Donald Trump’s five most dangerous attacks on the environment

Trumps administration has pursued cuts in environmental protections that are critical to the health of all Americans Donald Trump is set to hail his administrations environmental leadership on Monday in a speech in which he is expected to declare the US a world leader on the issue. But since taking office two and a half years ago, the US president has been at the helm of an administration that has pursued numerous cuts in rise in greenhouse gases of 3.4% the biggest rise in emissions since 2010. He has also regularly publicly aired his doubts over the existence of climate change previously calling it a hoax, suggesting that the climate could change back again and falsely claiming it was a …

William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong By the early 1990s, the man now dubbed the chief climate change skeptic in Donald Trumps White House had already decided he was uneasy with the science that showed humans were heating the planet. William Happer, the former Princeton physicist now on Trumps National Security Council, was then in charge of energy research under George HW Bush. He asked experts at the Department of Energy to discuss their work with him and was displeased with the attitude he sensed from a climate researcher, according to a story recalled by two of his colleagues. They were not just defensive; they …

Trump wants to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia. Congress must stop him | Mohamad Bazzi

The administration wants to sell $8bn of weapons to Saudi Arabia and UAE and prop up a morally indefensible war On the Friday before Memorial Day, when few Americans were paying attention, the Trump administration announced that it would to block the administration from going ahead with the sales by introducing 22 resolutions of disapproval one for each of the deals cleared by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The effort is led by two unlikely allies: Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey and frequent Trump critic, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who is one of Trumps biggest supporters. The two senators agree on one thing: that Saudi Arabia should face more scrutiny of its actions in …

Siege review: Michael Wolff’s Trump tale is Fire and Fury II fire harder

The follow-up to the first tell-all is a wild ride, stretching credulity and heavily indebted to Steve Bannon. But so is the president Michael Wolff is back and Fire and Fury ended. Once again, it leaves the president bruised and readers shaking their heads. Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Don McGahn. None escape unscathed. As Wolff describes it, Donald Trump calls Kushner a girl. As for his vice-president, hes a religious nut. Why does he look at me like that? Trump asks about Pences beatific gaze. As for Pences wife, Karen? She really gives me the creeps. Steve Bannon supplies a running commentary for which Wolff calls him his Virgil. Like Dantes Inferno, Siege ends on hells bottom rung. Wolffs tale …

Trump wants to give 62 cents of every dollar to the military. That’s immoral | Reverend William Barber, Dr Liz Theoharis and Lindsay Koshgarian

A budget shows our values more clearly than any tweet, campaign speech, or political slogan Donald Trump recently unleashed his dark vision for our nation and our world, in the form of his every taxpayer dollar, in other words, 62 cents go to the military and our militarized Department of Homeland Security. (Veterans benefits take another seven cents.) That leaves just 31 cents for all the rest: education, job training, community economic development, housing, safe drinking water and clean air, health and science research, and the prevention of war through diplomacy and humanitarian aid. The budget also cuts billions from non-discretionary anti-poverty programs outside of this $1tn. an extra $174bn for the Pentagon in plain sight by adding it to …

Paula White: the pastor who helps Trump hear ‘what God has to say’

The head of a Florida megachurch says Trump spent hours seeking advice from God on a presidential run Paula White, er and personal pastor, re-enacted a moment at a private White House dinner last month which would eventually make headlines for showing the presidents hardline stance on abortion. The evening before the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump approached the US senator Chris Coons, a Democrat and Presbyterian, about an expansion of abortion rights in New York state. The law is reviled by evangelicals like White. Trump thrust his face over the Democrats shoulder, so they were nearly cheek to cheek, and said in his ear: So, you can do that to a baby And thats not a human, is it? And …