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As Hurricane Florence Approaches, American Politics Is Put On Pause

September 12, 2018
Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Carrie Dunn | NBC News
As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas, American politics will take a pause. Discussions about Woodward, Anonymous and the latest developments in the 2018 midterms will get pushed to the side. And it’s very possible the story about Florence, its cleanup and recovery play out for weeks and months ahead.
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New E.P.A. Rollback of Coal Pollution Takes a Major Step Forward

August 21, 2018
Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman | The New York Times
Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Monday signed a plan to weaken regulation of coal-fired power plants, advancing a proposal that the coal industry has hailed as an end to burdensome regulation and environmentalists have criticized as a retreat in the battle to address climate change.
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Top Trump officials clash over plan to let cars pollute more

July 27, 2018
Coral Davenport | The New York Times
Senior administration officials are clashing over President Trump’s plan to roll back a major environmental rule and let cars emit more tailpipe pollution, according to 11 people familiar with the confrontation, in a dispute over whether the proposal can withstand legal challenge.
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Scott Pruitt’s Rocky Relationship With His Aides Set the Stage for His Fall

July 7, 2018
Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman, Eric Lipton | The New York Times
Scott Pruitt came to Washington and assembled an extraordinary team of like-minded conservatives — lawyers, energy lobbyists, free-market Republicans and close allies from his days in Oklahoma. All were committed not only to Mr. Pruitt, but also to his stated mission to be a regulation-buster at the Environmental Protection Agency.
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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt resigns under a cloud of ethics scandals

July 6, 2018
Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman , Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of President Trump’s aggressive effort to rewrite the government’s rule book on environmental regulations, resigned on Thursday in the face of numerous ethics investigations that doomed his tenure.
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Pruitt aides reveal new details of his spending and management at EPA

July 3, 2018
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Two of Scott Pruitt’s top aides provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife at a politically connected group, enlist staffers in performing personal tasks and seek high-end travel despite aides’ objections.
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Emails reveal close rapport between top EPA officials, those they regulate

July 2, 2018
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
The communication between the lobbyists and one of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s top policy aides — detailed in emails the agency provided to Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Thomas R. Carper (Del.) — open a window on the often close relationship between the EPA’s political appointees and those they regulate.
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Lobbyist tied to Pruitt’s condo rental pushed for EPA to hire family friend, emails show

June 25, 2018
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
The lobbyist whose wife rented Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a room in a Capitol Hill condo at a discounted rate lobbied Pruitt’s chief of staff to hire a family friend, according to recently released agency emails.
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Pruitt enlisted security detail in picking up dry cleaning, moisturizing lotion

June 8, 2018
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt asked members of his 24/7 security detail to run errands for him on occasion, including picking up his dry cleaning and taking him in search of a favorite moisturizing lotion, according to two individuals familiar with those trips who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly.
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