How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… not have contributed enough to the Belgian state coffers, for example. Then there are the EU agencies’ own regulations. A letter from a British official, circulating among the European civil service trade unions, is calling on the EU Commission to clarify whether it will apply or ignore the paragraph of the staff handbook that specifies that only citizens of an EU member state can be employed by the organisation. Related Topics Belgium Brexit More From this publisher : HERE …

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Meadows ‘intrigued’ on Obamacare change after Pence meeting

April 4, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s administration had meetings Monday with two key groups of Republicans, whose split over health care policy caused GOP leaders to pull a plan last month to repeal and replace Obamacare. Emerging from a meeting Monday night with Vice President Mike Pence, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said his group was “intrigued” by an idea the White House floated to give states more flexibility to opt out of Obamacare regulations using a waiver …

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Trump wants a $1 trillion investment in roads and bridges. Will more drilling help?

March 3, 2017

… action will be difficult for the new administration to change, since it wasn’t done with an executive action, like some of Obama’s other policies. But the biggest obstacle to new drilling today may be the price of oil itself. Even if new lands are opened and regulations eased, that may not be enough to offset current market forces, Pugliaresi said. “I do think there is some regulatory excess there that could use a systematic rethink,” Pugliaresi said.”Now, how much …

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Sessions recusal: What’s next?

March 3, 2017

… called on then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. Independent Counsel Act Prior to the regulations regarding special counsels, Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 after Watergate, which provided for the appointment of “independent counsels.” Under that law, the attorney general would petition a special three-judge panel to …

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