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Republican lawmaker vows to roll back regulations on manure storage

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A Republican state lawmaker in Wisconsin this week said that he is seeking to roll back rules on manure storage.

According to The Associated Press, officials with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are working on new restrictions on how close new and expanding farms can place manure to their neighbors’ property lines.

State Sen. Steve Nass (R) on Wednesday accused “DATCP bureaucrats” of not listening to farmers’ concerns about the new regulations. Nass vowed to roll back the regulations on storing manure.

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Advocates for the industry have complained that the rules will end nearly all farm expansion in the state.

But conservationists argue that the manure regulations will help address pollution of wells in some areas of Wisconsin, which have been found to be contaminated with fecal matter.


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White House ‘frantic’ after Democrats tap a ‘gusher’ of information from former Trump Russia aide Hill: Axios

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Appearing on MSNBC early Tuesday morning, Axios founder Mike Allen claimed that sources speaking to his correspondents described the situation at the White House as "tense and frantic" after testimony by a former Donald Trump Russia aide implicated multiple high-ranking officials in the administration.

As Allen described it, Democrats 'tapped a gusher" when they called former Russia adviser Fiona Hill to testify.

"House Democrats tell us that every witness who has appeared before them has bolstered their case against President Trump and they say there's very little contradiction in the testimony," Allen relayed. "House Democrats are now going for the Pentagon -- we've seen this reach into the State Department and the intelligence community."

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NBC attacks Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book as a ‘smear’

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NBC is responding to Ronan Farrow's new book — which claims that the network quashed his reporting on rape accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein to protect Matt Lauer, who faced similar accusations — by dismissing it as a "smear."

This article first appeared in Salon.

In a memo sent to NBC employees on Monday and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim argues that Farrow's upcoming book "Catch and Kill" is a "smear" and "rests on the allegation that NBC’s management knew about and took steps to hide Matt Lauer’s misconduct before his firing in November of 2017." It also dismisses the accusation that the network "squashed" Farrow's reporting into the rape accusations against Weinstein in order to protect Lauer as a "conspiracy theory."

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Trump’s ex-Russia aide said the president used a ‘shadow foreign policy’ to ‘personally benefit’ himself: report

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Fiona Hill, a former top White House adviser on Russia, revealed to congressional investigators on Monday that President Donald Trump conducted policy toward Ukraine for his personal benefit, according to a new report from the Washington Post.

She reportedly said that the president used his attorney Rudy Giuliani to a “run shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvented U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit” himself.

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