The Brief

White House Briefing With Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt
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EPA Head Defends Oil and Coal

Scott Pruitt told TIME his meetings with energy companies, chemical manufacturers and automakers were with "stakeholders" not "polluters." Pruitt's schedule has been under criticism by environmental groups

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North Korea's Nuke Tests Could Be Changing Its Geology

The North Korean mountain used for the underground testing of nuclear weapons might be suffering from “tired mountain syndrome,” according to experts studying satellite photos of the test site. North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, five of which have been at the mountain

President Trump Meets With Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico

Trump Tax Plan Moves Forward

Republicans muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform." Proposed cuts would add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the coming decade

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The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

The starry spectacle is set to take place between Oct. 20 and Oct. 22, offering a dazzling display that should delight veteran and novice stargazers alike. Here are the best times to watch

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media at the White House on Oct. 19, 2017.

John Kelly Defends Trump's Call to Widow

White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Confirm Raqqa Freed from ISIS

At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces formally handed over administration of the city in northern Syria to a council made up of local officials and tribal leaders

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Here's What Trump's Border Wall Could Look Like

Eight models for President Trump's border wall, each between 18 and 30 feet high, now stand on the border between Mexico and San Diego. Four of the wall models are made of concrete, four of concrete with steel reinforcements, and one is topped with spikes

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Joan Rivers' Fashion Police Has Been Canceled

E!'s long-running series, Fashion Police, will come to an end next month with a special finale featuring its late host and co-creator Joan Rivers. The series began in 1995 and became a staple on the red carpet at major awards shows

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The LAPD Is Investigating Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department has opened a sexual assault investigation involving Harvey Weinstein. The department said it interviewed a victim who says they were assaulted by the Hollywood producer in 2013, but could not provide more details

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Rohingya Refugee Children in Desperate Need, U.N. Says

The UN children’s agency says violence in Myanmar is driving as many as 12,000 children across the border into Bangladesh each week, warning that hundreds of thousands are at risk of waterborne disease in overcrowded and unsanitary displacement camps

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a canvasing event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy, Oct. 19, 2017, in Newark.

Obama Returns to the Campaign Trail

The former President took the stage for his first campaign event since leaving office, a canvas kickoff for Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey. He encouraged people to vote to affect change, but didn't mention President Trump