• Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species

    Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species

    Americans who live in or near a community built around a lake should be careful about stepping outside to mow the lawn if the temperature isn’t just right and the grass isn’t a certain height.

    They should keep pets indoors. They should forget about using weed killer. And they should be prepared to pony up a steep homeowners association fee.

    That’s because there may be snakes in the area protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which imposes stiff penalties and fines for violating its rules and restrictions. READ MORE...

  • White House Rolls Out Agenda for More Deregulation to Boost Business

    White House Rolls Out Agenda for More Deregulation to Boost Business

    President Donald Trump will continue to target duplicative and ineffective regulations as part of his administration’s “spring agenda,” the White House announced Wednesday.

    Trump’s reform agenda will cut across many areas and top priorities for deregulation include infrastructure development, emerging technologies, and “relief for small business,” a senior White House official said during a conference call coinciding with the announcement.

    The senior official cited Trump’s previous executive order directing all government agencies “to repeal at least two existing regulations for each new regulation issued in [fiscal year] 2017 and thereafter.” In many ways, the official said, the administration’s spring agenda is an extension of that order. READ MORE...

  • The Connection Between Russia and 2 Green Groups Fighting Fracking

    The Connection Between Russia and 2 Green Groups Fighting Fracking

    New Yorkers who are missing out on the natural gas revolution could be victims of Russian spy operations that fund popular environmental groups, current and former U.S. government officials and experts on Russia worry.

    Natural gas development of the celebrated Marcellus Shale deposits has spurred jobs and other economic growth in neighboring Pennsylvania. But not in New York, which nearly 10 years ago banned the process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, to produce natural gas.

    Two environmental advocacy groups that successfully lobbied against fracking in New York each received more than $10 million in grants from a foundation in California that got financial support from a Bermuda company congressional investigators linked to the Russians, public documents show. READ MORE...

  • ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion Amid Moscow's Election Meddling, House Panel Finds

    ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion Amid Moscow’s Election Meddling, House Panel Finds

    Russia directed cyberattacks against U.S. political institutions in 2015 and 2016, but there is “no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” the House intelligence committee has concluded.

    For the past 14 months, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has probed allegations that the government of Russia President Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 elections.

    The House committee explored possible links between the Russians and the campaigns of the two major presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. READ MORE...

  • Russia Uses Facebook to Hurt Pipelines, Other US Energy Projects

    Russia Uses Facebook to Hurt Pipelines, Other US Energy Projects

    Russian agents working to undermine America’s fossil fuel industry use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools to spread propaganda and try to turn U.S. public opinion against domestic energy production, according to a new congressional report.

    The report found that between 2015 and 2017, “an estimated 9,097 Russian posts or tweets regarding U.S. energy policy or a current energy event,” such as approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, appeared on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. READ MORE...

  • Trump Cabinet More Conservative Than Reagan's, CPAC Panelist Says

    Trump Cabinet More Conservative Than Reagan’s, CPAC Panelist Says

    President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is more conservative than President Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet was in the 1980s, a top official with the American Conservative Union declared during a Thursday panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    Addressing fellow panelists and hundreds of conservative activists gathered at the annual conference, Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union, said Reagan’s Cabinet was “not nearly as conservative” as Trump’s is. READ MORE...

  • Stronger Law on Foreign Agents Eyed Amid Russian Ties to Green Groups

    Stronger Law on Foreign Agents Eyed Amid Russian Ties to Green Groups

    Congress appears ready to crack down on individuals and groups who work on behalf of Russia and other foreign nations but don’t fully disclose those ties.

    Legislation toughening requirements and closing loopholes in the 80-year-old Foreign Agents Registration Act is advancing in response to growing concerns that some advocacy groups and lobbyists have been permitted to conceal financial and other connections with foreign governments.

    In a recent phone interview with The Daily Signal, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., who introduced the legislation amending the law, expressed confidence that his bill could clear both houses of Congress with broad support. READ MORE...

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