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Rick Bowmer / AP

On Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended to President Trump that the Bears Ears in Utah, the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou be reduced in size, the Washington Post reported. Zinke called for a "significant" reduction to Bears Ears, according to the Post's sources, as well as for changes to property management rules, including allowing fishing.

Why it matters: This comes after Trump ordered Zinke to review 27 national monuments established by the past three presidents. The winners from the decision include fishing operators, ranchers and some local Republican politicians who think the nationally protected land is too extensive and restrictive to the public. However, the Post reports that more than 3 million people submitted comments to the department on the review, and the majority were in favor of keeping the protected boundaries.

Zinke said in a statement, "No President should use the authority under the Antiquities Act to restrict public access, prevent hunting and fishing, burden private land, or eliminate traditional land uses.".

1. Bears Ears: Established as a national monument by Barack Obama in 2016. 1.35 million acres in Utah.

The "Moonhouse," one of the ancient sites of the Bears Ears region in McLoyd Canyon, near Blanding, Utah. Rick Bowmer / AP

2. Grand Staircase-Escalante: Established as a national monument by Bill Clinton in 1996. 1.9 million acres in Utah.

The varied terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Boulder, Utah. Douglas C. Pizac / AP

3. Cascade-Siskiyou: Established as a national monument by Bill Clinton in 2001 and extending by Barack Obama. 113,000 acres in Oregon.

Pilot Rock rises into the clouds in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Lincoln, Ore.Jeff Barnard / AP

When this has happened before: Congress can easily change the size of federally protected land, but Presidents have only done so on occasion, and not in the past 40 years. There has been some legal question as to whether the Antiquities Act allows the President to reduce the size of an existing monument at all, or whether it only allows them to establish a new one.

Go deeper with the Washington Post's full piece, here.

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Updated 18 mins ago - Health

2 federal judges temporarily block Biden vaccine mandates

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

The Biden administration was temporarily blocked from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for millions of workers by federal judges in two states on Tuesday.

The big picture: The orders, by federal judges in Kentucky and Louisiana, come one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.

49 mins ago - World

Honduras elects first female president

Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro, of the Libertad y Refundacion (Libre) Party, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday. Photo: Inti Ocon/Getty Images

Former Honduras first lady Xiomara Castro is set to become the country's first female president president, after the ruling party conceded defeat in the country's elections on Tuesday night, per AP.

Why it matters: The democratic socialist and her Libre Party have broken a 12-year run for the conservative National Party, which U.S. prosecutors alleged fostered a "narco-state," note Axios' Latinos' Marina E. Franco and Russell Contreras.

Food delivery "ghost kitchens" face major obstacles

Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The growing popularity of food delivery has given rise to startups that open "ghost kitchens" — kitchens in warehouses or trailers that prepare food solely for delivery and have no option to dine in.

  • But they can come with a whole host of problems.

The big picture: The concept of "ghost kitchens" has been dubbed the next big thing in the future of services, with high profile backers like Uber founder Travis Kalanick. But these kitchens can be hard to run or unsafe.