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Trump’s senior environmental nominee busted for plagiarizing her responses to Congress

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On Tuesday, Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee claimed that President Donald Trump’s nominee for the top White House environmental post appears to be guilty of plagiarism more than a dozen times over.

As the Washington Examiner reports, environment and public works committee Democrats said that in written responses to the committee’s questions, Kathleen Hartnett White, who is nominated for to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, gave answers to their questions that appeared to be copied “verbatim” from other Trump EPA officials, including the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt. Those Democrats counted at least 18 instances that appeared to be copied from other EPA officials.

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“We are troubled that it appears you have cut and pasted from the written answers of other nominees in your responses to questions that were submitted to you,” those senators wrote in a letter to White published Tuesday.

Though the Republican majority of the committee advanced White in a party-line vote last month, she has not yet been confirmed by the full Senate.

A former chairwoman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, White’s last employer was the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a group the Examiner describes as “a conservative think tank that has received funding from Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other energy companies.”

Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee staunchly oppose White due to her “views contrary to established science on climate change.”

You can watch an example of those views below, in a video of White discussing “the benefits of CO2,” via the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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Buttigieg blasts Trump ally: ‘I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to two top Trump allies’ anti-gay hate this week by proudly defending his husband and his marriage.

“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor told Fox News Sunday, after laughing them off.

“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg declared. “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging, that welcomes everybody – that’s what the American people are for.”

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C-SPAN caller scorched by Muslim comedian for ignoring Jesus after she rants ‘gays are abomination to God’

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Comedian Dean Obeidallah, who is Muslim, told a C-SPAN caller that Republicans are not following the teachings of Jesus Christ even though they may oppose abortion and other policies advocated by evangelicals.

"I am independent," Pam, who called from Arkansas, told Obeidallah. "I vote according to my conscience of who would Jesus vote for if he were here on Earth. And he would not vote a group of people who believe in murdering children in the womb, on gays, which is an abomination to God, on false gods from other countries."

Obeidallah replied with a lesson on the Christian savior.

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Trump belatedly snarls at media for reporting a portion of his wall fell over — two weeks after it happened

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On what must be a slow news day for President Donald Trump, he took to Twitter on Sunday morning to attack the press for reporting that a portion of his wall on the southern border toppled over two weeks ago -- and then blamed the collapse on "soaking wet" concrete and high winds.

Falling back on his stand-by "Fake News," the president tweeted: "Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall 'fell over', trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured & soaking wet when big winds kicked in. Quickly fixed 'forever'."

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