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A view of Tongass National Forest in Alaska in June 2016. Photo: Sergi Reboredo/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Biden administration said in a notice Friday that it will “repeal or replace” a rule change from former President Trump that opened up a large portion of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to road construction and other types of development.

Why it matters: The rule change was part of Republican efforts during the Trump administration to expand logging operations in the forest, which is one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests, according to the Washington Post.

Context: Road construction in the Tongass National Forest had been barred for about two decades before Trump permitted it and other forms of development and expanded logging operations in a huge swath of the forest roughly three months before leaving office.

  • Environmentalists and members of Alaska’s recreation industry have argued that preventing road construction is a key to preserving the forest, which is also a massive natural carbon dioxide sink, according to the Post.

The big picture: The expected Biden administration move is a continuation of the president's rollback of Trump-era resource extraction and environmental protection policies.

Yes, but: The Biden administration in May defended in the U.S. District Court for Alaska a massive ConocoPhillips oil and gas project approved during the Trump-era.

What's next: The Agriculture Department expects to publish its proposed rule change in August, according to the Post.

Go deeper: The global stakes of Biden's infrastructure negotiations

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Judge denies Trump's request to delay defamation suit

A defamation suit accusing former President Trump of rape will move forward as planned, a federal judge said Wednesday.

Why it matters: E. Jean Carroll sued Trump for defamation after he branded her a liar for publicly alleging that he raped her in the mid-1990s. Trump's legal team had requested that the judge delay the suit while an appeals court determines whether the United States can be substituted as the defendant in the case.

Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

Journalist Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN." Both brothers have denied allegations leveled against them.

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19 — Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate.
  4. World: Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.