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30 апреля, 21:23

Taulupe Faletau keeps Bath in play-off hunt with easy win over Gloucester

• Bath 44-20 Gloucester• Lions No8 scores hat-trick of tries Bath have endured a curious campaign but, with one round to go, they are still arithmetically in the hunt for play-off participation. If the odds remain against them pipping Leicester for the fourth and final spot, they showed enough vim and vigour in this six-try demolition of their West Country rivals Gloucester to guarantee European Champions’ Cup rugby next season and confound some of their more jaundiced supporters.A hat-trick of tries for their fit-again Wales and Lions No8, Taulupe Faletau, was the centrepiece of an increasingly assured team performance, a far cry from the Parisian horror show that cost them another date with Gloucester in Friday week’s Challenge Cup final. Interestingly, too, it came after the director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, omitted his Lions centre Jonathan Joseph and picked Rhys Priestland to start at fly-half ahead of George Ford. Continue reading...

30 апреля, 20:13

Florida's Ros-Lehtinen to retire from Congress

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida's longest-serving member of Congress and political godmother to Miami Republicans, is quitting Congress after nearly four decades in office, providing Democrats a prime opportunity to pick up a seat that heavily favors them. “There was no epiphany. There was no moment, nothing that has happened that I've said, “I've got to move on,’” Ros-Lehtinen told her hometown paper, The Miami Herald. “It was just a realization that I could keep getting elected -- but it's not about getting elected.”Ros-Lehtinen denied that her retirement had anything to do with her differences with President Donald Trump. She has long opposed Trump's position on illegal immigration, didn't support his recent Obamacare repeal effort and disagreed with his administration's policies on transgender rights. Ros-Lehtinen has a transgender child. In leaving Florida's newly drawn 27th Congressional District, Ros-Lehtinen almost assured the Democrats will pick up her seat. No Republican-held House district gave Trump a lower share of the vote in 2016 than Ros-Lehtinen’s. Trump got just 39 percent of the vote in the district, while Hillary Clinton got more than 58 percent – more than 5 points better than Barack Obama in 2012, even as Florida shifted into the Republican column in 2016.Ros-Lehtinen, an icon in Miami, beat challenger Scott Fuhrman by 10 percentage points last year. It was her closest race in decades. Fuhrman is running for the Miami-area seat again, but Ros-Lehtinen said she was sure she'd win again. Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Michael Hepburn, both Democrats, also want the seat. Ros-Lehtinen was the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban American ever elected to Congress and, before that, the Florida state legislature. Always tough on Cuba policy, Ros Lehtinen's blend of social moderation and fiscal conservatism allowed her to consistently win elections in Democrat-leaning seats. She succeeded longtime Congressman Claude Pepper, a Democrat. Jeb Bush managed her campaign, and now-Sen. Marco Rubio interned for her at one point. In his first book, "An American Son," Rubio recounted how he drank too much vodka on an airplane during the 1996 presidential campaign and vomited on an operative in front of Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen made light of the story on Twitter. "Unlike @marcorubio, you don't have 2 throw up in front of me 2 get my attention. Just follow my tweets!," she wrote.

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30 апреля, 17:16


THAAD ANTI-MISSILE BATTERY IN SOUTH KOREA KERFUFFLE: National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster said Sunday that the U.S. will indeed pay for the roughly $1 billion THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, amid neighboring North Korea’s repeated ballistic test launches. “What I told our South Korean counterpart is until any renegotiation, that the deals […]

