Zinke takes forestry fight to fire-ravaged California

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is seizing on California’s wildfires to promote a policy long-supported by Republicans – that fires could be stopped if forests were logged.The former Montana congre…

Pruitt’s new problem with the GOP: Ethanol

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing harsh criticism from two Republican senators who say he is failing to follow through on President Trump’s pro-ethanol agenda.The two senato…

Zinke cites ‘environmental disaster’ in sending park police to border

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is doubling down on his decision to send law enforcement officers from his department, including from the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police, to help apprehend illegal immigrants alon…

EPA spent $1,560 on customized fountain pens for Pruitt: emails

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shelled out $1,560 to pay for customized fountain pens for Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to internal emails.The 12 silver pens, made by a Washington-based jewelry s…

Pro-hunting Trump officials take ax to wildlife protections

The Trump administration is systematically rolling back protections for endangered wildlife and expanding rights for hunters, winning cheers from sporting associations but worrying environmentalists who fear it will lead…

EPA reverses course, lets reporters into hearing after outcry

In a reversal following media outcry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would allow all representatives from the media to attend the second half of a chemical summit that …

Media push back against EPA limiting reporters at chemical summit

A number of media outlets are pushing back at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for limiting the reporters allowed to cover part of its chemical summit on Tuesday–including one reporter who says she was forcibly…

Trump officials feared PR ‘nightmare’ from drinking water standards

One unnamed White House official called the expected fallout from the stronger recommendations “extremely painful” in an email.

Trump officials feared PR ‘nightmare’ from drinking water standards

One unnamed White House official called the expected fallout from the stronger recommendations “extremely painful” in an email.

EPA strife spotlights Trump-era infighting

Political infighting that has been a hallmark of the Trump White House is spreading to the rest of the administration – and to K Street as well.Bitter battles between people who are supposed to be on the same side…

Upheaval at Pruitt’s EPA as departures mount

Four officials at the agency have stepped down in the past week.

Pruitt once bought house with Oklahoma lobbyist: report

During his time as an Oklahoma state senator, now-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt did not disclose that he was sharing a house with a lobbyist who frequently had business with the state.Fift…

GAO: EPA violated law with Pruitt’s soundproof booth

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the law with its approval to pay for a secure soundproof booth in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s personal office, a federal watchdog said on Monday.A …

Elephant trophy decision faces pushback from some Trump allies

While hunting advocacy groups are cheering the decision to allow imports on a case-by-case basis, others are knocking the move.

Wildlife groups fear what comes next on elephant trophies

Wildlife conservation and animal rights groups are slamming the Trump administration’s move to permit some imports of African elephant trophies, fearing the new system will allow decisions to be made in secret.

‘We Should Have Pushed Harder’: Obama’s Gitmo Czars Reflect On His Failure To Close The Prison

On his first day in office, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing that the Guantanamo Bay prison facility “be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.”

The prison camp on the island of Cuba had come to symbolize the abuses of the war on terror. Shutting it down was supposed to be easy. The Bush administration had already begun the process.

But eight years of partisan battles, bureaucratic infighting and a last-ditch effort later, the facility that Obama once labeled a “blot on our national honor” remains open.

No one is more acutely aware of that failure than the men Obama chose to lead his effort to shutter the camp. They can point to some successes in their Continue reading “‘We Should Have Pushed Harder’: Obama’s Gitmo Czars Reflect On His Failure To Close The Prison”