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8.31.2015 4:00 AM

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8.30.2015 9:00 PM

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8.30.2015 4:00 AM

C2 Above the Fold

 

EPA Has Gone Too Far — Rein It In, Or Get Rid Of It

Regulation: A federal judge has once again slapped down the Environmental Protection Agency, this time for its attempt to seize control of virtually all water, anywhere in America. Is there no end to the EPA's overreach?

Judge Ralph Erickson minced no words in condemning the EPA's attempt to control much of America's privately held land by regulating the water on it, calling the EPA regulation "inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoning process."

Erickson issued an injunction in the 13 states that sued. But the EPA, never one to give up a power grab, says it will impose its rule on the rest of us anyway.

Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA has regulatory power over "navigable" waters and any tributary to those waters. The EPA has stretched that definition to the breaking point, essentially saying if a piece of land is wet, it's the EPA's to regulate as it sees fit.

"The rule asserts jurisdiction over waters that are remote and intermittent waters," Erickson wrote in his injunction. "No evidence actually points to how these ... wetlands have any nexus to a navigable-in-fact water." The EPA interpretation would lead to private land owners having to ask permission from the government to do anything. It would give the EPA sweeping control over almost all private land in America.

This abuse by the Obama administration of its regulatory powers isn't an isolated incident. It's a pattern.

In June 2014, the Supreme Court blocked Obama's EPA from implementing some of its draconian new rules on CO2 emissions.

In June of this year, the court ruled that the EPA had "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of its new coal regulations.


IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers’ information: Judge

A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose.

It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code.

“This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused, or that government officials made an improper attempt to access that information,” the judge wrote in denying the IRS’s request to close out the case.

The ruling marks yet another federal judge who has ordered the Obama administration to be more transparent when responding to open-records records. The State Department is facing a barrage of orders from federal judges demanding more cooperation in releasing former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails.

White House officials and federal agencies are allowed, under very select circumstances, to ask the IRS for protected information. But the requests must be carefully cleared.


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8.29.2015 9:00 PM

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8.29.2015 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog Edition

 

Texas Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot While Pumping Gas

A Texas sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while pumping gas Friday night in what police called "a very bizarre incident."

The uniformed officer was filling his police car at a Chevron gas station in Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him multiple times, police said at a news conference. After the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect stood over him and shot several more times.


Migrant crisis: At least 200 feared drowned as people smuggling across Mediterranean continues

Libyan authorities are still searching for survivors, a day after two migrant boats carrying 500 people capsized off the country's coast.

An estimated 200 people are missing and feared dead; the bodies of 82 people washed ashore on Friday local time.

Migrant death toll in truck in Austria rises to 71

The victims included eight women and four children – the youngest a girl between one and two years old and three boys aged eight to ten.

Many of the bodies had decomposed, suggesting they had been dead for several days in the back of the air-tight refrigerated lorry that usually carried frozen chicken.

Authorities initially estimated the death toll at 20 to 50, but raised it after towing the truck to a refrigerated warehouse and counting the bodies.


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8.28.2015 9:00 PM

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8.28.2015 4:00 AM

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8.27.2015 9:00 PM

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8.27.2015 4:00 AM

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8.26.2015 9:00 PM

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