EPA Pollution Cases at 30-Year Low ; Two Legal Losses Rein in Trump ...and More Picks 1/17

EPA Pollution Cases at 30-Year Low, Data Shows (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.”

Inspector General: GSA Ignored Constitution by Letting Trump Lease Old Post Office for DC Hotel (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The inspector general of the General Services Administration (GSA) on Wednesday issued a report that said it finds the agency ignored guidelines spelled out in the US Constitution’s Emoluments Clause by allowing President Trump to keep the lease on the building used by the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.”

The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree. (Reader Luke)

From ProPublica: “The bureau’s image unit has linked defendants to crime photographs for decades using unproven techniques and baseless statistics. Studies have begun to raise doubts about the unit’s methods.”

Editorial: Two Legal Losses Rein in Trump for Now (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Neither the head-counting business of the census nor health care for women sounds unduly political. But President Trump has turned both into hot-button issues that have landed in court and this week earned him sharp legal slaps.”