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. A prisoner in Gina Haspel’s Black Site — ProPublica, 5/7. ProPublica investigates Gina Haspel’s CIA career and her time leading a CIA black site in Thailand that oversaw enhanced interrogation tactics like waterboarding. Why it matters: President Donald Trump has tapped Haspel to head the CIA but in the run up to her confirmation hearing, criticism of her history with torture has made her express a willingness to step aside while the administration continues to double down.
2. Trump proposes $15 billion in spending cuts, targets children’s health program — New Hampshire Union Leader, 5/8. Trump is sending a package to Congress that will cut $15 billion from various government programs. Why it matters: This is will be the first of what the administration says are many packages aimed at cutting spending.
3. Children likely to be separated from parents under new border enforcement policy — Los Angeles Times, 5/7. The Trump administration has rolled out a strict zero tolerance immigration policy that could see a spike in separations of families crossing the border. Why it matters: The debate on the ethical implications of separating children from parents while enforcing existing laws encompasses the broader battle over immigration enforcement under Trump.
4. Ben Carson, where will l live? — Chicago Tribune, 5/7. A resident of federally subsidized senior housing pens a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson detailing how she would be impacted by his policy proposal to triple rent and implement work requirements for people receiving federal housing assistance. Why it matters: Carson’s proposal would affect more than 4.5 million people.
5. Federal disaster declaration iffy, governor says — The Hawaii Star-Advertiser, 5/8. Amid the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, the state’s governor is raising concerns about whether or not it will qualify as a natural disaster. Why it matters: This is the second natural disaster in Hawaii in as many months. Hawaii was granted federal natural disaster assistance Wednesday to help cover costs for flooding and landslides in the state in April.
Saher Khan is a reporter-producer for the PBS NewsHour.
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