Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life

Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life

[Ed. – Hm, no hyperbole there. Find one criticism that couldn’t as easily be applied to Barack Obama, if Reuters could manage the honesty.]

Even without delivering on his biggest campaign promises, President Donald Trump has begun to reshape American life in ways big and small.

Over his first nine months, Trump has used an aggressive series of regulatory rollbacks, executive orders and changes in enforcement guidelines to rewrite the rules for industries from energy to airlines, and on issues from campus sexual assault to anti-discrimination protections for transgender students.

While his administration has been chaotic, and his decision-making impulsive and sometimes whimsical, Trump has made changes that could have far-reaching and lingering consequences for society and the economy. Some have grabbed headlines but many, no less consequential, have gone largely unnoticed amid the daily controversies and Twitter insults that have marked Trump’s early months in office.

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Under Trump, oil is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. Arrests of immigrants living illegally in the United States are up. More federal lands are open for coal mining.

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