30 апреля, 17:00

McMaster Assures South Korea that America Will Pay for THAAD Missile Defense

Ryan Pickrell Security, Asia Major elements of the THAAD system are moving into Seongju, and the anti-missile system is expected to be operational soon.  The White House national security adviser helped smooth things over with South Korea Sunday after President Donald Trump suggested that Seoul should foot the bill for ballistic missile defense. H.R. McMaster, in a call with his counterparts in South Korea, explained that the U.S. will honor initial agreements and pay for the installation of a U.S. missile shield on South Korean soil, the South Korean presidential office said in a statement. McMaster reportedly reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-South Korean alliance (This first appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation’s website here.) The U.S. is in the process of installing a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea. The decision to boost South Korean missile defense through the addition of THAAD was officially announced last July. The installation process began immediately after North Korea fired off a salvo of four extended-range Scuds in early March. The missile shield is expensive, and the president is not clear on why the U.S. is covering the costs. “I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It’s a billion-dollar system,” Trump told Reuters Friday. “It’s phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky.” The original arrangement was that Seoul secures the land and the U.S. pays for THAAD. The cost of THAAD is estimated to be about $1.2 billion, but there are key reasons the U.S. is unwilling to sell the missile shield to our allies in South Korea. “We want to retain THAAD in our arsenal, consistent with all other U.S. weapons systems deployed on the Korean peninsula,” a Department of State official told Reuters reporters, “We own them. We retain them. We have the right to redeploy them.” Read full article

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30 апреля, 15:48

Nasty New Mac Malware Can Eavesdrop On Your Secure Browsing

Browsing websites over an SSL-secured connection is supposed to assure you that your activities are safe. This Mac malware completely exposes your browsing to cybercriminals.

30 апреля, 15:16

Quotation of the Day…

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet… is from page 66 of Gregg Easterbrook’s 2004 book, The Progress Paradox (footnote added): A few generations ago, to be an intellectual or artist required risk and hardship, often combined with a life of penury.  Today, the Western nations support tens of thousands of tenured professors – the majority assured of a reasonably comfortable […]

