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As farmers worry, Agriculture Department will promote trade

As farmers worry, Agriculture Department will promote trade

Perdue said the goal of the new mission area of farm production and conservation "is to provide a one-stop shop for USDA's primary customers: America's farmers, ranchers and foresters". Under the reorganization plan, the undersecretary for natural resources and environment will retain supervision of the U.S. Forest Service. Perdue has also been loathe to accept the scientific consensus on climate change, calling it "a running joke among the public".



Spicer refuses to say whether Trump is secretly recording people

Trump's tweet about tapes referred to three conversations he said he had with Comey . But that sudden break came after he made a number of statements about the timeline and details of Trump's firing of Comey that didn't match Trump's own version of events.



Trump's warning to Comey deepens White House crisis

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern at the timing of the probe, noting the FBI's current investigation into alleged interference by the Russian government in the US presidential election. White House press secretary Sean Spicer later said Mr Trump had nothing more to say on the "tapes" but that the tweet the president had put out was "not a threat" to Mr Comey .



Donald Trump threatens to cancel briefings for 'sake of accuracy'

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised it by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the United States president and Russia's top diplomat. Comey had been overseeing a criminal investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential campaign and potential ties to the Trump campaign.


Energy Secretary Perry says collapsed Hanford tunnel has been filled

Energy Secretary Perry says collapsed Hanford tunnel has been filled

The collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex underscored what critics have always been saying: The toxic remnants of the Cold War are being stored in haphazard and unsafe conditions, and time is running out to deal with the problem.