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Supreme Court Limits Federal Power to Designate Private Land as Protected Habitat

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to timber company Weyerhaeuser Co and other landowners seeking to limit the federal government’s power to designate private land as protected habitat for endangered species in a property rights case involving a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog.

Obama Touts Paris Agreement, Proceeds to Take Credit for Booming U.S. Oil and Gas Production

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday took credit for booming U.S. oil and gas production, telling investors to “say thank you” to him.

Obama spoke in Houston at an event hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute, where he praised his administration’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement before taking credit for the United States being the biggest producer of oil and gas during his administration.

Emails Show Law Firm Pitching Miami on Climate Lawsuit

The California-based law firm Sher Edling pitched the idea of a municipal lawsuit against major energy producers to top officials within the city of Miami that would seek to extract compensation from oil companies for present and future damages due to the effects of climate change, according to emails obtained through open records requests.

Hyde-Smith Wins Senate Runoff, Becomes First Woman Elected to Congress in Mississippi

Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R.) defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy on Tuesday in a runoff Senate election to become the first woman ever elected to Congress in the state.

The Associated Press called the race for Hyde-Smith at 10:24 P.M. ET. Espy, a former congressman and secretary of agriculture, was trying to become the first African-American Senator elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction.