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Forest Service head stepping down amid sexual misconduct allegations

Tony Tooke, chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Screengrab from USDA's YouTube channel

Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Tony Tooke has resigned Wednesday from the agency amid allegations of sexual misconduct and an internal probe into his behavior, PBS NewsHour reports.

The details: Tooke reportedly wrote in an email to staff that his retirement was effective immediately. PBS NewsHour said this comes after a report it aired uncovered a widespread culture of sexual harassment in the agency and retaliation against those who reported about it. The Agriculture Department had confirmed last week it had “engaged an independent investigator” to investigate claims about Tooke’s behavior, per PBS NewsHour, which said he had relationships with subordinates before he became chief.

Dan Primack 2 hours ago
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Why the stock markets are tanking

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Stock markets are down sharply on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average off around 1.5% as of noon.

Three key drivers: Tariffs, inter-bank lending rates and Facebook's troubles.

Caitlin Owens 3 hours ago
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How Congress missed yet another chance for an immigration deal

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Congressional leaders with President Trump. Photo: Olivier Douliery - Pool / Getty Images

Here are the proposals Congressional leaders and the White House traded over the past week to give at least temporary protections to Dreamers as part of a giant spending bill. The sides ultimately couldn't come to agreement and the issue remains unresolved.

Why it matters: After all of the fighting over President Trump's decision to end DACA — including a government shutdown over it — the White House and Congress ended up with nothing. The issue is currently tied up in the courts. And though both sides agree it's better to give Dreamers more certainty over their future, they just can't agree how to do it.