.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal NMSU President Garrey Carruthers answers questions at a House Appropriations and Finance Committee meeting in January. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)Editor’s Note: University president and former Gov. Garrey Carruthers sat down with Journal senior editor Kent Walz to talk about the accomplishments – and frustrations – in his decades of politics, business and public service.As New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers wraps up this stage of a public life that has included four years as governor, a stint as an assistant secretary of Interior and succeeding where many have failed with a start-up health insurance business, he’s looking forward to some down time after “64 years with 30 days … [Read more...] about Face to Face with Garrey Carruthers: ‘Riding for the Brand’
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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.
WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month.The report from Michael Horowitz, the department's inspector general, arises from an investigation he launched about a week before Republican President Donald Trump, who defeated Democrat Clinton in the election, took office in January 2017.In a letter last week to Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Horowitz said his office was "working diligently" to complete the report and expected to release it in May.Horowitz's letter did not offer details of what will be in the report. In a Jan. 12, 2017 letter to five congressional committees, he enumerated 2016 … [Read more...] about Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
THE LIGHTBULB Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee in January. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) First one shoe dropped. Then another. Then another and another and another and another. The controversies surrounding Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's spending and management practices are only growing. But Republicans are divided on what to do about it. Do they back Pruitt, whose mission to roll back regulations is widely popular within the GOP? Or do they condemn the Cabinet official after reports he rented a Capitol Hill condo for only $50 per night from an energy lobbyist and sidelined at least five EPA employees after they raised questions about the administrator's high-spending habits? As lawmakers return to Washington this week, the pressure to take a stand will only intensify. So far, some Republicans are urging him to fight to … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Republicans are deeply divided as Scott Pruitt’s troubles mount
Clinton, Trump and their rivals mentioned Denmark several times during the long campaign. Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/SCANPIX What a long, strange trip it's been. Americans go to the polls on Tuesday in the culmination of what has inarguably been one of the weirdest, ugliest and most divisive presidential elections in modern history. It’s been nearly 19 months since Hillary Clinton announced she would seek the Democratic nomination and 16 months since Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the Republicans. Throughout that span, the campaign has taken endless twists and turns, not to mention the scandals and controversial statements that in a normal election cycle would have all but destroyed a candidate’s chances of winning. And while it can’t hold a candle to the other absurdities of the campaign, there was also the strange fact that Denmark kept popping up again and again along the road to the White House. Yes, tiny little Denmark, with its 5.6 … [Read more...] about Ten times Denmark took the spotlight in the US election