WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday moved closer to approving President Donald Trump´s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency even as nearly 800 former officials urged the chamber to reject the nominee, who sued the agency more than a dozen times as attorney general of oil-producing Oklahoma. The 773 former officials signed a letter sent to the Senate that said Pruitt´s record and public statements suggest he does not agree with the underlying principles of U.S. environmental laws. Pruitt has also cast doubts on the science of climate change. "Mr. Pruitt has shown no interest in enforcing those laws, a critically
Comments: Thank goodness! Pruitt is a really wise choice for that agency.
Every state has a right to challenge the EPA in court when they believe the agency has overreached its authority. The courts get to decide the merits of the suits, NOT "773 former officials [who] signed a letter."
The article mentions that a judge has ordered Pruitt to turn over 3,000 emails between his office and energy companies, but does NOT mention the legal justification for doing so. Has the judge also ordered the EPA to turn over all emails between the EPA and environmental groups, many of whom have histories of being threats to the property rights of others?
The article displays a bias that should not be included in a REAL news article.
Obamacare passed despite protests too AP, only you guys never even reported on the protests. As if you care what "the people" think. Theses protests are astroturf paid by Soros and instigated by Obama.
Five to 10 years ago, independent bloggers used to be able to get by on internet advertising, like the broadsheets of yore. But that changed quite quickly, and for two big reasons: Facebook and Google. They now gobble up the vast majority of internet advertising dollars — about 85 percent, as my colleague Jeff Spross writes — and a great many media outlets have been forced to move to direct subscriptions or other business models. Google and Facebook manage this because they are platform monopolists. They can exert tremendous influence through their control of how people use the internet —
In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s ouster, Fox News Channel issued a talking points memo of its own: Its primetime lineup will maintain a similar tone and attitude even without the person who was arguably the network’s most recognizable anchor. Tucker Carlson, who has held forth in primetime at 9 p.m. and delivered solid ratings, will move to O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. slot starting Monday, April 24. Fox News will fill Carlson’s former berth with its panel show, “The Five,” while keeping Sean Hannity at 10 p.m. More to come…
Filmmaker Jay Thames was six years old when his grandfather first told him about the Texas City disaster. He was too young to completely grasp the magnitude of the event, but he’d never seen his grandfather Jesse, a World War II veteran and local businessman, get so emotional. In many ways, Thames has been turning that story into a script ever since, drawing out the details from Jesse little by little. Years of this research will finally come together in Thames’s upcoming film, Texas City. The morning of April 16, 1947, the S.S. Grandcamp was docked in Texas City when a
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White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is leading an unprecedented effort to meddle in the White House´s National Security Council, causing mayhem for senior staff who say the president´s son-in-law is interfering in key foreign policy debates, according to Trump administration officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. Kushner has taken aggressive action to micro-manage the NSC, overshadowing even recently installed National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, according to sources both inside and outside the White House who described Kushner´s behavior as highly unusual and damaging to the country´s national security infrastructure. Never before has a White House permitted such a figure
The last time Dallas´ Latino leadership organized a march of this intended scale, in 2006, attendance was estimated at somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000. This time, even before the march, organizers guessed attendance might be 100,000. On Sunday, they claimed after the event that 20,000 people showed up to march through downtown Dallas to Dallas City Hall for rights and respect for Dallas´ immigrant and refugee population. After the march, Dallas police estimated 3,200 people marched and attended the subsequent rally. The differences between Mega March 2006 and Sunday´s edition didn´t just include the number of participants. A decade ago, marchers were
The Obamas have been taking a much-deserved break from politics since moving out of the White House. But next week, it´s back to reality. President Barack Obama will be in Chicago on Monday to discuss community organization and civic engagement. As we all know, the Obamas have impeccable taste in food, so it wouldn´t be surprising to see the former president surveying the Chicago dining scene when he returns stateside. Will he visit the renowned Alinea? Or return to an old Obama favorite, Spiaggia? Last September, my husband and I had a chance run-in with Barack and Michelle, who were in New York City for their last visit as
A review of Donald Trump´s business career would lead one to say that he has always over-promised and under-delivered. Whether his long list of bankruptcies in the ever-profitable casino business, the failures of his "university,´ steak, vodka or clothing lines, there has been a history of putting himself first, while ignoring the needs of his constituents. We may be seeing that play out in his approach to government, as well. As in business, Trump has a constituency of one … himself … just ask his stock and bond investors, his suppliers, contractors, laborers, or even his customers. Unlike Trump, they rarely,
Outraged Muslims are reportedly planning a May 1 demonstration at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company is under fire after several Muslim security guards demanded time and space to pray five times a day, while on the job. The guards contend in a lawsuit filed this week that the subcontractor who employs them does not appropriately accommodate their faith and retaliates against those who speak out. The Service Employees International Union and the guards allege that Amazon grants high-earning tech workers conference rooms to pray in, but they do not provide the same accommodation for contracted security officers
American Airlines suspended a flight attendant after an altercation on Friday in which the attendant took a stroller from a woman traveling with two young children and then argued with other passengers. The episode was captured, in part, on video. The encounter, at San Francisco International Airport, occurred while the woman was boarding a Texas-bound flight. The attendant, whose name was not released by the airline, grabbed the stroller from the woman, who was carrying 15-month-old twins, a passenger who was nearby said.
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