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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

An oil base camp at Galbraith Lake in Alaska. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Interior’s offshore drilling plan blasted by both sides on U.S. Senate committee

By: - July 16, 2022

A growing debate over the federal government’s plans to either allow more oil and gas production to curb inflation or limit drilling to achieve climate goals spilled into a U.S. Senate spending panel’s hearing Wednesday. With Interior Secretary Deb Haaland testifying, members of the Senate Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee argued about the department’s recent five-year proposal […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a video screen above members of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol during a July 12, 2022, hearing in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Trump tweet invited ‘wild’ mob to block transfer of power on Jan. 6, House panel says

By: - July 12, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results described Tuesday how the president explicitly called on his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 for a “wild” protest — resulting in an insurrection. Trump exerted extraordinary influence over the mob, who marched to the Capitol on […]

The Umatilla National Forest in eastern Oregon has plans for a series of logging projects. (U.S. Forest Service)

Old-growth trees on federal lands at risk despite Biden order, environmentalists say

By: - July 12, 2022

Plans for commercial logging of old-growth forests on federal lands have moved forward this year, despite an executive order signed on Earth Day by President Joe Biden, according to a report from environmental groups published Tuesday. The old-growth woodlands are particularly useful in fighting climate change by absorbing carbon, a goal for the Biden administration. […]

President Joe Biden signs an executive order banning the import of Russian oil on March 8, 2022, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House photo by Cameron Smith)

5 big questions about the new Biden plan for offshore oil and gas leases

By: - July 10, 2022

Just before the July 4 holiday, the federal agency that manages offshore energy development proposed a five-year plan for as many as 11 and as few as zero new oil and gas sites in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast. The proposal would clear the way for up to 10 new oil and […]

Health and Human Services secretary Xavier Becerra delivers remarks during a Dec. 7, 2021, summit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House photo by Cameron Smith)

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

By: - July 2, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged this week to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said Tuesday that HHS would enforce […]

A parent and child hold signs that read, "Women make their own choices," and "Never again" during a June 24, 2022, demonstration in Kansas City, Missouri. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

By: - July 1, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]

Steam flows from a coal-fired power plant in Lawrence. (Jill Hummels for Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

By: - June 30, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that undertook the […]

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., looks on as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson signs the Oaths of Office on June 30, 2022, in the Justices' Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)

History made: Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

By: - June 30, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts and her mentor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer — whose retirement was official moments earlier. The swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court making Jackson’s place in history official took barely three […]

Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies during the sixth hearing by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told

By: - June 28, 2022

Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a former top White House aide. Trump, spewing expletives, was so angry at […]

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 24, 2022, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

By: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.  The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […]

Voters line up in cars on Oct. 20, 2020, to deliver mail ballots at a Shawnee County drop box in Topeka. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

By: - June 24, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […]

‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

By: - June 23, 2022

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […]