Judge Lifts Biden Administration’s Pause on Oil and Gas Leases

Crediting 13 red states’ claims they stand to lose millions in revenue and thousands of jobs from the Biden administration’s pause of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and offshore waters, a federal judge on Tuesday issued an injunction lifting the moratorium.

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Attorneys General Ask for Further Review of Formosa Plastics Complex

Attorneys general from five states sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday urging the agency to conduct a broader reevaluation of a permit for the operation of a controversial proposed Formosa Plastics site in a predominantly Black community in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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DOJ Memo

A federal judge in Washington ordered the Justice Department to release a memo it prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he delivered his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, finding that the document contains strategic rather than legal advice and reveals Barr and the authors had a “shared understanding” that then-President Donald Trump wouldn’t be prosecuted.

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Tribal Land

Oklahoma’s attorney general asked the state’s top criminal appeals court to rehear a triple murder case after a death-row inmate’s conviction was tossed out based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that the state lacked jurisdiction to prosecute due to Congress’s failure to dissolve the tribal lands the crimes were committed on.

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