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Trump’s EPA blows off New York Times’ request for information: ‘You would never write a fair piece’

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EPA AdministratorScott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

More and more, President Donald Trump’s administration appears to believe that it is above media scrutiny — or at least beyond the reach of press whose agenda doesn’t include puffing up the president.

The New York Times on Saturday published an article about how recently hired industry insiders are loosening the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s rules on multiple poisons including agents that are known to cause birth defects, cancers and immune disorders.

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Career scientists and longstanding EPA employees are horrified and attempting to warn the public, even as Trump appointees prepare to give manufacturers, energy companies and chemical conglomerates carte blanche to release some 80,000 toxic chemicals into the air, water and soil.

However, when the Times contacted the agency for more information, spokeswoman Liz Bowman gave a response worthy of now-ousted Fox News attack dog PR flack Irena Briganti.

“No matter how much information we give you, you would never write a fair piece,” Bowman said in an email. “The only thing inappropriate and biased is your continued fixation on writing elitist clickbait trying to attack qualified professionals committed to serving their country.”

Bowman, the Times noted, was an employee of the American Chemistry Council — one of the groups that will directly benefit from loosened regulations — before she was hired by the EPA this year.

The American Chemistry Council came to attention after Hurricane Harvey when a chemical plant operated by the ACC caught fire and burned out of control because unstable toxic chemicals were improperly stored prior to the storm’s arrival.

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Lincoln Project issues lawyer letter mocking Jared and Ivanka’s billboard threat

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The Lincoln Project is staffed with a slate of Republicans using a unique set of ads to bring down President Donald Trump. One of the latest is a billboard in New York City's Times Square, where many tourists often visit when they are in town.

The ad features a photo of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, which prompted the first family to lash out at the organization demanding the billboard be taken down or they would sue for "what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages."

In response to the letter, the Lincoln Project's lawyers fired off a letter of their own:

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Confused Trump can’t stop talking about the new military ‘hydrosonic’ toothbrush missile

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President Donald Trump spent some of his time at his Ohio rally Saturday, saying that under his leadership, the military has developed a secret hydrosonic missile.

There's just one problem: Hydrosonic is a toothbrush.

The Hydrosonic Pro is a Curaprox product that boasts "ultra-fine, gentle CUREN® filaments."Hypersonic missiles are weapons that can travel at 17 times the speed of sound and Navy warships will be outfitted with them. Trump also seems confused about the facts, saying that the missile travels at five times the speed of normal missiles.

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‘Jarring’: PA Trump fans attack polls making so much noise poll workers couldn’t read instructions to voters

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One Pennsylvania polling place fell under a full out attack on those standing in line to vote and trying to cast a ballot on Saturday.

In a Twitter thread, Behavioral Economist Alex Imas explained that while he was casting his ballot on the outskirts of Philadelphia County, PA Saturday, a parade of semis and other cars surrounded the polling place, laying on their horns.

"I arrived just as polling place opened. Short line. Thought I'd be in and out in 20 minutes tops. Even w/ this short line, it took 2+ hours," he explained.

"Then the next Semi followed, then the 3rd," he continued. "A motorcade of semis, jeeps, and a few sedans drove down the road. All honking. All flying Trump 2020 flags. With people yelling out the window. This motorcade snaked around the polling place the entire time I was there (2 hrs)."

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