Scott Pruitt’s Soundproof ‘Phone Booth’

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Scott Pruitt, EPA, phone booth
Cost of Hiding Business: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt installed a soundproof "phone booth" to conduct secure communications in his office. The original $25,000 price tag increased to $43,000 when installation was factored in. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Ricardo Zappala / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) and Ken Lund / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

UK Study Pumps Breaks on Forecasts for Renewables (Jeff C.)

The future of renewable energy production appears bright, but the Imperial College of London stresses the importance of acknowledging limitations.

Donald Trump Is the New George W. Bush (Reader Steve)

Time to put any doubts to rest that Trump is different from the previous Republican administration.

The CIA Takeover of the Democratic Party (Trevin)

This shocking three-part series on the World Socialist Web Site opens with the claim that “an extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history.”

John Kiriakou Blows the Whistle on Gina Haspel (Jimmy)

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou’s latest piece for the Washington Post: “I went to prison for disclosing the CIA’s torture. Gina Haspel helped cover it up.”

Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? (Gerry)

Studies show it’s a mix of economic, psychological, and political fears. This in the age of supposed racial harmony, pro-gun policy, and a booming economy under Trump.

Don’t Cheer That Tillerson Is Gone (Dan)

His replacement, Mike Pompeo, is vocally anti-Iran and pro-confrontation with China, North Korea, and any other US adversary on the map.

MSNBC Calls Illegal Torture Program Overseen by Trump’s New CIA Head ‘Rough Interrogations’ (Dan)

MSNBC, well-known for its liberal bent, recently referred to new CIA director Gina Haspel’s record of illegal torture as “rough interrogation.”

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