whatever day of the week, and no matter how many silent Ns may be in it, we'll continue bringing you the news. As always, let us know anything you'd like us to cover or mnemonics for spelling difficult words.

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at], or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.


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  • Bernie

    Teachers need to decide whether their unions serve them or the Democrat party. Tens of millions of dollars are spent in political advocacy on ONE SIDE of the political aisle. Should not those dues benefit YOU.

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  • Mark

    Can we REVOKE #45’s citizenship and deport him to Russia

  • Sarah

    It feels like it’s been a long time since our government has been by the people, for the people. Seems like that has been replaced with by the rich, for the rich. Every educator in America deserves a living wage. How can a living wage be more than their fair share? A living wage is the bare f***ing minimum.

  • Kristine

    Support our teachers!