GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Updated at 6:01 p.m. ET

Scott Pruitt will no longer lead the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt," Trump tweeted. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this," Trump also wrote.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading back to North Korea on Thursday to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials.

His mission: to flesh out the details of a vaguely worded joint declaration that Kim signed with President Trump in Singapore last month.

In that document, the U.S. pledges security guarantees for North Korea, while North Korea commits to "work toward a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

On July 4, 2018, more than 150 immigrants from 50 countries were officially declared U.S. citizens during a ceremony in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

People from 50 countries are now U.S. citizens after an Independence Day ceremony in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The event came amid escalating immigration enforcment policies and rhetoric.

People protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to immigration in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 30, 2018.
MARK M. MURRAY / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Two western Massachusetts Democrats running for a seat in the U.S. House agree major change is needed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. But they're declining to go so far as to say it should abolished.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law raising minimum wage and establishing paid family leave on June 28, 2018.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Governor Charlie Baker signed compromise legislation that will gradually increase Massachusetts' minimum wage, require paid leave for workers and mandate an annual sales tax holiday. It was designed to keep a series of ballot questions off the November ballot, including a proposal to cut the state sales tax. Without them, will election turnout take a hit? 

The U.S. Supreme Court.
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There was a flury of action this week involving the U.S. Supreme Court. One ruling handed down this week attracted attention in Massachusetts and elsewhere, involving payments to unions. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law raising minimum wage and establishing paid family leave on June 28, 2018.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of the state, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state's finances and economy. 

A rainbow flag, the symbol of LGBT rights, flapping in the wind.
Ludovic Bertron / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/23912576@N05/2942525739

The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 137 to 14 to ban the use of so-called conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of minors, going on record against a practice one lawmaker compared to torture.

Marijuana activists celebrated outside the Mass. State House on Dec. 15, 2016, the first day pot became legal in the Bay State. Here, Ellen Brown holds a handful of pot.
Gintautas Dumcius / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1. And though regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an independent testing laboratory applies and is licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission.

The Shutesbury Fire Department building in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
Luis Fieldman / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Town officials in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, are meeting Tuesday to discuss the contract for the fire chief after he said he'd quit, and the volunteer firefighters who work with him said they'd do the same.

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