Updated April 18, 2018 By Robert Costa, Sarah Ellison, Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post The phone calls between President Donald Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity's show, Trump's frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he's off the phone, Trump is known to cite Hannity when he talks with White House advisers. The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how Hannity is intertwined with Trump's world — an increasingly powerful confidant who offers the media-driven president a sympathetic ear and shared grievances. The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff. This portrait of the interactions between the president … [Read more...] about Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’
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THE LIGHTBULB In this August 2016 photo, then presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a coal mining roundtable at Fitzgerald Peterbilt in Glade Spring, Va. The company is affiliated with Fitzgerald Glider Kits, which has pushed the Trump administration to repeal tighter emission standards for some freight trucks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Publicly, most congressional Republicans have nothing but praise for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt — at least when it comes to unraveling President Barack Obama's environmental policies. But privately, more than a dozen GOP members of Congress have urged Pruitt not to undo at least one Obama administration regulation. In separate letters sent in March, four senators and 10 representatives quietly called on Pruitt to reconsider repealing tighter restrictions on emissions from a certain type of freight truck. Republicans believe most of Obama's … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Republicans are united behind Trump’s EPA rule changes. Except this one.
Fixer sold snake oil to drugmaker Michael Cohen has worn his selflessness on his sleeve while trying to explain why he fronted the $130,000 hush-money payoff for Stormy Daniels. “I will always protect Mr. Trump,” he said in February. But Cohen was cashing in on Donald Trump, too. Among the newly disclosed transactions that flowed into the shell company he used to pay Daniels was $1.2 million from the drugmaker Novartis. So how did Trump’s fixer make that score? “He promised access to the new administration,” Eric Althoff, a Novartis spokesman, told ABC News. The mark was then-CEO Joe Jimenez, and the entrée Cohen offered was to Trump and his inner circle, according to an account in STAT, a pharma industry trade journal. For the $1.2 million, Novartis said in a statement, it had one meeting with Cohen, determined he “would be unable to provide the services” he advertised, and never went back to him. But it was stuck with the contract. … [Read more...] about Cohen client: He offered us Trump access, and we got suckered
Opinion The Environmental Protection Agency recently granted to an oil refinery owned by Carl Icahn a so-called “financial hardship” waiver. The exemption allows the refinery to avoid clean air laws, potentially saving Icahn millions of dollars. Icahn is not exactly a hardship case. According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, his net worth is $21.8 billion. Over the last four decades as a corporate raider, Icahn has pushed CEOs to cut payrolls, abandon their communities, and outsource jobs abroad in order to generate more money for him and other investors. In 1985, after winning control of the now-defunct Trans World Airlines, Icahn stripped its assets, pocketed nearly $500 million in profits, and left the airline more than $500 million in debt. Former TWA chair C.E. Meyer Jr. called Icahn “one of the greediest men on earth.” No single person has done more to harm America’s working class than Carl Icahn. Not surprisingly, Icahn was a Trump backer … [Read more...] about Robert Reich: The Poor Should Work Harder, But Billionaires Deserve A Break—Right, Trump?
Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. At first, families put the illnesses down to misfortune. But as cases mounted, parents started to ask: Could it be something in the air or water? Their questions led them to an old industrial site in Franklin, the Johnson county seat, that the federal government had ordered cleaned up more than two decades ago. Recent tests have identified a carcinogenic plume spreading underground, releasing Now, families here in a county that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump are making demands of his administration that collide directly with one of his main agendas: the rolling back of health and environmental regulations. On Wednesday, a group examined the government’s slow response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich. — into why Franklin’s toxic plume The group accuses the E.P.A. of “serious mismanagement” and “significant … [Read more...] about A Trump County Confronts the Administration Amid a Rash of Child Cancers
By Stephen Singer Published 3:22 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Photo: Karsten Moran / New York Times 2015 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says the endorsement of the merger by two proxy advisory firms persuaded him to abandon the effort to block it. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says the endorsement of the merger by two proxy advisory firms persuaded him to abandon the effort to block it. Photo: Karsten Moran / New York Times 2015 Icahn abandons effort to block $67 billion Cigna-Express Scripts deal 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Activist investor Carl Icahn is abandoning his effort to block the $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts Holding Co. by Cigna Corp. In a statement on his website late Monday, Icahn said that he had informed the Securities and Exchange Commission … [Read more...] about Icahn abandons effort to block $67 billion Cigna-Express Scripts deal