The meme showed the Obamas staring intently at a banana, one of many times they have been compared to monkeys.

Andrew Wheeler touted his time as a career employee at the EPA and his coal-mining heritage, and pledged to act differently from his controversial predecessor, Scott Pruitt.

Several top aides to former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt are leaving the agency, less than a week after Pruitt resigned his post.

Andrew Wheeler has spent decades in Washington, working for the government and lobbying on behalf of industry. Now the low-profile policy expert has a very high-profile political job.

He was facing more than a dozen federal inquiries.

"Additional potential issues regarding Mr. Pruitt have come to my attention through sources within the EPA and media reports,” ethics official Kevin Minoli wrote in a letter to the Office of Government Ethics.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is reviewing whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt retaliated against staffers who questioned his spending and management decisions.

The emails show that Steven Hart and his wife lobbied the EPA to hire a recent college graduate.

Despite his support, Sen. James Inhofe didn't venture a guess on whether Pruitt's job is safe. “We don't have the most predictable president in the history of America,” he said.

After years of failing grades, the latest report card shows each of the bay's 15 regions “is holding steady or significantly improving.”

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