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Scott Pruitt Blocks Scheduled Ban On Pesticide Despite EPA’s Evidence It Damages Kids’ Brains

Administrator Scott Pruitt addresses employees at the EPA in February of this year. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images. By Katy Evans In one of his first major actions as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt has blocked a scheduled ban of the use of a pesticide that evidence has shown causes developmental damage to children’s brains. Pruitt vetoed the ban – which had been a decade in the making after petitions from the Natural Resources Defence Council and Pesticide Action Network started back in 2007 – at the “eleventh hour” after the EPA itself proposed the ban…

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Trump has donated his first-quarter salary to the National Parks Service

During Monday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer announced that President Donald Trump has donated his first three months pay to the National Park Service. “The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” Spicer told reporters. Spicer then presented a check for $78,333.32 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, saying that the check is Trump’s salary, which began on January 20. According to The Hill, Zinke said the donated money will go to helping maintain historic battlefield sites. “We’re going to dedicate it and put it against the infrastructure of…

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Trump Just Ordered The FBI To Watch FOX News For Evidence

Somebody, please give Donald Trump a phone number and email address for the FBI so that he doesn’t have to use his public Twitter account to communicate. That’s what Trump did in the early hours this morning after watching a report on the Fox News Channel show Fox & Friends that once again made the claim he had been the subject of a wiretap by President Obama. .@FoxNews from multiple sources: “There was electronic surveillance of Trump, and people close to Trump. This is unprecedented.” @FBI This time, it was a report by Fox News Los Angeles correspondent Adam…

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Trump Gave His Salary to National Parks. The Sierra Club’s Response is Great

President Trump announced today that he’s donating the first installment of his salary to the National Parks Service.  Pretty cool, right? On the surface, the $78,333.32 donation seems like a generous gesture that should be celebrated.  Until, that is, you consider Trump’s budget proposal calling for $1.5 billion in cuts to the Department of the Interior, which operates the National Parks Service.  Those cuts constitute about 12% of the department’s total budget. The Sierra Club is not amused.  Offended by both the amount, and the classless way Trump went about telling the world about the donation, they wasted no time condemning the…

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A Federal Court Just Dealt a Huge Blow to Mike Pence’s War on Women

In response to a lawsuit against Indiana’s Department of Health by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has issued an injunction against a state law that required women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion. The ultrasound mandate is part of a larger anti-choice law, signed last March by Vice President Mike Pence when he was Indiana’s governor, which Salon called “Mike Pence’s sadistic abortion law… geared towards humiliating and bankrupting women who have abortions.” Judge Pratt’s 53-page ruling addressed the financial burden directly, stating…

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Student Debt Giant Navient to Borrowers: You’re on Your Own

Over the past several years, Jack Remondi, chief executive of student loan giant Navient Corp., has gone out of his way to tout the company’s devotion to helping Americans cope with student debt. He’s mentioned it in meetings with investors, on calls with Wall Street analysts, in testimony before Congress, and even on his Medium blog. “At Navient, our priority is to help each of our 12 million customers successfully manage their loans in a way that works for their individual circumstances,” he said March 20. But faced with a potential multi-billion dollar lawsuit by the federal government for not…

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Bed Bath & Beyond Just Dealt Ivanka Trump a Major Blow

With the Trump family increasingly working to use The Donald’s position in the Oval Office to pad their already deep pockets, pressure has ratcheted up for retailers to “grab them by the wallets,” and dump Trump products from stores. My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible! The latest to side with demands that the President put people over profits is home goods giant, Bed Bath & Beyond, which has removed all Trump-related items from the company website. Recently, Ivanka’s line of Trump…

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The LA Times Just Declared War On President Trump

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board took aim at President Trump and his “unpredictable” and “reckless” behavior today in a powerful new editorial titled “Our Dishonest President.” Slamming Trump for everything from his misguided and backwards policies to his childlike temperament and calling on citizens and lawmakers to fight back, the editors concluded that “nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this trainwreck.” In its scathing and comprehensive rebuke of President Trump’s abhorrent agenda the editorial took aim at Trump’s unprecedented assault on the independence of the judiciary, his warped healthcare policy that would kill tens of thousands, and his…

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