Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt reportedly lobbied Trump to fire Jeff Sessions so he could run the Justice Department

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  • Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly lobbied President Donald Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and temporarily appoint him to run the Justice Department.
  • According to a CNN report published Tuesday night, Pruitt wanted to run the DOJ temporarily under the Vacancies Reform Act, which would have allowed him to stay in the post for as many as 210 days. He would return to Oklahoma to run for office.
  • Pruitt reportedly appealed to Trump in the spring and asked to replace the attorney general for 210 days under the Vacancies Reform Act, after which he would return to his home state of Oklahoma and run for office.
  • Trump’s advisers reportedly balked at Pruitt’s suggestion, even though it came around the same time Trump was publicly railing against Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly lobbied President Donald Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and temporarily appoint him to run the Justice Department.

According to a CNN report published Tuesday night, Pruitt wanted to run the DOJ temporarily under the Vacancies Reform Act, which would have allowed him to stay in the post for as many as 210 days. He would return to Oklahoma to run for office.

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Trump’s advisers reportedly balked at Pruitt’s suggestion, even though it came at a time when Trump was publicly railing against Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

Rumors of Pruitt eyeing Sessions’s spot circulated around Capitol Hill earlier this year: “Pruitt is very interested,” a person close to Pruitt said in January, according to Politico. “He has expressed that on a number of occasions.”

In April, Trump denied the rumors on Twitter

News of Pruitt’s request to Trump comes amid a series of scandals involving the administrator. In another CNN report published Monday, a whistleblower claimed Pruitt had kept “secret” calendars to hide “controversial meetings” and phone calls with industry representatives.

Trump appeared to be aware of Pruitt’s alleged actions, but said the administrator was doing a “fantastic job” at the EPA.

“I’m not happy about certain things,” Trump said in June. “But he’s done a fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding. But I am not happy about it.”

Pruitt served as Oklahoma’s attorney general for six year, and prior to that, the Oklahoma State Senate.

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Here's When Criminal Minds Season 14 Premieres! – TV Guide

We finally know when Criminal Minds Season 14 will premiere… and it feels forever away.

Executive producer Harry Bring jumped the gun on an official announcement and tweeted the premiere date Tuesday (July 3), writing, “Criminal Minds S14 premiere date confirmed. Wednesday September 26, 2018. 10pm CBS.”

Season 13 ended on cliffhanger (to say the least) with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) discovering who the mole inside the FBI was and holding her at gun point. At the same time, it was revealed that the cult this mole belonged to had taken Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) hostage, making it impossible to take the shot without sacrificing everyone’s favorite baby girl.

In an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Erica Messer previewed that the Season 14 premiere will have to deal with the fact that two of the team’s major players are effectively sidelined by this stalemate.

“They feel like two incredibly important pieces to our team, who won’t be available if they’re held captive. They won’t be available to help us solve the case, which is crazy,” Messer said. “The challenges we’re coming up with now are, ‘Gosh, if we have two of our MVPs sitting on the sidelines here, what can we do? What clues do they possibly leave behind for us to help find where they’re being held or how we help to solve this case without them?’ It’s one of the first times, I think, we’ve ever been without, truly, truly without the help of both of them.”

Criminal Minds returns Wednesday, September 26 at 10/9c on CBS.

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Criminal lawyer to give a talk — 'Dancing with the Devil' – The Mountaineer

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David M. Crane, an established criminal lawyer and resident of Maggie Valley, will share his experiences as chief prosecutor in The Special Court for Sierra Leone in a talk entitled “Dancing With The Devil,” a story of bringing to justice those that

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I went on a Border Patrol ride-along in one of the most heavily crossed areas on the US-Mexico border — here's what happened

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MCALLEN, Texas — I was in Southern Texas covering the immigration crisis and separation of families for nearly a day when I got word that I had secured a Border Patrol ride-along.

