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The Trump Administration Wants to Make Groundwater Less Safe in Coal Country 21.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on ProPublica. In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected “statistically significant” amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under […]
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Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for ‘reckless unsafe or unsound practices’ 21.4.2018 Washington Post
Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for ‘reckless unsafe or unsound practices’
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The Finance 202: Here's why the tax cuts are such a hard sell for Republicans 20.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Some think it's not a lost cause, however.
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The Daily 202: Republican judges warn of ‘tyranny’ as they block Trump on ‘sanctuary cities’ 20.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The president gets another civics lesson on the separation of powers from a trio of GOP appointees.
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Divided California watchdog agency reduces chairwoman's role despite opposition from governor's office 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A power struggle inside the state’s political watchdog agency broke out into a public war of words between rival commissioners Thursday, after an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown objected to a planned reshuffling of duties as a threat to policing campaign finances in California.

The divided Fair Political...

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‘You were let down’: Senators vow to address failings of Olympic leaders after abuse scandals 19.4.2018 Washington Post
‘You were let down’: Senators vow to address failings of Olympic leaders after abuse scandals
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Ex-Playboy model settles suit over Trump hush money 19.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Rep. Schiff wants Congress to get more information on presidential pardons 19.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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AT&T's CEO is about to defend the biggest merger of his career 18.4.2018 Washington Post
AT&T's CEO is about to defend the biggest merger of his career
The Energy 202: A key Senate Republican zeroes in on Scott Pruitt's emails 17.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Sen. Barrasso's letter may give other Republicans cover to criticize the EPA chief more openly.
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Critics say Rochester visitors bureau needs to be more transparent about activities, spending 17.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Recent events involving lobbying and budget deficits have prompted city officials to ask whether Rochester's convention and visitors bureau should face closer scrutiny.
Trump was right to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby — even if it was for the wrong reason 16.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
If the president thinks the pardon’s message is that he will reward loyalty even for perjurers, Libby is not an example of that.
The Energy 202: Trump's new rules make it easier for energy companies to escape penalties for killing birds 16.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Accidentally killing birds no longer breaks the law.
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Ethics and the EPA: How one government office helped turn up the heat on Scott Pruitt 15.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Ethics and the EPA: How one government office helped turn up the heat on Scott Pruitt
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Guest Editorial: Your privacy on the web 15.4.2018 The Moderate Voice

The clearest lesson from Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s 10 hours of testimony on Capitol Hill this week is that members of Congress don’t have much of a grasp on what the privacy problems are online, let alone how to fix them. The recent revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, however, should make at least [...]

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AM Joy: Why The Libby Pardon Is Such A Big Deal 14.4.2018 Crooks Liars
Joy Reid and guests dug into the implications behind the Scooter Libby pardon on AM Joy this morning. "You really cannot make this stuff up," Reid said. "Libby's sentence was commuted by President George W. Bush, who notably refused to pardon him, causing what was a permanent rift with Cheney. "What message was Trump trying to send -- and more importantly, to whom? "I'm going to start by noting, Nick, that was Trump's fourth presidential pardon, the first being Joe Arpaio back in August of 2017 and now Scooter Libby with two people in between. Scooter Libby's crimes that he was convicted of included four felony counts obstruction of justice, giving false statements to the FBI and two counts of perjury in grand jury testimony. All very interesting in light of current events -- and I'll just quickly read the statement from his lawyer. "'We commend President Trump for addressing a gross injustice and granting a pardon. Libby was wrongfully convicted in 2007 of a politically motivated prosecution arising ...
Would you pay $18.75 for ad-free Facebook? 14.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
That's the average ad revenue generated by a Facebook user in 2017.
Good News for Sirhan Sirhan 14.4.2018 The Moderate Voice

Too bad Charlie Manson died last year. Otherwise, it looks like he'd have a great chance at a Donald Trump pardon.

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Trump grants pardon to former Bush official in latest move to use the law as a political tool 14.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Trump’s pardon of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, sends a message that he may be willing to help allies who are witnesses in Mueller’s Russia probe.
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Mark Zuckerberg was grilled this week. Silicon Valley took it personally. 14.4.2018 Washington Post
Mark Zuckerberg was grilled this week. Silicon Valley took it personally.
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