Multiple media outlets report President Donald Trump ordered freezes on new regulations out of federal agencies…and federal employees have been told to stop communicating with the press.
ProPublica reports President Donald Trump has put a freeze on grants and contracts by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Associated Press reports the USDA has banned the release of new releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media content.
The Huffington Post reports EPA employees were told not to blog, post on social media, issue press releases or update their websites.
The Department of Health and Human Services is another agency that has been told not to communicate with the press.
Vox Media reports the ordering of freezes is a standard move — George W. Bush and Barack Obama issued similar orders when they took office.
Vox says this allows the Trump administration to put a hold on new regulations as they prepare for further action.
Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, about climate change. Pruitt believes there needs to be more debate about the cause of climate change.
Donald Trump on Monday officially pulled the United States out of the disastrous TPP deal, a move that deserves some praise. But what most people didn’t realize was that, while Trump threw us a bone, his administration also put a freeze on all EPA grants and contracts, effectively stopping all water quality testing, hazardous waste disposal, and other vital programs for the time being. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
Trump is going to war with the media, and the media seems to be fighting back…for now. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, tells you how the press is holding Trump accountable. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/go
“WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.
In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency intended to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.
He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.
Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where Mr. Spicer scolded reporters and made a series of false statements.”
http://democracynow.org – We turn now to look at President Trump, the media and what the new administration calls “alternative facts.” On Saturday, in his first full day in office, Trump visited CIA headquarters. Speaking in front of the CIA Memorial Wall, he told the agency he had a running war with the media. Hours later, Trump then ordered his new press secretary, Sean Spicer, to hold an emergency press briefing to claim, “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.” Then, on Sunday, Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway, defended Spicer’s demonstrably false statement by saying he “gave alternative facts.” We speak to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, director of “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” and Mark Hertsgaard, investigative editor at The Nation magazine and author of seven books, including “On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.”
http://democracynow.org – More than a decade after the release of the groundbreaking film “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore is back with a new film about the climate crisis, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” On Sunday, Gore was part of a panel moderated by Amy Goodman at the Sundance Film Festival.
http://democracynow.org – President Donald Trump has signed two executive actions today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, two projects blocked by the Obama administration.
“We’re never going to back down,” said Bobbi Jean Three Legs of the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota, when Democracy Now! spoke to her Monday and asked what her message was for Trump.
Above, watch our report from Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival, where water protectors, joined by actor and activist Shailene Woodley, walked down Main Street and linked arms to block the entrance to a Chase Sapphire lounge, in order to protest the connection of one of the festivals leading sponsors to investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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