other developments


In other news Thursday involving Trump or his administration:

The Trump administration moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades.

Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the administration moved to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much. The proposed regulation from the Labor Department would provide more health insurance options for self-employed people and small businesses, but its success depends on buy-in from insurers, state regulators, plan sponsors and consumers themselves. Some groups already have concerns.

Trump directed his White House counsel to urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. That’s according to a person familiar with the conversation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

With the deadline clock ticking, Trump huddled with Republican lawmakers and invited a bipartisan group to the White House next week to try to work out a deal on immigration. Lawmakers have been trying to come up with a plan Trump will agree to that extends legal status for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the country illegally as children.

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