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Secretary of Defense James Mattis broke from President Trump, who publicly said during his campaign that the U.S. would take over Iraq's oil. He also stood by the press, who lately have been under fire from the president. (U.S. Air Force)

Mattis breaks from Trump vow to seize Iraqi oil

- The Washington Times

Defense Secretary James Mattis is proving to be his own man. On a trip to meet allies in Europe and the Middle East, the former Marine general again broke with his boss in public, telling Iraqi officials the U.S. military would not consider seizing the country’s oil, as President Trump has repeatedly suggested.

Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are publicly questioning new administrator Scott Pruitt's (seated) ties to the energy sector, worried that such links may affect his ability to do the job. (Associated Press)

EPA questions Pruitt’s link to oil, gas

- The Washington Times

Scott Pruitt will take the helm at the Environmental Protection Agency this week facing questions about his relationship with fossil fuels companies and a workforce that, at least in part, seems skeptical about his plans for the agency.

President Donald Trump hands the pen he used to sign H.J. Res. 38 to Kevin Hughes, General Manager, Murray Energy Corporation, second from right, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The president is surrounded by coal miners and members of congress including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., right, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, left, and Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio. third from left, (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump nixes Obama regulations on coal industry

- The Washington Times

Saying he’s keeping the promise he made to coal miners during his campaign, President Trump on Thursday afternoon nixed regulations on the coal industry implemented during the waning hours of Obama administration.

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