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Obama and the GOP Congress Ponder What They Can Get Done This Year

February 1, 2016 This week will help de­term­ine wheth­er the White House and the GOP-led Con­gress can ac­com­plish any­thing big in 2016. Pres­id­ent Obama will meet with Paul Ry­an on Tues­day for their first sit-down since Ry­an be­came House speak­er. Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell will be there too (even though it’s not,...

'Snowzilla' Sidelines House, Delays Senate

January 25, 2016 The “Snowzilla” storm has wreaked hav­oc on the con­gres­sion­al sched­ule, as the House has scrapped its en­tire ses­sion for the week—es­sen­tially cre­at­ing an un­planned re­cess—while the Sen­ate has pushed its own plans back a day. In­stead of start­ing its work Tues­day, as ori­gin­ally sched­uled, the Sen­ate will vote Wed­nes­day night...

NOAA: 2015 Was Hottest Year on Record

January 20, 2016 Glob­al tem­per­at­ures in 2015 were the warmest since re­cord-keep­ing began—and it wasn’t even close. Ac­cord­ing to new data from the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and NASA, av­er­age tem­per­at­ures over land and ocean were 1.62 de­grees Fahren­heit (or 0.9 de­grees Celsi­us) above the 20th-cen­tury av­er­age, clear­ing the pre­vi­ous re­cord by...

The Transportation Department Is Getting Ready for the Driverless Car Era

January 15, 2016 With com­pan­ies from Gen­er­al Mo­tors and Ford to Google and Apple work­ing on tech­no­logy that could re­move the hu­man factor from driv­ing, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is start­ing to catch up. In an ap­pear­ance at the North Amer­ic­an In­ter­na­tion­al Auto Show in De­troit, Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx de­tailed a 10-year in­vest­ment...

The Government Is Getting Ready for the Driverless-Car Era

January 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With com­pan­ies from Gen­er­al Mo­tors and Ford to Google and Apple work­ing on tech­no­logy that could re­move the hu­man factor from driv­ing, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is start­ing to catch up. In an ap­pear­ance at the North Amer­ic­an In­ter­na­tion­al Auto Show in De­troit, Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx de­tailed a 10-year in­vest­ment...

New U.S. DOT Policies Will Make It Easier for Driverless Cars

January 14, 2016 With com­pan­ies from Gen­er­al Mo­tors and Ford to Google and Apple work­ing on tech­no­logy that could re­move the hu­man factor from driv­ing, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is start­ing to catch up. In an ap­pear­ance at the North Amer­ic­an In­ter­na­tion­al Auto Show in De­troit, Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx de­tailed a 10-year in­vest­ment...

Texas Governor Calls for a Constitutional Convention to Cut the Federal Government's Power

January 11, 2016 Ar­guing that the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has “run amok” and trampled over states’ rights, Texas Gov. Greg Ab­bott on Fri­day un­veiled a plan to over­haul the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion through a con­ven­tion of the states. Ab­bott, the first-term Re­pub­lic­an, rolled out nine amend­ments that he said would “re­store the rule of law...

Firm Tied to Keystone XL Sues Obama Administration Over Rejected Pipeline

January 7, 2016 The com­pany be­hind the Key­stone XL pipeline an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it is su­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over its re­jec­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial tar-sands pipeline. Tran­sCanada has filed suit in a fed­er­al court, claim­ing that Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­jec­tion of the pro­ject in Novem­ber rep­res­en­ted an “un­pre­ced­en­ted ex­er­cise of Pres­id­en­tial power” and...

Obama Plans to Leave it All on the Field With Climate Change

December 29, 2015 Pres­id­ent Obama de­clared that 2015 would be a “year of ac­tion” on cli­mate change. With the re­lease of land­mark emis­sions reg­u­la­tions, agree­ments with coun­tries like China and Brazil, and the clinch­ing of an in­ter­na­tion­al cli­mate-change deal in Par­is, it seemed to live up to the hype. The Par­is agree­ment—which sets...

Audit: EPA Used 'Covert Propaganda' in Water-Rule Social Media Campaign

December 15, 2015 The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency broke fed­er­al law by us­ing a so­cial-me­dia cam­paign to drum up sup­port for a con­tro­ver­sial rule meant to pro­tect the na­tion’s streams and wa­ter­ways, ac­cord­ing to a con­gres­sion­al audit. The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice said Monday that EPA used “cov­ert pro­pa­ganda” by blast­ing out a so­cial-me­dia mes­sage...

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