Pruitt’s Gutting of EPA Helps His Political Paymaster

Scott Pruitt, the anti-environmentalist head of the Environmental Protection Agency -- aka the arsonist who got to be Fire Marshal -- is gutting one regulation after another, to the delight of rich and powerful polluters. And that includes one of his own benefactors from Oklahoma, where he was Attorney General. … [Read more...]

OK Passes Clearly Unconstitutional Law on Protests

The Republicans who run the state of Oklahoma are very upset about environmentalists protesting against old pipelines, so upset that they just passed, and the governor signed into law, a bill that punishes those who "conspire" to foster such protests. … [Read more...]

Lewandowski Ousted from His Own Lobbying Firm

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was in so over his head he might as well have been standing in the Marianas Trench, has been ousted from the lobbying firm he co-founded after reports that he was selling access to his former boss to clients. He claims he's the victim. … [Read more...]

Lewandowski Selling Access to Trump

Corey Lewandowski, the fired yet somehow still incredibly loyal former campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been essentially selling access to him, including face to face meetings, to contacts in Eastern Europe and around the world. Politico has the information: … [Read more...]

Trump Goes Big on Tax ‘Reform.’ Kinda.

That big announcement that Trump promised about tax "reform" came out on Wednesday and, in fewer than 200 words, laid out a massive overhaul of both corporate and individual taxes without providing almost any detail at all other than marginal tax brackets. … [Read more...]

Ivanka Trump Gets Chinese Trademarks Too

shortly after becoming president, Donald Trump was suddenly awarded multiple trademarks in China, which are worth potentially massive amounts of money (those trademarks had been tied up for 10 years prior to that). Now Ivanka Trump has also been awarded trademarks for her own name and products -- on the same day she had dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. … [Read more...]

Trump Restocks the Swamp

After promising to "drain the swamp" in Washington of "special interests" (most meaningless phrase in politics) using the government for personal gain. Since then, he's done the bidding of big business at every turn and is bringing lobbyists into the government in large numbers. … [Read more...]

Report: Bharara Was Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

ProPublica, the multiple Pulitzer prize winning non-profit news organization that does amazing work, reports that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price when he was fired by Trump. The investigation focused on the shady stock deals he made in Congress. … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Goal of Global Warming Denialism

David Roberts takes note of the global warming denialism of new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, an avowed enemy of pretty much all environmental regulation, but he reminds us that there is an agenda at work here. And that agenda is paying off the people who pay to put them in office. … [Read more...]

Trump Rolling Back CAFE Standards Would Cost Money, Not Save It

Like virtually every other environmental measure, Trump is trying to roll back the CAFE standards for efficient engines in cars and trucks, on the premise that such regulations increase the price of cars. But in reality, doing so would actually cost consumers more money. … [Read more...]

Can Trump Get Tariffs Past a Republican Congress?

Donald Trump is not a traditional Republican in many ways, but perhaps the biggest way is his support for tariffs and protectionism. Republicans are traditionally more on the side of free trade. Which is why Trump is wavering on whether to try to get a "border tax" bill passed by Congress. … [Read more...]

Sessions Reverses Obama Policy on Private Prisons

Last year the Obama administration announced that it would stop using private prison companies to house federal inmates, but now Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have reversed that policy. Because of course they have. Where else are they gonna put all those dangerous marijuana users after the crackdown? … [Read more...]