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Ben Geman

National Journal Ben Geman is a National Journal Energy and Environment Correspondent, and has nearly a decade of experience on the beat. Before joining National Journal he spent four years as an energy correspondent for The Hill, where he helped launch the paper's energy blog. From 2004-2009, Ben was a reporter for Environment & Energy Publishing, writing for Greenwire and other E&E newsletters. Ben also worked at the newsletter Inside EPA, and before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2002 he wrote for several Boston-area newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix.
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Why Obama's Former Offshore Drilling Cop is Still Worried

April 20, 2015 Michael Bromwich took over the Interior Department's troubled offshore drilling branch in June 2010, roughly two months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and oil from BP's ruined well still was gushing into the sea. At the time, Bromwich feared another catastrophe could unfold elsewhere ...

Senator Corker's National-Security Power Move

April 15, 2015 A month ago, the most prominent GOP name in foreign policy was the brash freshman senator Tom Cotton, who spearheaded a controversial letter to Iran's leaders warning that a future president or Congress could jettison a nuclear pact. But tradition has battled back. In an old-school display of Senate committee ...

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Leaders Strike Iran Deal

April 14, 2015 The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Tuesday have reached a deal on high-stakes legislation that hands Congress power to approve or thwart the potential U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement. "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity," ...

White House Mounts Massive Lobbying Campaign on Iran Deal

April 14, 2015 Top Obama administration officials are scrambling to prevent a veto-proof majority for bipartisan legislation that would give Congress power to scuttle the brewing U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement. The White House is waging a stepped-up campaign to maintain its leeway and promote the preliminary agreement reached early this month, even as lawmakers ...

Benghazi Panel Wants 'Interview' With Clinton on Emails

March 31, 2015 The Benghazi Committee wants to get Hillary Clinton on the record about her email practices. Panel Chairman Trey Gowdy, in a letter sent Tuesday to Clinton's attorney, asks for the interview within the next month "to better understand decisions the secretary made relevant to the creation, maintenance, retention, and ultimately ...

Why Only One House Committee Is Investigating Hillary Clinton's Emails

March 30, 2015 House Republicans have decided that two probes are too many—for now—when it comes to investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account to conduct State Department business. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has confirmed that it has halted plans to investigate the issue, deferring to the Select ...

Clinton Won't Hand Over Server, Says Emails Are Gone

March 30, 2015 Hillary Clinton's attorney told House Republicans Friday that she would not comply with their request to turn over her email server to a third party and that there are no emails from her private account remaining on the server from her time as secretary of State anyway. Attorney David Kendall's ...

Clinton Email Probe Means Political Tightrope for House GOP

March 25, 2015 House Republicans probing the Benghazi attacks have a politically delicate task that goes well beyond investigating the 2012 incident that claimed the lives of four Americans. They have to make clear they're out to get Hillary Clinton's emails—not Hillary Clinton. Thus far, Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy and ...

McConnell: No Trafficking Bill, No Lynch Vote

March 18, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't budging. Senate Republicans sought to escalate pressure on Democrats on Tuesday as they seek the two more votes across the aisle needed to move human-trafficking legislation that has been ensnared in the volatile politics of abortion policy. The delay has meant no confirmation vote ...

FutureGen is Done: Energy Ends Troubled Bush-Era Coal Electricity Project

February 4, 2015 The Energy Department is walking away from FutureGen, a public-private effort to create a power plant that traps and stores carbon emissions, which began but faltered under President George W. Bush and was revived by the Obama administration. DOE is yanking funding for the project that was authorized to receive ...