30 апреля, 14:29

‘We are sick of him’: Open Russia’s anti-Putin protests

On April 29, people rallied in dozens of Russian cities under the banner “We are sick of him” — aimed against President Vladimir Putin running for another term in office. In some locations, the authorities had sanctioned a march, but in most cities, including Moscow, protests had not been authorized. Organizers invited participants to come to their local presidential reception offices and submit individual letters to Putin asking him not to seek re-election. In the end, the protests ranged from a few dozen to several hundred people, while in the Russian capital around 250 people took to the streets (according to the Interior Ministry’s figures) and no arrests were made. A queue to an office of the presidential administration, April 29, 2017. Source: Reuters Preparations for the event had lasted about a month and involved a number of controversial publicity stunts, yet on the whole the protest attracted a very small number of people. RBTH attended the Moscow rally and spoke to its participants and organizers. Nudity and police searches The first announcement of the "We are sick of him" campaign appeared on social media right after opposition leader Alexei Navalny inspired thousands of people to hit the streets on March 26 to protest against corruption. At the time, Open Russia was still headed by ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has been living in London since his release from a Russian prison. Open Russia actively promoted the hashtag #надоело [Russian for "I'm sick of it all"] meaning sick of "the arbitrariness of judges and the police, corruption, poor roads, and lies on TV," as well as of well-known journalists from national TV channels, politicians, ministers, and the president. Soon after the initial announcement, posters popped up at bus stops promoting the protest and free sweatshirts were handed out — special profile pictures were also created for social media.  The latter prompted a bit of trolling on the part of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also decided to tell the world what it was sick of. (2) И нам тоже многое #надоело ! :)) #надоел pic.twitter.com/3SI6fTjYp6 — МИД России ?? (@MID_RF) 6 апреля 2017 г. (3) И нам тоже многое #надоело ! :)) #надоел pic.twitter.com/3XHJ4tLSjo — МИД России ?? (@MID_RF) 6 апреля 2017 г. The promotion campaign culminated in a picture of a naked female breast, causing social media users to debate for several days "whether it was shameful to advertise an opposition protest with naked tits." In addition, Khodorkovsky quit as chairman of the Open Russia movement, which some users saw as a deliberate surrender, a shirking of responsibility and "a masterclass in 1990s realpolitik." Yet, two days before the protest, Open Russia hit the headlines. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office declared that the London-based organization of the same name was undesirable on Russian territory (now almost any cooperation with the name can be prosecuted, though so far this does not apply to the Moscow-based movement), while Open Russia's Moscow office was subjected to a police search. The new chairman of the movement, Alexander Solovyov, told RBTH that 22 police officers stormed the Open Russia office following a phone tip-off alleging that there were extremist materials stored there. "They told us straight away that it was just an inspection, yet they banned us from using means of communication, did not let anyone in or out of the building, opened all the cabinets, doors, and the safe. They seized some 100,000 blank letter templates [for letters to the president], flags, draft documents, and even took blank A4 paper. And they seized five personal laptops, which was the most outrageous thing. Although that was absolutely illegal, so it was no longer an inspection but a search with confiscation. We did not see any protocols and did not sign them, they were not given to us," Solovyov said. Who will be Russia's next president? He added that Open Russia did not expect arrests during the protest and that its format had been changed specifically for that purpose: "People will simply be bringing written statements to an office that was specifically set up to receive letters from members of the public." Nevertheless, from 09:00 on April 29 morning there was increased police presence in central Moscow, as well as vans with riot police, while the presidential reception office was cordoned off. ‘It doesn’t matter who you support’ Given the month-long publicity campaign that preceded the protest, journalists expected a bigger turnout. However, an hour before the start of the event, there were just journalists gathered outside the presidential reception office. The organizers had asked participants to bring in their letters at 14:00 local time. At 13:55, the first protesters appeared, several of them. One of them asked the way to the reception office. For some reason, the other people present there assured him that "he would not be able to get there since there were police everywhere." Having offered to accompany him, just a couple of minutes later we arrived in the courtyard of the presidential reception office. The police had just checked our bags. ‘My name is Sasha. I've come here just to show my civic position, to say what I'm sick of.’ An activist holds leaflets during an opposition protest, calling for Putin not to run for another presidential term next year, in central Moscow, April 29, 2017. Source: Reuters Sasha is surprised that there is no one here. His letter to the president says that "Russia has become a country in which life is unbelievably difficult, where a pensioner cannot survive on handouts from the state, while young people, even after graduating, have to wait for their parents to die so that they can have a place to live." Submitting a letter takes just a minute: We take the ticket, touch it to the barcode on the door, hand in the letter to a member of staff through a window and leave the way we came. Nobody reads the letter and at no stage is the person who has brought asked to show their passport. "I did not think it would be so easy, honestly," Sasha says. He admits that supporting Navalny or Khodorkovsky does not matter to him, although he would not back the latter: "He himself is a former oligarch and he stole his fair bit in the early 1990s, when state property was being divided. The main thing is that we have a common enemy - a corrupt system.” ‘Do not copy, think for yourself!’ By the time we leave the courtyard of the reception office (at about 14:10) a crowd suddenly appears from the metro onto the narrow pavement (half of them are journalists). They head towards the reception office, but the police swiftly form them into a long queue. Now, handing in your letter will take at least an hour. Yet, people are prepared to wait. Some 40 riot policemen also appear from around the corner. But nothing else happens. On the other side of the road there are those who have not yet written their appeals or who engage passers-by in a political debate. A man, who looks about 40, is writing his letter standing on the side of the road, murmuring: "Chap, you will not run for another term. You yourself adopted that law." His friend is waiting for the pen to become available. Then, after thinking for half a minute, he asks what he should write. Interior Ministry officers detain a participant of an opposition protest in St. Petersburg, April 29, 2017. Source: Reuters “Do not copy, think for yourself!” the 40-year-old one tells the other man, and then immediately starts dictating from his letter. “I demand that you observe the oath that you gave on the Constitution of the Russian Federation. That you remember that the Russian Federation is a federation, that governors cannot be appointed, that those in power should be regularly replaced. That's what you should write!” I ask them who they are. They reply: "The new generation, a free one." After finishing a cigarette, the new generation determinedly walks to the end of the queue. Read more: Will Russia ever revert back to a monarchy?

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30 апреля, 08:59

Warranty work on my VW’s audio system turned into an £1,800 accident repair bill

The car was at the garage when the damage occurred and the insurance firm won’t pay upLast November I left my VW Golf at an east London garage to have some warranty work carried out on the audio system. A day later I got a call from my insurer Bell – part of Admiral – telling me the car had been involved in an accident.Following numerous calls to both the insurance company and the police, Bell told me to pick up my car from the garage – it was driveable, though damaged. Bell staff repeatedly assured me that they would take responsibility for resolving this and getting the damage repaired. Continue reading...

