Today’s Buzz features leaking pipelines, flag burning in Iowa, and Trump’s plan to make Mexico, I mean the U.S., pay for the ridiculous wall. Oh boy. In other news, it’s Friday and I’ve got lots of fun with friends planned this weekend!

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White House floats tax on Mexican imports that would force Americans to pay for wall: The White House floated the idea Thursday of imposing a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports, arguing that would be more than enough to pay for a controversial border wall — then quickly downplayed the idea as one of many under consideration.

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Word Up! D.C. Will Get a Museum of Linguistics: Can “Planet Word”—an interactive museum of language—bring new life to a long-vacant historic D.C. building?

TransCanada Submits New Application To Build Keystone XL Pipeline: The company that wants to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says it has submitted a new permit application to the U.S. State Department. The TransCanada announcement came just two days after President Trump took executive actions to speed the approval process for both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

Blagojevich’s daughter hits Obama for not commuting sentence: A daughter of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is criticizing former President Barack Obama for not granting early release to her father, who’s serving prison time for corruption.

‘It’s A Big One’: Iowa Pipeline Leaks Nearly 140,000 Gallons Of Diesel: An underground pipeline that runs through multiple Midwestern states has leaked an estimated 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the company that owns it, Magellan Midstream Partners.

Trump’s Labor Pick Faces Slew Of Legal Complaints From Fast-Food Workers: President Trump’s nominee to be the next Labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, runs a fast-food empire. Now, as he awaits his confirmation hearings, current and former workers of CKE Restaurants — which operates chains like Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s — are filing complaints alleging employment-law violations at his company.

Local Gov Confidential

Missouri House approves regulations for Uber, Lyft: Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are one step closer to being able to operate statewide in Missouri. In a 140-16 vote Thursday, the House passed a bill that would outline statewide regulations, such as a $5,000 fee, background checks and vehicle inspections. It will now go to the Senate for approval.

Drastic attempts in Portland schools to make up snow days worries students, principals: One thing is clear as Portland Public Schools tries to dig out from underneath its lost snow days: There will be no easy answers. On Wednesday, the district said it would consider drastic options to make up for lost time – including making school days longer, canceling spring break and holding class on Saturdays.

Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor one of several Michigan sanctuary spaces: A movement to create safe spaces for employees is just beginning, and one Ann Arbor company is voicing its support for the newly-founded and hotly-debated project.

Costco says it hopes to get Kirkland Signature golf balls back on shelves, shares stats on year: Costco President and CEO Craig Jelinek said Costco, which currently has “supply issues” with the popular Kirkland Signature golf balls that have flown off shelves, hopes to get them back on shelves at some point.

Flag burning sets off clash at pedestrian mall in Iowa: A group of protesters set fire to multiple American flags on the Iowa City pedestrian mall on Thursday, setting off a scuffle and heated verbal arguments with bystanders. The flag burning was meant to protest racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism, the group said.

For thousands, light rail will be the only way through downtown Seattle next year: Seattle is on a collision course between construction and transportation by fall 2018, when a pair of major projects will push buses out of the downtown transit tunnel.