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Op-Ed: WH Science office credits Trump with 'ending the covid pandemic'

In a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said that it considered “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” to be one of President Donald Trump’s major first-term accomplishments.

China threatens to detain U.S. nationals over prosecutions

Chinese government officials are warning their American counterparts they may detain U.S. nationals in China in response to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars.

White House blocks new FDA guidelines on COVID-19 vaccines

The White House has blocked new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines on bringing potential vaccines for Covid-19 to market that would almost certainly have prevented their introduction before the Nov. 3 election.

Shortage of key material puts crimp in medical mask manufacturing

White House officials say U.S. hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the coronavirus, but frontline health care workers, hospital officials and even the FDA say shortages persist, especially for the N95 mask.

Oil and gas permits in national forests just got easier to get

The Trump administration has released its plan to make it easier for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. Forest Service lands. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

Trump's Interior Department is selling off the Arctic Refuge

Anchorage - The Trump administration announced Monday it would open up 1.5 million acres on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling.

World's most trafficked animal gives Trump new way to hit China

A petition from environmentalists to reprimand Beijing for illegally trading in an endangered species could ultimately bar U.S. imports of any wildlife from China amid heightened concerns about the role animals play in pandemics.

Op-Ed: Trump orders hospitals to stop sending COVID-19 data to CDC

The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Trump administration is now set to destroy National Forests

On Friday, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a memorandum - a “blueprint for reforms” -to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. His list of "priorities" will destroy our national forests.

Court rejects bid to revive permits for new oil and gas pipelines

Billings - A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines.

Op-Ed: History will not speak well of government's COVID-19 response

It is obvious to everyone seeking to understand the United States’ response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that there were massive governmental failures of judgment and inaction in January, February, and even March of this year.

White House imposes immigration restrictions on six more nations

Washington - US President Donald Trump has imposed immigration restrictions on people from six more countries, triggering claims from rights groups that he is expanding a controversial policy dubbed the “Muslim ban."

Fifth Pentagon official announces resignation within a week

The departure of Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, a longtime State Department official who joined the Pentagon in 2018, represents the fifth high-level official at the Defense Department to either exit or announce plans to leave the Pentagon this week.

Op-Ed: White House to roll out plan to get cheaper drugs from Canada

President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration will soon release a plan that will allow states to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

Nearly 70,000 migrant children were held in the U.S. in 2019

Nearly 70,000 migrant children were held in the U.S. over the past year, a record high according to government data reported as part of a joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE.

Three automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California

Washington - Three major automakers are siding with the Trump administration in its bid to bar California from setting its own fuel-efficiency rules or zero-emission requirements for vehicles, the companies said in a filing with a U.S. appeals court late on Monday.

California governor blocks fed plan to allow oil and gas drilling

Sacramento - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter the Trump administration's plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

Fired by Trump, 20 air quality experts to issue findings anyway

Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration fired a panel of more than two dozen scientific experts who assisted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its review of air quality standards for particulate matter.

Federal judge blocks logging in the Tongass National Forest

Anchorage - A federal judge on Monday temporarily halted a Trump administration plan for logging in part of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, barring a disputed lease sale a day before bids were to be opened.

Op-Ed: Rollback of clean water rule gives us even more polluted water

Lapeer - It is so very fitting that the Trump administration choose today to sign into oblivion the Obama-era clean water rules. Today, farmers in a Michigan town found out the hard way about chemicals in "biosludge" getting into the soil and water supply.

Trump launches full-scale attack on California emissions rule

Sacramento - The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards in a battle over mileage rules, as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation against five automakers.

Trump administration sued over gutting of Endangered Species Act

Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up Wednesday to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act.

Planned Parenthood exits federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood said Monday it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

The real cost of Trump's rollback of clean car standards

The Trump administration’s push to freeze existing federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards will cost consumers up to $400 billion through 2050 and raise GHG emissions 10 percent.

Automakers defy Trump and strike emissions deal with California

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, setting a national standard, a longtime auto industry goal.

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.
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