Shell's Perdido offshore drilling and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Gary Tramontina/Corbis via Getty Images

The Pentagon this week issued a stern warning to congressional lawmakers about offshore and natural gas drilling in the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, saying it would collide with military training and testing, reports The Hill.

Why it matters, per Axios' Amy Harder: This gives military credence to the Interior secretary's haphazard decision earlier this year to remove this portion from consideration. It will also rankle the oil industry, which was upset at Zinke's surprise move.

The backdrop: Under current law, drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is off-limits until 2022. The Trump administration said earlier this year it’s considering allowing companies to lease drilling rights in that area in 2023 and 2024. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke later reversed course.

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Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

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Eyeing the end of gas-powered cars

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Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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