The 24-hour news cycle is filled with political coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. Here are five politics stories you may have missed in the past week.
1. The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination — The Atlantic, MLK Issue. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, The Atlantic compiled various stories on King, the civil rights movement and his legacy. Why it matters: The article subverts modern day perceptions of King and reminds readers that he was a widely unpopular figure among people other than just southern racists during that era; it’s also a reminder that many of the nuances of his activism have been forgotten over time.
2. Here’s what the Trump-China trade negotiations could mean for Alaska’s gas pipeline — Anchorage Daily News, 4/2. The state of Alaska, a big buyer of liquefied natural gas, hopes to build a pipeline in order to export natural gas to Asia, a move that would boost the local economy. Why it matters: While the Trump administration is threatening a trade war with China, Alaska hopes to strengthen its relationship with China by capitalizing on the country’s growing need for natural gas.
3. Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections — Los Angeles Times, 4/2. The Trump administration confirmed that they’re undoing key fuel economy rules created under the Obama administration. Why it matters: The move sets up a clash with California, which is typically ahead of the federal government when it comes to vehicle emissions standards.
4. Americans tell Interior to take a hike over proposed national park fee increase — Washington Post, 4/2. The Department of the Interior backed away from the idea of raising the entrance fee to popular national parks to $70, after getting more than 100,000 comments from Americans rejecting the plan. Why it matters: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed the fee hikes back in October to address the $12 billion backlog of neglected park infrastructure and facilities.
5. As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers — Kaiser Health News, 3/26. A Haitian immigrant who works as a caregiver will be leaving her job in July after the Trump administration moved to end the temporary protection status of thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the country. Why it matters: This move leaves open jobs in fields like caregiving that are often occupied by immigrants. Across the country, there’s a severe shortage of home health aides. One in four certified nursing assistants are immigrants.