Outgoing US Interior secretary defends legacy as he leaves
Friday, 4 January 2019 During almost two years overseeing an agency responsible for managing 500 million acres of public lands, Ryan Zinke's rollbacks of restrictions on oil and gas drilling were cheered by industry. But they brought a scathing backlash from environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers who accused him of putting corporate profits ahead of preservation.
President Donald Trump said on Monday he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former energy lobbyist, to be secretary of the interior, the department that oversees U.S. public lands. Gavino Garay reports.
The Trump administration is pushing the legal boundaries of a government shutdown. Politico reports that in recent days, thousands of furloughed federal employees have been called back to work. Certain..