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Podesta to focus on climate, energy as Obama aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will join President Barack Obama's inner circle for one year as a counselor to focus on energy and climate change issues, the White House said Tuesday.

Democratic group touts Rahall's coal support

Source: 
The Hill

House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, launched a television ad in support of Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., that touts his backing of the coal industry, The Hill reports.

Podesta's White House entrance fuels Keystone debate

Source: 
National Journal

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline worry that the naming of project opponent John Podesta as an energy and climate adviser to President Obama could impact a final approval decision, National Journal reports.

Mass. special congressional race heading to wire

BOSTON (AP) — The candidates seeking to fill Edward Markey's old seat in the U.S. House are making their final appeals to voters in the Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District.

Former Clinton aide, environmental champion John Podesta to join Obama White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and a trusted Democratic operative, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, two persons familiar with the move said late Monday.

Senate Dems push Obama nominees, GOP bides time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

Senate to move fast on nominations, including for D.C. Appeals Court

Source: 
Politico

Senate Democrats intend to confirm six of President Obama’s nominees by Dec. 20, including three to the important U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Politico reports.

Maine's LePage suggests climate change could bring economic benefits

Source: 
Kennebec Journal

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, suggested that climate change would offer some economic benefit for his state by opening up Arctic trade routes between China and Europe that could include Maine's coastal cities as a stop, the Kennebec Journal reports.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce spending on establishment Republicans

Source: 
Washington Post

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funding ads to help establishment Republicans battle Tea Party rivals in the primaries, the Washington Post reports.

ALEC gunning for green energy in its legislation plan

Source: 
Guardian

Homeowners who install their own solar panels and the EPA are among the targets appearing on the American Legislative Exchange Council's agenda in the coming year, according to documents being reported on by the Guardian.

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