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Cubs Can Be Killed in Alaska Dens Under Trump Rule Change

NPS, Fish and WiNPS, Fish and Wildlife to relax Obama-era regulations related to federal lands

(Newser) - Two federal agencies are relaxing Obama-era regulations on wildlife, now allowing for more hunting and trapping at national preserves throughout Alaska. The Alaska Daily News reports that the rolling back by the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service of the 2015 prohibitions will allow hunters to take black... More »

Is 'Starting Gun' on the Ready for a New US Nukes Test?

Sources tell 'WaPo' Trump administration is mulling having one to give US leverage with Russia, China

(Newser) - Back in January, as tensions between the US and Iran were rising, some experts feared President Trump might consider turning to nukes to remedy things. Now, sources tell the Washington Post that the Trump administration has broached the subject of holding a nuclear test, the first time the US has... More »

As Nations Eye Mining Moon, the 'Artemis Accords' Emerges

Trump administration reportedly creates international pact on moon bases, resource mining

(Newser) - The Trump administration is reportedly working on an international agreement that would lay out ground rules for moon bases and lunar mining. The Artemis Accords, named for NASA's new Artemis moon program, proposes having "safety zones" around a country's moon base. "The idea is if you... More »

Chicago Has 'Great Victory' in Fight Over Sanctuary Cities

Appeals court says Trump policy should be frozen nationwide

(Newser) - A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its immigration policies violates separation-of-powers provisions enshrined in the Constitution. The 7th US Circuit Court of... More »

Intelligence Agencies Issue Rare Statement on Coronavirus

They are investigating origins, but don't think it was manmade

(Newser) - It's not often that US spy agencies issue a statement telling everyone what they're working on. But given the competing theories about where in Wuhan the coronavirus originated, and a New York Times report about the Trump administration pressuring the agencies to investigate one of them, the agencies... More »

Trump to Fauci: Why Don't We Let Virus 'Wash Over' Country?

'WaPo' details all the White House's competing task forces to deal with COVID-19

(Newser) - The Trump administration's response to the pandemic is led by its main task force, run by Vice President Mike Pence. Then there's the new Opening Our Country Council, which is charged with reopening the economy. And there's Jared Kushner's shadow group, which apparently jumps in here... More »

Meet the White House's New Chief of Staff

GOP Rep. Mark Meadows will be taking over for Mick Mulvaney

(Newser) - In the midst of one of the most daunting crises of his administration, President Trump on Friday announced he'd made a major staff overhaul, replacing his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. While much of the country was focused on the spreading coronavirus, Trump... More »

Pence: There Might Be 'More Sad News'

Researchers fear the number of coronavirus cases in Washington state may reach 1.5K

(Newser) - The first US coronavirus death, recorded in Washington state over the weekend, is unlikely to be the last. "We know there will be more cases," Mike Pence said, adding that there could be "more sad news" ahead, CNN reports. The vice president is leading the Trump administration'... More »

Trump Loses on 'Remain in Mexico' Policy in Court

Nearly 60K people have been returned to wait for asylum hearings

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily halted a Trump administration policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through US immigration courts. The same court decided to keep another major change on hold, one that denies asylum to anyone who enters the US illegally from... More »

Trump Responds After Barr's Surprise Criticism

President declares the legal right to direct attorney general how to handle cases

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr made big headlines Thursday when he slammed President Trump for tweeting so much about the Justice Department. Barr said those tweets—including the president's criticism of the department over the sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone—made it "impossible" for him to do... More »

Report: Ukraine Wants Money Back From US on 6 More Deals

Kyiv reportedly put down payments on $30M arms, ammo deals held up by US for at least a year

(Newser) - The impeachment of President Trump revolved around a midsummer phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the holdup of almost $400 million in US military aide to the country in its war with Russia. But according to three Ukrainian officials and an ex-US senior official who talked to BuzzFeed... More »

Yovanovitch: Our Democracy Is at Risk

Ousted ambassador urges Americans to 'stand up' amid 'turbulent times'

(Newser) - Marie Yovanovitch feels freer to speak her mind now that she's retired from the foreign service after 33 years, and the former ambassador to Ukraine is doing just that in a Washington Post op-ed. Yovanovitch, ousted in what her colleagues testified was a "smear campaign" against her by... More »

Now Aboard US Subs: a Nuclear Policy 'Landmark'

'Low-yield' long-range missile is first major addition to strategic nuclear arsenal in recent decades

(Newser) - The US military has deployed a new addition to its nuclear arsenal—a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead of reduced destructive power. The so-called low-yield missile has been fitted atop an undisclosed number of Trident ballistic missiles carried aboard the Navy's Ohio-class submarines. The debut deployment aboard... More »

US Bombings in Afghanistan Hit Record High

7,423 munitions dropped in 2019, compared to 947 in 2015

(Newser) - The US dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 than in any other year since the Pentagon began keeping track in 2006. A total of 7,423 munitions were dropped, up from 7,362 in 2018 and 4,361 in 2017, Military.com reports based on data from the US... More »

Water Protections in Place for Decades to Be Gone Within Days

Lawsuits expected to follow rule change under Trump

(Newser) - In the end, government scientists couldn't sway him. President Trump's administration is expected to finalize a change to an Obama-era regulation protecting many US wetlands and streams as soon as Thursday. "More than half the nation's wetlands, and hundreds of thousands of small waterways" will lose... More »

USDA: School Lunch Proposal Is Efficient. Critics: 'Unconscionable'

Department wants schools to be able to cut mandates on fruits and veggies, offer more pizza

(Newser) - Michelle Obama turned 56 Friday, but one unwelcome gift came in the form of a new Trump proposal that would strike further at one of her most well-known initiatives as first lady: healthier school lunches. Per the Washington Post , the Department of Agriculture on Friday released proposed mandates on "... More »

WH Press Secretary Says She Doesn't Need to Hold Briefings

Stephanie Grisham dismisses open letter from predecessors

(Newser) - White House press briefings were once a daily event, but it has been 302 days since the last one—and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham isn't exactly apologetic. Grisham, who succeeded Sarah Sanders in the role on July 1 last year, scoffed at 13 officials from the last... More »

Former AG Holder on Bill Barr: 'Unfit' to Serve

Holder calls Barr's conduct 'nakedly partisan,' 'deeply inappropriate' in 'WaPo' op-ed

(Newser) - Past administration officials are often reluctant to take swipes at their successors, and Eric Holder is no exception—but the former attorney general is now speaking up. In a Wednesday op-ed in the Washington Post , Holder blasts AG Bill Barr for "a series of public statements and taken actions... More »

President Trump Gives Jared Kushner a New Mission

Sources say son-in-law now in charge of border wall

(Newser) - President Trump's son-in-law, whose previous assignments in the Trump administration have included overseeing the Middle East peace process, reforming the criminal justice system, solving the nation's opioid crisis, and overhauling federal bureaucracy , has got a new mission, insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that Jared Kushner is... More »

House Investigators to Perry: You're Up. Perry: Nope

Spokeswoman for energy secretary says he'll only 'partake' in impeachment inquiry if it's public

(Newser) - The first member of Trump's Cabinet has been summoned to testify in the impeachment inquiry on the president—and it looks like he may not be going. A source tells the AP that Rick Perry's House appearance is set for Wednesday, but the energy secretary has already ignored... More »

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