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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.
Politics Oct 27WATCH: Trump administration disavows Puerto Rico power contract
The Trump administration said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown.
Nation Oct 25GOP senators advance Trump EPA nominees over Dems’ objection
A Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to advance President Donald Trump's picks for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nation Sep 30EPA says dioxins might have washed downriver during Harvey
The EPA says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site.