Jan 10, 2018

Trump backs off plan to allow drilling off Florida coast

Erica Pandey, author of @Work

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

The Trump administration is backing away from plans to allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida after the state's Republican Gov. Rick Scott criticized the proposed moves.

Officials from the Department of the Interior said Thursday that they were floating draft plans to open up the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and revive lease sales in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast, per Axios' Ben Geman.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement that he supports Scott's "position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.

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Humility for forecasters: Jobs shocker is record miss

President Trump speaking in the Rose Garden following the release of the jobs report on May 5, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Economists were projecting that May's jobs figures would show a loss of 8 million jobs and an unemployment rate approaching 20% — Great Depression territory.

The state of play: Instead, a record 2.5 million workers were added, and unemployment fell to 13.3% from April's post-World War II high of 14.7%.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 1,898,401 — Total deaths: 109,137 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
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  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.

Trump's week of viral quicksand

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Stories about President Trump's photo op at St. John's church after peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from the area averaged the most online attention of any issue about the president this week.

Why it matters: Trump's force-over-compassion approach to the demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd had Republican allies backpedaling to keep a distance — and led to a wave of condemnations that got plenty of online traction on their own.