Open thread for night owls: Scott Pruitt faces review for violating EPA ‘integrity’ policies

New EPA chief Scott Pruitt, who was appointed to the role due to his longtime support for the rights of polluters, was confirmed for his position six weeks ago. He’s already under internal investigation by his own department.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific integrity watchdog is reviewing whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated the agency’s policies when he said in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global climate change, according to an email seen by Reuters on Friday.

Lawyers for environmental group the Sierra Club had asked the EPA’s Office of Inspector General to check whether Pruitt violated policy when he told a CNBC interviewer on March 9, “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

At issue is the EPA’s “scientific integrity” policy, which among other edicts requires that agency “policy makers shall not knowingly misrepresent, exaggerate, or downplay areas of scientific uncertainty associated with policy decisions.” Rejecting one of the key scientific conclusions about anthropomorphic climate change—that it exists at all—would seem to run afoul of those rules.

The EPA Inspector General’s office responded to the Sierra Club on Thursday in an email, saying it had referred the matter to the EPA’s Scientific Integrity Officer, Francesca Grifo, for review.

The Sierra Club sent that letter objecting to Pruitt’s statements approximately two weeks ago. Even if Pruitt is judged to have run afoul of the policy, it is unlikely he would face any repercussions other than a public report stating as such. He is, after all, in charge of the federal employees that would enforce such policies.

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2009—Bipartisanship:

In an article from yesterday’s Washington Post that describes the increasing support among Senate Democrats to use reconciliation to pass health-care reform, is this from Arlen Specter:

But  Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), a moderate Republican, warned that adopting reconciliation would be “a colossal mistake.” Democrats remain two votes short of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate, and Specter is a key swing vote.

“There are those of us on this side of the aisle who have cooperated” Specter said. “I think it fair to say that to misuse the reconciliation process would be a very strong blow against bipartisanship and cooperation. Obviously, it would impede future activity by the Obama administration in reaching across the aisle to get necessary Republican votes.”

Well, this is quite the conundrum, isn’t it? Democrats can either water down the bill to get Arlen Specter’s grudging approval and call it bipartisanship … or they can enact actual health-care reform.

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WrestleMania 33 results: Seth Rollins gets long-awaited revenge on Triple H

Seth Freakin’ Rollins pinned Triple H after a long, extended battle.

Seth Rollins vs. Triple H was a long, convoluted journey, full of many confusing stops and turns. But in the end, at WrestleMania 33, Rollins got the revenge he’s been seeking for many months, pinning Triple H in a non-sanctioned match.

This match was building to a fever pitch for several months, but a wrench was thrown into the plans when Rollins re-injured his surgically repaired knee during a fight with Samoa Joe. Triple H agreed to have the match anyway, as long as Rollins signed a “hold harmless” agreement, essentially making this a non-sanctioned match where anything goes.

Rollins wasted no time taking the fight to HHH, and the match quickly spilled outside the barricade. They made their way back into the ring, and Rollins hit a pair of dives on Hunter before clearing off an announcer table. Triple H hit a DDT onto the table and started waffling Rollins’s bad knee with a chair. He got back in the ring and kept working over Rollins’s leg for a long stretch.

Rollins tried a sunset flip powerbomb on Triple H, but his leg buckled once again, giving Hunter more time to work him over. Rollins found the strength to deliver a buckle bomb to Triple H, the same move that ended Sting’s in-ring career. But Triple H took the move just fine, and the match continued.

After sending HHH to the outside, Rollins nailed a high crossbody off the top rope. After some more brawling on the floor, Rollins hit a frog splash for a two-count. Triple H set up a chair on Rollins’s bad leg and did moves onto it, with his wife, Stephanie McMahon, cheering him on.

Despite that, Rollins recovered and hit a superplex off the top rope, rolling into another suplex for a two-count. But Triple H kept targeting the injured knee, once again nailing Rollins with a chair, before locking in a Figure Four on the floor. While weapons were strewn about, Triple H got his signature sledgehammer, and stalked Rollins around the ring with it. Rollins fought back and both men were left laying on the mat, their energy expended.

Triple H went for the sledgehammer again, but Rollins dropped him with a high kick and picked up the hammer. Stephanie fought Rollins to get the weapon and Triple H used the distraction to hit his Pedigree, which Rollins somehow kicked out of.

Hunter went up top and set up a Pedigree off the top rope, but Rollins back-dropped him and hit the Phoenix Splash for a close two-count. Both men traded several Pedigree teases, before Rollins superkicked HHH into Stephanie, knocking her off the ropes and through a table. Seth Freakin’ Rollins finally hit the Pedigree and got the three count.

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3 times Steph Curry reminded us he was ridiculous on Sunday night

Oh yeah … he’s still pretty good.

It’s been the year of Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James. But ya know what, that Stephen Curry guy is still pretty good! On Sunday night against the Wizards he casually reminded us that he could easily be in any MVP race at any time.

He casually tossed in a no-look layup

He sent Marcin Gortat spinning in circles

He hit his 300th three-pointer of the season

He’s only the second player in history to have two seasons with 300+ three-pointers!

Is Steph going to be MVP this year? Nope. But he’s still got it. The kid is good.

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1st Reflown SpaceX Falcon 9 Soars to Orbit with SES-10 Revolutionizing Rocketry Forever – Photo/Video Gallery

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Billion dollar bet on rocket recycling paid off beautifully when the world’s first ever reflown rocket booster – a SpaceX Falcon 9 – roared off NASA’s historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center and successfully delivered the next generation SES-10 TV satellite to orbit and simultaneously shot revolutionary shock waves reverberating forever across the rocket industry worldwide.

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Socialist whose wife bankrupted a college still lecturing America on college tuition costs

You’ve done nothing but take money from taxpayers your whole life and you have 3 houses. Can I have one of them? https://t.co/xAQribaXRe — Dennis Walker (@DennisWalkerJr) April 2, 2017 Bernie Sanders, (Socialist–3 homes) had some thoughts on the rising cost of college tuition Sunday night: A student who studies hard gets hit with insurmountable […]

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Phantom Dust Re-Release: Here’s The First Screenshot

Microsoft has released the first screenshot from the upcoming Phantom Dust re-release for Xbox One and PC, not to be confused with the scuttled brand-new Phantom Dust.

Posted by Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Twitter (via Gematsu), the image shows that the game is running at 30 FPS. Spencer captioned the image, “Having fun today.” He later clarified that the image was captured on Xbox One, not Project Scorpio. “Thought this was a nice shot,” he said.

As Microsoft Studios GM Shannon Loftis explained at E3 2016 where the game was announced, the Phantom Dust re-release uses assets from the 2004 original. Some “key” parts of the game have been updated, Loftis said, while there is now Xbox Live support for multiplayer.

As for a release date, this hasn’t been announced yet, but Spencer said previously that the game “should ship before E3.” E3 2017 officially runs June 13-15, though the event actually begins sooner, as Microsoft and Bethesda both have briefings lined up for June 11.

The Phantom Dust re-release is an Xbox Play Anywhere title. That means when it buy it digitally on Xbox One or PC, you can play it on the other system at no extra cost. Additionally, all progress and achievements move between platforms.

A sort of hybrid of card games and shooters, Phantom Dust earned an 8.5 in GameSpot’s review.

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