Author: Tod Hardin

Huge Caterpillar Raid Is Tied to an Accounting Fraud Intended to Dupe Investors Beachhead teams. Top-level appointments still drag, but Trump and Bannon have installed more than 400 people in important mid-level jobs throughout the government, positions that don’t need Senate confirmation or the scrutiny that goes with the confirmation process. ProPublica looked at the hires and found at least 36 lobbyists, a man who graduated from high school in 2015 and a former reality-TV-show contestant who invented a bow and arrow that doubles as a compass, tent pole, walking stick, spearfishing rig and water purification tablet receptacle. These “beachhead team” members are temporary, but many…

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WASHINGTON — A legal fight to clean up tons of chicken manure fouling the waters of Oklahoma’s bucolic northeastern corner — much of it from neighboring Arkansas — was in full swing six years ago when the conservative lawyer Scott Pruitt took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general. His response: Put on the brakes. Rather than push for a federal judge to punish the companies by extracting perhaps tens of millions of dollars in damages, Oklahoma’s new chief law enforcement officer quietly negotiated a deal to simply study the problem further. The move came after he had taken tens of thousands…

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