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Where They Stand: Mike Huckabee on issues of 2016 campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is opening his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. A look at where he stands on some issues:

Tax credit cap may not save Nebraska wind bill

Source: 
Lincoln Journal Star

An amendment putting a cap on wind investment and production tax credits in Nebraska may not be enough to generate support for the legislation, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Texas Legislature acts to stop cities from limiting drilling

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries — a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."

Lawmakers in America's largest oil-producing state scrambled to limit local energy exploration prohibitions after Denton, a university town near Dallas, passed an ordinance in November against hydraulic fracturing or fracking, attempting to keep encroaching drilling bonanzas outside their community.

Where they stand: Fiorina on key topics of 2016 campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A snapshot of where former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina stands on issues likely to be debated during the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race, as she opens her campaign:

Where They Stand: Ben Carson on issues of 2016 campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has joined the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Here's a look at where Carson, who has never held public office, stands on issues that could help determine the GOP nominee:

Boehner: Clinton needs to bring Democrats along on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to back trade legislation that President Barack Obama wants — and help get Democrats on board.

Boehner said Sunday that Republican votes alone aren't enough to give Obama the negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. He told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama "needs her help" and Clinton should be more involved.

Ex-US Rep. Inglis gets JFK courage award for climate stance

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for reversing his position on climate change despite the predictable political fallout that helped cost the South Carolina Republican his seat in Congress.

Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, presented the award to Inglis on Sunday at the JFK Library in Boston.

House passes $35B bill for Energy Department, water projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

But the 240-177 tally fell short of the margin that would be required to overcome a promised veto by President Barack Obama. The White House and its Democratic allies say the measure would shortchange renewable energy programs like solar power and is studded with anti-environmental "riders," or contentious add-on provisions that actually affect policy and not spending.

Texas Republican seeks to eliminate most funding for EPA

Source: 
National Journal

Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, has introduced legislation that would effectively gut the Environmental Protection Agency, eliminating funding for its major programs and grants and closing its regional field offices, National Journal reports.

In presidential bid, Sanders differs with Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Day-old presidential contender Bernie Sanders said Thursday that questions about the Clinton Foundation's activities are fair game in the race for the Democratic nomination, and noted that Hillary Rodham Clinton has yet to take a position on contentious trade legislation and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

At a news conference with the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, the independent senator from Vermont said creating "an economy that works for all of our people" would be at the center of his campaign for the Democratic nomination. "The wealthiest people in the country and the largest corporations" must stop shipping jobs overseas and start paying their fair share of taxes, he said.

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