“The Rio Grande sector accounts for about 40% of the apprehensions in the United States,” a Border Patrol agent named Chris Seiler told me as we drove away from the station a few days later. “The McAllen station specifically is about 20% of the entire nation, and we catch about 300 individuals a day just in this 50-mile span of border.”

For nearly five hours last Monday morning, I followed Seiler and another agent, Rene Quintanilla, around as they patrolled on and around the Rio Grande, which separates the US and Mexico.

Here’s what happened:

SEE ALSO: Smugglers, floating bodies, and victims: Border Patrol agents describe what it’s like working in the busiest sector on the border

Seiler and Quintanilla first took me on a boat where I met a few more agents.

For a couple of hours, we drove up and down the Rio Grande, periodically disembarking to walk along the trails. The agents said the boats, which are loud and fast, act as a deterrent against illegal crossings.

Cartels and smuggling organizations often have spotters posted along the river to make sure the coast is clear before they send people across. 

Sometimes spotters even post up in abandoned houses or other structures like the one seen below.

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The Evolution of AJ Cook from McDonald's Commercials to Criminal Minds – TVOvermind

You might not believe it but A.J. Cook started out pretty humbly as a child. In fact she was declared legally blind in the 2nd grade since she had a very severe astigmatism. She managed to correct this however thanks to contacts and thick glasses that helped to correct her vision. In 2007 she went through a surgery that a lens implant was used to correct the impairment. From that point she went on to become a dancer since she’d been doing this since the age of four. She gained proficiency in jazz, tap, and ballet and competed for years before making up her mind at 16 years of age to go on and try acting. She was also a dance instructor at one point and has admitted that if she hadn’t have become an actress she would have been teaching in a small dance studio somewhere by now. She still tap dances, but she’s pretty happy where she’s at in her career.

So let’s see how that evolution from dancer to actor went.

In 1997 she was featured in a McDonald’s commercial.

That’s not too bad of a start really considering that she wasn’t actually working IN McDonald’s and was more of a model/spokesperson for the restaurant chain. Everyone’s got to start somewhere and there are a lot of worse spots to start in than this. In fact starring in McDonald’s commercial would likely seem as though it was a big break for a lot of people since McDonald’s gets some serious attention and people tend to see the commercials on a regular basis. Some folks even find themselves humming the tune that was created some time ago. So A.J. couldn’t have found a much more public commercial to start with since this would allow her to become known throughout the world since the commercials were aired so often.

The Virgin Suicides was her breakout role.

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As Mary Lisbon she was one of the suicidal sisters that rounded out the cast and made this a very awkward coming of age movie that turned out to very depressing and insightful. The whole angle of the film was disturbing in a way since the five sisters were kept under lock and key and were so pent up that they just wanted to get out. But the fact that they were suicidal was kind of unnerving, and the manner in which the boys handled them and their obvious issues was even more so. It paints a strange picture of adolescence that many people felt almost shaken by after watching the film, but it was one of those that managed to spark her career and turn into something that would keep rolling on as she kept going.

Her career then culminated when she reached the cast of Criminal Minds where she became a fan favorite.

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In 2005 she took on the role of Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau on Criminal Minds and people grew to really love the character. Unfortunately in 2010 it was discovered that her contract would not be picked up for season six due to budget cuts. She was allowed to return for two more episodes in order to wrap up her story line. This came on the heels of thousands of letter and petitions that were written to the producers of the show. A.J. also returned for one episode when Paget Brewster left the series. By 2011 however it had been discovered that she’d signed on to reappear for two more seasons, which assuaged the anger of the fans for at least a while.

A.J. has come a long way since her time spent on the McDonald’s commercial and has become a well-respected actress that has won the hearts and minds of many audience members with her various roles. It’s enough to say that she started out simple and became something of a titan during her run, someone that didn’t always seek out the biggest, most influential parts, but was relentless in what she wanted and didn’t quit. She did seem to take it easy at a certain point and not take on too many projects, but this could be attributed to a number of things, chief among them that she might have wanted time to stay at home and raise her family, since she and her husband have two children, both of whom have appeared on the show Criminal Minds.

