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The Trump administration is pushing forward with plans for two major oil pipelines in the U.S., projects that sparked nationwide demonstrations and legal fights under President Barack Obama.

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With so much focus in the early days of the Trump administration centered on GOP plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it's easy to forget that Republicans are planning another ambitious goal this year — overhauling the entire federal tax code.

More people have health insurance than ever before, but many still struggle to pay for care.

A recently released report says medical debt is the No. 1 reason consumers reported being contacted by a collection agency. If efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act result in more people losing their coverage, those numbers could rise.

President Trump on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for construction of two controversial oil pipelines, the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access.

As he signed the paperwork in an Oval Office photo op, Trump said his administration is "going to renegotiate some of the terms" of the Keystone project, which would carry crude oil from the tar sands of western Canada and connect to an existing pipeline to the Gulf Coast.

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President Donald Trump is making good on one of his big campaign promises to re-evaluate America's free trade commitments.

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The U.K.'s exit from the European Union must be triggered by Parliament, not by the prime minister, the nation's Supreme Court says. In an 8-3 ruling, the court ruled that Theresa May doesn't have legal standing to carry out Brexit, the plan to leave the EU that voters embraced in a close referendum last June.

In a meeting with business leaders, President Trump on Monday made an eyebrow-raising claim.

As part of an effort to make America more business-friendly, Trump said: "We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent. Maybe more, but by 75 percent."

Republicans do seem serious about some kind of regulatory reform. But even conservative economists say that number is not believable.

It has been said that the president likes to have an adversary. And at the meeting, Trump took aim at government regulations that stifle business.

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At the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic in Scarbro, W.Va., oxygen tubes dangle from the noses of three miners slowly pedaling on stationary bikes. All of these men have black lung — a disease caused by breathing in coal dust. Over time, the dust coats the lungs and causes them to harden. Hard lungs don't easily expand and contract, and that makes it difficult to breathe.

Last week, as official Washington obsessed over the Coming Of Trump, there was a gathering in our nation's capital that had almost nothing to do with the inauguration or politics.

It took place at a sleek and stylish restaurant/brewery called Bluejacket, built inside the walls of an old factory. It's a striking and airy space, the dining room framed by tall fermentation tanks made of gleaming steel.

Judge blocks Aetna merger with Humana

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A federal judge in Washington has blocked another giant health care merger: insurer Aetna had been hoping to buy Humana for some $37 billion. Judge John Bates found the merger would violate antitrust laws, and also sided with the government on a dicey issue involving the Affordable Care Act.

The case for Trump being a Marxist

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David Brancaccio

As President Trump gets ready to meet today with senior officials from the auto industry, some think there's a teachable moment in the president’s approach to increase American jobs. 

Mark Blyth, a professor of political economy at Brown University’s Watson Institute, argues that "[Trump] is a Marxist." 

Blyth said Trump's effort to keep jobs from going abroad mirrors steps Marxists took to address the problems they had with capitalism in the 1970s. He stopped by to make his case and discuss the issues he sees within the U.S. economy.

01/24/17: What can we expect from Trump's new FCC pick?

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Despite all this protectionist talk from the new administration, markets don't seem to be taking it that seriously. We'll look at why the risks posed by new trade policy haven't been factored into stock prices. Afterwards, we'll provide some background information on Trump's new pick for head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, and then dive into possible reasons the CDC called off a climate change summit. 

Why was there a CDC climate change summit anyway?

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JaeRan Kim

The Centers for Disease Control’s decision to indefinitely postpone a climate change meeting has some experts fearing the move is an early effect of shifting political winds.

The agency canceled its Climate and Health Summit, a conference scheduled for next month, E&E News reported Monday. The summit focused on the impacts of climate change on public health, which falls under the purview of the CDC.

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