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Op-Ed: Obama's landmark 'climate rule' is dead — Thank you Mr. Trump

President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry, significantly weakening one of former President Barack Obama's key policies to address climate change, the Clean Power Plan.

Op-Ed: US actions may provoke Iran and end up in a war

Washington - The Trump administration seems determined to aggravate its relationship with Iran and may end up provoking Iran into reactions that could result in war.

Trump halts plans for off-shore drilling in Atlantic Ocean

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, a Trump administration official confirms plans are indefinitely on hold for expanding seismic testing and drilling for offshore oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean.

Feds move ahead with oil and gas leases near World Heritage site

U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes.

Trump administration wants more people to work for food stamps

Washington - The USDA has a new proposal that would tighten eligibility for food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and it's tied to unemployment.

Asylum deal with Mexico or no deal? — That is the question

Washington - Mexico’s incoming government denied a report on Saturday that it plans to allow asylum-seekers to wait in the country while their claims move through U.S. immigration courts, a deal the Trump administration has been pursuing for months.

General Motors proposes National Zero Emissions Program

General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles.

Same-sex partners of diplomats must be married to get U.S. visa

On Monday, Donald Trump’s administration began denying visas to same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats — a move one former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations labeled “needlessly cruel and bigoted.”

White House slashes number of refugees allowed into U.S.

Washington - Like a bolt out of the blue, the Trump administration announced on Monday it is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000 - despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year’s cap of 45,000 was too low.

Op-Ed: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Op-Ed, and why?

Washington - The New York Times op-ed supposedly written by a White House insider has almost eclipsed Trump himself. The insider states that the administration is “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations”.

White House plans to get around rule for detaining migrant kids

Washington - The Trump administration officially has a plan to detain families who enter the US without legal status for as long as it deems necessary, and the country will hear all about it tomorrow.

U.S. uses threat of sanctions to kill breastfeeding resolution

Geneva - The Trump administration threatened Ecuador with withholding military aid and "punishing trade measures" — all because the country backed a resolution promoting breastfeeding at the World Health Assembly.

Op-Ed: Fact Check — Did Democrats pass a law to separate families?

Washington - Thousands of children separated from their families at the U.S. southern border are being held in government-run facilities reminiscent of large animal cages. The Trump administration insists the law is on the books - but is it?

FERC — There is no national security risk in coal plant closures

Washington - Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) criticized President Trump’s order to bail out coal and nuclear generators during a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, saying they do not see a national security risk.

Are automobile and truck imports a threat to national security?

Are automobile and truck imports a threat to national security? They could be a threat - as the US Department of Commerce launches an investigation into vehicle imports at the request of President Trump.

Pruitt, Chao to go to California to negotiate emission standards

President Trump has reportedly tapped Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to negotiate fuel economy standards with California.

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration appeal over DACA

Washington - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to get the justices to intervene in the controversy over protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

Canadian solar companies suing Trump administration over tariffs

A handful of Canadian companies that make solar panels have sued the Trump administration over the 30-percent tariffs the president imposed last month on their products.

Trade deficit in Trump’s first year soars to $566 billion

Washington - The U.S. trade deficit in 2017 rose to the highest levels since 2008, hitting $566 billion, and complicating efforts by President Trump to fulfill his vow to reduce the gap.

Nine members of National Parks board quit in protest

Former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles led a mass resignation of nine members of the National Park System Advisory Board on Monday, in a protest over the Trump administration's priorities regarding the national parks system.

Oil and gas industry wants a crack at waters off Florida's coast

President Trump’s administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America’s offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon - the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. to promote coal as a solution to climate change at COP23

Bonn - A major UN meeting, officially known as the COP23, begins on Monday in Bonn, Germany. However, plans by the Trump administration to promote coal as a solution to climate change has angered many who will be attending the climate meeting.

EPA proposes repeal of Obama-era 'Clean Power Plan'

Washington - The Trump administration and EPA chief Scott Pruitt figure there must be more than one way to skin a cat, so they have decided to try another tactic in gutting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech going nowhere

The technology that gives driverless vehicles the ability to see around corners and other "super powers" won't be on the first autonomous vehicles to hit the roads in the next few years.

The White House asked tech giants to help it digitally transform

The White House asked the U.S. tech giants to help federal agencies digitally transform during a private call held last week. The Trump administration is seeking advice from the private sector on how it can make better use of modern technology.

Trump administration moves to repeal fracking regulations

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has gone ahead with its proposal to rescind the 2015 final rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. The proposal was published July 25 in the Federal Register.

The impacts of slashing science funding can be far-reaching

There has never been an American president as hostile toward federal support of the sciences than Donald Trump. In the six months since he took office, he has drastically undercut science and research efforts by the federal government.

Trump administration quickly OKs first Arctic drilling plan

Eni S.p.A., an Italian multinational oil, and gas company has received federal approval to drill for oil in federal waters offshore Alaska, as President Trump makes good on his promise to make America energy independent.

Trump administration set to cancel entrepreneurial visa program

Washington - The Trump administration has delayed and will probably cancel the entrepreneurial visa program put in place by President Obama last year and scheduled to begin next week. A lot of people, including those involved with tech companies, are not happy.

Op-Ed: U.S. to send about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan

Washington - President Donald Trump recently gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan. Mattis could officially announce the increased troop level as early as next week.
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