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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution on Tuesday, easing restrictions on energy companies that allow huge volumes of natural gas to escape after drilling it from U.S. lands.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday vacated an earlier stay issued in the case of a conservative group fighting against a ruling that it and others like it must disclose their donors publicly.

As a result, the politically active, Karl Rove-run conservative nonprofit Crossroads GPS, and hundreds of other groups like it who’ve raised anonymous money to influence elections, will have to disclose their donors in many more circumstances.

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The sun is finally shining over parts of the Carolinas, but the clearing skies are only revealing the extent of Florence’s wrath. Though the hurricane packed 90 mph (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising rivers. Here are snapshots from the counties hit the hardest:

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Conservative writer Mark Judge, a high school classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who allegedly witnessed the teenage Kavanaugh assault Christine Blasey Ford, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today through his lawyers. In the statement, he claimed “no memory of this alleged incident” and said he does not “wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford’s letter.”

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A senior FEMA official responsible for overseeing the agency’s continuity programs has been suspended as part of an ongoing probe of FEMA Administrator Brock Long’s reportedly excessive use of FEMA vehicles, staff time, and taxpayer dollars, Politico reported Tuesday.

John Veatch, assistant administrator of National Continuity Programs at FEMA, was informed of the suspension without pay last Friday, Politico reported, citing two unnamed government officials, just as the agency dealt with Hurricane Florence’s landfall.

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