30 апреля, 08:53

Reagan Adviser Slams Trump Rally Speech As 'Most Divisive Ever' From A President

A former adviser to three Republican presidents called the speech Donald Trump gave before a crowd of supporters Saturday in Pennsylvania the “most divisive” he has ever heard from a president. David Gergen, a CNN political analyst who advised GOP Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan — and Democratic President Bill Clinton — said he found the speech “deeply disturbing” with little change from Trump’s bombastic, divisive campaign messages. Trump slammed the press — again ― as “fake news,” vowed to topple Obamacare and promised to build the border wall between Mexico and the U.S. “Don’t worry, we’re going to have the wall,” Trump said at the rally marking his 100th day as president. “Rest assured. Go home, go to sleep.” Gergen said on a CNN panel following Trump’s speech that bringing “your campaign speech into the presidency is something presidents rarely do.” He added: “I think this is the most divisive speech I’ve ever heard from a sitting American president.” He “played to his base,” Gergen added. “He treated his other listeners — the rest of the people who have been disturbed about him or oppose him — he treated them basically as, ‘I don’t care, I don’t give a damn what you think because you’re, frankly, the enemy.’” Gergen added: “I thought it was a deeply disturbing speech.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=590521abe4b02655f83df499,59054eb8e4b02655f83e0206 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 апреля, 01:45

The 25 Best-Selling Cars of All Time

Here are the best-selling cars of all time. These are the cars that have sold by the millions. Many of them aren't the most interesting or fast cars out there, but they appeal to a wide range of people, making them some of the best cars ever sold.

29 апреля, 14:16

Trump boycott puts spotlight on correspondents' chief

Saturday dinner culminates a challenging year for Jeff Mason, the soft-spoken head of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

29 апреля, 12:12

Trump fears 'major conflict' with North Korea

US President Donald Trump says he fears a “major conflict” with North Korea. But he has given assurances that he would prefer a diplomatic outcome and has praised Chinese efforts to seek a peaceful solution. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports Seoul, South Korea. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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29 апреля, 02:00

Introverts Are Redefining Podcast And Career Success

Introverted podcasters are demure yet outspoken, shy yet passionate, private yet public. In her podcast "Hiding In The Bathroom," Morra Aarons-Mele explores what it means to find success in spite of (and perhaps even because of) your introverted tendencies.

29 апреля, 00:07

NSA ends collection of digital communications about foreign targets

The NSA will stop its controversial practice of collecting digital communications that merely mention foreign surveillance targets, the agency confirmed on Friday. In a rare public statement, the NSA said it made the change because of "technical constraints" and privacy concerns about Americans whose data was being collected.The decision comes as Congress is locked in a heated debate over whether to revise and reauthorize the portion of the law that authorizes such collection — Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The provision expires at the end of the year unless Congress acts.Section 702 programs have also been in the spotlight since it was revealed that Trump transition team officials incidentally had their communications swept up through legal government surveillance operations possibly authorized under 702. While the move was greeted as a positive step by surveillance critics on and off Capitol Hill, privacy advocates say it does little to placate their broader concerns about the programs and vowed to continue a legislative push to amend the law.Critics believe the programs constitute warrantless and unconstitutional searches on Americans, but proponents defend the programs as vital to collecting information on overseas terrorists and criminals.Under Section 702, the NSA sweeps up emails and text messages that reference foreign targets, including communications that mention targets’ email addresses or phone numbers. This is in addition to the NSA’s collection of digital chatter to or from those targets themselves.But as the secret court that oversees the NSA's overseas spying operations was reviewing the Justice Department’s latest request to preserve its Section 702 powers, the NSA discovered that it had accidentally mishandled data on Americans incidentally swept up in the spy program.When the agency reported the issues to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the court asked for more information and refused to grant a full Section 702 recertification until the problem was addressed, according to the NSA's statement. The NSA then launched a broad review of Section 702 and eventually decided to end its so-called “about” collection.“These changes," the NSA said, are meant to retain the "collection that provides the greatest value to national security while reducing the likelihood that NSA will acquire communications of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with one of the Agency's foreign intelligence targets."The secretive surveillance agency also said it would “delete the vast majority of previously acquired upstream internet communications as soon as practicable.”Privacy advocates applauded the move, but cautioned that it was voluntary and did not address the underlying legal concerns they have with Section 702. Rep. Ted Poe, a civil-liberties-minded Republican from Texas, called the decision a "necessary step in the right direction" in a statement to POLITICO, adding that the practice was "inconsistent with the Constitution."Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a leading surveillance critic on Capitol Hill, said he will introduce legislation to codify the NSA's decision."This change ends a practice that allowed Americans' communications to be collected without an warrant merely for mentioning a foreign target," Wyden said in a statement. Off Capitol Hill, digital rights activists pushed Congress to go further. They are hoping privacy-minded lawmakers will use Section 702's sunset clause to inject more transparency measures and privacy protections into the law.Neema Singh Guliani, a surveillance policy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the NSA’s decision “increases the pressure on Congress to closely look at this program.”“To me it’s very notable that the government had trouble complying with procedures that were put in place,” she told POLITICO, cautioning that the move offered no assurance the government wouldn't reverse its decision down the line.Amie Stepanovich, U.S. policy manager at Access Now, called on the Trump administration to step in and “support statutory changes to provide legal certainty that it will remain in effect.”Cory Bennett and Martin Matishak contributed to this report.

