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Trump administration eases more Obama-era oil, gas rules

July 30, 2020, 3:58pm Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies more than $130 million over the next decade. Read story

House votes to end ban on transgender people serving in military

July 30, 2020, 3:45pm Politics

WASHINGTON — The House adopted by voice vote an amendment to the fiscal 2021 Defense appropriations bill Thursday that would effectively bring an end to the Trump administration’s severe restrictions on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military. Read story

Republicans quickly rebuff Trump after his vote delay idea

July 30, 2020, 11:21am Politics

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s suggestion of postponing the November election drew condemnation from Republican officials in the states and on Capitol Hill as they tried to bat away questions their own party leader had raised about the legitimacy of that upcoming vote. Read story

Full appeals court to review dismissal of Flynn case

July 30, 2020, 11:20am Politics

WASHINGTON — The entire Washington-based federal appeals court plans to take up the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Read story

U.S. agents in Portland set to pull back, but tensions simmer

July 30, 2020, 11:19am Latest News

PORTLAND — The Trump administration and Oregon leaders declared victory after it was announced that U.S. agents guarding a federal courthouse during violent demonstrations in Portland will pull back, but it wasn’t clear the agreement will reduce tensions that have led to more than two months of protests. Read story

Trump floats November election delay, but it won’t happen

July 30, 2020, 11:12am Latest News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. The notion drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power. Read story

Stakes rise for virus talks as jobless aid lapses, GDP drops

July 30, 2020, 9:45am Business

WASHINGTON — Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand. Read story

Pompeo says threats to U.S. in Afghanistan raised with Russia

July 30, 2020, 8:44am Politics

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats that Russia poses to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world. Read story

Officials dispute Trump’s claim that military is preparing COVID-19 vaccine distribution

July 30, 2020, 8:44am Politics

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump says the U.S. military has an elaborate plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccine across the country at rapid speed. But defense and administration officials say otherwise. Read story

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s view of flawed election is baseless

July 30, 2020, 8:42am Politics

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s apocalyptic views of voting by mail are baseless, according to research into election fraud and the record. Despite that, he’s now floated the idea of delaying the election until it can be held “properly.” Read story