5 Stories You Might've Missed While Following That Bombshell Book On Trump's White House

January 06
15:44 2018

On Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed a new offshore drilling plan that would open up nearly all U.S. waters to oil exploration.

Environmental groups were not thrilled about the proposal, which would allow oil and gas companies to drill on the Atlantic coast for the first time since the 1980s. Perhaps surprisingly, Republican legislators in some coastal states weren’t happy either.

“I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), a close Trump ally, said in a statement Thursday. “My top priority is to ensure that Florida’s natural resources are protected.”

Read more about the offshore drilling proposal here.

3. Jeff Sessions changed policy, threatening the weed legalization movement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a change in policy on Thursday, allowing the nation’s top federal prosecutors to decide how to handle marijuana cases in states where the drug has been legalized. Because federal law still regards marijuana as illegal, the decision spread uncertainty in the nascent legal marijuana industries in states like Colorado and California.

Representatives from legal-marijuana states on both sides of the aisle denounced the decision.

Read more about Sessions’ announcement on marijuana here.

4. North and South Korea made a plan to talk ? despite Trump’s tweets

On Thursday, North Korea agreed to hold official talks with South Korea next week, for the first time in over two years.

After North Korean leader Kim Jong Un indicated he was open to dialogue in a New Year’s address, South Korea offered talks on Tuesday, after discussions with the U.S.

Later on Tuesday ? in response to Kim mentioning the “nuclear button on the desk in my office” ? Trump taunted Kim on Twitter, writing: “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

On Thursday, Trump took credit for the dialogue between North and South Korea.

“Does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might’ against the North,” the president tweeted. “Fools, but talks are a good thing!”

5. An earthquake shook California’s Bay Area residents awake

Early Thursday morning, an earthquake centered near Berkeley, California, shook many Bay Area residents awake. The 4.4-magnitude quake at 2:39 a.m. local time affected an estimated 9.8 million people around the San Francisco Bay, with some reporting feeling shakes for up to 10 seconds ? though no significant damage was reported as a result of the quake.

Residents took to Twitter in the middle of the night to check if others felt it too:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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