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FARA Fiasco: Congress Swings at Manafort, Hits Environmentalists 20.9.2018 American Prospect
democracy_rules.jpg Now that the full story of Paul Manafort’s foreign lobbying abuses has come out, one might expect lawmakers on Capitol Hill to finally follow through on their pledge to fix the nation’s broken lobbying disclosure laws. The  dirty tricks  made public as part of Manafort’s recent plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller capture foreign lobbying at its worst. Manafort hid millions in foreign payments from the IRS in offshore accounts, and  reveled in  his bare-knuckled campaign to “plant some stink” on former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as he put it. Manafort pled guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires lobbyists representing foreign interests to register and report their activities. But instead of doubling down on regulating agents like Manafort, Republicans on Capitol Hill have  largely abandoned  their push for new foreign lobbying legislation, and are instead using FARA to go after—environmental groups. Never mind that ...
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FARA Fiaso: Congress Swings at Manafort, Hits Environmentalists 20.9.2018 American Prospect
democracy_rules.jpg Now that the full story of Paul Manafort’s foreign lobbying abuses has come out, one might expect lawmakers on Capitol Hill to finally follow through on their pledge to fix the nation’s broken lobbying disclosure laws. The  dirty tricks  made public as part of Manafort’s recent plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller capture foreign lobbying at its worst. Manafort hid millions in foreign payments from the IRS in offshore accounts, and  reveled in  his bare-knuckled campaign to “plant some stink” on former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as he put it. Manafort pled guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires lobbyists representing foreign interests to register and report their activities. But instead of doubling down on regulating agents like Manafort, Republicans on Capitol Hill have  largely abandoned  their push for new foreign lobbying legislation, and are instead using FARA to go after—environmental groups. Never mind that ...
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Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand 10.9.2018 BBC: Technology
A wildlife trafficking watchdog says it has found hundreds of examples of animal trading.
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$10M question: Are counties' efforts to fight aquatic invasives working? 21.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In 2014, the Legislature took the unusual step of setting aside $10 million each year to distribute to the counties fighting invasive species. Counties are using that money to expand boat inspection programs, but also trying some innovative approaches.
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Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species 20.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm.
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Colorado wildfire update: Blazes take toll on stressed wildlife, humans warned to take precautions 11.7.2018 Denver Post: Local
More than 182,000 acres of land have been scorched by Colorado wildfire this season and the damage is taking a toll on wildlife.
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Hickenlooper promises full investigation into tracer rounds that started Lake Christine fire 7.7.2018 Denver Post: Local
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper promised a full investigation Friday into how people firing tracer rounds at a state shooting range allegedly started a wildfire that has destroyed three homes.
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This Mine Threatens America’s Largest Wild Salmon Run 27.6.2018 Mother Jones
July 4 marks the peak of the largest, most valuable wild salmon run left in America. The sockeye salmon migration into Bristol Bay, Alaska, can exceed 40 million fish. As they charge into the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers and fan out across myriad tributaries, the sockeye and four other species of Pacific salmon are pursued […]
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‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ transforms arid Pakistan region into green gold 26.6.2018 Hindu: News
300 million trees of 42 species planted across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
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Officials say illegal pesticide caused deaths of 13 bald eagles in Maryland 23.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Authorities said there is an "epidemic on the Eastern Shore" of wildlife-poisoning crimes because it's "cheaper and easier" than trapping a nuisance animals or building a fence.
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Why not save St. Paul raccoon? It may climb down on its own, expert said 13.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
As people across social media watched a raccoon scale a downtown St. Paul office tower, experts differed on whether the critter could be rescued.
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Stretch of Yampa River to close for fishing due to low water flow 11.6.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will close a stretch of the Yampa River to fishing due to critically low water flow.
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Man drowns while swimming in creek in central Colorado 29.5.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A 45-year-old man drowned while swimming in Clear Creek near Golden.
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Scientists say fish feel pain. It could lead to major changes in the fishing industry. 24.5.2018 Washington Post
Scientists say fish feel pain. It could lead to major changes in the fishing industry.
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The Energy 202: Democrats ding Trump on gas prices, just as Trump once did to Obama 24.5.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The gas station press conference took place on Capitol Hill.
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The Daily 202: Trump wins a battle in the culture war as NFL owners cave on national anthem protests 24.5.2018 Washington Post: Politics
But it’s a Pyrrhic victory.
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Six influential things Dianne Feinstein has done in the U.S. Senate 23.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Over the past quarter of a century, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has cast thousands of votes in Congress on behalf of California.

Here’s a brief look at some of her biggest or most controversial moves in Washington.

Assault weapons ban

Feinstein is perhaps best known for her 25-year quest to enact stricter...

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Trump Is Trying to Make it Legal to Shoot Hibernating Bear Cubs 22.5.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration on Monday proposed rolling back a 2015 rule that bans aggressive predator control tactics in national preserves in Alaska, including shooting bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens―a move immediately blasted by environmental groups.  The proposal, slated to be […]
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Westminster resident suffers severe burns in house fire 21.5.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
A Westminster resident was taken to a hospital with potentially life threatening injuries Monday morning after they were discovered in a bedroom that was on fire, authorities say.
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Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses 21.5.2018 Hindu: Rx
An independent scientific committee recently found that brumbies were endangering more than 20 plant species and seven animal species, including three endangered frogs, in the park.
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