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S. Carolina state rep. Chris Corley resigns; faces domestic violence charge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina state lawmaker accused of beating his wife bloody resigned on Tuesday rather than be expelled from the Statehouse. Rep. Chris Corley still faces a felony aggravated domestic violence charge that could put him in prison for up to 20 years.

House Speaker Jay Lucas read Corley's one-sentence resignation letter to his colleagues, which came as he was preparing to introduce legislation forcing Corley from his House seat.

"I am grateful that the House did not have to take such extraordinary measures," said Lucas, R-Hartsville.

While the state constitution gives the House authority to remove a member for disorderly conduct, the House hasn't expelled one of its own since the 1870s, according to the speaker's office.



Toon- The View From Trump Tower

Trump bans EPA employees from giving social media updates

Source: The Hill

President Trump has banned employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from giving social media updates and speaking with reporters, according to The Associated Press.

The EPA ban comes amid other reports of agency staff being restricted from interacting the members of the Congress or the general public.

BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that the Department of Agriculture instituted a similar ban, telling its employees not to distribute information about research papers or to post on Twitter under the agency's name. A Tuesday report in the Huffington Post said agency employees under the Department of Health and Human Services were told not to speak to public officials.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to comment on the reports, saying that he wasn't familiar yet with the specific reported bans. But Spicer said it was natural for a new administration to reconsider agency operations.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/315876-trump-bans-epa-employees-from-giving-social-media-updates

Note: This is different and more far-reaching than the earlier ban on discussing research findings.

This Modern World Toon: Breaking News

Another part of Idiocracy comes true

Remember Ow! My Balls! ???


USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump

Source: Buzzfeed

The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.

According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency’s main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.

“Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” Sharon Drumm, chief of staff for ARS, wrote in a department-wide email shared with BuzzFeed News.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/dinograndoni/trump-usda?utm_term=.thx7eJe2W#.sowNB1BVL

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