<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/government Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:17:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[EPA prepares to dam mine waste in southwest Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/epa-prepares-to-dam-mine-waste-in-southwest-colorado/article/1605711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-prepares-to-dam-mine-waste-in-southwest-colorado/article/1605711?custom_click=rss

SILVERTON, Colo. — The Environmental Protection Agency is studying whether it can close a dam inside a southwestern Colorado mountain to stop the drainage of contaminated mine water into the Animas River.

The manmade dam, or bulkhead, was installed in 2004 at the abandoned Red and Bonita Mine, near the site of the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater.

Some 300 gallons of toxic water are released each week from the site above the town of Silverton. Closing the dam carries the risk of redirecting toxic flows emerging from the mountain through a maze of abandoned mine shafts or natural seeps and springs, The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2ty2HwO).



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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:37:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Four GOP senators say they can't vote for current Republican health care bill]]> http://gazette.com/four-gop-senators-say-they-cant-vote-for-current-republican-health-care-bill/article/1605709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/four-gop-senators-say-they-cant-vote-for-current-republican-health-care-bill/article/1605709?custom_click=rss

Four conservative Republican senators announced Thursday that they opposed the current version of GOP Senate leadership's health care bill as written.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement they're "not ready to vote for this bill." "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor," the senators said.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:33:23 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. on collision course with Syria and Iran once de facto Islamic State capital falls]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-on-collision-course-with-syria-and-iran-once-de-facto-islamic-state-capital-falls/article/1605662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-on-collision-course-with-syria-and-iran-once-de-facto-islamic-state-capital-falls/article/1605662?custom_click=rss

Trump administration officials, anticipating the defeat of the Islamic State in its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, are planning for what they see as the next stage of the war, a complex fight that will bring them into direct conflict with Syrian government and Iranian forces contesting control of a vast desert stretch in the eastern part of the country.

To some extent, that clash has already begun. Unprecedented recent U.S. strikes against regime and Iranian-backed militia forces have been intended as warnings to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Tehran that they will not be allowed to confront or impede the Americans and their local proxy forces.



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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:59:00 -0600
<![CDATA[‘I expect loyalty,’ Trump told Comey, according to written testimony]]> http://gazette.com/i-expect-loyalty-trump-told-comey-according-to-written-testimony/article/1604671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/i-expect-loyalty-trump-told-comey-according-to-written-testimony/article/1604671?custom_click=rss

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey said President Trump told him at the White House “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’’ in their private White House dinner conversation in January, according to written testimony prepared by Comey.

In written remarks submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday — a day before his much-anticipated testimony — Comey said he remembered nine separate private conversations with President Trump. Three were in person and six on the phone.

When the president made his comments about loyalty at the Jan. 27 dinner, Comey wrote that “I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:13:00 -0600