EPA administrator Scott Pruitt continues to be terrible at his job

New Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt had two choices after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He could rise to the challenges of his office, or he could tool around the country pooh-poohing people who asked about climate change, giving friendly interviews to conspiracy sites like Breitbart and issuing furious ad hominem attacks on journalists who questioned the EPA’s seemingly less-than-robust response to the chemical explosions and spills accompanying the storms.

He, of course, chose the latter. And mind you, I suspect most of us were prepared for how beholden to polluting industries Scott Pruitt would be, because that is precisely how he auditioned for his current position; what’s more surprising is just how petulant the man would be. He appears to be running the entire department as an exercise in self-gratification and extended bouts of pouting.

“I’ve got to say this to you: what is it about the past administration?” Pruitt

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Crazy person riles Trump up; crazy person blocked from riling Trump; Trump steams. Repeat.

It seems there are only two stories that ever come out of the White House. There are stories about Donald Trump surrounding himself with horrible people, and stories about Donald Trump chafing and pouting when slightly less horrible people stop him from doing the things the more horrible people want.

In this story about now-sidelined anti-trade warrior Peter Navarro, an unapologetic burn-it-downer, we have both.

Trump is increasingly eager to flex his muscles on trade, according to White House aides and outside advisers to the president, who added that the president is sometimes resentful of those who recommend a more measured approach to the issue. And, the advisers said, Kelly’s efforts to impose order on the West Wing have isolated the president — leaving Trump increasingly frustrated and unpredictable. […]
Prior to Kelly’s entry, Navarro enjoyed a private 15-minute conversation with Trump at least once a week, where he

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It’s happening: Trump is gaining cash based on his policies as president

This is crooked.

In Florida this year, the president’s politics attracted a new client for one of his businesses. Steven M. Alembik, a conservative activist, is planning a $600-per-seat gala at the Mar-a-Lago Club.
His logic: Trump helped Israel. So Alembik will help Trump in return.

“He’s got Israel’s back,” Alembik said. “We’ve got his back.’”

This isn’t money that’s going to a Trump election fundraiser. This is money being paid to Trump, via his for-profit business—those profits go into his own pockets. And it’s openly intended to reward Trump for supporting a particular foreign policy. He has a certain policy, therefore he gets a check.

At least 27 federal political committees — including Trump’s reelection campaign — have flocked to his properties. They’ve spent $363,701 in just seven months, according to campaign-finance reports. In addition, the Republican Governors Association paid more than $408,000 to hold an event this spring at the

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Trump tweets video of himself hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball

Just another day in the Trump White House.

President Trump on Sunday morning retweeted a doctored video showing him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball — from an account that makes racial, anti-semitic, and anti-LGBT comments.
The video complements “Trump’s amazing golf swing” — the President goes to his golf clubs constantly — and the video shows the ball hitting a person who appears to be Clinton, who then trips while boarding an airplane.

Shall we repeat the mantra of the Trump era, then? Can you imagine any other president, Republican or Democrat, doing such things? George W. Bush and Dick Cheney got themselves in terrible hot water over agreeing that one particular journalist was an “asshole”; shall we imagine the eruption if George W. Bush, as president, publicly directed the nation’s attention to a clip made to look like he’s punching Al Gore in the face?

But Trump

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Sarah Palin jetting to Alabama to stump for crackpot ‘Merica-hater Roy Moore

Alabama ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is a crackpot. He is anti-American, or at least anti-Constitution, and has twice now been booted from his position on the court for declarations that his own religious preferences supersede federal law, because he says so. The first time was when he installed a monument to the Ten Commandments outside his court, then refused all orders to remove it due to the flagrant mixing of religion with the law of the land. After getting booted for that breach of law he was returned to his place of power by Alabama voters, who appear to be either deeply stupid or themselves not altogether onboard with this Constitution thing when push comes to shove. Upon his return, he wrote an administrative order demanding Alabama state officials ignore the Supreme Court decision overturning same-sex marriage bans and instead abide by his own court’s decision.

This got him suspended from

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Official White House adviser Ivanka Trump is very sad people expect things of her

Ivanka Trump is truly her father’s daughter. When Daddy Trump makes anything less than the most horrible possible decision, we hear from anonymous Ivanka-linked sources that it was her steadying influence and aren’t we oh-so-glad we have the reasonable, not entirely insane Ivanka at Donald’s side to occasionally stamp out stray embers of the raging garbage fire that is the Trump White House.

When Trump truly does make the most horrible possible decision, which has been happening far more often than not as the months go by, Ivanka’s allies or Ivanka herself pops up to complain that the same outlets that are forever writing about her reasonableness and influence are being meeeeeeeeean by involving her.

“Some people have created unrealistic expectations of what they expect from me,” she said. “That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and

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Is slashing funding for the arts about the money, or about keeping the poors away from those things?

Everything Trump’s White House proposes is a seemingly intentional effort to hurt his own base. But don’t hold your breath waiting for any of them to notice.

Howells Community Catholic is just one of dozens of schools across Nebraska that receive complete funding for their arts field trips through the Nebraska Arts Council’s School Bus for the Arts program. And the council, in turn, receives about a third of its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. With the announcement in March that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate the NEA and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities, many arts and humanities educators are wondering whether the money that provides arts exposure for their students is about to disappear completely. “It’s pretty scary,” Ritzdorf tells me. If the School Bus for the Arts were to go away, her kids might never see a professional play,

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