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Pruitt is out, handing EPA reins to former coal lobbyist 6.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Republicans say Andrew Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career. He also was a top aide at the Senate Environment Committee before becoming a lobbyist nine years ago.
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Fires burning across Colorado continue to grow on Saturday, spurring new evacuations and concerns 30.6.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
At least a dozen wildfires are scorching the state with some forcing evacuations, consuming homes, jumping highways, closing roads and clouding communities in smoke.
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Northern Colorado expected to get cooler, wet weather Saturday, but fire-spotted southern Colorado likely to miss the storms 30.6.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A significant cool-down is expected to roll through northern Colorado bringing clouds, rain and temperatures in the 70s, but southern Coloradans hoping for better firefighting conditions aren't likely to see the same cold weather system, a local meteorologist said.
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Adam Schiff Calls Out Four Republicans Of The Congressional Apocalypse 29.6.2018 Crooks Liars
Rep. Adam Schiff had a few words for the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee going after Rod Rosenstein. Namely, "You're not fooling anyone." Wolf Blitzer asked him what he thought they were trying to accomplish with these hearings, putting intense pressure on Rosenstein about, of all things, information about the Hillary Clinton investigation. Schiff, per usual, told it like it was. Well, Wolf, this is a show, being put on for the president's benefit. This is collaboration with Executive masquerading as oversight. If you're going to call this oversight at all, it's the most obsequious kind of oversight that says, "We will do anything at all that we can in the service of the president." They gave the president an excuse for firing one of them, Rod Rosenstein so they can alter the course of the Mueller investigation. But make no mistake, they will continue asking for documents in the pending investigation, something the president has no right to, so they can be fed either directly or indirectly ...
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What Trump Administration Corruption Lays Bare: Ineffectual Ethics Rules 28.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrives for a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY19 budget on Capitol Hill democracy_rules.jpg In an administration run by a president whose properties  have scooped up millions  in political and taxpayer money, the daily onslaught of ethics complaints and investigations into self-dealing by top Trump Cabinet officials should come as no surprise. A full catalogue of Cabinet-level corruption would fill a book, from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s  real estate dealings  with an oil industry executive to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s  lucrative short sale  of shipping company stock. But one Trump team member surpasses all others in his  flagrant disregard  for federal conflict-of-interest rules: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who now faces no fewer than 16 federal and congressional investigations, with no end in sight. What’s most stunning about Pruitt’s never-ending ethics saga is not the  millions in ...
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Using 23andMe to Reunite Families at the Border Comes With Serious Privacy Risks 23.6.2018 Mother Jones
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced an end to administration’s policy of separating families at the border. But the administration hasn’t figured out how to reunite the parents and children that have already been split apart. A day after Trump’s announcement, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) suggested a novel idea: recruit 23andMe, the DNA-testing company, to […]
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How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed 22.6.2018
Things didn’t go well for Kobach in the Kansas City courtroom.

The post How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed appeared first on Truthout.

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Rights for Undocumented Migrants Must Be Taken From the Ruling Class 22.6.2018
Being undocumented does not take away one's right to be defended from abuses of state power.

The post Rights for Undocumented Migrants Must Be Taken From the Ruling Class appeared first on Truthout.

