Ultra-right Texas think tank wields power over Trump’s environmental and energy policy

A top official at a far-right Texas research and advocacy group known for promoting climate science denial failed in her bid to become the top environmental official at the White House. But her extreme views are gaining traction in Washington in other ways. Kathleen Hartnett White,…

New report details Scott Pruitt’s cozy relationship with a billionaire coal baron

While it’s no secret the nation’s top environmental official, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, has long held an affinity for the fossil fuel industry, a new report details just how close he has become to one particular billionaire coal baron. Pruitt saw coal executive Joe Craft…

Secret recording by Spanish police could mean trouble for Donald Trump Jr.

Spanish police secretly recorded conversations between Alexander Torshin, an official at Russia’s Central Bank with close ties to the NRA, and Alexander Romanov, a Russian who was convicted of money laundering, Yahoo News reports. The discussions were related to a meeting Torshin had with Donald Trump Jr….

California’s top air quality regulator mocks Trump’s negotiating style

California’s top air quality official disputed claims that she and Trump administration officials held “productive” discussions this week on vehicle fuel efficiency standards. A White House statement made it sound like California had a good series of meetings on Wednesday with Trump administration and auto…

Did The CIA Meddle In The 2016 US Election?

An extremely strange episode that has engulfed official Washington over the last two weeks came to a truly bizarre conclusion on Friday night. And it revolves around a long-time, highly sketchy CIA operative, Stefan Halper. Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying…

Average US Taxpayer Spends Over $3k Every Year On W-A-R

As Americans rushed to pay their taxes on Tuesday before the official deadline, peace groups reminded the public of the uncomfortable fact that an “astronomical amount” of the money sent to the IRS each year goes not to funding education or a single-payer healthcare system…

Former Texas education official asks biracial student if he got into college ‘on merit’

A former Texas Board of Education official who claims to be running again for public office found himself in hot water on Friday, after he tweeted at a biracial high school student who had just announced his acceptance into Harvard University, credulously asking the student…