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EPA chief Scott Pruitt to face Senate panel in August

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will testify before the Senate’s environment committee in August, panel chairman Senator John Barrasso said on Tuesday, where he will face questions about spending and ethics controversies.

Barrasso said previously that he would call Pruitt to testify about Pruitt’s spending on first class travel, use of security detail and connections with lobbyists and industry groups. But he was waiting for findings from reviews into Pruitt’s ethics by the EPA inspector general and the White House. Barrasso’s office said the exact date of the hearing will come later.

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“The hearing will give senators the opportunity to ask important questions and hear about the work being done at the agency,” Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, said in a release.

Pruitt, who repeatedly sued the EPA when he was attorney general of oil-producing Oklahoma over regulations on the industry, last testified on the committee in January. The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the hearing.

Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman


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The term ‘evangelical’ has crumbled into meaninglessness in the era of Trump: professor

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As the evangelical Christian movement began to rise in politics before the 1980 election, there was a fork in the road that forced the self-described "Moral Majority" to make a decision in regards to which candidate they supported: the devout Christian Jimmy Carter, or the divorced Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan.

Writing for the Atlantic, Baylor University professor of humanities Alan Jacobs says it was the Moral Majority's decision to go with Reagan that "inaugurated the affiliation of white American evangelicals with the Republican Party that has lasted to this day."

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Fox legal analyst: Ukraine scandal is ‘far more serious’ than what Mueller dug up on Trump

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Monday told Fox Business host David Asman that President Donald Trump's now-infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a serious case of corruption that cannot be ignored.

Although Asman tried to make the story about the actions of former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Napolitano said that what Trump has done appears far worse than anything the former vice president did.

"This is the most serious charge against the president, far more serious than what Bob Mueller dug or dragged up against him," Napolitano said. "If there was a quid pro quo -- it does appear as though a quarter of a billion dollars in defensive weaponry was held back for a period of time while these... conversations were going on between the presidents."

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