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Nation May 21Interior Department moves to reverse Obama-era rules on hunting bears, wolves in Alaska
Under the proposed changes, hunters would be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.
Politics May 16Emails contradict Pruitt’s accounts of events under ethics investigations
Lawmakers at a Senate hearing Wednesday hammered Scott Pruitt with his toughest questioning to date amid federal investigations on his spending, bodyguards and ties with lobbyists.
Politics May 14Watchdog: EPA’s Pruitt demanded 24/7 armed security on Day 1
An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection from armed officers on his first day.
Politics May 08Former aide to EPA chief Pruitt testifies on costly trip to Morocco
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Morocco last year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff missed a connecting flight and spent more than 24 hours in Paris because his security detail’s weapons and other gear couldn’t…
Politics Apr 25EPA security chief worked for tabloid publisher with ties to Trump
EPA special agent Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta performed regular work for National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. during the 2016 election, according to person with knowledge of the company's internal workings.
Nation Apr 24EPA chief Pruitt signs proposal limiting what kind of scientific studies can be used by federal regulators
Pruitt said the change, long sought by chemical manufacturers and fossil fuel companies, would increase transparency in the agency's decision-making by requiring all underlying data used in scientific studies to be made publicly available. Critics said the policy shift is…
Politics Apr 23EPA documents say Pruitt’s requested sweep for hidden listening devices didn’t meet government standards
The EPA office determined the sweep was "very basic and cursory" and "did not employ the equipment, proper certification, or necessary processes" to be approved by the U.S. government for sensitive facilities.
Politics Apr 22Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where Pruitt was living.
Politics Apr 16GAO says EPA violated spending law on Scott Pruitt’s privacy booth
An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.
Politics Apr 13GOP-led House committee demands interviews with Pruitt aides
The Republican-led House oversight committee is demanding interviews with five close aides to embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, including his security chief.