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Judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species
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Judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections.U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in Northern California eliminated the Trump-era rules even as two wildlife agencies under President Joe Biden are reviewing or rescinding the regulations. The decision restores a range of protections under the Endangered Species Act — including some that date to the 1970s — while the reviews are completed. Environmental groups hailed the decision, which they said sped up needed protections and critical habitat designations for threatened species, including salmon in the Pacific Northwest.Tigar's ruling "spoke for s...
Barack Obama catches up with the boy who asked to touch his hair in Pete Souza’s iconic Oval Office photo
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Barack Obama catches up with the boy who asked to touch his hair in Pete Souza’s iconic Oval Office photo

Former President Barack Obama has had a virtual reunion with a young man whose innocent question in the Oval Office yielded a photo that hung for years in the White House, and for many, touched the heart of the American dream. Five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia meets President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in 2009.  Official White House Photo by Pete Souza "Is that Jacob? It's Barack Obama. Do you remember me?" the former president asks a now-18-year-old Jacob Philadelphia in a video posted on his official website. From the small monitor on his desk, a smiling young man replies: "Yes, and you said your hair would be gray next time." ...