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People gather at a makeshift memorial in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard following the mass shooting. Photo by REUTERS/Chris Wattie

5 overlooked political stories that deserve a second look

The 24-hour news cycle is filled with politics coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. Here are five politics stories you may have missed in the past week.

  1. Trump has yet to award the National Arts Medals for 2016. The Trump administration missed February’s deadline to award the 2016 National Arts Medals. It is the longest gap between recipients since the award was created in 1985 to recognize the country’s best artists. Why it matters: Trump officials said they are evaluating candidates, but critics attribute the delay to the administration’s ambivalence towards the arts. — The New York Times
  2. Facebook says Alex Jones’ threatening rant against Robert Mueller doesn’t violate its rules. In a live feed to Facebook, Infowars host Alex Jones accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of pedophilia and suggested shooting him. Facebook users flagged the video as a threat of violence, but Facebook said the video does not meet its criteria for removal.Why it matters: Facebook officials have struggled with how to police content on its platform, and has repeatedly pushed back against calls by lawmakers to remove false or conspiratorial speech. — Buzzfeed
  3. California sues over Trump halt to truck pollution rule. California and 14 other states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency after it announced it would remove regulations on heavy-duty freight trucks. Why it matters: The states say increased pollution from the so-called “glider trucks” could lead to 1,600 early deaths each year. — Associated Press
  4. Bevin will reverse cuts to Medicaid dental, vision services, state says. Kentucky will reverse cuts to Medicaid that caused nearly 400,000 people in the state to lose dental and vision insurance.Why it matters: The reversal represents a big win for Medicaid expansion advocates and a setback to the Trump administration, which has pushed for similar Medicaid cuts nationwide. — Courier Journal
  5. Lawsuits claim MGM has no liability to Las Vegas shooting victims.MGM Resorts International is suing more than 1,000 victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, claiming it isn’t liable for deaths or injuries related to the attack. Why it matters: MGM is citing an untested law passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that deals with a venue’s liability for mass shootings. (The NewsHour’s Joshua Barajas also took a closer look at that law here).— Las Vegas Review Journal

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