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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.

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U.S. Senate Republicans attack Biden on energy costs, regulations after new inflation report

By: - March 10, 2022

U.S. Senate Republicans slammed President Joe Biden on Thursday for the sharp rise in consumer prices, calling for policy shifts to increase U.S. energy supply, roll back regulations and curb spending. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday the consumer price index rose nearly 8% in February over the same month in 2021, a 40-year […]

Badlands National Park

National parks leader pledges more inclusion of Native Americans in land management

By: - March 8, 2022

The federal government will make greater efforts to include Native American tribes in decisions involving federal lands, National Park Service Director Charles F. Sams III told a House panel Tuesday. In his first appearance before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee since he was confirmed as parks director in November, Sams said President Joe Biden’s […]

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Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes

By: and - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine.  President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]

January 6 insurection

A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases

By: - March 7, 2022

On the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, four men affiliated with the Kansas City chapter of the right-wing Proud Boys gathered on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, along with thousands of others urged on by then-President Donald Trump. The crowd pushed ahead and overwhelmed the few Capitol Police officers guarding the entrance, toppling […]

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

New Mexico’s Luján back and voting in the U.S. Senate after recovery from stroke

By: - March 3, 2022

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján returned to work in Washington, D.C., Thursday after more than a month in his home state recovering from a stroke. A C-SPAN video showed the New Mexico Democrat’s fellow senators gave Luján a standing ovation when he walked into a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday morning.  Democrats Jacky Rosen of […]

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Biden OKs release of 30 million barrels of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

By: - March 1, 2022

President Joe Biden authorized on Tuesday the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, part of an international boost to the global oil supply that has been disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The reserve is a complex of four sites with deep underground storage caverns in salt domes along […]

Damaged residential building in Ukraine

White House builds on Russia sanctions, OKs more military aid for Ukraine

By: - March 1, 2022

Tensions between the Biden administration and Russian leaders ratcheted up yet again Monday as Russia continued its unrelenting assault on Ukraine. President Joe Biden authorized an additional $350 million of security assistance to Ukraine over the weekend, bringing the total aid over the past year to $1 billion, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin

U.S. sanctions Putin’s personal assets, readies forces for NATO deployment

By: - February 25, 2022

President Joe Biden will sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top diplomat personally, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday, escalating penalties on the Russian government for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The United States is also readying 10,000 to 12,000 U.S. troops to deploy to Europe as part of a NATO effort […]

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New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion […]

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Members of Congress from both parties urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , and - February 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to impose severe sanctions on Russia after the country declared a broad section of eastern Ukraine independent before sending troops into the region.  Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is restrict […]

President Joe Biden shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron

Biden warns of U.S. energy price spikes if Russia invades Ukraine

By: and - February 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — American service members will not deploy to Ukraine in the event of a “distinctly possible” Russian invasion, but strong economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies could reverberate and prompt energy price spikes, President Joe Biden said in a live address from the White House on Tuesday. Biden urged Russian […]

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Judge restores federal protections for gray wolves, except in Northern Rockies

By: - February 10, 2022

A federal judge on Thursday struck down a Trump administration move to take gray wolves in most states off the Endangered Species Act list — a presidential action that led to a controversial wolf hunting season in Wisconsin last year.  U.S. District Judge Jeffery White, of California, reversed a 2020 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]