An unnamed senior Trump official has said members of the administration are working to frustrate parts of the president's agenda to protect the country from his "worst inclinations". In a New York Times editorial, the author said President Trump's "amorality" and "impulsiveness" had led to ill-informed and reckless decisions. Mr Trump labelled the anonymous writer "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony". His press secretary said the mystery writer was a "coward" who should quit. The opinion piece comes a day after excerpts of Bob Woodward's book on the Trump White House suggested that his top officials have been engaged in an "administrative coup d'etat" to protect the nation from the president, including removing key documents from his desk before he has a chance to sign them. read more
Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Monsanto's Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by [Environmetal Working Group] EWG. These new findings come days after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup gave him lymphoma. EWG's tests found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. More than two thirds of the samples had glyphosate levels above what EWG scientists consider protective of children's health with an adequate margin of safety. read more
Rhetoric from Pruitt and Trump indicated that many environmental protections would be rolled back in favor of more "business friendly" regulation. However, Pruitt's ineptitude often resulted in deregulation efforts being blocked by our courts, generally because of Pruitt's "shoddy" understanding of our law. Now, Andrew Wheeler is at the helm of the EPA. Wheeler, a man who shares Pruitt's ambition to decouple business profits from environmental protection, is much more knowledgeable about our law. His approach is more methodical. But, Trump's desire for instant gratification is proving to be a hurdle to Wheeler's methodology. This, in turn, is good for our environment.
The comedian Tom Arnold said he was teaming up with President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, to take down the president in what appeared to be another in a line of signals that Cohen has sent to Trump in recent days. Arnold is working on a Vice show called "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes." It features Arnold hunting for unsavory recordings of the president. The idea for the show was sparked by the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape before the presidential election, on which Trump was heard boasting of groping women. The comedian said of Cohen: "We've been on the other side of the table, and now we're on the same side," Arnold told NBC News. "It's on! I hope he sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams." read more
Thousands of whiskey barrels were sent crashing into a massive heap Friday after a large section of a storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country. About 9,000 barrels used for aging spirits were affected by the warehouse collapse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, said Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding. read more