Washington (CNN)Day 5 was a big win for those who hope fewer regulations will spur economic growth. It was a significant setback for environmentalists. President Donald Trump claims he'll strike a balance between the two over time. The controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, once stalled under President Barack Obama, may now one day begin flowing.
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- Price again defended both his stock picks, saying: "Everything I did was ethical, above board legal and transparent," and other new potential red flags.
- Price addressed Trump's executive order on Obamacare for the first time, pledging that "no one will be worse off" because of Trump's action.
- Price had an awkward back-and-forth with Sen. Sherrod Brown over Trump's statement that they were working together and almost ready with an Obamacare replacement plan.
- Price also said: "I guarantee you that the individuals that lost coverage under the ACA, we will commit to making certain that they don't lose coverage under whatever replacement plan comes forward."
- Price refused to say if he supports block granting Medicaid, which Kellyanne Conway raised over the weekend.
- Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address today, pitting California against the Trump administration and pledging: "California is not turning back. Not now, not ever."
- In Trump's high-profile August immigration speech in Phoenix, he pledged to "immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties." In a piece for National Review, conservative immigration leader Mark Kirkorian questions why Trump has not followed through on this pledge. As Kirkorian wrote, USCIS is still accepting DACA applications.
- Could Trump pursue some kind of middle ground? The BRIDGE Act would grant DACA beneficiaries a grace period.
- Wilbur Ross, who was voted out of committee today, pledged to not intimidate climate scientists working for NOAA.
- Trump's pulling the US out of TPP, which included 11 of the world's largest economies, is already creating ripples in Asia.
- The Wall Street Journal reports Trump's Trade Rep. nominee, Robert Lighthizer, may have violated US law by representing the Brazilian government in the 1990s.
- When the White House renegotiates NAFTA, could a US/Canada deal exclude Mexico?