The Daily Populous

Sunday August 25th, 2019 morning edition

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump claimed he has the "absolute right" to "order" US companies to stop doing business with China that would involve using his broad executive authority in a new and unprecedented way under a 1977 law.

In response, Trump wrote on Twitter later Friday: "Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China including bringing ...your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.".

When leaving the White House for the G7 summit in France, Trump told reporters, "I have the absolute right to do that, but we'll see how it goes."

Trump's latest comments again raise questions as to how far the President's authority goes under the IEEPA .

In May, Trump threatened to slap Mexico with punitive tariffs unless it slowed the passage of migrants from Central America to the US.

The IEEPA, according to the Congressional Research Service, has never been invoked to impose tariffs, and Trump ultimately drew back at the last minute.

Under the law, though, Congress can end an emergency with a joint resolution. »

Ozone: The Earth's protective shield is repairing

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The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s.

The ozone layer had been damaged by man-made chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

There are also concerns that increasing emissions of some chlorine-containing chemicals could still slow down the progress made in healing the ozone layer. »

Kentucky clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses can be sued

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FILE PHOTO: Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis speaks during an interview on Fox News Channel's 'The Kelly File' in New York September 23, 2015.

Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Kim Davis can be sued in her individual capacity, though sovereign immunity shielded her from being sued in her former role as Rowan County Clerk.

The appeals court also upheld a separate attorney fee award to other couples who were denied marriage licenses by Davis. »

Mitch McConnell Challenger Amy McGrath Releases Blistering Ad in Kentucky: He 'Left Our Coal Miners Behind'

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Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath released an ad Friday attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for having "left our coal miners behind years ago.".

The ad, currently running in McConnell's home state, features a group of coal miners living with black lung disease.

The objective of the meeting was to request that lawmakers collect additional taxes from coal companies to offset the miners' medical costs. »