The Daily Populous

Friday December 14th, 2018 morning edition

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A year and a half after President Donald Trump reversed an Obama administration decision to block TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, a federal district judge in Montana has halted the project again, citing an insufficient review of the project's environmental impact.

In his ruling, Judge Brian Morris said “the Trump administration completely disregarded the climate effects of building the Keystone pipeline,” according to Vermont law professor Pat Parenteau.

“The Trump administration dismissed, with barely a paragraph in the decision document they issued, the whole idea that the pipeline would be contributing to climate change and the judge said that's not good enough,” Parenteau explains.

Morris is a former justice on the Montana Supreme Court and is considered a “very moderate judge,” Parenteau adds.

There are some judges on the federal bench who are more pro-environment ..., but Judge Morris isn’t in that same category.”.

Related: The Keystone XL pipeline gets a victory, but with a question mark.

Along with changing economics and the project's effect on climate change, the plaintiffs and the judge cited other issues, such as the risk of spills and damage to cultural resources. »

Unlimited data draining your wallet? Your plan costs more in U.S. than those in most developed countries

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If you live in the United States, you’re not alone, according to a recent report by Finnish research firm Rewheel, which found Americans pay more for wireless data than consumers in most other developed countries.

The statistical analysis of regulatory data, price data and cell service data in 148 countries shows that a government’s pro-competitive policies, such as number portability and voice over internet protocol, can significantly reduce prices.

In countries where political connections are more prevalent, regulations protect incumbents and are associated with much higher prices.”. »

Russian Maria Butina pleads guilty in case to forge Kremlin bond with U.S. conservatives

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Maria Butina, 30, is the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence U.S. policy in the run-up to the 2016 election by acting as a foreign agent.

[Trump associate socialized with alleged Russian agent Maria Butina in final weeks of 2016 campaign].

[‘She was like a novelty’: How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles]. »