Only in America
Americans can now download blueprints enabling them to make guns at home with a 3-D printer. The Trump administration has granted Defense Distributed, a libertarian group, the right to publish its blueprint for an untraceable, single-shot plastic handgun called the Liberator. Founder Cody Wilson says he’ll also publish blueprints for guns such as the AR-15.
A neighborhood group in Washington, D.C., has asked the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to revoke the liquor license of the Trump International Hotel, because the owner is “not a person of good character.” The petition cites President Trump’s long record of deceit, business fraud, and sexual misconduct, and reminds ABRA that “there is no statutory exception for the rich or the powerful.”
Boring but important
Threatened species lose protections
Congressional Republicans are pursuing at least a dozen pieces of legislation designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Congress is moving to strip protections for the gray wolf, the sage grouse, the greater prairie chicken, the American burying beetle, and other species, freeing up their habitats for development. The White House has proposed a provision that, for the first time, would allow economic impact to be considered in deciding how to protect plants that are approaching extinction. The administration’s proposed rules would also discount the effect of climate change in assessing threats to wildlife. The 45-year-old law has long rankled ranchers and energy companies, who complain that the regulations hurt business.