Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

We imagine President Donald Trump whistled something similar this week, when he officially announced that his administration would strip the Golden State of the 50-year-old waiver allowing it to set its own auto emission rules.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 aficionado gives a warning, Trump is fighting with California over vehicle emissions, and the FDA is struggling to regulate vaping.That's the estimated number of people who use vapes, or e-cigarettes, up from 7 million in 2011.

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

Under Trump’s plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke the so-called waiver underpinning the state’s ability to set tailpipe greenhouse-gas emissions standards that are more stringent, as well as the state’s electric vehicle sales mandate.

National Security Is in Trump's Hands

National Security Is in Trump's Hands

I think it’s super dangerous for us and the world,” Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, told reporters at the Capitol earlier this week, right as news broke—via a presidential tweet—that John Bolton was no longer national security advisor.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Just a US–China Problem

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Just a US–China Problem

The $9.9 billion trade deficit between the US and Mexico, in Mexico's favor, for the month of June this year was the largest monthly imbalance on record between the two countries, according to the Census Bureau.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When prosecutors moved in February of this year to nullify Manafort’s cooperation agreement with them—because he violated the deal by lying about his contacts with Kostya—a lead prosecutor told Judge Jackson that Manafort’s lies went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” In particular, the government asserted, Manafort had shared Trump polling data with Kostya, leaving many to wonder and speculate about why he might have done such a thing.

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

Trump's Cyber Czar Is Back—and He Wants to Make Hackers Suffer

Trump's Cyber Czar Is Back—and He Wants to Make Hackers Suffer

But you never stop to believe there's an adversary outside the window interfering with the beam between the remote and TV," says Ryan, who left the NSA two years ago to start work on Trinity before recruiting Bossert six months ago.

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.The Trump administration questions the science around climate change, and wants to ditch the Obama-era rules.

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

Why, just last week Trump hosted a social network conference—held in the East Wing of the White House no less—where the president and the assembled right-wing pot-stirrers made loud noises about the alleged bias that platforms like Twitter and Facebook have against conservatives.

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

The FTC opened its investigation into Facebook’s data practices last March, one week after news broke that Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign in 2016, had improperly obtained information on tens of millions of Facebook users.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

In the clip, the first daughter looks less welcome than a geek at the cool-kid table, and less than 24 hours after it made the rounds, writer Erin Ryan kicked off the #UnwantedIvanka meme by asking the internet to place Trump into other scenes, like soccer player Megan Rapinoe's goal celebration and Beyoncé's Coachella performance.

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

In the US, the Chinese telecom giant is best-known for the government’s national security concerns—and allegations that it stole intellectual property from companies like Cisco and Motorola. "#Huawei is using the tactics of patent trolls to attack U.S. companies in retaliation for Trump administration national security actions against them," Rubio tweeted.

Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Shenkkan.

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat. President Trump announced his bid for reelection in Orlando on Tuesday. In the photo, it's the particular tension between Trump and the hat that I'm hypnotized by: man versus message.

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Though the White House has not opposed specific legislation coming out of Congress—the president has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to his desk—it also has not demonstrated an overarching strategy necessary to combat this pressing issue.

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

In its written comments submitted to regulators last year, Fiat Chrysler said it agrees with one of the Trump administration’s central arguments: Stricter fuel-efficiency mandates drive up new vehicle prices, keeping older, dirtier and less-safe cars on the road longer.

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Depth of Field: The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. This week, nothing brought that notion to light more starkly than the image of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner standing, uniformly framed, in a window at Buckingham Palace.

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Given that at a minimum 6 percent of all Americans and nearly 25 percent of rural residents don’t have either fixed or mobile broadband coverage today, these numbers appear to be nothing more than an enticement for the Trump FCC to declare a fake victory in the so-called race to 5G.Pai also points favorably to the companies’ vow not to raise prices on its services for three years after the merger is consummated.

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Senator Ted Cruz voiced support for President Trump's proposed Space Force last week. What Really Happened: There's no way to sugarcoat this: The war over abortion has intensified beyond what most would have expected in the past couple of weeks, with new bills being signed into law that significantly limit the freedom of those with wombs in certain states.

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News. The White House is scrubbing out Obamacare info, Microsoft found a major flaw, and there's a good alternative to AirPods. Microsoft released a Windows XP fix, and it's a very bad sign.

The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

Some time in the weeks after President Trump's inauguration, for example, the Affordable Care Act page on the website for the Office of Minority Health was removed.

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: As US attorney general Bill Barr faces censure from Congress for his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report , the Department of Justice's defensive position got a little extreme.

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