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Here’s the one industry Trump is keeping afloat during the shutdown — and it may be illegal: report

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Donald Trump’s administration has taken pains to keep the oil drilling industry afloat during the government shutdown over the Mexican border wall — and some analysts say they’re flouting federal law to do so.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, former Interior Department official Matt Lee-Ashley said the administration’s commitment to making sure oil drilling continues during the shutdown is both unfair and possibly illegal.

“The oil industry is still getting business as usual and everybody else is getting shut out,” the former deputy chief of staff at Interior said, “so it’s fundamentally not fair and it may be illegal too.”

Bloomberg noted that while some energy projects have been halted during the two-week-plus shutdown, Interior “is still issuing permits for oil companies to drill wells on federal land and in the Gulf of Mexico” and holding public meetings about potential pipelines in Alaska that threatens endangered wildlife.

Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has used its “oil and gas management appropriations” from 2018 to keep working during the shutdown and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement “is keeping staff on the job to process new permits to drill in coastal waters,” the report noted.

“Can you imagine a fire department in a local community running out of money and then deciding it is only going to serve wealthy houses because it doesn’t have money to cover everybody?”  Lee-Ashley, who now works as a senior strategist at the Center for American Progress, told Bloomberg. “That’s kind of what’s going on here. The oil industry is still able to get the services they want from the federal government, but nobody else does.”

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

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