Trump administration seeks to muzzle U.S. agency employees
By Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has moved to curb the flow of information from several government agencies whose mandate impacts environmental issues since last week, in actions that appeared designed to tighten control and discourage dissenting views. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have seen directives from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public, according to multiple sources. The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research.
Protesters vow to battle Trump's 'poor decision' to revive pipeline
By Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Tribal leaders protesting the construction of a controversial North Dakota pipeline vowed on Tuesday to fight U.S. President Donald Trump's order to revive the $3.8 billion project, calling his decision a "bad move." Protesters have rallied for months against plans to route the Dakota Access pipeline under a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying it threatened water resources and sacred Native American sites. Trump's order instructed the Army and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the decision. The Republican president also signed an order reviving the C$8 billion ($6.1 billion) Keystone XL pipeline project, which was rejected in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama.
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Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Thursday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. Trump's orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. (Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
The Latest: Senator predicts smooth path for VA nominee
The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 6 p.m. The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is predicting a smooth path to confirmation for David Shulkin, President Donald Trump's ...
Trump revives controversial oil pipeline projects
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday revived two pipeline projects blocked by his predecessor on environmental grounds, signalling his determination to undo Barack Obama's legacy. Trump gave a conditional go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline -- which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to US refineries on the Gulf Coast -- and an equally controversial pipeline crossing in North Dakota. Both had been put on hold by Obama's administration.
Idaho man pleads not guilty to hate crime in gay man killingBOISE, Idaho (AP) ? An Idaho man charged with a federal hate crime in the beating death of a gay man pleaded not guilty in Boise's U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
Appeals court denies full hearing in data surveillance caseNEW YORK (AP) ? A federal appeals court said Tuesday it won't rehear a panel's decision letting companies like Microsoft refuse to turn over to the government customer emails stored overseas.