President Trump exhorted lawmakers to resurrect the failed Republican plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, injecting fresh turmoil into an issue that had appeared settled the day before, when Senate leaders announced they did not have the votes to pass their bill. The White House’s Office of
Management and Budget detailed how it would jettison hundreds of existing or planned regulations as part of its larger push to ease federal restrictions on the private sector, upending federal policies on labor, the environment and public health. In several instances, the administration is dropping rules aimed at tightening worker-safety standards or omitting species the government had pledged to protect under the Endangered Species Act. It also proposes regulations that provide employers with more leeway in how they run their businesses. White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned after Trump hired financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, capping days of tumult as Trump shifted his legal and PR strategy.
Vaping is smoking, a federal appeals court ruled, upholding regulation that adds e-cigarettes to an existing ban on the use of traditional tobacco-burning products on commercial flights.