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Scott Pruitt Is Dismantling the E.P.A. in Secret, Critics Say

Scott Pruitt Is Dismantling the E.P.A. in Secret, Critics Say

When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal agency.

Doors to the floor are now frequently locked, and employees have to have an escort to gain entrance. Some employees say they are also told to leave behind their cellphones when they meet with Mr. Pruitt, and are sometimes told not to take notes.

Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security.

The New York Times published 122 pages of documents they obtained related to Pruitt's one-man efforts to disassemble the EPA, including:

Senators to Pruitt: "You were not fully forthcoming and truthful" p.1 The Fishbowl Memo: Setting a Standard that Lasted Until 2017 Fishbowl Memo 2009 Edition Public Calenders of all top EPA Officials Environmental Defense Fund Raises Questions about Secrecy and Mr. Pruitt Suing to Get EPA Freedom of Information Records Questions Raised About the Clean Power Plan to E.P.A. Pruitt Pruitt's Responses to Senate Questions Another Exchange Between Senate and Mr. Pruitt Responses to Congressional Inquires During Early Obama Administration Pruitt and Emails from his Tenure in Oklahoma, Questions Raised

View them here.

He was put into head the EPA for one reason and one reason only: to destroy the agency from within. Just like many Trump's appointees to undermine the organization they're in charge of.

From a cynical viewpoint, this is just about the only thing where Trump is meeting the objectives that he set out when becoming president

Mr. Pruitt is taking extraordinary measures to conceal his actions, according to interviews with more than 20 current and former agency employees.

What a corrupt motherfucker.

and he is accompanied, even at EPA headquarters, by armed guards.

What the actual fuck, he sounds like Stalin

Trump: 'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela

Trump: 'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela
Trump: 'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela

Didn't this guy run on America not being the worlds policeman?

He is desperately searching for a war to call his own. Any war will do. And South America is filled with even more brown people to act as collateral damage.

I really think Trump sees himself as a TV or Movie president, imported to his demented mind by the war movies of his youth, which he has said he loves.

He is trying to be all heroic, like he imagines WWII was for the allies. He wants to be FDR or Churchill, a towering figure standing before the storm and rescuing the world.

But the world only needs rescued from Trump himself.

One day he will find or create his war. This I truly believe, and the world will be worse off, far worse off, because of Trump.

People who thought about voting for Trump should have taken a second and thought about just two things

1) He has never apologized

2) He has never laughed

3) doesn't have a dog

4) grab her by the pussy

5) my daughter is hot and I'd date her if I could

The General Services Administration removed Trump hotel data from its website. You can read it here.

The General Services Administration removed Trump hotel data from its website. You can read it here.

The General Services Administration on Friday pulled down a trove of unredacted documents from its website that revealed President Trump's Washington hotel made $1.97 million in profits so far in 2017.

The rates have tripled since his inauguration, the only one who's been winning from this Presidency is Trump himself.

President Trump and his daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, have resigned from the family business and pledged to remove themselves from its operations.

except they didn't. They have provided no evidence of resignation, and Jr said he still sends his father quarterly reports.

Democracy Dies in Darkness.

Keep up the great work, Washington Post!

A reporter should just ask Trump why his hotels are losing so much money, etc etc. I'm sure he would be quick to point out how well they are doing and how much money him being president has made them.

Hopefully this happens before the emoluments hearing...

Trump says Manafort was on his team ‘for a very short period’

Trump says Manafort was on his team ‘for a very short period’
Trump says Manafort was on his team ‘for a very short period’

He was on the campaign for over 13 Scaramuccis...that's a long time by Trump team standards, about 5 Flynns in fact, which is nearly a whole Spicer.

He was the Campaign Manager for five months. That's roughly the same length of time as the NFL regular season and playoffs.

I read somewhere that Trump has personally known Manafort for decades. And yes, five months is more than enough time for someone to commit crimes under the direction or knowledge of their boss.

Manafort literally owned a suite in Trump Tower for years.

NRA TV host apologizes for tweet suggesting North Korea should nuke California

NRA TV host apologizes for tweet suggesting North Korea should nuke California
NRA TV host apologizes for tweet suggesting North Korea should nuke California

What a shit show the NRA has going on too.

There is a reason most of us gunowners arent members.

/sub/liberalgunowners

They can't say Democrats are gonna take their guns so they just openly shitting on liberals now. Fucking hilarious. Its amazing how much terrible shit exposes itself because of one black President.

I always find it funny when people want California to be destroyed somehow. They must not realize that CA supports the USA economy and produces 75-80% of the food Americans eat.

GOP congressman: Rape kits will be tested except in ‘sanctuary cities’

GOP congressman: Rape kits will be tested except in ‘sanctuary cities’
GOP congressman: Rape kits will be tested except in ‘sanctuary cities’

WOMAN 1: “What can you do as a congressman to help Georgia process these rape kits?”

CARTER: “There are grants available, and we’ll do everything we can to help. Unless they’re a sanctuary city.”

WOMAN 2: “Can I ask a quick follow up? Were you serious about the sanctuary city remark, or was that just a joke? Like, you wouldn’t provide grants to test rape kits if it was a sanctuary city?”

