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The (Sensible) Fine Print on Trump's Regulation Order

A document helps show why a pause in the flow of federal rules makes sense.
There's more to it.

There's more to it.

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The first weeks of the Trump administration have not exactly been characterized by an excess of regular order. So there’s special reason to applaud a document it released last week that helps to make sense of one of the president's controversial actions -- an unprecedented executive order limiting regulation.

The order itself, requiring agencies to eliminate two regulations whenever they issue a new one, produced applause, confusion and alarm when it was announced on Jan. 30.