In other news, British authorities have identified the nerve agent used to attack former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as Novichok, a military-grade chemical weapon developed by Russia. Skripal and his daughter are reportedly comatose while a local police office is still in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Iowa state Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R) has resigned after being caught literally kissing a lobbyist.
Finally, the EPA's Science Advisory Board is doing no advising according to a report from Scientific American. The board hasn't even met in the last six months.
The board, which typically has about 45 members, is tasked by Congress to evaluate the science used by EPA to craft policy. The full board has not met since August, nor has it had any conference calls or votes. In the past, members would have had multiple interactions during that time period, said William Schlesinger, a board member who is an emeritus professor of biogeochemistry at Duke University.
"I guess the Science Advisory Board still exists; I guess I'm still on it," he said. "I think the answer is maybe they're giving it what we used to call the 'pocket veto': If you don't meet, then the scientists are not a pain, because they don't have a forum."
This guy gets it.