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US oil producers left seething after Trump becomes a cheerleader for the Saudis

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President Donald Trump boasted about lowering gas prices but could be derailing the United States oil industry, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Trump originally tweeted about the low cost of gas to highlight why having a relationship with Saudi Arabia is beneficial to America, even after the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

However, Kirk Edwards, president of MacLondon Energy, said that the decline in oil prices could hurt his industry as well as Trump’s goal of “energy dominance.”

“The American oil and gas producer has shown that our economy doesn’t have to rely as much on foreign sources of oil anymore, but the country needs to realize that higher prices are a part of that equation,” he said. “We need a $60 or $70 crude price in order for the business to stay healthy.”

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The WSJ reports that U.S. shale producers and executives shared that they were “unhappy” and ” frustrated” with Trump’s tweet.

As companies plan for 2019, they hope that Trump can change his stance.

“I would encourage the president to cheer on domestic producers to increase their production and not foreign countries.” Ben Brigham, a millionaire in the oil industry, said.

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Trump’s USDA plans to take 3 million Americans off of food stamps

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The US Department of Agriculture will propose a rule on Tuesday that would strengthen restrictions on food stamp recipients -- cutting approximately 3.1 million Americans from the program, according to Reuters.

Currently, 43 U.S. states allow residents to automatically become eligible for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, if they receive benefits from another federal program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, according to the USDA.

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Teeth ‘time capsule’ reveals that 2 million years ago, early humans breastfed for up to 6 years

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Humans’ distant ancestor Australopithecus africanus had a unique approach to raising their young, as shown in our new research published today in Nature.

Geochemical analysis of four teeth shows they exclusively breastfed infants for about 6-9 months, before supplementing breast milk with varying amounts of solid food until they were 5-6 years old. The balance between milk and solid food in this period varied cyclically, probably in response to seasonal changes in food availability.

Read more: How we calculated the age of caves in the Cradle of Humankind -- and why it matters

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Hundreds of thousands protest in Puerto Rico, calling for governor to resign

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Hundreds of thousands of people marched in San Juan on Monday to demand Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from 2017 hurricanes.

Rosselló's announcement on Sunday that he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of the New Progressive Party failed to appease the crowds, who called for him to immediately surrender the governorship.

The island’s largest newspaper called on the first-term governor to leave office and reported over 500,000 protesters took to the streets in San Juan.

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