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Trump administration omits Florida from offshore drilling directive amid pressure from GOP governor

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would not pursue offshore oil drilling off the coast of Florida after Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) expressed opposition to the prospect.

The Interior Secretary said Gov. Scott “is a straightforward leader that can be trusted,” and that he supports “the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.”

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Immediately after Zinke announced his statement, journalists on Twitter began commenting on the optics of the move.

“How, after this statement, do you justify extending the program to other states where the governors object, which is most of them?” Business Insider editor Josh Barro asked.

“Florida gets a pass on Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling everywhere?” Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery tweeted, adding a sarcastic “I wonder why!”

Amnesty International’s Govind Acharya had another take, noting that the state is home to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s “Winter White House.”

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Trump’s Electoral College win was no fluke — and is likely to happen again: new study

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Republicans are expected to win 65 percent of close presidential races in which they lose the popular vote as a result of the Electoral College and the blue-state concentration of Democrats, according to a new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin looked at the probability of “inversions” in presidential elections, where the popular-vote winner loses the electoral vote. These inversions happened in 2000 and 2016 and twice in the 1800s, meaning that the candidate with the most votes has lost 8 percent of the time in the last 200 years.

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The Internet pummels CNN for booking Lewandowski the morning after he admitted to lying on TV: ‘Why would you do this?’

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Corey Lewandowski admitted to the House Judiciary Committee that he had lied in TV appearances -- so social media users were appalled that he was booked the following morning to appear on CNN.

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager was confronted with false statements he had made in appearances on MSNBC and CNN, where he was scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. on "New Day," according to the show's executive producer.

COMING UP: Former Trump campaign manager @CLewandowski_ LIVE on @CNN's @NewDay at 8amET on yesterday's contentious hearing and impeachment.

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Trump exonerates himself in weird third-person tweet: ‘President Trump didn’t do anything wrong or illegal’

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President Donald Trump declared himself exonerated by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in an early morning tweet.

The president tagged Lewandowski, who testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, and "Fox & Friends" in a Twitter post reacting to coverage of the congressional hearing.

"As Corey Lewandowski stated very clearly yesterday in front of the House Judiciary Committee, President Trump didn’t do anything wrong or illegal," Trump tweeted about himself. "But they all know that. The Democrats are hurting our Country, and getting nothing done. Shameful!"

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