Research by the Obama Administration showed that a pesticide made by Dow Chemical was linked to brain damage, but the EPA's new director, Scott Pruitt, has refused to ban it. Now Dow wants to delay restrictions on use of the same substance planned by the Obama Administration, which also found that chlorpyrifos is harmful to 1800 endangered species. Michael Biesecker, who covers the environment and energy for the Associated Press, says Dow wants to kill the rick study and begin anew, which would delay implementation of regulations by several years.
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Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but critics say he's creating a new swamp of potential conflicts of interest. The White House has opened a revolving door by appointing lobbyists and corporate leaders to regulate the businesses they formerly worked for. Public money's being spent at Trump properties, and family members have the chance to enrich themselves by making government policy. Ethics officials and reporters say the flood of possible violations is so great that a single scandal looks like it's just part of business as usual.
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Officials in Arkansas are hoping to execute eight death-row inmates by the end of this month, before a drug used for lethal injections is set to expire. At a Town Hall earlier this week, when asked about what he was going to stop the executions, Republican US Senator Tom Cotton scolded, "I think it's very unfortunate that liberal lawyers and washed up celebrities and even politically correct pharmaceutical companies are trying to interfere with the State of Arkansas." Jacob Kauffman, who reports for KUAR, an NPR affiliate in Little Rock, has more on the politics and the debate over the scheduled executions.