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Clinton docs reveal climate debate ahead of Kyoto talks

Source: 
Politico

A pair of 1997 memos released by the Clinton Library reveal an internal debate in the Clinton Administration over how to reduce carbon emissions and press developing nations to adopt similar limits ahead of the Kyoto Protocol talks, Politico reports.

Under attack, coal maintains its political muscle

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.

In other coal-producing areas such as Ohio and Virginia, Democrats have been able to win even with the industry against them. That's not an option for politicians in the heart of Appalachia.

Many people here still cling to coal as a source of work and cultural pride, so almost everyone running for office seeks the mantle of coal savior, or at least defender.

Photo gaffes generate attacks in Kentucky campaign

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Campaign photos showing a Greek power plant and a Ukrainian model posing as a coal miner have raised questions about the authenticity of the candidates' pitches to voters in Kentucky's hard-hitting Senate race.

Accusations of misusing stock photos are flying between the campaigns of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state. The sensitive issues of coal and gun rights are at the center of the dispute.

Grimes is challenging McConnell in his bid for a sixth term in November.

Tea partyer takes aim at Cantor in Va. primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday's Republican primary in Virginia.

Cantor is squaring off against Dave Brat, an economics professor who has never held elected office and has raised just a fraction of what Cantor has.

Although he's a political novice with little money, Brat has been a thorn in Cantor's side, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn't conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.

Obama climate moves tough on Democratic Senate candidates

Source: 
National Journal

Obama administration moves to address climate change, like the carbon rule announced Monday, make things more difficult for vulnerable Democratic Senators running for re-election in several states, National Journal reports.

Boxer, Vitter clash in nuclear hearing

Source: 
The Hill

An Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on nuclear safety saw fireworks erupt Wednesday between chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and the panel’s ranking Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, The Hill reports.

Power companies giving more to GOP this election cycle

Source: 
Bloomberg

With the prospect of Republicans winning control of the Senate in November, GOP candidates are getting 63 percent of the cash electric utilities' political action committees are donating for campaigns this year, Bloomberg reports, noting that the margin is even bigger for money coming from oil and gas companies, according to an analysis from data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. 

Senate Democrats

Manchin won't back McConnell bill to stop EPA carbon rules

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has touted his new bill to stop the President Barack Obama's proposed regulation of power plant carbon emissions, but he can't count on support from a leading pro-coal Democrat.

A spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., said Wednesday that he opposes  McConnell's bill.

"Sen. Manchin is much more interested in using the full year between now and when the rule would become final to explore avenues that ensure recognition of the need for current and future coal resources to ensure reliability and the future of our economy," the spokesman said.

Analysis: GOP Senate picks delight party leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party continues its disciplined march toward an impressive lineup of candidates this fall, when it hopes to wrest the Senate majority from Democrats and control both chambers of Congress during President Barack Obama's final two years.

Tuesday's primaries produced another batch of Senate nominees who seem about as promising as party leaders could have hoped for. There's still plenty of time for stumbles, of course. But so far, the GOP appears to be sidestepping the type of gaffe-prone and fiercely ideological candidates who blundered into excruciating losses in 2010 and 2012.

Miss. GOP Senate candidates face likely runoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Locked in a race that won't end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.

Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state's precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in a three-way race and Cochran with slightly less. It takes a majority by one candidate to avoid a run-off.

"For too long, we've been silent. For too long, we sat still. For too long, we let them have their way with us," McDaniel told supporters late Tuesday in a slap at the Washington establishment.

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