Toxic coal ash ponds at risk of flooding as Duke Energy issues ‘high-level’ emergency alert

On Thursday morning, almost a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, the storm’s floodwaters overran a lake which had been flooded by tons of coal ash earlier in the storm. Residents now risk coal ash-polluted water flowing back into a river upstream of…

Head of Trump administration’s Iran Action Group touts unoriginal strategy: More sanctions

With a speech before the conservative Hudson Institute on Wednesday morning, Brian Hook, head of the newly formed Iran Action Group, reiterated the Trump administration’s only policy on Iran: Sanctions. Sanctions against Iran, sanctions against anyone investing in Iran, and, of course, asking other countries…

Ultra-rich Trump official says consumers won’t notice price increases, leaves CNBC hosts speechless

Wilbur Ross left CNBC hosts dumbfounded on Tuesday morning after he argued American families won’t notice the additional tariffs the Trump administration is slapping on Chinese goods because the price increases will be spread across so many products. Trump announced on Monday that he will…

Hurricane Florence’s real danger will come from its rain and storm surges

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Friday morning in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, just east of the city of Wilmington. The storm has been significantly downgraded from a Category 4, to the relief of many residents. But Florence’s real danger lies in its…

Trump’s new FBI conspiracy theory is remarkably dishonest even by his standards

On Tuesday morning, President Trump spread a conspiracy theory, and he wants you to believe it’s evidence the Department of Justice is rigged against him. “New Strzok-Page texts reveal ‘Media Leak Strategy,’” Trump tweeted, referring to newly released April 2017 text messages between former FBI…

White House Counsel Don McGahn will resign this fall, Trump says

President Trump announced Wednesday morning that White House Counsel Don McGahn would be leaving his post in the fall, hours after the administration deferred comments on an Axios report that stated McGahn would depart following Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s expected confirmation to the Supreme Court. “White…

‘A smokestorm is imminent’: Spokane’s hazardous air now worse than Beijing and Delhi combined

As of Monday morning, Spokane, Washington’s air quality is worse than Beijing and Delhi combined. Surrounded on three sides by warming-driven wildfires, western Washington is experiencing its worst air quality on record, according to Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Washington University. On Sunday, Mass…

Defending Trump, Giuliani proclaims, ‘Truth isn’t truth!’

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, coined a new Trumpism Sunday morning when he told Meet The Press‘ Chuck Todd that “truth isn’t truth.” His last-minute appearance followed a New York Times report that White House attorney Don McGahn has given some 30 hours of interviews…

Oklahoma school shuts down to protect transgender student from violent threats

A group of parents planned a silently rally outside an Oklahoma school Tuesday morning on a behalf of a transgender 12-year-old who has been subjected to threats of violence. The school is closed through Wednesday in response to those threats. The student, identified simply as “Maddie”…

Kellyanne Conway was asked to name Trump’s top black adviser. Her answer was embarrassing.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on ABC News Sunday morning, where host Jonathan Karl asked her to name the “most prominent, high-level adviser on the West Wing staff” who is African-American. Conway responded like a fourth grader delivering a book report on a book…