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The Latest: Ethics panel to probe complaints against Nunes

Devon NunesThe House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs) may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

The full 10-member committee is investigating the allegations, a departure from the usual procedure of having a smaller subcommittee handle a probe, and an indication of the seriousness of the claims.


Environmentalists sue EPA for reversing Obama-era move to ban pesticide

Dangerous chlorpyrifos used ion US agricultureEnvironmental groups have filed a complaint against the US government over its support of a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, one week after Donald Trump’s administration rejected federally backed science and reversed an Obama-era policy.

The Pesticide Action Network and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed the case against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, seeking to force the government to follow through with the Obama administration’s recommendations to ban an insecticide widely used in agriculture.


Trump declares end to 'war on coal,' but utilities aren't listening

coal minersWhen President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to sweep away Obama-era climate change regulations, he said it would end America's "war on coal", usher in a new era of energy production and put miners back to work.

But the biggest consumers of U.S. coal - power generating companies - remain unconvinced.

Reuters surveyed 32 utilities with operations in the 26 states that sued former President Barack Obama's administration to block its Clean Power Plan, the main target of Trump's executive order. The bulk of them have no plans to alter their multi-billion dollar, years-long shift away from coal, suggesting demand for the fuel will keep falling despite Trump's efforts.


Trump: O'Reilly 'a good person' who shouldn't have settled sexual harassment claims

Trump: O'Reilly a good guy President Trump praised Bill O'Reilly in a new interview amid reports of payoffs to five women who accused the Fox News host of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct.

“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump told The New York Times.

“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled,” the president continued. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

TVNL Comment:  Birds of a feather, folks.  How shameful is this?  Geez.


Gorsuch's writings borrow from other authors

Gorsuch writing borrowed from othersSupreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material in his book and an academic article, according to documents provided to POLITICO.

The documents show that several passages from the tenth chapter of his 2006 book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” read nearly verbatim to a 1984 article in the Indiana Law Journal. In several other instances in that book and an academic article published in 2000, Gorsuch borrowed from the ideas, quotes and structures of scholarly and legal works without citing them.


Appeals Court: Civil Rights Act protects gay workersAppeals Court: Civil Rights Act protects gay workers

Civil Rights law protects gays: Appeals CourtA federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In an 8-3 decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said "discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination."

"Any discomfort, disapproval or job decision based on the fact that the complainant -- woman or man -- dresses differently, speaks differently, or dates or marries a same-sex partner, is a reaction purely and simply based on sex," Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote for the court.


Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council

Steve BannonPresident Donald Trump's chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council's principals committee, according to a presidential memorandum.

Trump also restored top U.S. intelligence officials as permanent members, according to the filing signed Tuesday and announced Wednesday.


The Latest: Rebel official says UN 'responsible' for deaths

gas attackA top Syrian rebel representative says he holds U.N. mediator Staffan De Mistura "personally responsible" for the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 people in northern Syria one day ago.

Mohammad Alloush, the rebels' chief negotiator at U.N.-mediated talks with the Syrian government, said the U.N.'s Special Envoy for Syria's must begin labeling the Syrian government as responsible for killing civilians. He said U.N.'s silence "legitimizes" the strategy.


Gallup: ObamaCare has majority support for first time

Obamacare supported by 55% of AmericansMore than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Gallup poll out Tuesday, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinions on it in 2012.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes. Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law.


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