Trump administration recommends lifting ban on uranium mining in Grand Canyon

For 20 years, mining for uranium inside of the Grand Canyon has been banned. For that same amount of time, the Koch brothers have worked tirelessly to get the ban lifted.

Billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch are channeling money into an Arizona-based organization that’s fighting a plan that would include a permanent ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.

The arguments for upholding the ban are that it provides no public profit to allow private uranium mining and that by not allowing such, we relieve ourselves of the burden of worrying about the very real environmental damage uranium mining would open up.

This is exactly why the new USDA report by the Trump administration is both unsurprising and grotesquely craven. In it they have all kinds of great recommendations for how we can “streamline” things in our national parks. Lo and behold, one of them “could” lead to uranium mining.

Adoption of this recommendation

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Trump delivers more doozies: ‘My generals and my military’ authorized the Niger mission, ‘I didn’t’

Donald Trump gave a meandering impromptu interview to the press corps Wednesday in which he touched on issues ranging from the Niger mission he claimed he didn’t authorize to his own superior intellectual capacities and how “extremely nice and extremely respectful” he was to the widow of slain soldier Sgt. La David Johnson.

Frankly, there was too much outlandishness to cover in one blog post, but let’s hit some central points from the presser, which aired on MSNBC. First, Trump claimed complete ownership over the military yet said he didn’t authorize the fateful Niger mission. Instead, he scapegoated his generals for the mission that resulted in the deaths of four American soldiers.

Asked by reporters whether he gave the go-ahead for the operation, Trump said: “No I didn’t. Not specifically.”

But just after that, Trump declared the very same generals as his own, not America’s.

With that being said, my generals and my military, they have

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Faced with Flake’s rally cry to save America, most Republicans say tax cuts are just too important

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Sure, GOP Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker made some good points Tuesday about how Donald Trump is “debasing” our political discourse and the entire country in the process, but they’re retiring from the Senate. Ask any Republican who plans on indefinitely clinging to his or her Senate seat, and they’ll tell you Flake and Corker are totally off track because giving tax cuts to America’s wealthiest is just too important to get sidetracked by the legal, ethical, moral, and existential questions surrounding Trump’s presidency. Take Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, for one.

”I’m focused on getting stuff done,” Portman said in response to a question about the Flake/Corker rally cry. “This week it’s about opioids, tomorrow it’s opioids. Today it’s tax reform. That’s my job.”

How about protecting the American people from a maniac—is that in your job description?

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, fighting for his political future

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‘Trump is treason!’: Protester yells directly at Trump in Capitol

A protester got rare access Tuesday to deliver a direct protest of Donald Trump as he entered the capitol to talk tax cuts with Republican senators.

“Why are you talking about tax cuts when they should be talking about treason?” the protester yelled as Trump passed by. “This president has conspired with agents of the Russian government to steal an election. We should be talking about treason in Congress …”

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The protester has been identified as “Ryan Clayton, same activist who tricked CPAC attendees into waving Russian flags during Trump’s speech.”

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Republican Sen. Bob Corker: Trump is ‘devolving’ as president

It’s not just people on the outside watching Donald Trump’s mental/emotional capacity disintegrate. Others, like Republican Sen. Bob Corker, are noticing the same thing. In a rather candid on-the-fly interview from the halls of Congress, Corker talked about the White House asking him to “intervene” with Trump in moments where he was going “off the tracks.” Corker’s conclusion—and probably a main driver of his recent straight talk about Trump—is that Trump’s getting worse, not better.

“I’ve had private meetings with him, dinners with him, I’ve played golf with him, I’ve had multiple occasions where the staff has asked me to please intervene—he was getting ready to do something that was really off the tracks,” Corker said, “And look, I’ve seen no evolution in an upward way. As a matter of fact, I would say, it appears to me that it’s almost devolving.”

Corker also expanded on his earlier assertions that Trump is debasing the

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Ryan sidelines questions about Trump’s mental fitness for something far more important: tax cuts

Wherein House Speaker Paul Ryan proves how uniquely useless he is when it come to showing any kind of leadership when it comes to Donald Trump. After Trump’s five-tweet rant against “liddle’” Bob Corker Tuesday morning, Ryan weighs in with: Nothing to see here.

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Just to piggyback on Corker’s paraphrased point, Paul Ryan will also be remembered for his debasement of our nation. He’ll be remembered as the guy who had a chance to help save

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