Trump’s Historically Brutal Budget Eliminates 19 Federal Agencies, Boosts Military

“You see reductions in many agencies as he tries to shrink the role of government,” said White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

President Donald Trump smiles while speaking to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Ahead of its formal release Thursday, the White House unveiled key details about U.S. President Donald Trump's first budget proposal which would gut key departments, going as far to entirely eliminate 19 federal agencies, all in the name of boosting military spending and increasing "border security". While nothing in the budget is a surprise


Trump’s Pick For Labor Secretary Wrote A Deregulatory Manifesto

If confirmed, Andrew Puzder will have power to shape a wide range of regulations that govern unions and employers, many of which are designed to protect workers.

In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump walks with CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Since President-elect Donald Trump's announcement that he will nominate fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to be labor secretary, there's been lots of speculation that the administration could undo worker protections. The single best window into Puzder's thinking may be an obscure book he wrote six years ago. It's a blistering attack on business


No Law In North Dakota Says Oil Spills Have To Be Made Public

The director of its Mineral Resources department doesn’t think there should be, either.

A September oil pipeline spill is calling into question North Dakota’s lack of disclosure laws, which have allowed nearly 300 spills in the last few years to go unreported in the burgeoning oil state. In 2012 and 2013, roughly 300 pipeline spills in the state went unreported, according to an Associated Press report that also uncovered roughly 750


Officials Investigating Texas Chemical Plant Explosion Find Lax Regulations

A federal agency investigating an explosion at a fertilizer plant reported outdated rules that are far weaker than those of other countries.

HOUSTON — A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant told a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries. The U.S Chemical Safety Board is the first


Obama Administration Cans Wall Street Regulator Who Pushed For More Oversight

Wall Street fiercely opposes a proposed CFTF rule that would extend regulations on derivative swapping.

The Obama Administration is quietly firing Commodity Futures Trading Commission head Gary Gensler, who ran afoul of big banks by pushing for greater government oversight. The ouster comes in the midst of controversy over a proposed CFTF rule, strongly supported by Gensler, that would extend U.S. regulation to swaps -- a kind of derivative