Interior’s Zinke faces 11th federal investigation as new probe launches

More than 10 federal investigations have now been opened into Secretary of the Interior Department Ryan Zinke’s financial and ethical decisions during his tenure with the Trump administration. The agency’s internal watchdog announced an eleventh investigation on Wednesday evening, drawing further attention to Zinke’s behavior…

Interior’s Zinke touts White House line about ‘clean coal’, which doesn’t exist

A renewed push for so-called “clean coal” came on Wednesday by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who during a radio interview said that those who care about the environment should support that energy source. While appearing Wednesday morning on the local radio show…

Trump administration plan to mine near popular Minnesota wilderness area sparks multiple lawsuits

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in an effort to stop plans to allow mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed in a federal district court on June 25 in Washington, D.C….

Zinke defends sending park rangers to Mexico border, cites ‘environmental disaster’ from immigration

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke believes that illegal immigration has made the U.S.-Mexican border an “environmental disaster.” But unlike other environmental disasters, he thinks this one justifies his employees’ time. In a Fox Business Network interview on Thursday, first reported on by The Hill on Sunday,…

First application to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge fails to look at wildlife impacts

The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service issued a scathing response to the first permit application to begin seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), submitted by two Alaska Native corporations and a small oil services firm. The seismic work application is the…

Top Interior official’s meetings with casino lobbyists raise ethics questions

Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, a quintessential revolving-door figure in Washington, met with lobbyists in late 2017 who were making the rounds on behalf of their client, a major casino and resort company that is hoping the department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs rules in its…

Here’s what Ryan Zinke’s public lands infrastructure investment actually means

On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to defend the Trump administration’s proposed budget for 2019. As part of his opening testimony, Zinke applauded President Trump for “keeping the promises he made to the American people,”…

Ryan Zinke’s trip to Pennsylvania may have violated the Hatch Act

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to a small town south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, less than three weeks before a special election, is drawing scrutiny to determine whether the official trip was really an opportunity to throw his support behind the Republican hoping to fill the…

The Interior Department reportedly spent $139,000 on a door for Secretary Zinke

The Interior Department reportedly spent $139,000 on construction for the agency labeled “Secretary’s Door,” according to records first reported by the Associated Press. The Interior Department declined to further elaborate on the construction to the Associated Press, and a man who answered the phone at…

The reason why Russia is so invested in Austria’s far-right shift

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA — Austria’s far-right interior minister Herbert Kickl last week ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” to prevent an influx of migrants into the country — the latest anti-immigrant policy by an extremist far-right government that has become a safe haven for Russian…