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28 апреля, 23:02

Coke Lawyer Has Disgusting Explanation Why Mouse Couldn’t Be In Soda Can

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); A South Dakota man claims he found a mouse in can of Coca-Cola, but the soda titan is defending itself in the suit in a rather stomach-churning fashion. It claims that if the mouse was really in the Coke can, it should have been more decomposed than it was.  Duane Putzier claims he found the mouse in a 16-ounce can of Coke that he purchased last June from a gas station in Mitchell, according to the Mitchell Republic. Putzier said he was nearly finished when he felt a solid mass inside the can touch his lips, causing him to spit out the Coke and pour the rest onto the ground, according to the Grand Forks Herald. When Putzier and his wife, Rebecca, cut open the can, they claim they found a dead mouse. He says that the next day, became ill and ultimately ended up missing 60 hours of work, lost 30 pounds, and accumulated around $1,000 in medical bills. Now he is suing Coca-Cola for $2,026, plus general damages in any amount proven at trial, with interest. Coca-Cola denies the allegations. Attorney Brian Johnson says the proof lies in the rodent itself. During a motions hearing Tuesday at the Davison County Courthouse, Johnson said that if a rodent had really found its way into the Coke can, it shouldn’t have been as well preserved as the evidence shows. “It had fur. It had blood on its nose. Its limbs were intact. There was very minor decomposition,” he told the court. Records show the can in question was produced by a Coca-Cola facility in Portland, Indiana, on April 25, 2016, according to the Grand Forks Herald. Johnson argued in court that if the mouse had really wormed its way into the Coke can, it should have been a more advanced stage of decomposition than it was. Also, the gases produced by the mixture of soda and mouse would have compromised the can. The defense said it will likely have the quality assurance manager and line supervisor from the Portland, Indiana, bottling plant testify on the stand during the trial, according to TwinCities.com. A veterinary pathologist will likely testify on the mouse’s decomposition. “Coca-Cola is faced with a claim that’s really an attack on its brand,” Johnson said, according to the Associated Press. “Coca-Cola takes these cases extremely seriously and tries them all.” There is a long history of people claiming to find rats in soda cans, as The Verge helpfully pointed out last year with this handy guide. Soda companies sued for this typically argue that the rats allegedly found in their cans should be in a collagen-like state of goo. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 апреля, 22:46

