• Trump Picks Fossil Fuel-Friendly Oklahoma Attorney General To Head EPA
  • Schumer: If Republicans repeal Obamacare, ‘they will own it’
  • Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA
  • Jane Fonda Fast Facts
  • Confirmation fight comes early: Reps spar over bid to help Trump’s Pentagon pick

Trump Picks Fossil Fuel-Friendly Oklahoma Attorney General To Head EPA

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday. Pruitt has been a vocal critic of EPA regulations and defender of fossil fuel interests. Lawyers for Devon Energy, one of his state’s biggest oil and gas companies, authored a letter Pruitt sent to the EPA criticizing estimates on emissions…

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Schumer: If Republicans repeal Obamacare, ‘they will own it’

Washington (CNN)Incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Democrats will not work with Republicans to negotiate and pass a replacement for Obamacare once Republicans vote to repeal it. “If they repeal without a replacement, they will own it. Democrats will not then step up to the plate and come up with a half-baked solution that we will partially own. It’s all theirs,” Schumer told The Washington Post.

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Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA

(CNN)Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, his former campaign manager told reporters Wednesday. “Attorney General Pruitt has great qualifications and a good record as the AG of Oklahoma, and there were a number of qualified candidates for that particular position that the President-elect interviewed and he settled on Attorney General Pruitt and we’ll look forward to the confirmation hearing,” Kellyanne Conway…

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The One Thing Trump Can’t Possibly Make Any Worse For Those Over 50

While most mid-lifers’ hands have been wringing about what menacing changes President-elect Donald Trump has in store for Medicare, Social Security, and their retirement funds, there is a fourth leg on the aging stool that few are talking about: Long-term care. Truth is, whatever a Trump administration has in mind for long-term care, it probably can’t make things any worse. Long-term care is a euphemism for a skilled nursing home…

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The Last Line Of Defense: Federal Bureaucrats Wait Nervously For Donald Trump

These civil servants have federal job protections that make it hard for any president to throw them out and replace them with new hires to “drain the swamp,” as Trump has put it. And they often have decades of experience and institutional knowledge that the incoming administration will need to ensure that the federal government doesn’t fall apart under the leadership of new, sometimes inexperienced, political appointees. “I am a…

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Can gun background checks help prevent school shootings?

(CNN)The chance a child will get shot at school is significantly lower if their state has mandatory background checks, according to a study released Wednesday in the journal Injury Prevention. Children also have better odds if their states spend more on mental health and education. The vast majority of Americans consistently say they want more background checks when polled, but no federal law mandates them, and state laws vary. See…

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How progressives won a key victory in North Carolina

(CNN)On Monday, nearly a full month after Election Day, Republican Pat McCrory finally conceded the governor’s race in North Carolina to his Democratic challenger, Roy Cooper. Even as Republicans across the South and Midwest rode the coattails of Donald Trump’s victory to greater control of state governments, McCrory was the only incumbent Republican in the country to lose a statewide race. Join us on Twitter and Facebook In this year’s…

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New Yorkers Seem To Be Warming Up To Donald Trump

 among New York voters since his stunning win on election night, according to a released Monday. the college conducted its last poll . the largely Democratic staterival by a margin of 37 percent to 58 percent. Seventy-two percent of New Yorkers believe that a Trump administration is likely to improve the quality of the nation’s infrastructure. A near unanimous number of Republicans hold this belief, and a large number of Democrats…

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Federal appeals court puts Obamacare lawsuit on hold until after Trump’s inauguration

(CNN)A federal appeals court ordered Monday that a lawsuit filed against the Affordable Care Act by lawyers for the House of Representatives be put on temporary hold until after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The order issued by the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reflects the change of administration, and it delays the briefing schedule in the case until Trump is in office.

