Top News Stories for Today – April 26, 2017
Judge blocks Trump’s sanctuary city order
A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order that threatens to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration orders by protecting undocumented immigrants. US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, would likely be able to prove Trump’s order unconstitutional, arguing that the president “has no authority to attach new conditions to federal immigration spending.”
Trump responded by calling the US legal system “messy” while the White House released a blistering statement accusing sanctuary cities of “putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens” and claiming “city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.” The Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Week
Trump to sign executive orders
President Trump’s White House is a flurry of activity as it pushes to notch achievements before Trump hits 100 days in office on Saturday. On Wednesday, Trump will sign executive orders instigating a review of all national monuments designated by his predecessors since 1996, with a perceived goal of opening more protected public lands to drilling, logging, and mining, and ordering the Education Department to study how the federal government “has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” a White House official tells The Washington Post.
On Friday, Trump is expected to sign executive orders directing the Interior Department to study lifting bans on offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans put in place by former President Barack Obama. It is not clear how much any of these orders will eventually achieve. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Week
China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier
China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian.
Michael Chase, an expert on the Chinese military at US think tank said the new carrier “is likely to be seen as further evidence of China’s desire to become the most powerful and influential country in the region,” and that will be worrying to India, Japan, and Taiwan.
Trump to unveil tax plan Wednesday
Anticipation of US President Donald Trump’s plans for big corporate and individual tax cuts spurred Wall Street to record highs Tuesday, and sent Asian markets soaring overnight. Trump is planning to unveil his tax plans Wednesday, with aides saying he will ask Congress to slash the current 35 percent rate down to 15 percent, a pledge he first made during last year’s presidential election campaign.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the US has been “uncompetitive” against other countries in attracting new businesses, “largely because of our rates.” ax experts say the 35 percent US corporate tax rate is the highest among the world’s 35 industrialized nations, although US corporations rarely pay that much because they are permitted to deduct their business expenses from their revenues before. A number of profitable companies pay no US income taxes. VOA
US installs missile defense system in S Korea
The US military has started installing a controversial missile defense system at a site in South Korea, amid high tensions over neighboring North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions. The Thaad system is designed to protect against threats from North Korea.
Hundreds of local residents protested against the deployment, as vehicles carrying equipment arrived at the site in the south of the country. China argues Thaad will destabilize security in the region. The US has in recent days deployed warships and a submarine to the Korean peninsula, amid fears North Korea could be planning further missile or nuclear tests. BBC
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