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Lime to remove scooters temporarily from Denver 19.6.2018 Denver Post: Business
After about three weeks on Denver's streets, Lime's scooters will be removed from the city for the next two weeks, the company announced Monday.
Meat found in Fort Collins yards laced with rat poison 18.6.2018 Denver Post: Local
The Larimer Humane Society says food laced with rat poison has been found in several yards in a southeast Fort Collins neighborhood.
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Have You Seen the Latest News? Paul Ryan Probably Hasn’t. 15.6.2018 Mother Jones
On Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was asked about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, whose corporate-friendly tenure has been derailed by a series of increasingly embarrassing scandals. Pruitt, a conservative favorite who holds a cabinet-level post, has been in the news for weeks, and his lavish spending falls right in the […]
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The Next Recession Could Be Catastrophic 15.6.2018 Crooks Liars
Perhaps the most condescending and unintentionally revealing comments any banker made in the wake of the banker-created 2008 financial crisis came from Jamie Dimon, CEO of too-big-to-fail bank JP Morgan Chase. “Not to be funny about it,” Dimon told a congressional panel in 2010, “but my daughter asked me when she came home from school ‘what’s the financial crisis,’ and I said, ‘Well it’s something that happens every five to seven years.”’ Millions of Americans lost their homes in the wake of Wall Street’s crisis – which, come to think of it, isn’t that funny at all. Downturns are so simple, Dimon implies, that they can be explained to schoolchildren in a single sentence. Dimon also admitted his own industry’s ineptness and irresponsibility when he told the panel that “in mortgage underwriting, we somehow missed that home prices don’t go up forever.” Dimon wasn’t the only banker to tell Congress that the titans of Wall Street were clueless. “We never knew what was happening at any minute,” said Goldman ...
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Dissecting Trump’s Efforts to Place Himself Above the Law 11.6.2018
His attorneys say he is immunized against legal consequences.

The post Dissecting Trump’s Efforts to Place Himself Above the Law appeared first on Truthout.

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Dem lawmakers want criminal corruption probe for EPA chief Scott Pruitt 8.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
President Donald Trump signaled Friday he is still standing by his embattled EPA chief, even as Pruitt's support among other Republicans has started to erode.
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Trump Pardon Himself? Ted Cruz Takes 18 Seconds To Answer 5.6.2018 Crooks Liars
On last night's "Last Word", guest host Ali Velshi covered Ted Cruz's 18-second gap. What's the matter, Ted? Can't figure out how to parse this so-called president so you won't lose your Senate seat? Go, Beto O'Rourke! Afterward, guests Princeton Prof. Lauren Wright and Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman discussed their belief that this isn't actually a constitutional "crisis"...YET. ALI VELSHI: You might have thought we made a mistake there because there was all this noise of footsteps. That was Senator Ted Cruz waiting a full 18 seconds before telling reporters he wasn't sure if the president could pardon himself. Joining us now is Lauren Wright, lecturer at Princeton University. And back with us at Harry Litman, a former deputy attorney general under President Clinton. Lauren, we should start by saying it's not 100% clear. None of this stuff. The pardoning, the subpoena. there are legal arguments, and sometimes they are led bipartisan but sometimes they are not. Sometimes they ...
What you need to know about the coming showdown between Trump and Mueller 5.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Following months on a collision course, the White House and the special counsel's office are on track for a standoff that could take Washington, D.C., into terra incognita.
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King Donald Is Not Above The Law. It’s Past Time For Mueller To Issue That Subpoena 5.6.2018 The Moderate Voice

The big takeaway from the “bombshell” confidential memo that President Trump’s criminal lawyers sent to Special Counsel Robert Mueller is that it is a dud. Trump’s lawyers all but conceded that he obstructed justice. But because he is above the law he can do anything he wants, according to their unitary executive pretzel logic, so […]

The post King Donald Is Not Above The Law. It’s Past Time For Mueller To Issue That Subpoena appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

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“Ludicrous”: Critics Slay Memo From Trump Lawyers Claiming President Above the Law 3.6.2018
Government watchdogs and legal experts are condemning the legal team of President Donald Trump.

The post “Ludicrous”: Critics Slay Memo From Trump Lawyers Claiming President Above the Law appeared first on Truthout.

Report: In letter to Mueller, Trump's lawyers say he can't be compelled to testify 3.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The January letter asserts the president's power to end the special counsel probe and to issue pardons, and reveals Trump's broad interpretation of executive power.
Why the Bombshell Trump Letter Could Be a Big Problem for Donald Trump Jr. 3.6.2018 Mother Jones
On Saturday afternoon, the New York Times revealed a 20-page private letter that President Donald Trump’s lawyers had sent special counsel Robert Mueller in January in which they contended that it was impossible for Trump to commit obstruction of justice because he, as president, has authority over all federal investigations and the power to do whatever he […]
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