FROM Alex Guillén
Is the fox in charge of the henhouse at the EPA? During his confirmation hearing, President Trump's new EPA administrator was asked if the agency had any regulation he could support. He couldn't name one. Now, years of emails have been released showing Scott Pruitt's cozy relationship with fossil fuel companies while he was Oklahoma's attorney general. Pruitt has plans to roll back rules designed to curtail climate change, and environmentalists predict increased pollution of air and water. We hear what might be next in the latest battle between public health and the claim that excess regulation kills jobs and prevents economic growth.
Climate change skeptic Pruitt confirmed to head EPA After a vote of 52 for and 46 against, the President of the US Senate today announced confirmation of Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. With a record of fighting EPA rules and regulations in court and elsewhere, Pruitt was massively opposed by petitions and other protests from former EPA staffers and scientists. Alex Guillén, who covers energy and the environment for Politico , says that Pruitt's aim is to return more regulatory power to the states.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.