Disclosures show Manafort participated in Ukraine lobbying

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort met at least one U.S. government official connected to the Russia-aligned political party he was representing in 2012 and 2013, according to recent disclosures filed with the Justice Department.With Vin Weber, a partner at the lobbying firm Mercury, Manafort met with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.); former Arizona Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe of the International Republican Institute; Paula Dobriansky of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Nadia Diuk of the National Endowment for Democracy, according to disclosures filed by Mercury.The lobbying effort was on behalf of a Brussels-based think tank that supported Ukraine’s Party of Regions, headed at the time by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a Manafort client.Manafort’s presence at the Washington meetings, which had not been previously disclosed, conflicts with Mercury’s previous claims that it didn’t coordinate with Manafort. The Brussels think tank, the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, paid Mercury more than $1.2 million for work between May 2012 and May 2014, according to the disclosures.Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said, “One meeting with one lawmaker connected to this topic in a two year period looks like incidental contact to fair-minded Americans.” Earlier this month, Maloni said Manafort might report his foreign lobbying activities in response to advice from authorities.Manafort, a longtime associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone, was ousted from Trump’s campaign in August following revelations by The New York Times about his work in Ukraine. Mercury partner Michael McKeon said Manafort connected his Brussels think tank client to the firm. “Manafort referred the client to us,” McKeon said in a statement. “At that time, he was widely recognized for his significant experience in Ukrainian politics and we felt his perspective would be meaningful in those few meetings. That was the extent of his involvement with us.”Weber also accompanied former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko to a meeting with then-Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) in May 2012, according to the disclosures.Mercury originally reported its lobbying for the think tank to Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which doesn’t require firms to itemize each interaction and expense. But lobbying for foreign governments and political party has to be reported to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.Mercury said it relied on assurances from the think tank that it wasn’t funded or controlled by a foreign political party. “We got it in writing so we could be sure we were doing it right, and relied on our counsel to make the proper determination,” McKeon said. While violating the disclosure law is criminal, the office that enforces it usually settles for bringing lobbyists into compliance instead of bringing charges.The other lobbying firm working for the think tank, the Podesta Group, also retroactively filed with the Justice Department earlier this month.

