Trump eyes Erik Prince plan to privatize U.S. war in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said. Prince’s idea, which first surfaced last year during the president’s Afghanistan strategy review, envisions…

US interior secretary’s school friend blocking climate research, scientists…

Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that the Trump administration is holding up research funding as their projects undergo an unprecedented political review by the high-school football teammate of the US interior secretary. The US interior department administers over $5.5bn in funding to external organizations, mostly for research, conservation and land acquisition. At…

Watchdog calls for investigation into Wilbur Ross’ financial dealings

A nonpartisan watchdog has accused U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross of violating conflict-of-interest laws as well as statutes governing false statements and omissions — and is asking the department’s inspector general to investigate. The 115-page complaint by the Campaign Legal Center cites reporting by the Center for Public Integrity and several other news organizations in…