Aug 1, 2017

Expert: EPA superfund cuts could "really hurt the program"

The Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight heard Monday from experts on superfund sites and the risks of President Trump's proposed overall 30 percent cuts to the EPA, and 25 percent cuts to the Superfund program.

  • Katherine Probst, former senior fellow at Resources for the Future: "A 30 percent cut in one year is huge, that is going to really hurt the program...it's very hard to absorb huge cuts quickly."
  • Environmental attorney Steven Nadeau said of the cuts: "Whatever happens we can make it better, and we'll just have to live with it."
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.): "This is the job of government, to protect people, yet we seem to have a declining sense of urgency to deal with this crisis."
  • Subcommittee chair Sen. Mike Rounds (R-Wyoming): 1,336 sites in the country currently identified as "national priority for cleanups" pose "a great risk to human health and environment."

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Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden a Nevada Caucus watch party in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a boost for Biden, who's widely tipped to be endorsed by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday, ahead of this week's South Carolina primary.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: WPA Pool/Getty Pool, Drew Angerer/Getty Staff

The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.