28 апреля, 20:53

Presidential Executive Order Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - IMPLEMENTING AN AMERICA-FIRST OFFSHORE ENERGY STRATEGY By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., and in order to maintain global leadership in energy innovation, exploration, and production, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Findings.  America must put the energy needs of American families and businesses first and continue implementing a plan that ensures energy security and economic vitality for decades to come.  The energy and minerals produced from lands and waters under Federal management are important to a vibrant economy and to our national security.  Increased domestic energy production on Federal lands and waters strengthens the Nation's security and reduces reliance on imported energy.  Moreover, low energy prices, driven by an increased American energy supply, will benefit American families and help reinvigorate American manufacturing and job growth.  Finally, because the Department of Defense is one of the largest consumers of energy in the United States, domestic energy production also improves our Nation's military readiness. Sec. 2.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of the United States to encourage energy exploration and production, including on the Outer Continental Shelf, in order to maintain the Nation's position as a global energy leader and foster energy security and resilience for the benefit of the American people, while ensuring that any such activity is safe and environmentally responsible. Sec. 3.  Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.  To carry out the policy set forth in section 2 of this order, the Secretary of the Interior shall: (a)  as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, including the procedures set forth in section 1344 of title 43, United States Code, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, give full consideration to revising the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales, as described in that section, so that it includes, but is not limited to, annual lease sales, to the maximum extent permitted by law, in each of the following Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas, as designated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (Planning Areas):  Western Gulf of Mexico, Central Gulf of Mexico, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Cook Inlet, Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic; (b)  ensure that any revisions made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section do not hinder or affect ongoing lease sales currently scheduled as part of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Final Program, as published on November 18, 2016; and (c)  develop and implement, in coordination with the Secretary of Commerce and to the maximum extent permitted by law, a streamlined permitting approach for privately funded seismic data research and collection aimed at expeditiously determining the offshore energy resource potential of the United States within the Planning Areas. Sec. 4.  Responsible Planning for Future Offshore Energy Potential.  (a)  The Secretary of Commerce shall, unless expressly required otherwise, refrain from designating or expanding any National Marine Sanctuary under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq., unless the sanctuary designation or expansion proposal includes a timely, full accounting from the Department of the Interior of any energy or mineral resource potential within the designated area    including offshore energy from wind, oil, natural gas, methane hydrates, and any other sources that the Secretary of Commerce deems appropriate    and the potential impact the proposed designation or expansion will have on the development of those resources.  The Secretary of the Interior shall provide any such accounting within 60 days of receiving a notification of intent to propose any such National Marine Sanctuary designation or expansion from the Secretary of Commerce. (b)  The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall conduct a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries, and of all designations and expansions of Marine National Monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906, recently recodified at sections 320301 to 320303 of title 54, United States Code, designated or expanded within the 10-year period prior to the date of this order. (i)   The review under this subsection shall include: (A)  an analysis of the acreage affected and an analysis of the budgetary impacts of the costs of managing each National Marine Sanctuary or Marine National Monument designation or expansion; (B)  an analysis of the adequacy of any required Federal, State, and tribal consultations conducted before the designations or expansions; and (C)  the opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production from the Outer Continental Shelf, in addition to any impacts on production in the adjacent region. (ii)  Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Interior, shall report the results of the review under this subsection to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. (c)  To further streamline existing regulatory authorities, Executive Order 13754 of December 9, 2016 (Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience), is hereby revoked. Sec. 5.  Modification of the Withdrawal of Areas of the Outer Continental Shelf from Leasing Disposition.  The body text in each of the memoranda of withdrawal from disposition by leasing of the United States Outer Continental Shelf issued on December 20, 2016, January 27, 2015, and July 14, 2008, is modified to read, in its entirety, as follows: "Under the authority vested in me as President of the United States, including section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1341(a), I hereby withdraw from disposition by leasing, for a time period without specific expiration, those areas of the Outer Continental Shelf designated as of July 14, 2008, as Marine Sanctuaries under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, 16 U.S.C. 1431-1434, 33 U.S.C. 1401 et seq." Nothing in the withdrawal under this section affects any rights under existing leases in the affected areas. Sec. 6.  Reconsideration of Notice to Lessees and Financial Assurance Regulatory Review.  The Secretary of the Interior shall direct the Director of BOEM to take all necessary steps consistent with law to review BOEM's Notice to Lessees No. 2016 N01 of September 12, 2016 (Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas, and Sulfur Leases, and Holders of Pipeline Right-of-Way and Right-of-Use and Easement Grants in the Outer Continental Shelf), and determine whether modifications are necessary, and if so, to what extent, to ensure operator compliance with lease terms while minimizing unnecessary regulatory burdens.  The Secretary of the Interior shall also review BOEM's financial assurance regulatory policy to determine the extent to which additional regulation is necessary. Sec. 7.  Reconsideration of Well Control Rule.  The Secretary of the Interior shall review the Final Rule of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) entitled "Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control," 81 Fed. Reg. 25888 (April 29, 2016), for consistency with the policy set forth in section 2 of this order, and shall publish for notice and comment a proposed rule revising that rule, if appropriate and as consistent with law.  The Secretary of the Interior shall also take all appropriate action to lawfully revise any related rules and guidance for consistency with the policy set forth in section 2 of this order.  Additionally, the Secretary of the Interior shall review BSEE's regulatory regime for offshore operators to determine the extent to which additional regulation is necessary. Sec. 8.  Reconsideration of Proposed Offshore Air Rule.  The Secretary of the Interior shall take all steps necessary to review BOEM's Proposed Rule entitled "Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance," 81 Fed. Reg. 19718 (April 5, 2016), along with any related rules and guidance, and, if appropriate, shall, as soon as practicable and consistent with law, consider whether the proposed rule, and any related rules and guidance, should be revised or withdrawn. Sec. 9.  Expedited Consideration of Incidental Harassment Authorizations, Incidental-Take, and Seismic Survey Permits.  The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce shall, to the maximum extent permitted by law, expedite all stages of consideration of Incidental Take Authorization requests, including Incidental Harassment Authorizations and Letters of Authorization, and Seismic Survey permit applications under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq. Sec. 10.  Review of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-55.  The Secretary of Commerce shall review NOAA's Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-55 of July 2016 (Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing) for consistency with the policy set forth in section 2 of this order and, after consultation with the appropriate Federal agencies, take all steps permitted by law to rescind or revise that guidance, if appropriate. Sec. 11.  Review of Offshore Arctic Drilling Rule.  The Secretary of the Interior shall immediately take all steps necessary to review the Final Rule entitled "Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf—Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf," 81 Fed. Reg. 46478 (July 15, 2016), and, if appropriate, shall, as soon as practicable and consistent with law, publish for notice and comment a proposed rule suspending, revising, or rescinding this rule. Sec. 12.  Definition.  As used in this order, "Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas, as designated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management" means those areas delineated in the diagrams on pages S-5 and S-8 of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program, as published by the BOEM in January 2015, with the exception of any buffer zones included in such planning documents. Sec. 13.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. DONALD J. TRUMP THE WHITE HOUSE,     April 28, 2017.  

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