Department of The Interior (DOI)

Trump administration rolls back protections for endangered species

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The Endangered Species Act helped save the bald eagle from extinction. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Trump administration finalized sweeping changes on Monday to the Endangered Species Act that roll back protections for at-risk plants and animals and make it easier to delist species.

Why it matters: The landmark act from the Nixon administration contributed to saving the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator, per the New York Times. The Trump administration claims the changes will help reduce regulatory burden on the Interior Department.

Trump administration moving Bureau of Land Management HQ out of D.C.

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The Interior Department is set to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters and more than 1/5 of its staff out west, E&E News reports.

Why it matters: BLM manages over 10% of the nation's land, according to the Washington Post. This move is one of the starkest examples of what the Post calls Trump's push to "shift power away from Washington and shrink the size of the federal government."