* Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis report that our long national nightmare of having relatively clean air and water is coming to an end:

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.”

Speaking at an event in Hazard, Ky., with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt said his agency will publish the new proposed rule Tuesday.

“Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be a signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” Pruitt said.

The 43-page proposal, which was obtained by The Washington Post and other news outlets last week, argues that the agency overstepped its legal authority in seeking to force utilities to reduce carbon emissions outside their actual facilities to meet federal emissions targets. It does not offer a replacement plan for regulating emissions of carbon dioxide, which the Supreme Court has ruled that the EPA is obligated to do. Rather, the agency said it plans to seek public input on how best to cut emissions from natural-gas and coal-fired power plants.

He and McConnell then smeared each other in coal ash and snorted it like cocaine, their bodies aquiver in rapturous joy, while coal company executives looked on in satisfaction.

* Rosalind Helderman reports on a newly revealed email showing the agenda of the Russians who met with Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner:

A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year’s presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer raises new questions about how the key session came together.

The note was written by the Russian lawyer and sent to a music promoter who had helped arrange the session.

It could offer evidence backing up the Russian lawyer’s claims that she was meeting with Trump Jr. solely to discuss a 2012 law despised by the Kremlin that imposed financial sanctions on wealthy Russians as punishment for human rights abuses.

That is the version of events the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has asserted in a series of media interviews since the New York Times first disclosed the Trump Tower meeting in July.

But her version conflicts with explosive correspondence released previously that shows the music promoter told Trump Jr. before the meeting that Veselnitskaya would bring damaging information about Hillary Clinton on behalf of the Russian government to help the Trump campaign.

I look forward to hearing the White House explain how this exonerates them.

* Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe report that foreign diplomats have essentially given up on the American president learning anything or acting like a rational leader.

* Jonathan Cohn explains the president’s new plan to undermine the individual health insurance market and weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions through executive action.

* David Leonhardt suggests that if Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin want to salvage their reputations, they might consider not lying so much about what the administration plans to do on taxes.

* Norm Ornstein takes a deep dive into the Trump/GOP kakistocracy (government by the worst among us) and the layers upon layers of damage it is doing to our country.

* David Bier breaks down the many problems with the administration’s new hard-right wish list on immigration, which is supposed to be attainable by holding the “dreamers” hostage.

* Jennifer Rubin points out that Bob Corker has, crucially, raised the issue of Trump’s mental stability, which makes this something all Republicans need to confront.

* Peter Leyden and Ruy Teixeira explain how California is demonstrating what America’s future could be like.

* The Post’s editorial board records an unusual video pleading for action on gun violence.

* At the American Prospect, I wrote about how when Donald Trump is president, everything’s personal.

* And Matt Flegenheimer profiles Stephen Miller, the most annoying jerk in your high school, who is now setting policy in the White House in all sorts of terrible ways.