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Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
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Scott Pruitt’s New Rule Could Completely Transform the EPA

April 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In one sweeping move, the Trump administration may soon not only destabilize the last three decades of clean air and water rules, but also completely overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses science in its work. If EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s recently-proposed rule gets enacted, it will spark a revolution...

Scott Pruitt’s New Rule Could Completely Transform the EPA

April 25, 2018 In one sweeping move, the Trump administration may soon not only destabilize the last three decades of clean air and water rules, but also completely overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses science in its work. If EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s recently-proposed rule gets enacted, it will spark a revolution...

Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Resigning

April 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mark Zuckerberg’s story doesn’t quite line up. For months, the Facebook chief executive has described the 2016 election as a turning point both for him and for the company over which he holds enormous power. The cavalcade of scandals that followed that November—disputes over user data, fake news, and Russia’s...

Scott Pruitt Bypassed the White House to Give Big Raises to Favorite Aides

April 3, 2018 In early March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approached the White House with a request: He wanted substantial pay raises for two of his closest aides. The aides, Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp, were part of the small group of staffers who had traveled with Pruitt to Washington from...

Facebook's Ideological Imperialism

April 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s mostly forgotten now, but for a time, expanding the reach of social networks—making Facebook, Twitter, and others like it as large as possible—was an avowed foreign-policy goal of the United States. That is, at least, what the secretary of state said in the early days of this decade, in...

Shrugging Toward Doomsday

January 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “As of today,” said Rachel Bronson, the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “it is two minutes to midnight.” On Thursday, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock—a symbolic assessment of how close the world stands to total destruction—as close to midnight as it...

Shrugging Toward Doomsday

January 27, 2018 “As of today,” said Rachel Bronson, the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “it is two minutes to midnight.” On Thursday, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock—a symbolic assessment of how close the world stands to total destruction—as close to midnight as it...

Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires?

December 7, 2017 Massive wildfires are raging across Southern California, threatening thousands of homes and cultural landmarks like the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Some of the largest fires were still barely contained by Wednesday afternoon. It’s been an unusually bad year for the state—amid an unusually bad year for the West at...

As Trump Bragged About His Wine, It Was Sold at Shenandoah National Park

November 22, 2017 In September, Bill Snape and his family took the 90-minute drive from their home near Washington, D.C., to the grounds of Shenandoah National Park. It was a trip they had made many times before, but this time Snape was taking it to check out a rumor. He had heard that...

200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline

November 17, 2017 The Keystone pipeline was temporarily shut down on Thursday, after leaking about 210,000 gallons of oil into Marshall County, South Dakota*, during an early-morning spill. TransCanada, the company which operates the pipeline, said it noticed a loss of pressure in Keystone at about 5:45 a.m. According to a company statement,...