WASHINGTON (AP) — Across-the-board spending cuts, a better economy and the partial shutdown combined to help the U.S. government kick off the 2014 budget year with a smaller deficit. A steadily shrinking deficit, however, has done little to jumpstart tense budget negotiations in Washington to keep the government open past January.
A Natural Resources Defense Council-commissioned poll in Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois and New Hampshire found most registered voters trust leaving carbon emissions regulation in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency rather than with Congress, The Times-Picayune reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked another of President Barack Obama's picks for one of the nation's top courts on Tuesday, the latest skirmish in a nominations battle that has intensified partisan tensions in the chamber.
Days after Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands in the Philippines, Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bobby Rush, D-Ill., urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on climate change, National Journal reports.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., called on the Environmental Protection Agency to release details on the panel that developed the Obama administration's recent "social cost of carbon" increase, including the names of officials who helped draft the cost estimate, The Hill reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans seemed ready to block another of President Barack Obama's picks for one of the nation's top courts on Tuesday, the latest skirmish in a nominations battle that has intensified partisan tensions in the Senate.
By visiting Taiwan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is breaking a promise the U.S. made to China, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said at a briefing, adding that Beijing has lodged a protest, Reuters reports.
West Texas Intermediate dipped Tuesday on predictions that U.S. inventories increased last week, with the contract for May delivery closing down 30 cents to $103.75 a barrel on the Nymex. In London, Brent fell 33 cents on the final day of the May contract, to $108.74, Bloomberg reports.
CEO Jeff Immelt still has the support of the board at General Electric, but people familiar with the company say discussions have begun about whether GE should pick a veteran executive as his successor, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Richard Li, the Hong Kong billionaire outbid in the sale of bankrupt Fisker Automotive, still stands to make more than $60 million on the company’s loan he bought at auction from the Energy Department last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle, released a campaign ad in which she stresses her defense of the state’s oil industry and her power as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as her differences with the Obama administration, The Hill reports.
Attorney General John Suthers considers Colorado to be ground zero in the debate over fracking, where voter initiatives against the drilling practice are multiplying even as the oil boom in the state intensifies, The Denver Post reports.