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Economy Oct 06Trump administration faulted over breaks for oil companies
A U.S. government watchdog agency is faulting the Trump administration's handling of a COVID-19 relief effort that awarded energy companies breaks on payments for oil and gas extracted from public lands in Western states in more than 500 cases.
Politics Sep 14WATCH: Pence speaks at campaign event in Janesville, Wisconsin
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a campaign even in Janesville, Wisconsin as President Donald Trump attended a wildfire briefing in Sacramento, California and a "Latinos for Trump" event in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nation Sep 08Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count
Millions of federal dollars for impoverished Native American communities are on the line in the U.S. census, and tribes are racing to avoid being undercounted again.
Science Sep 04U.S. wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections
Friday's announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would place greater weight on the economic benefits of developments when deciding if land or water should be protected.
Economy Aug 31Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback
The changes finalized Monday will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015.
Nation Aug 24Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic
The AP's findings run counter to statements in late June by Susan Bodine, EPA's assistant administrator for enforcement, who told lawmakers the pandemic was not causing "a significant impact on routine compliance, monitoring and reporting" and that industry wasn't widely…
Nation Aug 20Montana governor presses to remove Trump’s chief steward of public lands
Montana’s Democratic governor asked a federal judge Thursday to take swift action to remove the Trump administration’s chief steward of public lands, as the former industry attorney hangs onto the post despite the White House saying Saturday that his nomination…
Science Jul 31U.S. officials seek limits on what constitutes a ‘habitat’ for imperiled species
The Trump administration is proposing to define what land and water can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals…
Politics Jun 05Trump administration moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections
The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild birds despite warnings that billions of birds could die.
Politics May 29AP report: Top U.S. official misused office to get son-in-law job
Investigators in a report obtained by The Associated Press say a senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get his son-in-law hired at the Environmental Protection Agency.