According to ProPublica, one of the many policy changes President Donald Trump is trying to rush through before he hands the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in January is bringing back executions by firing squad.
The proposed rule, which “could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions for federal executions, giving the government more options for administering capital punishment as drugs used in lethal injections become unavailable,” reportedly cleared White House review on Nov. 6.
However, ProPublica reported:
Once finalized, this rule might never be put into practice. The Trump administration executed a federal prisoner in Indiana on Nov. 19 and plans five more executions before Jan. 20, all with lethal injections. After that, Biden has signaled he won’t allow any federal executions and will push to eliminate capital punishment for federal crimes.
Other regulations noted in the report include one that would exclude transgender people from federally funded homeless shelters, and another that would loosen efficiency standards on showerheads.
The Department of Energy is racing to loosen efficiency standards for showerheads and laundry machines, evoking Trump’s recurring bits about bathroom water pressure. “Do you ever get under a shower and no water comes out?” Trump said at an October rally in Nevada. “And me, I want that hair to be so beautiful.”
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