Inspector general to review whether politics influences EPA’s science

(CNN)The Environmental Protection Agency inspector general’s office announced Friday that it will review the “extent and type of employee concerns, if any, with scientific integrity.” Then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed controversial new guidelines in April that would allow the agency to consider outside studies only if the underlying data is…

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Collins’ indictment creates another battleground — and another midterms headache — for House GOP

Washington (CNN)Rep. Chris Collins’ indictment on insider trading charges Wednesday morning has turned yet another safe Republican seat into a potential battleground in November’s midterm elections. “We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name,” Collins’ attorneys,…

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In Trump’s White House, Charlottesville was a moment that wasn’t

Bedminster, New Jersey (CNN)When President Donald Trump declared a year ago that “very fine people” were among the Nazi mobs descending upon Charlottesville, Virginia, the reaction was swift. The staff exodus predicted by some insiders never materialized, at least not immediately. Aides returned to work disheartened, in their own telling,…

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US Rep. John Lewis released from hospital with ‘clean bill of health’

(CNN)Civil rights icon and US Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was released from the hospital Sunday evening with a “clean bill of health,” his spokeswoman said. In February 2011, President Barack Obama presented Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Rep. John Lewis on crossing…

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Top Republicans in Congress break with Trump over Putin comments

(CNN)After President Donald Trump’s stunning news conference Monday next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of Congress — including some powerful Republicans — were quick to rebuke Trump’s performance on the world stage and Trump’s refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Former Coal Lobbyist Takes Over EPA From Embattled Chief Pruitt

The new head of the EPA is a former Senate staffer who has worked behind the scenes to quash climate change legislation and promote coal. Andrew Wheeler, 53, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official, will take over Monday as acting administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt. Wheeler…

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Trump just announced Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the EPA on Twitter

Another Trump cabinet member says goodbye.Image: Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock It seems Scott Pruitt suffered one scandal too many as Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he’s accepted Pruitt’s resignation effective Monday. …on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue…

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Trump Spouse-Visa Shift May Hurt Workers, Push 100,000 From Jobs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to ban spouses of high-skill visa holders from working will likely push 100,000 people out of jobs and negatively affect the visa holders and their employers, according to a new research study. The Trump Administration has been tightening the rules for H-1B visas, which allow…

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Schumer introduces bill to federally decriminalize marijuana

Washington (CNN)Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced a new bill to decriminalize and regulate marijuana at the federal level. Schumer’s bill would direct a specific amount of tax revenue to a Treasury trust fund for the “small business concerns” of women and “socially and economically disadvantaged” individuals working in the marijuana…

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More than 600 members of Jeff Sessions’ church just charged him with violating church rules

(CNN)More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow church member, charging that his “zero tolerance” policy on immigration violates church rules and may constitute child abuse. “While other individuals and areas of the federal government are implicated…

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Other Red Hen restaurants are now being threatened by bad Pro-Trump protesters

Do you even know which Red Hen this is???Image: Daniel Lin/AP/REX/Shutterstock As soon as the story broke that a Virginia restaurant refused service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you knew the blowback was coming.  But some of the Trump administration supporters fighting back with nastiness are getting…

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Spanish government swears in historic female-dominated cabinet

King Felipe VI and Pedro Sanchez Swearing-in ceremony of new Cabinet.Image: JAVIER LIZON/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Spain’s new government has only just been sworn in, but it’s already made history. That’s because the women in this cabinet outnumber the men.  King Felipe VI of Spain swore in the new government on Thursday, with…

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Trump welcomes Melania home from hospital by misspelling her name

(CNN)President Donald Trump welcomed first lady Melania Trump home from the hospital Saturday, but initially misspelled her name as “Melanie” in a tweet. Trump has been recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since she underwent a kidney embolization procedure on Monday. Grisham said Monday that the first lady…

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