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Maryland Assembly Overturns Republican Governor’s Clean Energy Veto

In Maryland, the state assembly just overturned Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a clean energy jobs act — showing once again that the march toward clean energy will continue, despite what’s happening in Washington D.C. The bill received bipartisan support in both houses of the state legislature and is highly popular with voters.

Plans to Sell 3.4 Million Acres of Federal Lands Spur Protests

A bill submitted last week by Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah is angering hunters, anglers and local communities. The proposed law would allow at least 3.4 million acres of public lands to be sold at a “fair market value” in order to reduce the federal government’s debt.

Lyft Stands up to Trump and the Refugee Ban, While Uber Stumbles

Protests sparked at airports across the country over the weekend, as thousands showed up to oppose President Trump’s controversial travel ban. In the aftermath, Lyft appeared to stand tall as it opposed the executive order, while Uber suffered a backlash. It all dates back to an ill-timed tweet on Saturday.

Starbucks Faces Boycotts After Pledging to Hire 10,000 Refugees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz promised to hire 10,000 refugees over five years, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban.” Of course, it wasn’t long before the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks started trending on Twitter, but Schultz and his company are standing strong.

Could Trump’s Border Policies Kill Commerce?

President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has frayed relations between the two countries. But as one economist pointed out, there’s a lot more at risk than the economy of North America’s poorest nation.

Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze: Leaner Doesn’t Always Mean Better

A hiring freeze is in effect for all federal departments — that includes positions related to agriculture and commerce, as well as many that impact veterans’ services. And the outcome of that 90-day freeze may hint at what’s next for federal workers and public services.

Activists Call for Divestment As Trump Moves Pipelines Forward

President Donald Trump essentially green-lighted the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines last week. Environmental and human rights advocates vowed to keep fighting, and they’re calling on big banks to pull their funding of the projects.