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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Scott Pruitt, EPA

Senate Panel Grills Trump’s EPA Pick Over Energy Ties

Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

January 18, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Confirmation Hearing: Guns, Charters, And ‘Potential Grizzlies’

While Republicans for the most part used their allotted five-minute questioning periods to praise DeVos or ask questions that didn’t challenge the nominee, Democrats tried to portray her as both inexperienced and inflexibly ideological. In one devastating exchange, Murphy forced DeVos to admit that she would, in theory, support guns in schools.

January 18, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare

“There is some recognition, even from Republican supporters, that the underlying goals of the law are worthwhile,” said Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “They still want something done, they don’t want it to disappear.”

January 17, 2017
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Nominee Zinke Would Review Obama’s Limits On Oil Drilling

As a first-term congressman, Zinke pushed to end the coal-lease moratorium, saying it had resulted in closed mines and job cuts, and he introduced a bill expanding tax credits for coal-burning power plants that bury carbon dioxide emissions underground.

January 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Will Pruitt Bring Earthquakes To Washington Like He Did In Oklahoma?

Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly put his ties with this industry above human health and safety during his time in office. He did not protect the rights of Oklahoma’s citizens, and his inaction regarding the state’s earthquake damages reflected his allegiance to fossil fuel companies. It would be a travesty to confirm Scott Pruitt solely to benefit a fossil fuel industry that is already booming.

January 17, 2017
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce Pick, Has Offshored 2,700 Jobs Since 2004

While supporters say Ross saved thousands of U.S. jobs by rescuing firms from failure, data attained by Reuters shows that rescue effort came at a price: textile, finance and auto-parts companies controlled by the private-equity titan eliminated about 2,700 U.S. positions since 2004 because they shipped production to other countries.

January 17, 2017
Trump Price Medicare Health

Draining The Swamp? Trump’s Health Pick Accused Of Insider Trading

CNN reported on Sunday that Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc, a medical device manufacturer. Days later, he introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would have delayed a regulation that could have ultimately damaged the company.

January 17, 2017
Trump

6 Of Donald Trump’s Most Appalling Moments This Week

Never has there been a leader more deserving of stories full of innuendo and giggle-inducing allegations about him. You reap what you sow, to quote Donald Trump’s second-favorite book, right after his own ghostwritten tome.

January 15, 2017
Obama, Goodbye American President

President Obama’s Historic Presidency Comes To A Close

You have performed on the highest, most public stage there is, sir, faced headwinds unprecedented in American politics and nonstop disrespect from the GOP. But you did so with unflappable dignity, unshakable class … and urbane cool. No stench of personal scandal wafts after you as you leave office, and the country is better for your service.

January 15, 2017
Repealing Obamacare

U.S. House Votes To Begin Repealing Obamacare

No Democrats supported the initiative. Nine Republicans voted against the measure. With this vote, Republicans began delivering on their promise to end Obamacare, which also was a campaign promise of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

January 14, 2017
Obamacare

Killing Obamacare Would Kill Jobs

Republicans already knew that Obamacare was not a job killer. It was not “government-run” health insurance. There never were “death panels.” It was all a big play to win elections.

January 12, 2017
Tillerson, Climate Change, ExxonMobil

5 Key Climate Takeaways From The Rex Tillerson Confirmation Hearing

Tillerson is already under fire for making the seemingly false claim that Exxon has not lobbied against sanctions on Russia and other nations that would affect Exxon’s business dealings, but here are five other climate change-related takeaways that reporters should keep in mind in their coverage of the hearing and Tillerson nomination going forward.

January 12, 2017
Democrats, Sessions

10 Best Attacks From Democrats At Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearings

Senato Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee took place on January 11-12, approximately one week before Trump takes office. The attorney general nominee was grilled profusely by the opposing party. Here are 10 of their best takedowns.

January 12, 2017
Mattis

Pentagon Pick Mattis Says U.S. Needs To Be Ready To Confront Russia

Retired Marine General James Mattis said Russia, China and Islamist militants were presenting the biggest challenge to the U.S.-led world order since World War Two, and called for Congress to lift spending caps undermining military readiness.

January 12, 2017
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

U.S. Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process

Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program.

January 12, 2017
CIA, Russia

Trump’s CIA Nominee Includes Russia In List Of ‘Global Challenges’

Diverging from Trump’s stated aim of seeking closer ties with Russia, Pompeo said that Russia is “asserting itself aggressively” by invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and “doing nearly nothing” to destroy Islamic State.

January 12, 2017
Rex Tillerson

Tillerson Ducks Queries On Exxon’s Climate Record, Lobbying In Senate Hearing

During the hearings, Tillerson repeatedly said that he and Exxon did not lobby Congress about sanctions against Russia implemented in 2014. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Bob Menendez then confronted Tillerson with lobbying documents that showed Exxon opposed the sanctions and paid Washington-based lobbyists to oppose the legislation.

January 12, 2017
Concerns over Sessions as Attorney General

8 Reasons The Senate Must Reject Jeff Sessions

Senator Sessions’ record suggests a remarkable consistency in support of policies that contradict and subvert the Reconstruction amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantee citizenship, equal protection under the law, and the ballot to all Americans.

January 11, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Obamacare, Trump

Trump Has To Rescue Obamacare Or Admit He’s A Liar

We should be finding ways to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. This is the conversation American policymakers need to be having right now. And we’re not going to let Trump or Congress forget it.

January 10, 2017
Mitch McConnell

McConnell Does The GOP’s Dirty Work While All Eyes Follow Trump

McConnell is the perfect partner and lying propagandist for Trump. He maintains a straight face, which never upstages the coverage of Trump’s latest antics. As Americans will soon see, many shades of darkness inhabit Trump’s Washington.

January 10, 2017
Trump, Tweeting, Ethics

Ethics Groups Alarmed By Trump Team’s Secrecy

The first casualty of the new government taking over Washington may be information about the government itself, ethics watchdogs say. The new GOP Congress is moving toward confirming several of Trump’s choices to run executive-branch departments even though they have not had their financial disclosures vetted and cleared by ethics officials.

January 10, 2017
Sessions can shape immigration policy as AG

Democrats Wrestle With Sessions Nomination

Democrats face a tricky balancing act as the Senate kicks off its confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, this morning. In tension is the party base’s desire to hammer Sessions for his controversial past—particularly on issues of race— with senators’ lengthy professional and personal relationships with the Alabama Republican.

January 10, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

The Obamacare Repeal Game Is A Complete Disgrace

Every other modern nation guarantees health care as a right of citizenship. Even their conservative leaders don’t touch benefits that beat ours by a mile. This Obamacare repeal game is, at bottom, an insult to the dignity of the American people. Actually, it’s a disgrace

January 10, 2017
Schumer, Trump Nominees, Ethics, Vetting

Top Senate Democrat Says Trump’s Nominees Need ‘Thorough’ Vetting

Schumer said Trump’s nominees, many of whom have extensive business backgrounds at companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Goldman Sachs, should be carefully scrutinized to be sure they avoid conflicts of interest. He also confirmed that some of Trump’s nominees have not completed a review process conducted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

January 9, 2017
Obamacare, Ryan, Republicans GOP

5 Ways GOP Repeal Of Obamacare Takes From The Poor And Gives To The Rich

Here are five takeaways showing why the known parts of the GOP’s repeal and (most likely not) replace plan amount to Robinhood in reverse: taking from the poor, working- and middle-class and giving to corporate Americans and Wall Street.

January 9, 2017