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Zinke’s departure puts Interior in hands of former oil lobbyist

“Bernhardt also represented Alaska in a 2014 lawsuit against the Interior Department that sought to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” writes Jennifer A for seattletimes.com. Most of his professional life has been tied to Interior — either working inside the agency or lobbying it from the outside.David Bernhardt is expected to be named acting Interior secretary by President Donald Trump, following the resignation of current chief Ryan Zinke, which was announced Saturday.Most of Bernhardt’s professional life has been tied to Interior — either working inside the…

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Ryan Zinke’s potential replacement at Interior Department has extensive oil lobbying conflicts

“Bernhardt also represented the state of Alaska in a 2014 lawsuit against the Interior Department that aimed to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” reports washingtonexaminer.com. David Bernhardt, the Interior Department deputy that will likely fill recently resigned Ryan Zinke’s shoes as acting secretary at the end of the month, is a Washington insider with government and private sector experience who can implement President Trump’s “energy dominance agenda” without distraction.Bernhardt, if he is leading the agency, would oversee the department’s release next year of the final version…

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Albany orders Christian orphanage to follow its rules or God’s

“OCFS sent New Hope Family Services a letter in October following a site visit the state agency made to the nonprofit group” reports washingtonexaminer.com. In this case, it’s especially discriminatory to target an adoption agency solely because it operates within a faith-filled worldview.While not a widespread trend, this is not the first faith-based adoption agency this year to get flak from city officials for operating from a faith-based perspective. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Oxbridge applicants misled by personal statements company, Advertising Standards Agency rules

“The watchdog has banned an advert from Oxbridge Personal Statements for suggesting students could submit statements written for them by the company without risk” writes Telegraph View for telegraph.co.uk. The watchdog added it acknowledged that when asked the company’s staff told customers they could not submit the statements as their own. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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New head of watchdog agency vows consumers will be top focus

“A leading priority will be the security and privacy of data, what the agency collects from consumers and what it stores, she said” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Mulvaney, named by Trump as acting director a year ago, had been a vocal critic of the agency and made deep changes to it.Kraninger has no experience in financial services and had never run a federal agency before — prompting Democratic lawmakers to oppose her nomination. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

“Current law defines high-level radioactive waste as resulting from processing irradiated nuclear fuel that is highly radioactive” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier.As a result, the site also contains the nation’s largest collection of nuclear waste.Conservation groups are alarmed by the Trump administration’s proposal to rename some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make it…

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Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

“The lame-duck legislation would erase those annual verification requirements” writes Todd Richmond for seattletimes.com. WEDC is a quasi-governmental agency Walker created in 2011 that hands out grants, loans and tax credits to businesses and other organizations.State auditors found last year that the agency isn’t living up to that requirement and was accepting information recipients submitted as accurate and complete.MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin’s troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly…

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Countryside becoming ‘lawless’, say expers, as Environment Agency cuts inspections by one third

“Last year there were nearly 5,000 fewer annual site inspections by EA officers than in 2014, the year when the agency first started recording data in its current form” writes Science Editor for telegraph.co.uk. We’re getting to a point of lawlessness out there,” said Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, of The Angling Trust. “It’s the death of rivers by a thousands cuts.Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative unit, discovered that the agency has shed the equivalent of more than 2,500 full time jobs  – 20 per cent of its workforce – since 2013, and…

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Trump’s pick to lead financial regulator wins Senate approval

“Photo credit: BLOOMBERG Kathy Kraninger will take over an agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that regulates everything from credit cards to mortgages” writes Jesse Westbrook for autonews.com. Kathy Kraninger will take over an agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that regulates everything from credit cards to mortgages.Kraninger will take over an agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that regulates everything from credit cards to mortgages. Source: autonews.com Share This:

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