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Can’t buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach

In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Dr. Irwin Goldstein poses in his office in San Diego behind a display of medicine for impotence and for sexual problems. For couples who can’t afford the soaring prices for the prescriptions, some take a big risk, buying “herbal Viagra” at gas stations or ordering Viagra online from “Canadian pharmacies” that likely sell counterfeit drugs made in poor countries, says Goldstein, director of…

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Massive Bill Targeting Opioid Crisis Is Headed To The White House

Despite a lopsided 94 to 1 win in the Senate earlier that year, House Republicans had moved at their own pace, having only passed their version in May. Meanwhile, the White House and Senate Democrats were making renewed demands that any policy improvements come with the federal funds to make a real dent. $1 billion, while Senate Democrats were calling for $600 million. The bill’s leSo he asked for a…

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California Leaders Lay Out Plan To Stand Up To Trump On Immigration

California’s legislature kicked off its new session on Monday by taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants during President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. In a press conference, Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the state senate president pro tempore, and Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), the state assembly speaker, announced that both chambers of the legislature which now have Democratic supermajorities passed identical resolutions calling on Trump to abandon his campaign promise to deport millions of…

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How Trump should use Twitter

(CNN)It doesn’t seem like President-elect Donald Trump is going to stop tweeting any time soon. Unless his advisers take away his Internet access, the basic means of communication that he used as a candidate will become his bully pulpit as president for the next four years. He will continue to provide, in 140-character bursts, nonstop commentary from the Oval Office and — on the weekends — from Trump Tower in…

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Rare weasel-like mammal makes a comeback in Washington state

A Pacific fisher takes off running on Dec. 2, 2016.  (AP) MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. –  The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades. One by one, 10 Pacific fishers that had been trapped in British Columbia were set…

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North Carolina Abortion Providers Fight For Ground Amid Growing Hostility

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina Just four weeks since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a number of states have become increasingly more hostile to abortion rights. Texas will soon mandate the burial or cremation of aborted or miscarried fetuses, and the state’s politicians have also introduced legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, even in the case of severe fetal abnormalities. An Indiana politician announced in November that he plans…

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Always hungry: Inside the crazy culture of competitive eating

Take a minute to digest this: Joey Chestnut ate 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes on the Fourth of July.  And if that isnt insane enough for you, chew on this: One week later, also in 10 minutes, he scarfed down 194 chicken wings. Chestnut is the reigning champion of the most famous eating competition in the U.S., the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, held every Independence Day…

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Number of UK agency workers ‘to reach one million’ by 2020 – BBC News

It did not explain why that was, but it will form part of an 18-month investigation into the subject. The organisation says the workers are disadvantaged not only by lower pay, but also because they are not entitled to sick or parental leave pay and are more easily dismissed. Ethnic minorities Half of all agency workers say they work on a permanent basis and three-quarters work full-time, according to the…

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Paul Ryan says he and Trump speak ‘about every day’

Washington (CNN)Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump, at odds for much of the 2016 campaign, now speak “about every day,” the House speaker said in a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday. The Wisconsin Republican told interviewer Scott Pelley on the CBS’s “60 Minutes” he often calls the incoming President on his cell phone to discuss the legislative agenda in 2017. That includes tackling health care and immigration, Ryan said.

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Nancy Pelosi Has A Plan For Taking On The GOP Majority. It Worked Before.

Pelosi will be a leading voice of opposition to Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump. She’ll also work with the GOPwhen she can, like here, where she’s supporting Speaker Paul Ryan (R) hammering a nail into a piece of wood. Republicans miscalculated in 2004 when, emboldened by their control of Congress and the White House, they tried to privatize Social Security. Bush barnstormed around the country selling the idea to…

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Bill Nye Has A Message For Whoever Leads Trump’s Interior Department

But Bill Nye, the science guy, wants whomever Trump chooses to keep oil, gas and mining companies from drilling in any of the 83 million acres of land set aside for the nature preserves. The possibilities for interior secretary thus far don’t inspire a lot of confidence. Among the names that have emerged are oil executive Forrest Lucas, oil and natural gas magnate Harold Hamm and former Alaska Gov. Sarah…

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Kanye’s ‘Erratic’ Medication Dosage Reportedly Led To Hospital Stay

Kanye West’s recent hospitalization was reportedly triggered by the rapper inconsistently taking medication that was prescribed for “psychological issues,” TMZ reported.  The media outlet writes that an “erratic pattern of taking his meds” contributed to West’s hospitalization on Nov. 21, when, after an incident at his personal trainer’s home, he was taken to the UCLA Medical Center for evaluation.  West was released from the hospital more than a week later, but the details surrounding the…

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