One of the energy companies that the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency worked for as a lobbyist is seeking contracts from the agency, raising questions among environmentalists about whether he can put his past behind him as he becomes the nation’s top environmental protector. Since 2009, Andrew Wheeler — who was announced as the acting leader of the EPA after Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday — has lobbied for at least 17 companies, including Energy Fuels Inc., the largest supplier of uranium in the US. Wheeler’s other clients ranged from companies providing coal, gas and nuclear energy to a mix of clients in the auto and food industries.
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Empathy is not one of Donald Trump’s strongest attributes. He generally flits from one tragedy to another, promising many things and delivering little. His remarks about every mass shooting are beginning to sound the same. His actions are few. Donald Trump is a tragedy butterfly. He lands, he speaks, mostly about himself, and he leaves. The subject is rarely brought up again.
“We pledge our eternal support. “My government will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life.”
After making these comments, Donald Trump jumped on Air Force One and headed to a Trump property in New Jersey to play golf for the weekend. He made his comments. He did his duty. Time to move on. Time for some relaxation.
Eternal support? Those are hollow words. The only things that are eternal for Donald Trump are his self adoration and his loathing for his predecessor.
Donny got played. The art of the deal is to woo the other side, and Kim Jung Un did just that. Donny wanted a deal, and there is no better patsy. Every car salesman knows that. When the buyer wants something, really wants it, you just let them sell themselves. It is such an easy con.
Does the Pro-Life movement have the bizarre notion that making abortion illegal will make for less abortions? Do they think that young people will just quit having sex? That is absurd. Illegal abortions will continue to be performed, but in the worst conditions. Women’s lives will be endangered. The womb will not be safe.
“We are single-issue voters,” said the president of Students for Life of America.
It seems Mar a Lago is a nasty place to eat. You probably should not hang out there either. Let’s face it, if the kitchen reeks, the beds cannot be much better.
Donald Trump’s claims about the Red Hen’s cleanliness seem to be unfounded, according to a review of Virginia health inspection records. Yet, his own properties have been cited for health department violations.
The Palm Beach Post is out with a devastating series of stories about Florida’s role in America’s heroin crisis, citing little-seen data and interviews with officials from around the country.