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Trump-backing governor Rick Scott slams administration’s new offshore drilling directive

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, an ardent support of Donald Trump, blasted the president on Thursday over his administration’s latest plan to expand offshore drilling, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Trump administration unveiled a controversial new plan to allow drilling in protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic—a move opposed by state governors and attorneys general, the Defense Department and over 100 U.S. lawmakers, according to the Washington Post.

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In a statement, Scott said the Interior Department’s plan to “consider Florida as a potential state for offshore oil drilling” would negatively impact his state’s natural resources.

“My top priority is to ensure that Florida’s natural resources are protected, which is why I proposed $1.7 billion for the environment in this year’s budget,” Scott, a Republican, said in a statement.

In response to Scott’s statement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to have a “dialogue” with the Florida governor.

As the Tampa Bay Times notes, Scott is expected to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) this year. The Florida senator had an even more forceful response to the Trump administration’s announcement, calling it an “assault on Florida’s economy, our national security, the will of the public and the environment.”

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“This proposal defies all common sense and I will do everything I can to defeat it,” Nelson said.


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Former FBI agent explains why Trump just opened himself to more legal problems

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Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.

Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."

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New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes

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A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.

Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”

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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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