Coal Insider Tapped to Lead Agency That Regulates Mines

In yet another signal of the Trump administration’s departure from the previous administration’s environmental policies in favor of robust fossil fuel development, President Donald Trump nominated a former mining engineer to run the Interior Department Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Thursday.

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Study Finds Deep Internal Divisions in Both Political Parties

Not only are Americans in general politically polarized, but sharp divides are also evident within Republican and Democratic circles on hot-button social and economic issues like immigration and America’s role in the world, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

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US Agency Withdraws Rule Aimed at Protecting Animal Farmers

The Trump administration’s decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States’ largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said he has “violent opposition” to the move.

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Conn. Mayor, Convicted Felon, Sues for Public Money in Gubernatorial Bid

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday claiming election regulators are trampling on his free-speech rights by blocking his participation in Connecticut’s clean-election system, which bars convicted felons from receiving public campaign funds.

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