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With Trump on horizon, Obama rushes to block drilling in parts of Atlantic, Arctic

President Barack Obama used his executive authority to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a move that could restrict oil production indefinitely in those areas. Until now the statute in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act has been used very rarely to preserve marine sanctuaries, coral reefs and walrus feeding grounds permanently. While Obama’s action is likely to be challenged, the lack of legal precedent may ground it in years of litigation under the Trump administration as the statute does not include a provision to reverse it.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley gets laughs at charity dinner

The ex-South Carolina governor spoke at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an event that raises money for impoverished children. Haley joked she was invited because they wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test.