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Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education Is Saving Itself Work by Dismissing Hundreds of Civil Rights Cases

"..... Under DeVos, the Department of Education has instituted a policy that allows them to outright dismiss claims that students' civil rights have been violated. And one of the criteria they're using is "this person has brought too many claims already." According to this rationale, DeVos would argue that laws and civil rights stop applying to individuals if they seek protection too many times. And by refusing to follow through on claims against "multiple recipients," the Education Department is essentially claiming that patterns of abuse or systemic violations don't exist: ,,,,,,

https://www.gq.com/story/devos-department-throwing-out-civil-rights-cases

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11 hours ago, jakeem said:

 

11 hours ago, jakeem said:

LOLGOP Retweeted The Hill

We absolutely shouldn't hold wives accountable for the actions of their husbands, said the woman who spent 30 years blaming Hillary Clinton for Bill.

 

Whatever you may think about Kellyanne Conway, by all accounts she had a perfectly stable and happy marriage--which had produced three young children--until she got involved with trump.

Looks like everything and everyone who gets involved with trump takes a fall.

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While Pruitt was in state govt, NY Times says a lobbyist sold him a home for $100k less than she had paid for. Her telecom employer paid the difference.

He then voted to let the employer raise its rates. At EPA he hired her + the banker who lent him the $ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/us/politics/scott-pruitt-oklahoma-epa.html 

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Just In: 2 sources confirm to @nancycordes and @edokeefe Sen Vet Affairs Comm is reviewing allegations against Ronny Jackson which include a hostile work environment, excessive drinking on the job and improperly dispensing meds.

.@nancycordes reports the top dem on committee Jon Tester (MT) asked Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to postpone Wednesday’s hearing in light of this new information

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Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel and Ronny Jackson will be approved by the Senate.  I agree that the Senate has a duty to evaluate all nominees, but let's face it they will be approved.  So the Dems just need to ask pertinent questions,  state a few negatives, vote against them and be done with it.

Rand Paul is a real disappointment.  But then he always backs down from his positions when it might cost him some GOPer support or votes.

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Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson had history of ‘unprofessional behavior,’ according to 2012 watchdog report

".....The report by the Navy’s Medical Inspector General found a lack of trust in the leadership and low morale among staff members.

The report says staff members described the working environment as “being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce.”...

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/veterans-affair-nominee-ronny-jackson-had-history-of-unprofessional-behavior-according-to-2012-watchdog-report

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Gee Mick, just what part of CONSUMER Financial PROTECTION do we need to explain here?? ................

Mulvaney: CFPB doesn’t have to run a ‘Yelp’ for bank customers

"....delivered to the American Bankers Association, got lots of chuckles and then huge applause when he added that, in particular, he doesn’t see anything in the Dodd-Frank law that created the CFPB that requires “the Bureau,” as he prefers to call the agency, to make a database of complaints against the banks available to the public. .....

...........is also miffed he can close current open enforcement matters without explaining why. “We’re not doing regulation by enforcement anymore. It’s just not fair,” said Mulvaney, to another round of loud applause. ...

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mulvaney-cfpb-doesnt-have-to-run-a-yelp-for-bank-customers-2018-04-24

Still drainin' that Wall St. swamp, eh Drumpf?

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Washington PostVerified account @washingtonpost 35m35 minutes ago

 

Analysis: The White House is abandoning Scott Pruitt....

SANDERS: Again, we're evaluating these concerns, and we expect the EPA administrator to answer for them, and we'll keep you posted.

That's a rather chilly nondefense.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/04/25/the-white-house-is-abandoning-scott-pruitt/?utm_term=.06f8a85a60ae

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NBC ChicagoVerified account @nbcchicago 37m37 minutes ago

 

Facing Congress, EPA chief doesn't appear ready to apologize http://nbcchi.com/xbKZsZ6 

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"...Scott Pruitt's obvious disdain for the rules of his office would require his removal even if he were the most eco-friendly EPA head in the history of the agency. That he is literally and deliberately dumping oil, toxic gas and coal ash on the planet as a favor to his energy industry pals makes the necessity of his removal an immediate thing. So long as Trump keeps protecting him, however, Scott Pruitt is safe as kittens.

