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La. bill to derail parish 'big oil' lawsuits stalls

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans law firm launched a new Web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

The "Sunshine Squad" Web page was announced in a telephone news conference by attorney Bessie Daschbach, a member of the Jones, Swanson, Huddell and Garrison law firm hired by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East to pursue the lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.

GOP Senate contenders in NC skeptical about climate change

Source: 
The Hill

All four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in the November election said they didn’t think climate change was a fact, when asked the question in a debate Tuesday night, The Hill reports.

Keystone supporters in Congress make plans to bypass Obama

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Bloomberg

The Obama administration's decision to extend agency comment on its final Keystone XL review has inspired backers in Congress, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to mount a new effort to bypass President Obama to approve the pipeline, Bloomberg reports.

Steyer: My spending differs from Koch brothers' spending

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Politico

Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions of dollars in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.

Snowmobile-riding Begich touts his drilling support in new TV ad

Source: 
Roll Call

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, one of the Democrats facing a tough re-election contest this year, is running a new TV ad that shows him riding a snowmobile as he speaks of his support for oil and gas drilling, Roll Call reports.

Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman having surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Boozman is undergoing surgery at an Arkansas hospital.

Boozman's office issued only a brief statement Tuesday morning saying the Republican, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, "is receiving excellent care."

Congressional Republicans appear to shun Earth Day

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National Journal

No GOP lawmakers have mentioned Earth Day on the floor in Congress for the past four years, according to a National Journal hunt in the Congressional Record.

Clinton White House lawyer named top Obama counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming a prominent white collar defense attorney and veteran of the Clinton White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who is leaving after three years in the job.

Eggleston gained distinction as a White House lawyer during congressional investigations into President Bill Clinton's Whitewater real estate transactions and the independent counsel probe into whether Clinton lied about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also served as deputy chief counsel of the House special committee that investigated the Iran-Contra arms and money affair that ensnarled President Ronald Reagan.

McConnell reminds voters of his fight against Obama coal regs

Source: 
Roll Call

The latest TV campaign ad by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., touts his role in pushing back against the Obama administration’s so-called “war on coal,” Roll Call reports.

Siskel, who helped handle response to Solyndra, has left WH

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Los Angeles Times

Ed Siskel, whose first big task in the office of White House Counsel was to organize witnesses testifying on Capitol Hill about loans to Solyndra, has left to go into private practice, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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