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In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., Native American Caucus co-chair, speaks to reporters about the 2020 Census on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In historic pick, Biden taps Haaland as interior secretary
President-elect Joe Biden selected New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his nominee for interior secretary on Thursday, a historic pick that would make her the first Native American to lead the powerful federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for generations.
In this July 4, 2019, file photo, fireworks go off over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on July 4, 2019.
Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns
President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite health concerns from D.C.‘s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear them.
An old mining operation is seen at Mojave Trails National Monument
US says national security demands easier mining rules
The Trump administration proposed smoothing the way Tuesday for more prospecting and mining of dozens of minerals, including on public lands and even in the oceans, calling them essential to the U.S. economy and security.
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