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Politics Apr 13Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects
Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such infrastructure.
Politics Apr 11Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior
Bernhardt represented energy and agricultural industries until President Donald Trump picked him in April 2017 to be deputy secretary.
Politics Apr 04WATCH: House approves domestic violence law amid guns dispute
The bill includes a provision making it easier to take away guns from violent offenders even if they are not a spouse or domestic partner.
Politics Mar 26WATCH: Senate defeats proposal to take up Green New Deal
Majority Republicans forced the vote Tuesday as they try to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections. Democrats called the GOP's move a "sham" and said it carries its own political risk.
Politics Mar 13Senate confirms a White House official to replace Kavanaugh on appeals court
Neomi Rao, 45, heads the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where she plays a key role in Trump's efforts to roll back federal rules and regulations. She has never tried a case in state or federal court.
Politics Mar 08House passes election and ethics overhaul, but McConnell says it’s dead on arrival
The measure would make it easier for people to register and vote, tighten election security and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
Politics Mar 06House Democrats take aim at money in politics with reform bill
The legislation, called H.R. 1 to signify its importance, would make it easier to register and vote, tighten election security and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
Politics Feb 28Senate confirms acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler for permanent role
The Senate confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he's made in eight months as the agency's acting chief.
Politics Feb 27Gun control legislation pass House, but faces dim prospects in Senate
Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the gun lobby's grip on Washington.
Nation Feb 26EPA defends drop in penalties for polluters
Assistant EPA administrator Susan Bodine testified before Congress on Tuesday in the first oversight hearing on EPA since Democrats reclaimed the House majority last month.