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Trump’s Ethical Swamp 31.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
He said he’d drain it. Instead he brought it into the White House.
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The ALEC Swampland 25.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
NOTE: From July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met in Denver with its corporate funders and Republican state legislators. Though ALEC has an uneasy relationship with President Trump, they haven't hesitated in adopting his "drain the swamp" rhetoric when extolling their plans to amend the federal constitution, repeal workers' rights or gut social safety net programs. Trump keeps filling his "swamp" with cronies, political insiders and the corporate lobbyists that also populate the ALEC swamp. One of these lobbyists, working for the behemoth Chinese online retailer Alibaba, asked me to communicate information about his company to my (presumably male) boss. When I replied that I am a legislator, he looked me up and down incredulously until I replied, "They let women be legislators now." He didn't speak to me again. Experiencing ALEC is like diving into a swamp inhabited by creatures of the past. ALEC pushes policies that take us back to a federal government sitting on the sidelines ...
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Dakota Access Company Cozied Up To Ohio Officials. Then A Pollution Nightmare Began. 15.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Newly released documents related to its Rover pipeline give weight to critics who call Energy Transfer Partners a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
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America Relieved It Didn't Elect The Reckless Email Candidate 13.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
But her emails...
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Does Scott Pruitt Have a Solid Case for Repealing the Clean Water Rule? 11.7.2017 Truthout.com
On June 27, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule rescinding the Obama administration's " Clean Water Rule ." This regulation is designed to clarify which streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies fall under the protection of the Clean Water Act.  EPA developed the Clean Water Rule in an attempt to resolve uncertainty created by a fractured 2006 Supreme Court decision, Rapanos v. United States. The Rapanos ruling caused widespread confusion about which waters were covered,  creating uncertainty for farmers, developers and conservation groups . Efforts to clarify it through informal guidance or congressional action had failed, and EPA acted under mounting pressure from various quarters, including some members of the court. As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt unsuccessfully  sued to kill the rule , which he has  called  "the greatest blow to private property rights the modern era has seen." Now he is seeking to accomplish by administrative fiat what he ...
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How A Georgia Town Thwarted A Plan To Dump Tons Of Toxic Coal Ash 28.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When news spread in Wayne County, Georgia, that Republic Services planned to dump toxic coal ash in their landfill, citizens and the local newspaper fought back.
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Why the World's Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters 20.6.2017 Environmental News Network - Spotlight
Vast amounts of river-borne sediment are trapped behind the world’s large dams, depriving areas downstream of material that is badly needed to build up the marshes and wetlands that act as a buffer against rising seas.In September 2011, after 20 years of planning, workers began dismantling the Elwha and Glines dams on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington state. At the time, it was the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, and it took nearly three years for both barriers to be dismantled and for the river to once again flow freely. Over the course of their nearly century-long lives, the two dams collected more than 24 million cubic yards of sediment behind them, enough to fill the Seattle Seahawks football stadium eight times. And since their removal, the Elwha has taken back the trapped sediment and distributed it downstream, causing the riverine ecosystem to be rebuilt and transformed. Massive quantities of silt, sand, and gravel have been carried to the coast, resurrecting a wetlands ...
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Confirmed: Trump Trashing Rules To Protect Students From Predatory Colleges 14.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It is now confirmed : Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are trashing the Obama rules created to protect students and taxpayers from scam for-profit colleges. The purpose of these rules is to determine which career training programs are actually helping students build careers, and channel taxpayer dollars to those schools, rather than to overpriced, low-quality schools that are systematically deceiving and ripping off students. For-profit colleges have donated big money to the GOP , Trump owned one , DeVos invested in them. An executive from predatory Bridgepoint Education, Robert Eitel,  now works at the Department of Education. The for-profit college industry has relentlessly opposed the Obama rules, spending millions of our tax dollars to hire lawyers and lobbyists to try to defeat them. Now they appear to have prevailed. This is blatant corruption of policy by a predatory industry, one that has faced numerous law enforcement investigations for fraud. This is the opposite of draining the swamp. Under Trump, ...
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GOP Senator Slams DOJ Legal Opinion As 'Nonsense' That 'Floods The Swamp' 9.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sent  a scathing letter this week to President Donald Trump , arguing that the Office of Legal Counsel is  “flooding the swamp.” “You are being ill-served and ill-advised,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman wrote, adding that the Department of Justice office had “utterly failed to live up to its own standards.” Grassley’s letter was prompted by a May 1 memo  from the OLC to other federal agencies, instructing them to effectively ignore any requests from Congress that do not come from chairs of committees or subcommittees. Requests from other individual members of Congress “do not trigger any obligation to accommodate congressional needs and are not legally enforceable,” the memo stated. (Since both houses of Congress are currently controlled by the GOP, that means don’t answer any questions from Democrats as well as most Republicans.) The memo, signed by acting Assistant Attorney General Curtis Gannon, claimed that it was a “longstanding policy” for ...