CARTER: “No, we do not, I voted for a bill that does not allow federal law enforcement grants to go to any sanctuary cities, I was very serious about that. If there is a federal law enforcement grant– I voted for a bill that says they will not get any federal law enforcement money from us, any grants.”

WOMAN 2: “Do you feel like that serves your constituents?”

CARTER: “Yes, it does. It does serve my constituents, because if you’re a sanctuary city, that means you are refusing to enforce our immigration laws here in the United States, and if you’re doing that, then I don’t want to be sending you any federal grants to go to your city.”

I'm sure this won't backfire spectacularly. /s

The whole thing with "sanctuary cities" is fucking dumb anyway. They aren't trying to provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants, they just don't want local law enforcement to become federal immigration agents. There's good reason for that too.

Even as Texas is mandating that none of their cities are, Texas police chiefs are standing up to it. Because they too know it's just bad policy, even if it's good divisive rhetoric on the political stage.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/amp/Texas-police-chief-oppose-...

It fucking pisses me off that these people continue to willfully misunderstand the whole point of a sanctuary city policy.

A city declares a sanctuary policy not for the purpose of attracting and protecting immigrants, but rather because the immigrants are already there and if they're too afraid to report violent crime then violent crime increases. I live in one of these neighborhoods. The immigrants keep their heads down and are trying to scrape by. The crime being committed around them and often against them is generally US citizens who can do so with impunity because people are afraid to report them. Witnesses and victims hide instead of risking losing their families.

If an illegal immigrant does commit a violent crime then sanctuary does not fucking apply despite what right-wing media outlets allow people to think. But again, there's much smaller chance of catching those violent offenders if people are afraid to talk to the cops.

Sanctuary city policy does far more to protect US citizens than it does illegal aliens, who again, are already here. Simply flipping the switch and ending the policy doesn't make them go away, it doesn't catch them and deport them any faster, all it does create more crime. This idea that this policy attracts illegals and that they would have stayed home if these cities didn't exist is completely ignorant. Anyone who says it confirms that they have zero clue what they're talking about. Depriving the city if federal funding (when statistically speaking the city probably contributes more per capita to the fed than it takes) won't change anything. It's a show for the right-wing base. That's all it is. Screw other Americans in cities far away from them just to get a few votes at home. Fuck

They're not even fucking pretending anymore. They're and organization straight out of a Bond movie, practically worshipping a real life Bond villain.

Why is Donald Trump Jr. receiving national security documents?

Why is Donald Trump Jr. receiving national security documents?
Why is Donald Trump Jr. receiving national security documents?

Because we live in a nation whose government is dominated by traitors and not enough Americans give a shit?

It's OK

He's only getting them to pass on to his Russian handlers.

Because rules, words and common sense no longer matter. Donald Sr. thinks he's king now. We need to vote out the garbage that is the Republican party at all levels.

He's just a kid, he hasn't even learned how to read yet. This is basically a "here, give this to your uncle Vlad"

Why Does Trump Still Refuse to Criticize Putin?

Why Does Trump Still Refuse to Criticize Putin?

Because Putin could end him with a single leak.

Starts with P and ends with eePee Tape

Because he owes $600 million to some of Vlad's badass cronies?

Word is that the pee-pee tape is the LEAST incriminating video Putin has on Trump. The rest of the world's intelligence community also knows what Trump's been up to.

How far will Trumpists go in their support of Dolt 45? We may soon know.

Muslims Deserve a President Who Defends Them When Attacked

Muslims Deserve a President Who Defends Them When Attacked

Teen Vogue, once again, delivering a quality piece.

Well yeah, but Trump doesn't see Muslims as Americans. Neither does his base.

Empowering young women while at the same time reminding them polka dots are so last season

Ironically, the last Republican President did. For every single other one of his faults, he held his first big speech after 9/11 in a mosque.

FCC faces backlash for saying Americans might not need fast home Internet

FCC faces backlash for saying Americans might not need fast home Internet

Gee, if only there was a way to let the market decide; too bad anti trust laws aren't enforced any longer and there's no real competition among the giant telecommunication companies

In the 21st century almost everyone needs high speed Internet.

75 year old congressmen who haven't had to apply for or try to do a normal (or modern) job in the last 50 years have no idea what the internet is for, or how important it is.

Remember, Lindsey Graham, a senate member of the subcommittee on technology once bragged that he'd never sent a single email.

A few years back, my son's school district was so severely strapped for cash that they couldn't open on time at the beginning of the school year. Parent groups rallied and protested and begged the local government to raise our taxes so that the schools could function (there hadn't been a tax increase for the schools in something like ten years at that point, whereas the schools had grown by over 1000 kids, and there were other problems, like the computers at my son's middle school were older than he was). The old white guy county commissioners LAUGHED at us and said that they had gone to one room schoolhouses and had never learned technology in school and THEY turned out just fine, so our kids didn't need things like computers in school, either. I share this because these kinds of people DO NOT CARE. They don't care about you, they don't care about your kids. They don't care about this country. They don't give a shit about anyone other than themselves and how much more money they can pack into their wallets and the wallets of their friends. That's IT.

(Fuckers were all voted out at the next election and the schools got a tax increase because homey don't play dat.)

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