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 takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds

Sexual health organisations warn women will die if they are forced to seek DIY abortions The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it. The Mexico City policy, dubbed the global gag by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services overseas or counselling women about them. It was instituted by the then US president Ronald Reagan and has been revoked by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican president since. But, under Trump, the net has been thrown wider and pulled tighter than ever. Sexual health organisations have said women …

Trump administration rules health staff can refuse care for religious reasons

New rule reinforces laws protecting conscience rights but ACLU says religious liberty being used to harm communities Doctors, nurses and other health workers can opt out of procedures such as abortions and sterilizations which violate their personal or religious beliefs, under a rule issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. The rule, proposed more than a year ago, reinforces a set of 25 laws passed by Congress that protect conscience rights in healthcare, HHS said. Those laws allow health providers and entities to opt out of providing, participating in, paying for or referring for healthcare services that they have personal or religious objections to, HHS said. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce …

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 …