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Environment

In Concession to Energy Industry, Zinke Allows Polluting Practice He Called ‘Wasteful’

By Chad Smith on October 11, 2018.

The Interior Department last month rolled back Obama-era restrictions on methane “flaring” despite Secretary Ryan Zinke previously calling the practice “wasteful.”

Accountability

Kavanaugh Represented Company Accused of Mistreating HIV-Positive Prisoners

By Chad Smith on September 12, 2018.

As an attorney in the late 1990s, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended a company accused of failing to provide treatment and adequate care to inmates dying of HIV and AIDS in Alabama prisons.

Accountability

Woodward: Pruitt Bypassed Protocol, Legal Review in Failed Coup Against Paris Agreement

By Chad Smith on September 10, 2018.

Scott Pruitt once let himself into the Oval Office and asked President Donald Trump to sign off on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement on the spot, according to a new book by Bob Woodward detailing the inner workings of the Trump White House.

Accountability

Interior Didn’t Disclose Zinke’s Trip to Istanbul, Where He Has Ties to Turkish Interests

By Chad Smith on September 10, 2018.

Facing criticism of secrecy around Secretary Ryan Zinke’s schedule, the Interior Department pledged in early August it would release his calendar every week. It lasted all of three weeks.

Accountability

Bannon: Trump Was ‘Bad Father,’ ‘Terrible First Husband,’ ‘Terrible Boss That Grabbed You by the Pussy’

By Chad Smith on September 7, 2018.

In explicit terms, Steve Bannon acknowledged that Donald Trump was the “perfect foil” for feminists and women in the #MeToo era, according to Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book about the Trump White House.