Trump appoints coal lobbyist to No. 2 EPA slot | Utility Dive

Trump appoints coal lobbyist to No. 2 EPA slot | Utility Dive

Source: Trump appoints coal lobbyist to No. 2 EPA slot | Utility Dive

President Trump earlier this year issued an executive order barring lobbyists from serving in the administration for a least a year after they give up their registration, but the Washington Examiner notes it could obtain a waiver to allow Wheeler to serve.


4 ways consumers will feel the end of Obamacare subsidies – CBS News

Trump administration’s announcement late Thursday that it will immediately end key cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act could translate into higher, in some cases unaffordable, health insurance costs for consumers who rely on the individual insurance market. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the health care exchanges are “imploding.”

The president added on Friday that he considered the subsidies “almost a payoff” to the insurers, and he’s ending the payments because he doesn’t “want to make the insurance companies rich.”

It didn’t take long before New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced plans to sue the administration over the move, along with a number of other state attorneys general.

In a sudden flurry, Trump looks to deliver for his voters

Trump took steps to dramatically undercut the Obamacare health system, sent notice he was willing to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, moved to roll back coal-plant limits, and again demanded a wall along the Mexican border.

And on social media the Republican president appeared to relish his feuds with the news media, senior Republicans in Congress, and National Football League players who have protested during the national anthem.

In a sense, it was the vintage, freewheeling Trump: throwing red meat to his voter base, following his gut, and haranguing his critics.

NYTimes: Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades

Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Ms. Judd said she remembers thinking.

In 2014, Mr. Weinstein invited Emily Nestor, who had worked just one day as a temporary employee, to the same hotel and made another offer: If she accepted his sexual advances, he would boost her career, according to accounts she provided to colleagues who sent them to Weinstein Company executives. The following year, once again at the Peninsula, a female assistant said Mr. Weinstein badgered her into giving him a massage while he was naked, leaving her “crying and very distraught,” wrote a colleague, Lauren O’Connor, in a searing memo asserting sexual harassment and other misconduct by their boss.

Officials Couldn’t Believe How Botched Jared Kushner’s Clearance Forms Were | HuffPost

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, made so many omissions on the security clearance forms he submitted that the governmental body responsible for reviewing them is incredulous.

“I have never seen that level of mistakes,” Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, told a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

Kushner made over 100 errors and omissions on his disclosure forms, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) said.

The initial SF-86 form Kushner submitted left out about 100 contacts with foreigner nationals, including his June 2016 meeting he and Donald Trump Jr. had with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. He had to update it twice.

He also omitted ownership of a real estate tech business, which enabled him to “enrich himself” in the meantime while the company raised millions of dollars

Leaked memos show Jeff Sessions’s DOJ aims to undermine due process for immigrants – Vox

Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice have the immigration court system surrounded. And now, like an anaconda, they’re beginning to squeeze.

As part of a broader attack on what it calls the “abuse” of asylum by children and families arriving from Central America, the administration is considering — according to a September memoobtained by CNN’s Tal Kopan — allowing judges to strip people who come to the US as “unaccompanied children” of the legal protections that status provides if they turn 18 while they’re still in immigration proceedings, or if they’re reunited with a parent in the US.

Meanwhile, a report from the Washington Post’s Maria Sacchetti indicates that the Department of Justice wants to start rating immigration judges based on how many cases they resolve — which would put pressure on them to resolve cases more quickly and show less leniency toward immigrants.

These moves aren’t about making more people eligible for deportation.

Trump Ends DACA, Despite Pleas from Evangelical Advisers | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

Jeff Sessions called DACA—which allowed 800,000 young immigrant “Dreamers” to obtain temporary legal status and enter the workforce over the past five years—“unconstitutional” and an “overreach of the executive branch.” He said the program led to a surge of young immigrants at the border with Mexico, and ultimately allowed undocumented workers to take jobs from Americans.

The phase-out of DACA leaves those students and workers (including young Christian leaders) at risk of deportation—and puts pressure on Congress to pass immigration reform legislation in the meantime.

Two-thirds of American evangelicals favor giving work permits to Dreamers (66%) while far fewer oppose the permits (22%), according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Tuesday evening. Almost 6 in 10 US evangelicals (57%) believe DACA recipients should be allowed to become citizens, while almost 2 in 10 (19%) believe they should be deported.