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White House Confirms Efforts to Entice Sestak Out of Senate Race, Denies Impropriety

The White House responds to the Joe Sestak non-scandal, confirming that it worked to dissuade the Pennsylvania congressman from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the Democratic Senate primary but dismissing all charges of impropriety.
“We have concluded that allegations…

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White House Confirms Efforts to Entice Sestak Out of Senate Race, Denies Impropriety

The White House responds to the Joe Sestak non-scandal, confirming that it worked to dissuade the Pennsylvania congressman from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the Democratic Senate primary but dismissing all charges of impropriety.
“We have concluded that allegations…

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Fun While It Lasted

That “Top Kill” maneuver that appeared so successful at blocking the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico earlier today? Not so successful anymore:

BP had to halt its ambitious effort to plug its stricken oil well in the…

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Obama on Oil Spill: The Government’s in Charge

Facing criticism that the administration has given BP too much control over the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama asserted that the government is in charge and is taking all necessary action to end…

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A Month After Oil Spill Began, Heads Start to Roll

Not long after oil began pouring into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig — a disaster that may be approaching its conclusion — people around the country started assigning blame. BP, which was doing the drilling,…

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Lowrey and Konczal Talk Money on Bloggingheads

TWI’s Annie Lowrey makes another appearance on Bloggingheads.tv today, discussing all things financial with Rortybomb’s Mike Konczal: regulatory reform, Blanche Lincoln’s derivatives proposal, Fannie and Freddie and the economic impact of the oil spill. Check out the video after the…

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EPA: BP Has 24 Hours to Find a Less Toxic Chemical Dispersant

Thought the massive quantities of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico were the only major threat to the country’s southeast coastal waters right now? Think again:

The Environmental Protection Agency informed BP officials late Wednesday that the company has…

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Reid Calls Graham’s Bluff on Climate/Immigration

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has given Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) an ultimatum: Stop trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, or you’ll lose my support for climate legislation.
Now, Reid has called Graham’s bluff.
“I don’t know…

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Crist Makes It Official

In a short speech to supporters, Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) just announced his run for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate.
Crist, once the overwhelming favorite to win the GOP nomination, has fallen far behind Marco Rubio in recent…

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Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Promises Arizona-Like Immigration Law

When Arizona passed its highly controversial immigration bill — which among other provisions requires police to ask people about their legal status if they have reason to believe they might be illegal immigrants — into law last week, national Democrats…

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After a Decade of Debate, Cape Wind Is a Go

At noon, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce the fate of a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, near Cape Cod — and The Boston Globe is reporting that Salazar will be giving the project a green light.
Cape…

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Kerry: We’re Sending Climate Bill to EPA for Analysis

Despite Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) recent withdrawal from the climate legislation process, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is telling reporters that the Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin analyzing the economic impact of the climate bill he and Graham helped craft.…

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Will Lindsey Graham Listen to His GOP Colleagues on Immigration?

To recap: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the three senators working on a comprehensive climate bill, withdrew from the process over the weekend to protest Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plan to act on immigration reform before climate legislation.…

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Lieberman: Reid Will Likely Move Climate Bill Ahead of Immigration Reform

Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports just now, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) sounded an optimistic note about the prospects for comprehensive climate legislation this year and expressed dismay at Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) indication that immigration reform would be…

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Lunchtime Links

Immigration reform is a no-win issue.
Lindsey Graham is right to be upset.
As Dems scramble to bring Graham back into the climate fold, will the White House step in?
Mark Halperin argues that Obama’s presidency has been a success…

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Lunchtime Links

Immigration reform is a no-win issue.
Lindsey Graham is right to be upset.
As Dems scramble to bring Graham back into the climate fold, will the White House step in?
Mark Halperin argues that Obama’s presidency has been a success…

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Lunchtime Links

Immigration reform is a no-win issue.
Lindsey Graham is right to be upset.
As Dems scramble to bring Graham back into the climate fold, will the White House step in?
Mark Halperin argues that Obama’s presidency has been a success…

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Graham Withdraws From Climate Trio

And just like that, the bill that Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) were planning to unveil on Monday gets put on indefinite hold.
The New York Times has the story.

Related posts:
Climate bill…

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Greenpeace Will Not Support Senate Climate Bill

Earlier this afternoon, I speculated on what the concessions to industry in the Senate climate bill would mean for environmental groups’ support. “Is this enough for some liberal groups to withhold their support?” I asked. “Probably — although the mainstream…

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Loaded With Concessions, Climate Bill Wins Backing of Oil Companies

Kate Sheppard has some big news on the Senate climate bill, expected to drop Monday, following a conference call with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), one of three senators working on the bill.
The good news for environmentalists: Three of the…

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