In a just world, there would be actual legal consequences for Pruitt's behavior. This is not as farfetched as it sounds: Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil and several other oil giants are currently being sued in federal court for their role in causing the climate crisis. Chevron's attorneys went so far as to admit, in open court, that the company accepts the reality of climate change as established fact.

If Chevron can be brought to the bar for crimes against the environment, why not Scott Pruitt?

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44286-scott-pruitt-is-killing-us

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Rep. Ted Lieu  Ronny Jackson's nomination fiasco shows the consequences of Trump choosing loyalty over expertise-

The best he could find? Trump's unqualified nominee was the equivalent of a slap in the face to veterans like me.

"...... it’s clear Trump has filled the highest levels of our government with people who are at best incompetent and at worst corrupt. ...

.. In the last year alone, the Trump administration has seen more high-level departures than any modern presidential administration. Of the top 21 White House and cabinet positions, nine have already turned over.

In contrast, President Barack Obama had two such changes, and President George W. Bush had one official leave during the same period. Moreover, apparently more than 30 White House staff lost their interim top-secret security clearances. .....

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/ronny-jackson-s-nomination-fiasco-shows-consequences-trump-choosing-loyalty-ncna869411?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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From the WP ...

Robert Redford: The biggest Scott Pruitt scandal is the one right in front of us

By Robert Redford April 26 at 7:36 PM

Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer and trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Unfortunately, that’s not all. Pruitt has been working to weaken standards designed to clean up dirty power plants and to walk back fuel standards for cars. He has put a hold on vital safeguards that would limit the amount of mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals that industry can spew into the air or dump into our rivers. Speaking of water, he’s working to repeal the clean water rule that ensures protection for wetlands, rivers and streams that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans. 

Meanwhile, he has ignored research from scientists at the agency and refused to bandangerous chemicals, such as the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Instead, he hired a lobbyist connected with one of the manufacturers of the chemical and then reduced fines levied against the company for violating regulations. 

He also attacked science itself, proposing policies in the guise of transparency that would limit the research that the agency could use to make decisions.

Americans deserve better. The EPA was established to protect the environment and public health for everyone. It’s something America got right, and it is up to us to defend it.

Pruitt should be replaced by a principled leader who will do what the EPA was intended to do: protect America from men such as Pruitt.

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9 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

From the WP ...

Robert Redford: The biggest Scott Pruitt scandal is the one right in front of us

By Robert Redford April 26 at 7:36 PM

Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer and trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Unfortunately, that’s not all. Pruitt has been working to weaken standards designed to clean up dirty power plants and to walk back fuel standards for cars. He has put a hold on vital safeguards that would limit the amount of mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals that industry can spew into the air or dump into our rivers. Speaking of water, he’s working to repeal the clean water rule that ensures protection for wetlands, rivers and streams that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans. 

Meanwhile, he has ignored research from scientists at the agency and refused to bandangerous chemicals, such as the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Instead, he hired a lobbyist connected with one of the manufacturers of the chemical and then reduced fines levied against the company for violating regulations. 

He also attacked science itself, proposing policies in the guise of transparency that would limit the research that the agency could use to make decisions.

Americans deserve better. The EPA was established to protect the environment and public health for everyone. It’s something America got right, and it is up to us to defend it.

Pruitt should be replaced by a principled leader who will do what the EPA was intended to do: protect America from men such as Pruitt.

While I agree with Redford as it relates to how the EPA should operate,  all Presidents select individuals that will further the agenda of their party (as well as their own agenda). 

The GOP has been openly against environment regulations and pro-active enforcement for the last few decades. 

Therefore if Pruitt is replaced nothing much would change.    Elections have consequences  (something too many Americans forgot when they didn't go out and vote against Trump).    

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3 minutes ago, jakeem said:

You don't hear much about Jared and Ivanka anymore either.  Although the two of them did manage to climb out from underneath their Rock to attend the palatial state dinner for the French President.