Whatever the case the act of becoming anyone’s favorite or even becoming a fixture in a show like Criminal Minds means that she hit upon a character and a cast that was there at the right moment and offered her a chance to be something that she was wise not to pass up on. This is the kind of show that could make or break a career and it’s definitely done wonders for A.J. Hopefully moving forward she’ll be seen in even greater roles.

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Better Call Saul Season 4 Teaser: Jimmy Doesn't Need a Courtroom to be a “Criminal” Lawyer – Bleeding Cool News

Did you really think just because he was barred from a courtroom for a year that Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) was going to stop being a criminal lawyer? Then clearly you’ve never watched an episode of Better Call Saul.

If there’s one takeaway viewers can gather from the teaser for the upcoming fourth season of AMC‘s Breaking Bad spinoff, it’s this: Jimmy doesn’t need a courtroom for the kind of “legal work” he’s been involving himself in. Throw into the mix an increasingly cranky Mike (Jonathan Banks); a battling Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and Howard (Patrick Fabian); a scheming Gus (Giancarlo Esposito); and righteous amounts of blood and bullets, and Better Call Saul fans are in for one intense season:

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In Better Call Saul’s fourth season, Chuck’s death catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s (Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer – and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) – in jeopardy. Chuck’s (Michael McKean) death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Patrick Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill.

Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive’s newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It’s a volatile time to be in Gus Fring’s employ, as Hector’s collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos — tearing apart both Gus and Nacho’s well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces.

Better Call Saul returns to AMC for its fourth season on August 6th at 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s a look back at AMC Summit 2018‘s Better Call Saul panel, with some of the highlights that relate directly to season 4 and beyond:

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A Masterclass with Better Call Saul: Take a deep dive into the Emmy Award and Golden Globe-nominated series with the creative team behind Better Call Saul as we approach the new season that follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGill’s devolution toward Breaking Bad anti-hero Saul Goodman.

Moderator: Alan Sepinwall (Chief TV Critic, Rolling Stone)

Panelists: Vince Gilligan, Co-Creator/Executive Producer; Melissa Bernstein, Executive Producer; Gordon Smith, Writer/Supervising Producer; actress Rhea SeehornJennifer Bryan, Costume Designer; Judy Rhee, Production Designer; and Marshall Adams, Director of Photography

● A couple of quick hits for the upcoming season: Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) will stay shuffled off this mortal coil (translation: he’s staying dead); those cowboy boots that Jimmy/Saul wore in Breaking Bad will be making their debut; Bernstein said this about “new characters” making their way to Better Call Saul this year: “We have a couple of new characters that we will be reintroducing to the world. We have Lalo coming our way,” and Gilligan couldn’t stop teasing his excitement over what’s to come:

“I get to sit up here and unabashedly say now that I’m a bit removed, this show is just so damn good. I could never sit on these panels and say that before because it sounded like a jagoff. Season 4 is just so good. Everyone on this panel did such great work. I can’t believe the level of quality on this show. It gets darker, it gets richer. It’s still got has funny in it. God forbid that would ever go away completely. But on the venn diagram of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul… the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger.”

● When asked about Seehorn and what her transition into the Breaking Bad universe was like, Gilligan had nothing but high praise for the actor:

“Rhea Seehorn fits so well into the universe. I can’t imagine the show without her. She can do anything. Comedy, drama, she can make you laugh, she can make you cry. She has fit so well into this world — this universe of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul — that I can’t imagine the show without her.”

● In another raw audio sample from the panel, both Gilligan and Smith went into great detail when Bleeding Cool asked when was the moment in Better Call Saul‘s run that they knew the series was no longer “just” a Breaking Bad prequel but a quality show in its own right:

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