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. ‘Super Polluting’ trucks receive loophole on Pruitt’s last day — The New York Times, 7/6. Just before the resignation of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not enforce an annual emissions cap on so-called “glider trucks,” which emit as much as 55 times more air pollution as trucks with more modern emissions controls. Why it matters: Pruitt’s legacy of deregulation and rolling back Obama-era energy climate policies will continue beyond his resignation.
2. Tennessee will reinstate driver’s licenses after judge’s ruling, but problems reported — The Tennessean, 7/5. A Tennessee law that revokes the licenses of drivers who could not pay court fees or traffic fines was deemed unconstitutional by a federal district judge, who argued that the law discriminates against people in poverty. Why it matters: The ruling could prompt the 40 or so other states with similar policies to consider making reforms.
3. Health law advocates ask U.S. officials to reject Bevin’s Medicaid cuts — Courier Journal, 7/6. A court order struck down Kentucky’s Medicaid overhaul plan, which would have established work requirements for able-bodied recipients. The plan, which went into effect earlier this month, caused 460,000 state residents to lose dental and vision coverage. Why it matters: The decision is a blow to the 12 states with similar policies as well as to the Trump administration, which has been pushing for work requirements for Medicaid.
4. Judge rules Detroit students have no fundamental right to literacy, students to appeal — Detroit News, 7/2. A federal judge in Detroit dismissed a lawsuit alleging that failing public schools infringe on students’ abilities to access literacy, ruling that the Constitution does not grant a fundamental access to education. Why it matters: If overturned on appeal, the lawsuit could help make access to literacy education a basic right.
5. Amazon Is Used to Promote White Supremacist Merchandise and Views, Report Says — The New York Times, 7/3. Amazon is failing to effectively screen and bar the sale of offensive and hateful merchandise from its platforms, according to a report released Friday by the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy. Why it matters: Amazon has so far largely avoided the criticism other tech giants have faced over funding and disseminating hateful content. Now, the company will face more scrutiny as a growing number of consumers expect better screening.