WASHINGTON

Administration easing

offshore drilling rules

The Trump administration is easing rules imposed on offshore oil and gas drilling six years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.

The decision won immediate praise from an offshore drilling group, but environmentalists said it would increase the risk of future disasters.

The changes will take effect Dec. 27.

Panel to release

Russia probe interviews

The House Intelligence Committee voted Friday to release almost all of the transcripts of interviews it conducted as part of an investigation into Russian election meddling the panel concluded earlier this year, when Republicans issued a highly disputed report criticizing the intelligence community's finding that the Kremlin favored President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Republicans and Democrats on the already fractured committee argued over why the panel had omitted five interview transcripts, including those with former spy chiefs James Comey (FBI), Adm. Mike Rogers (NSA) and John Brennan (CIA).

Dems can sue Trump

over foreign gifts

A federal district judge ruled Friday that a group of nearly 200 Democratic senators and reps have legal standing to sue President Donald Trump over allegations he violated the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments provision banning the acceptance of gifts from foreign and domestic interests unless a majority of both houses of Congress consent.

Authorities may gain

power to down drones

An aviation bill Congress is rushing to approve contains a little-noticed section that would give authorities the power to track and destroy drones they consider a security threat, without needing a judge’s approval.

Supporters say law enforcement needs this power to protect Americans from terrorists using drones as deadly weapons.

Critics say it would give the government unchecked power to potentially restrict drone-camera news coverage of protests or controversial facilities.

 

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