Jarrod Ramos, Capital Gazette Shooter, sued the newspaper in 2012 for defamation.

13 Scott Pruitt Investigations: The Running List of E.P.A. Troubles

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Lisa Friedman as published in The New York Times

Scott Pruitt is facing 13 federal inquiries into his spending and management practices as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The subjects of the investigations include Mr. Pruitt’s first-class travel expenses, the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office, and his rental of a $50-a-night condo from the wife of a lobbyist with business before the agency. The negative headlines have continued well into Mr. Pruitt’s second year on the job, though he continues to enjoy the support of President Trump.

Here is a guide to Mr. Pruitt’s actions that are under investigation. (Because some investigations cover several topics, the numbers listed here add up to more than 13.)

The $50-a-Night Condo

2 investigations

The E.P.A. has acknowledged that Mr. Pruitt paid $50 per night last year to live in a Washington condo co-owned by the wife…

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MAGA protesters at Red Hen restaurant

Driving nails into the coffin of Safari Club International

International Wildlife Bond

Original article and banner image (“Skye: Nadine Dreyer”) courtesy of Daily Maverick

By Judy Malone, writing on behalf of Tourists Against Trophy Hunting, 28 June 2018

Trophy hunting is not about science, rights or traditions, or about personal choices. It is about right and wrong, good and evil. The self-evident truth is that killing for pleasure and profit is morally wrong.

People around the world are following the search for Skye, the pride male lion who disappeared after a 7 June hunt. There was no such mystery after the killing of Cecil – three years ago next week – in Zimbabwe. We knew the details and identities of those involved immediately, and international headlines appeared within 24 hours. But the hunt industry has since closed ranks, and as journalists beat the bush for information, those who have the answers are withholding them.

The selling of animals to globe-trotting trophy hunters has long been controversial. But Cecil was a…

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Judge throws out climate-change lawsuits against big oil companies, uses Trump defense

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Judge throws out climate-change lawsuits against big oil companies

“All of us have benefited,” Alsup wrote. “Having reaped the benefit of that historic progress, would it really be fair to now ignore our own responsibility in the use of fossil fuels and place the blame for global warming on those who supplied what we demanded?”

The judge concluded in his 16-page ruling that the issue is best addressed by the federal government’s legislative and executive branches. The Trump administration made that argument in urging the judge to toss the suits, even while the administration has opposed efforts worldwide to fight climate change.

via LA Times Judge throws out climate-change lawsuits against big oil companies

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Rumors about Red Hen restaurant: Rat infestation, sex-offender silent partner, pedophile owner?