Progressive Briefing for Friday, July 6, 2018

Scott Pruitt resigns from the EPA, grassroots groups demand tech companies cut ties with ICE, a 20-foot-tall Trump blimp gets the okay in London, and more.

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Scandal-plagued Scott Pruitt resigns from EPA, coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler now interim EPA chief

Scott Pruitt, whose tenure at EPA was tarred by corruption scandals and hostility to environmental regulation, offered his resignation yesterday.

The EPA’s new interim administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is a former coal lobbyist, and environmentalists fear he may be a “smarter” threat. Wheeler’s record as a coal lobbyist has drawn immediate scrutiny – as has concerns about his record on ethics.

Employees and grassroots groups demand tech companies to cut ties with ICE and CBP

Technology companies are feeling the heat as grassroots groups demand they end government contracts with federal immigration agencies and stop enabling the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy.”

Companies such as Salesforce, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Dell all have contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

White House taps former Fox News executive For senior communications job

Former Fox News co-President Bill Shine has been named White House deputy chief of staff for communications and assistant to the president.

20-foot-tall Trump baby blimp gets OK to fly over London during President’s visit

On Thursday London Mayor Sadiq Khan decided that flying a 20-foot-tall Trump baby blimp is just one of the “many different forms” dissent can take.

Khan’s Greater London Authority approved a request from a local advocacy group to fly the massive angry baby blimp above a “Stop Trump” march during the U.S. president’s scheduled visit to the United Kingdom on July 13.

‘Large heart and a loud voice’: Pro-labor radio and TV news host Ed Schultz dead at 64

Radio host and former MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz has died. He was 64 years old.

According to RT America—where his show “The News with Ed Schultz” airs on weekday evenings—the pro-labor journalist died from natural causes at his home on Thursday.


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