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Hen house update

Trump administration continues to add foxes

A summary

The Daily Beast last month examined the extent to which former industry officials have become regulators of their former industries:

Nearly a year since he won election, the president has turned federal agencies over to the private industries that they regulate. And he has done so to a degree that ethics groups say they have never . . .

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November 14, 2017

Maybe we should wait to open the champagne: more on the China/West Virginia “deal”

Sunday News-Register still celebrating

Two front page articles in this morning’s paper continue the reveling following Thursday’s announced $84 billion deal (to be more precise, it was a “statement of intent”) with China. The larger article, with an accompanying picture of a gas worker, takes up almost half of the front page:

Legislators, . . .

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November 12, 2017

The locals cover the China/natural gas story

Are we celebrating too soon?

A very large headline in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer proclaims:

China Making Moves In the Mountain State

The sub-headline tells us:

Deal hailed as major step forward for W.Va.

And the first paragraph gives us the details:

The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s . . .

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November 10, 2017

Documenting the results of Murray Energy's investment in Trump

Headline at Politico: “Trump coal backer wins big under Perry's power plan”

The top story at Politico at 10 AM gives us the details:

A proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to alter the nation's electricity markets would provide a windfall for a small group of companies — most strikingly one owned by coal magnate Bob Murray, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump.

Perry's plan would force consumers . . .

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November 06, 2017

What’s “news” for the Saturday Intelligencer?

Yesterday’s “exhaustive” study by thirteen federal agencies that concluded that humans are the dominant cause of global warming? Or WVU President Gee’s rehashing last Monday of a two-month old study?

Today, on the front page of many U.S. newspapers is a headline similar to this one:

US Report Contradicts Trump Team: Warming Mostly Man-Made

That’s the New York Times headline for an AP article on climate change that begins:

A massive U.S. report concludes the evidence of global warming is stronger than ever, contradicting a favorite . . .

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November 04, 2017

Does Trump deserve credit for the improvement in West Virginia’s economy?

The Washington Post's fact checker looks at the evidence

Here’s President Trump three weeks ago with Sean Hannity:

“One thing that I am very proud of, the state of West Virginia. Last month, it was one of the highest percentage increases in GDP, the state of Texas beat it. And people are saying, wait a minute, West Virginia just came in second. Do you know what that is about? That is about cutting . . .

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November 01, 2017

What's Senator Joe been doing?

Joining with Republicans to approve an extremist anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ circuit court judge

According to Huffington Post:

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm circuit court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who has suggested Roe v. Wade was an “erroneous decision” and called the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty.”

Barrett was confirmed 55-43 to be a lifetime judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for . . .

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October 31, 2017

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