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US Oil Production On Track To Hit Another Milestone

The United States is forecasted to reach another milestone in oil output next month thanks to rising production in the country’s biggest shale formations. The Energy Information Administration (EIA), a government agency that track U.S. energy production, is expecting the country’s seven major shale formations to increase output by 84,000 barrels per day in March. The increase will bring total oil ...

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This Environmental Group Has Sued Trump Over 100 Times

The Center for Biological Diversity is reporting an enormous amount of lawsuits leveled against President Donald Trump since he first entered office. The Tuscon-based environmental organization has filed a total of 106 lawsuits against the White House, according to its website’s “Trump Lawsuit Tracker.” The lawsuits — which mostly target Trump’s environmental and energy agenda — average about one a ...

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Texas Boy Says Adults Called Him ‘Little Hitler’ When He Started Raising Money For The Wall

A young Texas boy faced both praise and ridicule from adults after he opened a hot chocolate stand to raise money for President Donald Trumps’ border wall. Benton Stevens — a seven-year-old from Austin, Texas — wanted to help raise funds for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after watching Trump deliver the State of the Union address earlier this ...

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California Governor Wants National Guard To Help Struggling Pot Industry Instead Of Protecting Borders

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is hoping to pull National Guard troops away from the U.S.-Mexico border to help protect his state’s struggling marijuana industry. Faced with competition from a robust black market, the legal cannabis industry in California has not experienced the growth that supporters had expected. Newsom — who enjoyed hundreds of thousands in campaign donations from the ...

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Stacey Abrams Claims Voter Suppression Is Legal In The US

Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams claimed that voter suppression is legal throughout the country during her speech at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting. “Here’s the thing about voter suppression: Voter suppression is legal in the United States right now,” Abrams said Friday to a crowd of Democrats in Washington, D.C. “We’re used to fighting against enemies that are ...

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Trump Says US Is ‘A Lot Closer Than We Ever Were’ to China Trade Deal

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President Donald Trump on Friday extolled the progress U.S. and Chinese negotiators have made as they work to reach a sweeping new trade agreement. In a Rose Garden speech that largely revolved around his emergency declaration, Trump also told reporters that trade talks with China have been going “extremely well” and that the U.S. is closer than ever before at ...

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Democrats Fundraise Off Trump’s Plan To Declare National Emergency

The Democratic National Committee is attempting to fundraise off President Donald Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency. “[N]ot only will [the president] violate hundreds of years of constitutional norms, he will once again choose to put families at risk with his unsound immigration policies,” wrote Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in an email to supporters on Thursday. “This ...

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Coal Plant To Close Down, Despite Trump’s Pleas

The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant, bucking pressure from President Donald Trump to keep it running. The 7-member board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) voted almost unanimously on Thursday to shutter the remaining coal-fired unit at its Paradise Fossil Plant. Unit 3 of the plant — which is located in ...

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Does the Border Deal Include More Funding for Wall Construction Than Previous Years?

The border compromise includes $1.375 billion in funds to build 55 miles of new bollard fencing along the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  The compromise is a fraction of what the Trump administration originally demanded, earning criticism from GOP and immigration hardliners.  However, the deal still allocates an unprecedented amount of funding for pedestrian fencing along the eastern portion of ...

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Jewish Leaders Approached Omar About Her Anti-Semitism A Year Ago

It was revealed in the wake of Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s most recent controversy that Jewish leaders in Minneapolis had approached her a year ago to discuss her history of making anti-Semetic tropes. “Over the course of about two hours, we shared with her our concerns for things, including language that has references and meanings beyond just the meanings ...

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Butterfly Enthusiasts Ask Federal Court To Halt Wall Construction

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Butterfly enthusiasts, citing a violation of property rights, have taken to a federal court in an attempt to block construction of a border wall near the Rio Grande. The National Butterfly Association, which operates the National Butterfly Center in southern Texas, requested a judge on Monday for a temporary restraining order against wall construction. The association argues that construction not ...

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Stacey Abrams’ Nonprofit Slapped With Its Seventh Tax Lien

A nonprofit founded by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams was slapped with three different tax liens over the past year, bringing the organization’s known total to seven. Third Sector Development, a nonprofit started by Abrams that focuses on registering black voters, was hit with three separate tax liens in the past year for failing to pay state unemployment tax, The Atlanta ...

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More Democratic Governors Join Pledge To Uphold Paris Climate Agreement

Tony Evers of Wisconsin has become the latest of four newly-elected Democratic governors who have pledged to adhere to the goals set out in the Paris climate accord, bucking President Donald Trump’s opposition to the international agreement. Evers will announce on Tuesday his plan to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, according to staffers who spoke with The Washington Post. Evers ...

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California Governor Orders National Guard Away From The Border

In a public rebuke to President Donald Trump, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the withdrawal of most of the National Guard troops currently deployed at the state’s southern border. “We are not interested in participating in this political theatre. I think it is political theatre,” Gavin said Monday in Sacramento as he formally announced his decision, while blasting Trump’s ...

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Fairfax Staffers Resign Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

In what appears to be the latest sign of trouble for Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax following allegations of sexual assault, several of his staffers have announced their resignations. Two staffers on Fairfax’s political action committee and two of his government employees have resigned. Dave Mills and Courtney McCargo, the executive director and fundraiser, respectively, for Fairfax’s We Rise ...

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