New Age of Impunity: Trump’s Relentless Attack on Oversight

New Age of Impunity: Trump’s Relentless Attack on Oversight

The Friday night sacking of the State Department’s Inspector General (IG) should send a shiver of fear down the spine of every IG, ethics officer, and oversight functionary remaining in federal service as Trump’s relentless attack on oversight continues with...
Blog: Sliming Lincoln’s Memorial

Blog: Sliming Lincoln’s Memorial

Last Sunday, Interior Secretary Bernhardt ordered the Lincoln Memorial closed to the public so that President Trump could “communicate an official message to the American people” via (what else?) Fox News on the current pandemic.In his curious “Record of...
EPA Should Sit Out Earth Day This Year

EPA Should Sit Out Earth Day This Year

This April 22nd is the 50th Earth Day. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been a part of most every Earth Day celebration since the event was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, it is fair to say that by its recent actions the agency’s...
Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

The still unfolding pandemic has underlined the public health risks that national parks and refuges pose both to the visiting public and their own employees. Over the past few weeks, more than 140 park units have shuttered with more closing every day. For the very...
National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in unevenly evolving situation that is confusing, at best. Unfortunately for all of us, this same stop-start approach is also characteristic of the Trump White House’s overall response to the...