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Politics Feb 22Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt’s travel records
A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.
Politics Feb 14EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns
The EPA head has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.
Nation Feb 06State Department misses climate report deadline
The State Department had until January 1 to submit the report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Trump administration has committed to staying in that treaty despite moving to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
Politics Feb 02Emails show Pruitt monitored changes to EPA webpages on climate
Newly released emails show Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency's website.
Politics Jan 30EPA chief Pruitt doesn’t recall 2016 statements slamming Trump
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is distancing himself from his 2016 statements that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is a “bully” who, if elected, would abuse the Constitution.
Politics Dec 19EPA chief Pruitt spent thousands in taxpayer dollars on anti-surveillance tech and sweeps for his office
An accounting of Scott Pruitt's spending for the bug sweep and pricey locks was provided to The Associated Press by an EPA employee who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing concerns of retaliation.
World Nov 16Trump reverses ban on importing elephant ‘trophies’ amid apparent coup in Zimbabwe
The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport, contending that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the vulnerable species. The U.S. decision comes as the longtime president…
Politics Nov 16Trump’s pick for EPA chemical safety post opposed by two GOP senators
Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis issued statements saying they will vote against Michael Dourson to serve as head of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Environmentalists and Senate Democrats have vehemently opposed Dourson, a toxicologist with close…
Politics Nov 03EPA chief Pruitt scheduled to meet privately with chemical industry executives
Scott Pruitt is set to speak privately to chemical industry executives next week during a conference at a luxury oceanfront golf resort. Travel and lodging expenses for Pruitt, four aides and his security team will be borne by taxpayers.
Nation Oct 30A guide to all of the charges against Manafort and Gates
Manafort potentially faces up to 80 years in prison, according to a review of the federal charges and the relevant statutes by The Associated Press. Gates, who also worked for the Trump campaign, faces up to 70 years.