MICHAEL BIESECKER

  • Governor Dec 20, 2018

    North Carolina Officials Previously Investigated Ballot Operative

    North Carolina officials sought criminal charges after the 2016 election against the man now at the center of absentee ballot fraud allegations, but prosecutors didn’t indict him before the now disputed 2018 congressional race, according to documents released Wednesday. The documents detail a two year investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Elections into Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. Elections...

  • Associated Press Nov 28, 2018

    Fox Disciplines Employees Who Set Up Trump Aide Appearance

    Fox News Channel said Tuesday that it is disciplining employees involved in an email exchange with an aide to President Trump’s former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to craft a “Fox & Friends” interview with the environmental chief last year. The emails showed one of Pruitt’s aides suggesting the interview, passing along “talking points” and given the chance by a Fox...

  • Donald Trump Nov 15, 2018

    Manafort, Gates Face Decades in Prison If Convicted on Charges Brought in Russia Probe

    President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates face decades in federal prison and millions of dollars in potential fines if convicted on all counts in a sprawling federal indictment unsealed Monday. Manafort potentially faces up to 80 years in prison, according to a review of the federal charges and the relevant statutes by...

  • Governor Sep 22, 2018

    Florence Flooding Breaches Dam at NC Power Plant, Coal Ash May Spill

    Florence’s floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington, North Carolina power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn’t believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses a significant threat of increased flooding to...

  • New York City Sep 14, 2018

    Beyond Hurricanes, Rising Seas Menace Barrier Island Homes

    Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf. A local handyman, he knew some of those houses might not be there next week. “When Fran came, it tore all these...

  • Associated Press Sep 12, 2018

    Hurricane Could Flood Many Waste Sites, Creating Toxic Brew

    Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster in North Carolina, where waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites could wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Computer models predict up to 3 feet of rain in the southeastern corner of the state, a fertile low-lying plain veined by brackish rivers with a...

  • Governor Jun 22, 2018

    Dems Seek Info About Virginia Facility After Abuse Claims

    Virginia’s two Democratic senators asked the Trump administration Friday for answers about operations at a juvenile detention facility in the state where immigrant children said they were bound, beaten and isolated in solitary confinement. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent to the head of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement questions about the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. The Associated...

  • Governor Jun 22, 2018

    Despair, Hope in Poetry of Immigrant Kids in US Lockup: ‘My Life Has Been a Disaster'

    The young immigrants held in prison-like conditions at a juvenile detention center in the mountains of Virginia express despair. Some cling to pleasant memories from home. For a select few, there is hope. For a handful of immigrants who came to the U.S. from Central America — many as unaccompanied minors — poetry has given them a chance to tell...

  • D.C. Jun 4, 2018

    EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Sought Used Trump-Hotel Mattress, Aide Says

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel, according to testimony released Monday. Millan Hupp’s transcribed interview last month before a panel of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffers marks the first public accounting from...

  • official May 14, 2018

    EPA's Scott Pruitt Demanded 24/7 Armed Security on Day 1: Watchdog

    An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection from armed officers on his first day — a detail that appears at odds with past claims that the stepped-up security measures came in direct response to death threats. EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in letters to Democratic senators...

  • professor Apr 24, 2018

    EPA Chief Signs Proposal Limiting Science Used in Decisions

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tuesday that seeks to restrict the types of scientific studies that regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide and pollution exposure on human health. Pruitt said the change, long sought by chemical manufacturers and fossil fuel companies, would increase transparency in the agency’s decision-making by requiring all underlying...

  • head Apr 24, 2018

    Lawmakers: EPA Security Chief Improperly Runs Outside Firm

    The security chief for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency has been operating an outside consulting firm without proper approval from ethics officials, Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last year tapped EPA special agent Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta to be his security chief and lead his 20-member personal protective detail. Perrotta also is the top executive at...

  • Maryland Apr 23, 2018

    Lawmakers: EPA Analysis Said Pruitt Bug Sweep Was Inadequate

    Internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency say a sweep for hidden listening devices requested by Administrator Scott Pruitt for his office was conducted with shoddy methods and didn’t meet U.S. government standards. The records obtained by congressional Democrats were described in a letter Monday to the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee investigating ethical issues swirling around the...

  • Donald Trump Apr 16, 2018

    Pruitt's $43K Phone Booth Violates EPA Spending Law, Watchdog Group Says

    An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office. The Government Accountability Office issued its findings Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt’s spending.

  • The Associated Press Apr 10, 2018

    Dems: No Evidence of Credible Threats Against EPA's Pruitt

    Confidential security assessments in the Environmental Protection Agency show no evidence of specific, credible, physical threats against Administrator Scott Pruitt, despite claims that an “unprecedented” number of death threats justify his outsized security spending, according to a review by Senate Democrats. Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee wrote in a letter Tuesday that they have reviewed security...

  • Donald Trump Apr 10, 2018

    Facebook Puts Ads on Pages Illegally Selling Animal Parts

    Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth. In a secret complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook’s failure to stop illicit traders using its service for illegal activity...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Picks Dow Chemical Lawyer for Key Role at EPA

    President Donald Trump on Friday tapped a chemical industry insider to run the Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees emergency response to hazardous spills and cleanups of the nation’s most toxic sites. The White House announced that Trump has nominated Peter C. Wright to serve as EPA’s assistant administrator for Land and Emergency Management. Wright has worked as a corporate...

  • lawyer Mar 19, 2018

    Trump EPA Moves to Roll Back More Clean Air and Water Rules

    The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment. The changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency are the latest in series of actions taken over the last year to roll back regulations opposed...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Oversight Committee Wants to Look at Pruitt's Travel Records

    A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA administrator over the last year and whether the ticket was coach, business or first class. Pruitt defended his use...

  • Florida Mar 19, 2018

    Shooting Suspect Was on School Rifle Team That Got NRA Grant

    The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army...

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