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Another challenge for the Biden administration: thousands of federal appointments

Jan 22, 2021
Biden is inheriting a depleted federal workforce requiring thousands of appointments, including many that need Senate confirmation.
The Senate confirmation hearing for Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's pick for secretary of Homeland Security, on Jan. 19.
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How the Biden administration can undo some Trump policies

Jan 21, 2021
Sometimes all it takes is a signature. Other cases require allies in Congress or the courts.
President Joe Biden signs executive orders on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
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Trump turns attention to health care with executive orders he says will lower drug prices

The president is expected to meet with pharmaceutical industry executives, who are opposed to the changes, on Tuesday.
Among the orders is allowing the importation of cheaper drugs from other countries, and requiring drug rebates paid to insurers and others to get passed down to patients.
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Weekly Wrap: How far do Trump's executive orders go?

Apr 21, 2017
Rachel Abrams of the New York Times and David Gura of Bloomberg join us to discuss the week’s business and economic news. This week, they talk about whether the Trump administration can meet any of its major pledges before its first 100 days. Also, Trump has signed a lot of executive orders, but are they doing […]
President Trump with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, holds up the first of three executive orders concerning financial services today in Washington, D.C.
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Weekly Wrap: Executive orders and international trade

Mar 31, 2017
Wrapping up the week's business news with Catherine Rampell and Nela Richardson.
US President Donald Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence stand alongside Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as he speaks about Trump signing executive orders on trade policies in the Oval Office of the White House.
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Trump to sign executive orders targeting trade abuses

Mar 31, 2017
Trump wants to target the trade deficit, which he argues imperils U.S. workers.
A cargo ship waits to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach.
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Will Trump's pipeline order really bring more U.S. steel jobs?

Jan 25, 2017
The executive order's actual economic effects on U.S. steel and iron production are unclear.
Miles of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a North Dakota lot back in 2014.
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The power of the pen

Nov 11, 2016
Executive orders aren't all they're cracked up to be.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump discussing transition plans in the Oval Office.
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Texas ruling makes immigrants' future uncertain

Feb 17, 2015
A Texas judge has stayed President Obama’s executive action to stop millions of undocumented immigrants from facing deportation.

Obama administration to announce climate hubs

Feb 5, 2014
The regional offices will assist farmers in coping with disasters caused by climate change.