Ryan Zinke in May a press conference at Bears Ears. Photo: Michelle Price / AP

A uranium company sent a letter to the Interior Department earlier this year urging the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, the Washington Post reports.

The backdrop: President Trump announced on Monday that he would shrink Bears Ears by 85%, cutting more than 1 million acres. Energy Fuels Resources, the uranium company, said the creation of the national monument under Obama could impact  "existing and future" projects. Interior Secretary Zinke has said the decision was "not about energy," though critics have raised the possibility that Trump's move will open the area up for mining.

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.