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1 hour ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

While I agree with Redford as it relates to how the EPA should operate,  all Presidents select individuals that will further the agenda of their party (as well as their own agenda). 

The GOP has been openly against environment regulations and pro-active enforcement for the last few decades. 

Therefore if Pruitt is replaced nothing much would change.    Elections have consequences  (something too many Americans forgot when they didn't go out and vote against Trump).    

I skipped Redford's opinion column, as I do most "celebrities."  Don't disagree with him, but what else is new.  As you said the voters (and non-voters) should have seen this coming.

Interestingly, one of current plans by GOPers is to eliminate CA's ability to set its own emissions and other standards.  That should prove interesting as the automobile industry has long standardized itself on what CA wanted as it is a huge consumer of autos.

Should one state be able to affect an entire industry to the extent that it regulates how people in other 49 states live?  I know you have an opinion on this.

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2 hours ago, TheCid said:

I skipped Redford's opinion column, as I do most "celebrities."  Don't disagree with him, but what else is new.  As you said the voters (and non-voters) should have seen this coming.

Interestingly, one of current plans by GOPers is to eliminate CA's ability to set its own emissions and other standards.  That should prove interesting as the automobile industry has long standardized itself on what CA wanted as it is a huge consumer of autos.

Should one state be able to affect an entire industry to the extent that it regulates how people in other 49 states live?  I know you have an opinion on this.

I believe in state rights so therefore a state should be allowed to set environmental standards that are more restrictive then the Federal standard.   (but NOT less restrictive since that could environmentally impact other surrounding states).

The fact CA is able to affect an entire industry is still the voluntary choice of industry executives and therefore the CA law is NOT regulating how the people in other states live; these industry executives are. 

The GOP use to be more of a state's right party but not anymore.    Like Dems they only believe in state rights when it suits them. 

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1 hour ago, TheCid said:

Spoken like a true pre-1964 white racist Southerner or current Southern Republicans.

Well you believe in Confederate monuments.     If it walks like a duck it is a duck, right?  

PS:  This is spoken like a Californian that wants to be able to buy pot,  have their own environmental standards (e.g. decided where oil can be drilled on our coast),  gun control laws that limit interstate transfers of guns etc...

You again show that you must be over 80.  

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-04/fourth-pruitt-aide-leaving-amid-swirling-controversy-at-epa

The fourth departure this week of an Environmental Protection Agencyofficial was announced on Friday, in a move suggesting continued fallout from the controversies swirling around Administrator Scott Pruitt.

 
 

John Konkus, the agency’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs, is leaving to lead communications at the Small Business Administration.

 
 

On Thursday, it was announced that Associate Administrator Liz Bowman, Konkus’ boss and the EPA’s top public affairs official, was departing to join the staff of Senator Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican. Other confirmed departures this week: Albert “Kell” Kelly, the EPA’s top adviser on Superfund cleanups, and former Secret Service agent Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, who led Pruitt’s security detail. Longtime Pruitt ally Samantha Dravis announced her resignation last month.

 
 
 

The exodus comes amid steep criticism of Pruitt, including calls for his ouster by at least 170 Democratic and four Republican lawmakers. There are at least 10 federal investigations into Pruitt, including probes of his rental of a Capitol Hill bedroom from a lobbyist for $50 a night under unusually generous terms, frequent taxpayer-funded travel to his home state of Oklahoma, questionable spending decisions at the EPA, and raises granted to two top aides over White House objections.

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12 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Ted LieuVerified account @tedlieu 21h21 hours ago

 
 

Ted Lieu Retweeted The Hill

Dear @SpeakerRyan: Can I use taxpayer dollars to go to the Bahamas and Fiji? They've been on my wishlist of places to visit. I can check out some "official" environmental stuff.

Awww, just kidding. I'm not a corrupt, fraud-waste-abuse swamp monster like @EPAScottPruitt.

:wacko:

Ted, you should check out Brando Island.  It is one of the most eco-friendly places on the planet.  Take the family during high season.  It's only about 12,000 Euros + per night.

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