OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Democrat Nick Rahall, a southern West Virginia face so familiar he goes by "Nick Joe," bears an Obama burden like few others in Congress as he faces his toughest re-election fight in almost four decades.
Rahall's 3rd District hardly resembles the Democratic stronghold it once was. In the seat snaking through the coalfields, Mitt Romney trounced President Barack Obama by 32 percentage points in 2012. Rahall, who supported the president's election twice, still pulled off an 8-point win.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, a college spokeswoman said.
The college assigned an academic review board to the probe in August after The New York Times published a story showing Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for the paper he wrote in 2007.
Congress would be gunning for the Environmental Protection Agency if both houses were controlled by Republicans after the November elections, E&E reports, adding that the President’s executive agenda -- in particular controversial proposals like the EPA's water rule and carbon emissions regulations -- would be affected, and the slow pace of confirmation of nominees could completely grind to a halt.
Measure 5 going before North Dakota voters in the coming election sets aside 5 percent of the state’s oil tax money to be used for conservation measures, a move opposed by business and the oil industry, E&E reports.
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s tough re-election contest against Republican Dan Sullivan is being played out against the backdrop of economic challenges Alaska faces, in part because of the decline of its oil production, The New York Times reports.
Volunteers are working hard in the community of Denton, Texas to get voters to approve a fracking ban in a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot, and their prospects for success have unsettled executives in the oil and gas industry, The New York Times reports.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is shaking up her campaign staff, ousting her campaign manager and turning to the strategist who helped her brother win election as New Orleans mayor.
The three-term Democratic senator is fighting for political survival, locked in a tough re-election bid against two main Republican challengers and targeted by the national GOP in their effort to regain control of the Senate.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fighting plans to build a nuclear power plant, a South Korean fishing village is holding a referendum Thursday, even though the government has warned the vote is illegal.
A site in Samcheok, 195 kilometers (120 miles) east of Seoul, was picked by the energy ministry after a previous city government applied in 2010 for a nuclear power facility. But attitudes have shifted since Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima.
Opponents say California’s Proposition 1 on the November ballot -– a $7.5 billion package of water measures -– is misleading and a waste of taxpayers’ money, but given the state’s drought and wide bipartisan backing, the referendum is still likely to succeed, E&E reports.
The sharp decline in oil prices is starting to take a toll on U.S. oil boom towns, forcing energy companies to cut staff and benefits, pressing businesses to temper plans for growth and limiting royalty payments for landowners, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Though 50 million smart meters have been installed in homes nationwide, U.S. energy consumers aren't moving to change consumption habits, a phenomenon The Washington Post suggests is linked to a lack of real-time access to data related to energy efficiency and financial savings.
A new study published in the British journal "Nature Climate Change" suggests that increases in global temperatures will result in more frequent and intense La Niña climate patterns, a development that could lead to more hurricanes in the Atlantic and droughts in the Southwest United States, USA Today reports.
Data from American Wind Energy Association show that wind energy developersadded 4,850 megawatts in new capacity last year, a strong increase from new 2013 installations, bringing total wind generation capacity to 65,875 MW, Platts reports
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdulaziz has already made several changes to his government, shuffling his cabinet and cutting some government bodies, but he has retained Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, a central figure in OPEC's decision to maintain production targets, Dow Jones Business News reports.
Venezuela, reliant on oil sales to generate enough income to import necessary supplies, is experiencing stricter rationing than usual, with falling oil prices building on high inflation and recession to make basic goods even more scarce, The New York Times reports.
Offshore wind energy development on the Eastern Seaboard is struggling as energy companies appear unwilling to invest, evidenced by Thursday's federal auction of leases off the coast of Massachusetts that drew just two bidders at around $1.50 an acre, The New York Times reports.
Assisted by improved relations with the Kurdish regional government, Iraq passed a $105 billion budget based on a $56 per barrel oil price, a move Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sees as a sign of good will as Baghdad and Kurdish forces continue to fight the Islamic State group, Reuters reports.
The Department of Energy would manage if Congress were to impose a time limit on its reviews of LNG export applications, Assistant Secretary Christopher Smith told Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at a hearing Thursday, The Hill reports.
Calling the proposal unrealistic and asking that its implementation be delayed, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. and chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, warned that Obama administration moves targeting DOT-111 tank cars have the potential to disrupt the U.S. rail network, USA Today reports.