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Oysters vs. Oil: Hilcorp's Bayou Battle 7.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
This story was originally published by The Revelator. Also see the first two stories in this series: Hilcorp Runs Aground: Pipeline Ruptures Expose Fractures in Billionaire's Energy Companies and Hilcorp: Putting Lives in Danger Gleason Alexis was ready with his camera phone to record the destruction of his family's oyster beds by contractors working for Houston billionaire Jeffery Hildebrand's Hilcorp Energy Company. For the third time in five years, Alexis says, Hilcorp contractors used tugboats to drag an oil-drilling barge through a shallow Louisiana wetland where his mother has had a lease to grow oysters for more than 15 years. The lease is in Barataria Bay, on the Louisiana coast south of New Orleans. Each time, Alexis says, the Hilcorp contractors' drilling barge and tugboats cut channels into the seafloor, destroying the oyster beds and stirring up silt that deposits on other nearby oyster beds, smothering the shellfish. "Every time it kills another generation of oysters," Alexis, 49, says. It ...
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President Trump Thinks He Has the Power to Block Anything He Chooses 7.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
When President Donald Trump entered the White House he promised to change politics and pledged to "drain the swamp" of lobbyists and special interest groups influencing the government. Instead, he's made the "swamp" even deeper than ever, and has been flexing his executive powers in ways never seen before. So what is President Trump using his new powers to block now? Pretty much anything he wants. Despite the President's "no lobbyists" promise, his administration is chocked full of the same people allegedly "regulating" industries who are still profiting from them. How much? It's hard to say, especially considering the President has exempted many of his aides from being forced to disclose potential ethics violations. Those waivers have finally been posted online after repeated pushing from the Office of Government Ethics, and now we are starting to see how much his close staff is still working with their previous clients, even now that they are influential administrative officials. "Presidential ...
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The three 'trip factors' of climate risk 1.6.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Companies need to spend more time thinking about how climate and environment are going to affect the financial performance of the company, says Lucy Nottingham, director of Marsh & McLennan's global risk center.
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Seth Meyers Reveals How Donald Trump Is Failing To 'Drain The Swamp' 24.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“Late Night” host Seth Meyers  spent part of Tuesday’s broadcast dissecting how President Donald Trump’s efforts to “ drain the swamp ” were going. And he didn’t like what he saw. During the 2016 election campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to reduce outside influence on Washington. But since he took office on Jan. 20, the “swamp” has filled with even more “monsters,” Meyers said. Check out the full segment above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5923f602e4b094cdba5724f0,591bfd6ae4b041db89656b03,591febb2e4b094cdba5456d0,592005c9e4b03b485cb1d6b8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Trump Isn't Draining The Swamp. He’s Hiding It. 24.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to “drain the swamp” in Washington by cracking down on lobbyists who move into government jobs and back again. But now Trump’s White House has sought to block the government’s top ethics official from getting certain information about ex-lobbyists working in his administration. That means the public doesn’t know if all staffers are abiding by Trump’s own ethics pledge — or whether they’re working to enrich their previous clients. Trump signed an executive order in January  banning executive branch appointees from working on a “particular matter” they lobbied on within the two previous years. The ban lasts for two years from the employee’s appointment. The order also banned executive appointees from lobbying the agencies where they worked for five years after they leave office. But the Trump administration has broad power to grant exceptions, called waivers, to this rule, and Trump’s team is trying to keep them secret. The lobbying pledge ...
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Ohio Pipeline Spill Raises Broader Questions About Oversight 21.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio's Rover Pipeline this month, and advocates suggest those incidents may be part of a bigger problem in the rush to develop Ohio's shale oil and gas. "I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Ted Auch at FracTracker Alliance, with many other problems, he and others suspect, going undetected. "How many little spills are there?" In April, construction activities for the Rover Pipeline led to "inadvertent" releases of a total of more than two million gallons of drilling fluid at and near Ohio rivers and wetlands. Now a May 5 enforcement letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency seeks $431,000 and other actions from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners for alleged violations of Ohio laws. "We are significant proponents of shale oil and gas development in Ohio… but the governor would say you have to do it right," said Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ...
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SWAMP Act Would Make Donald Trump Pay For His Own Visits To Mar-A-Lago 20.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new bill that a Democratic senator introduced would put the financial burden on President Donald Trump for his frequent visits to his own properties. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced the Stop Waste and Misuse by the President ― or SWAMP  ― Act to the House this month. If passed, taxpayers would be reimbursed for the millions of dollars they spend on Trump’s trips to his own properties, including Mar-a-Lago ― where he bragged about enjoying “beautiful” chocolate cake as he told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his decision to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Syria  in April. “President Trump is on track to spend more during his first year of office than all eight years of the Obama administration combined,” by taking his weekend trips , Lieu’s bill says. Each trip to Mar-a-Lago costs around $3.7 million in security costs alone. And that’s not including the more than $34,000 spent on golf cart rentals the Secret Service orders. In New York City, meanwhile, trips to Trump Tower have already ...
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5 big ideas to breathe new life into cities 17.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Architects, artists, planners, designers and ecologists discuss the five anchors that will pull nature into urban environments.
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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington 17.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― The discussion at the Center for American Progress’ “Ideas Conference” on Tuesday stuck mostly to the conventional Democratic script. But not Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washington’s Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama -era status quo against President Donald Trump ’s onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. Warren’s speech stood out, both for its unabashed populism and for its bold proposals for rooting out the influence of money in politics and breaking up the business monopolies. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. “Over the past few decades, money has fundamentally re-ordered Washington. Money slithers through Washington like a snake,” she said. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the “armies of lobbyists” that ...
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IPL 2017: Dominant Sunrisers Hyderabad blow away Kings XI Punjab 29.4.2017 Sports – The Indian Express
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IPL 2017: Shaun Marsh shines bright, but Shikhar Dhawan and Co. put him in shade 29.4.2017 Sports – The Indian Express
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