Today’s quick hits, April 9, 2018

Retailers fear SNAP cuts (Wall Street Journal): The Trump administration’s push to cut nearly $130 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years has grocery retailers on edge.

Pruitt claims primacy on clean-water coverage (Inside Climate News): In a leaked memo, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt says he, not regional administrators, will decide which bodies of water will be protected under water-pollution laws.

The Farm Belt front in Sino-U.S. trade war (New York Times): Rural districts could be important in deciding if Republicans keep control on Congress in the midterms. Will they rally to the president or rebel?

Cereal goes sweet (Wall Street Journal): After failed attempts to bring in health-conscious consumers with high-protein, low-sugar cereals, manufacturers are returning to an old standby: candy-sweet, colorful, fun cereals without all those natural ingredients.

In the weeds (The Nevada Independent): A bill that would declassify hemp as a controlled substance has Nevada growers, who are eager to begin cultivating the still-outlawed crop, seeing green.


Biggest ICE workplace raid in a decade (Washington Post): Officials arrested 97 immigrants at a meat processing plant in Bean Station, Tennessee, in a sign that the administration is ramping up enforcement.

Democratic poll says House Ag panelist is vulnerable (Roll Call): An internal poll released by the Democratic challenger to California Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, says Denham has a 4-point lead with 13 percent undecided.

Espy says he’s leading Senate race (Jackson Clarion Ledger): Former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy says a poll by Chism Strategies puts him ahead of two Republicans in the November special election for senator, though not by enough to avoid a runoff.