What You Missed: More Protests, Voter ‘Fraud,’ and More
In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute.
Greenpeace protesters climbed a construction crane near the White House to unfurl a large banner that says “resist.”
The protest comes a day after President Donald Trump signed orders to continue two pipeline construction projects — the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access — and delayed the implementation of new Environmental Protection Agency rules. The administration also froze new EPA grants and awards, and said that employees are not allowed to talk about these changes to the press or on social media.
Trump took to Twitter to announce that he’s launching an investigation into what he calls “voter fraud.” The investigation will look into people registered to vote in more than one state, as well as people who are registered to vote illegally and people who have died but are still registered to vote. There is no evidence that any fraud occurred.
It’s unclear why he would question the legitimacy of an election that earned him the presidency, but he hasn’t been able to let go of the fact that he lost the popular vote, saying that the reason he lost was 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally.
That’s Not All
Trump is also expected to sign an executive order that would temporarily block Muslim refugees from entering the United States. Read the draft version of the order here, but keep in mind that it could still be amended before it’s officially signed.
Supreme Court Picks
Trump announced via Twitter that he will make his high court selection next week. Three federal appeals court judges are said to be the front-runners.
Officials have deemed the lead levels in Flint, Michigan, water comparable to cities of its size with older pipes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the water is safe.
Remembering Mary Tyler Moore
Moore was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 33, and has been a fierce advocate and chairman for a juvenile diabetes research organization.
What Book You Missed
With the EPA under a gag order, scientists and concerned citizens are looking for ways to combat the new administration’s perceived anti-science agenda. Randall Fuller’s new history of the theory of evolution is an excellent place to start. Exploring the way On the Origin of Species affected everything from the abolition movement to the works of Thoreau, The Book That Changed America addresses the schism between science and religion, and the theory’s enduring impact on American society and politics.