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Democrats Start First Ethics Investigation Against Trump Interior Chief Days After Confirmation

The Department of the Interior’s inspector general launched an investigation Monday into Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over possible ethics violations, The Washington Examiner reports. The Senate voted 56 to 41 on March 11 to confirm Bernhardt to the position of Interior secretary over the calls of Democrats who said that the then-nominee had too many ethical questions surrounding him to ...

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‘A Complete Lack Of Competence’: Obama Holdovers Turn On Each Other As Agency Falls Into Disarray

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) member Manuel Ehrlich blasted his fellow board members in a March 22 memo for forcing through a budget proposal without consulting him. CSB board members Rick Engler and Kristen Kulinowski declared an “URGENT” vote and passed a proposed operating budget for 2020 on March 6. Declaring the vote urgent allowed the two members to pass the ...

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Trump’s USMCA Trade Agreement Just Cleared A Major Hurdle In Mexico

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The Mexican legislature’s lower chamber approved labor reforms Thursday called for by President Donald Trump in his attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, The Wall Street Journal reports. The reforms passed the chamber in a 417-1 vote with widespread support from the Morena party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and many of Mexico’s main opposition parties. ...

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Senate Confirms David Bernhardt As Next Interior Secretary

The Senate voted 56 to 41 to confirm David Bernhardt as the next secretary of the Interior Thursday despite Democrats’ attempts to postpone the process. Bernhardt passed a procedural vote Wednesday night, an indicator of how the eventual vote would stand, with 56 votes in favor and 41 against.  Several Democrats joined Republicans in supporting President Donald Trump’s nominee to ...

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196,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment 3.8 Percent

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The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs in March while the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.8 percent, making March the 102nd straight month of job growth, according to Department of Labor data released Friday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected that the jobs report would show solid growth by 175,000 jobs and for the unemployment rate to remain ...

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Senate Energy Committee Approves Trump’s Pick To Lead Interior

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to move David Bernhardt’s nomination to lead the Interior Department in front of the full Senate Thursday morning. The committee approved Bernhardt’s nomination in a 14 to 6 vote despite concerns by some Democrats. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Independent Sen. Angus King ...

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Dem Lawmaker Wants To Hold Up David Bernhardt’s Nomination On Issues Already Cleared By Ethics Officials

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is attempting to delay a committee vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Interior Department over an issue already cleared by ethics officials. Wyden spoke on the floor of the Senate Wednesday afternoon, saying that an Inspector General review of allegations that David Bernhardt, the acting Interior Secretary and Trump’s nominee to ...

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Ted Cruz Threatens Maduro With ‘Every Lever’ If He Doesn’t Release Six Captive Americans

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday met with the families of the “CITGO six,” American oil executives held captive in Venezuela and called for their release. CITGO is a U.S.-based oil company that is majority-owned by PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro imprisoned CITGO’s former vice president for refining Tomeu Vadell, former vice president for ...

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No US Disaster Aid Is Going To Midwest Farmers That Lost Crops In Flooding

U.S. disaster funds are out of reach for thousands of Midwest farmers that have lost millions of dollars’ worth of crops from extensive flooding, Reuters reports. The federal government manages a wide array of disaster programs meant to alleviate some of the pain of natural disasters. Federal aid is available for ranchers that lose cattle in natural disasters and for ...

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Under Trump, People With The Least Education Have Seen Their Income Rise The Fastest

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Americans with the least amount of education have seen the strongest growth in their wages in the past decade, the Wall Street Journal reports. Wages for workers with less than a high school education degree grew roughly 21 percent from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2018, according to Department of Labor data reviewed by WSJ. For education ...

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Judge Strikes Down Trump’s Deal With Alaskan Community For A Life-Saving Road

A federal judge on Friday vacated a land swap agreement between an Alaskan village and the Interior department because the federal government violated procedural law when making the deal. U.S. District Court of Alaska Judge Sharon Gleason nullified a January 2018 deal that traded roughly 500 acres of federally protected wilderness to the community of King Cove, Alaska, in exchange ...

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Report: A Massive, Private Climate Change ‘Resiliency’ Program Is On Its Last Legs

The Rockefeller Foundation is planning to pull the plug on its 100 Resilient Cities initiative as early as the summer of 2019, Bloomberg reports. The 100 Resilient Cities program is the largest privately funded climate change resiliency program in the United States. The Rockefeller Foundation began the program in 2013 with the goal of funneling money into the infrastructure of ...

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‘You Completely Disregarded Us’: Native Alaskan Criticizes Democratic Lawmaker Over Closing ANWR

An Alaskan tribal official accused Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California of disregarding Native Americans when proposing to close the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil development. Kaktovik village tribal administrator Matthew Rexford testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, which works under the Committee on Natural Resources, Tuesday. “[Huffman’s bill] is a continuation ...

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Coal Advocates Warn The US Grid Is Growing More Vulnerable

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) released a white paper Wednesday warning of the U.S. electric grid’s growing instability as coal plants are phased out. The coal industry has suffered years of decline and coal plants in the U.S. are struggling to stay open. The industry’s waning is causing downstream effects to workers who must find new jobs ...

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Six Democratic House Chairs Demand Barr Release The Mueller Report, And They’ve Given A Deadline

Six Democratic committee chairmen are demanding Attorney General William Barr turn over the full grand jury report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Congress by April 2. The Democratic chairmen of the House Judiciary, Oversight, Intelligence, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Foreign Affairs Committees cosigned a letter to Barr Monday, a day after Barr detailed the major ...

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