William Perry Pendley was recently re-appointed as acting director of the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Interior Secretary David Bernhardt used his power to extend Pendley’s appointment and once again side-step the requirement of a confirmation from Congress. Pendley was first made acting director in the summer of 2019, and his current appointment will last until January 3, 2020.
Many environmentalist groups have raised concerns about this appointment due to Pendley’s history of anti-public land sentiment.
Sonia Suter of The Baltimore Sun posits that political fallout from recent state laws banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy will result in a Supreme Court that is reluctant to consider appeals to overturn lower courts' decisions that find them unconstitutional — much less reconsider Roe v. Wade.
Patricia Murphy, from CQ Roll Call, outlines five reasons that Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders who were in office when House Republicans voted to impeach Clinton in 1998 are hesitant to begin proceedings against Donald Trump.
Francis Wilkinson of Bloomberg News writes that Democrats can't win impeachment — or the 2020 election — without first winning the war for truth. That, she says, will take consistent, methodical highlighting of Trump's ethical and policy failures. And Mueller's testimony before Congress.
Even if impeachment proceedings are brought against Trump in the House of Representatives, writes Scott Martelle, the Senate is unlikely to convict him, which he says would end up empowering the president. The best way to get rid of Trump, he says, is to vote him out of office in 2020.
Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer is struck by how quickly the fire that severely damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in France has ignited "dueling narratives" regarding the future of the country and the European continent.
Scott Martelle of the L.A. Times, writes that a recent report on the operation of the NRA — which seems to have financially benefited a small group through the intentional misuse of assets, shady deals and unsavory business practices — should cause members to sit up and take note. That is, he stipulates, if die-hard NRA supporters are even capable of objectively appraising the organization.
Eli Lake of Bloomberg News criticizes Trump's attempts at influencing the Russia investigation.
"When a competent and corrupt boss urges subordinates to cross ethical or legal lines, they comply," he writes.