Derek Reinbold  //  4/30/17  //  Topic Update


Reversing course, President Trump decided not to pull out of NAFTA (Washington Post).

  • Mexico also threatened to pull out, suggesting both countries may have been bluffing to gain leverage in negotiations and show strength domestically (Vox).
  • President Trump initially signaled willingness to sign an executive order formally withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA (NYTWaPo).
  • The New York Times argues that President Trump’s trade policy lacks strategy and vision.
  • Congressional Republicans asked President Trump to delay the decision and carefully consider the consequences of withdrawal (Politico).

The Trump Administration vowed to undo the Obama Administration’s requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act, but the Justice Department has yet to halt its appeal in East Texas Baptist University v. Price (WaPo).

Trump has shortlisted Doug Seaton, a union-busting lawyer, for nomination to the National Labor Relations Board (Politico).

President Trump will name Phillip Miscimarra as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (The Hill).

The Trump Administration will impose new tariffs on lumber imports from Canada, America’s second-largest trading partner (NYTWaPo).

  • Trump likely picked Canada in an effort to look tough against a country that can’t retaliate, writes Adam Behsudi (Politico).

President Trump’s proposed steel tariffs will harm American exporters who use imported steel, argues Ryan Bourne in Cato@Liberty.


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

Richard Trumpka, President of the AFL-CIO, harshly criticized President Trump for his divisive rhetoric and continued support of corporations over working class Americans.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration is seeking to revive and broaden a rule that Congress killed last year requiring drug testing for unemployment benefits. There are fewer OSHA workplace safety inspectors under the Trump Administration than under President Obama.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | Week of October 30, 2017

11/6/17  //  Daily Update

The Labor Department will appeal a court ruling that threw out an Obama-era rule that would have expanded overtime pay to 4 million more people.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School