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Ryan Zinke’s oil lobbyist deputy likely to replace him at Interior — but environmentalists say he’s ‘even worse’

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Newly-resigned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “man behind the curtain” is likely to become his replacement — and is loved by Donald Trump and loathed by environmentalists.

Politico reported that David Bernhardt, the deputy interior secretary and a former oil, gas and water industry lobbyist, is likely to be named acting Interior secretary.

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This move is “already alarming environmentalists,” the report noted, “some of whom had said they might prefer to see a distracted, scandal-plagued Zinke stay in the job.”

Chris Saeger, the executive director for the conservation group Western Values Project, told Politico that “Bernhardt is too conflicted to even be acting secretary.”

“At the very least the American public deserves to know more about the man behind the curtain who is actually running the show at Interior and could soon be fully responsible for managing our country’s public lands, wildlife and natural resources,” Saeger, whose group sued in July for Bernhardt’s communications, said.

In a statement released after Donald Trump announced via tweet that Zinke is leaving the administration, the Alaska Wilderness League claimed that “if Ryan Zinke was bad, his likely replacement, David Bernhardt, is even worse.”

A source close to the administration said that Bernhardt may end up in the role permanently because Trump “has been happy with his effectiveness in running the bulk of the agency on Zinke’s watch.”

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The same source said it may be too “problematic” for Trump to find someone else to run Interior with all the other high-profile vacancies in the administration.

The report noted that because Bernhardt has already been confirmed by the Senate for his role as deputy Interior secretary, choosing him “would be the path of least resistance” for Trump.

Read the entire report via Politico.

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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