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Five American soldiers killed in central Iraq

June 6, 2011 Five American soldiers were killed in an attack in central Iraq on Monday, in one of the deadliest days for the American military since the mission there ended nine months ago, according to the New York Times. Iraqi security officials said the soldiers were killed when multiple rockets were fired ...

Coast Guard report: Transocean safety flaws contributed to explosion

April 22, 2011 Unlike other reports investigating the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, the initial findings of a Coast Guard report released Friday hardly mention BP. Instead, the report, a result of a joint accident investigation with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, puts rig owner - Transocean at ...

Facebook in talks with Robert Gibbs

March 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is in talks to take on a senior communications position with Facebook, The New York Times reported late Sunday. Talks are at an early stage, no formal offer has been made and discussions could still collapse, people briefed on the negotiations told The ...

EPA bill passes House committee, amid climate science debate

March 16, 2011 After a full day of debate on amendments and impassioned political statements, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on Tuesday to slash the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. While the Republican majority voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which passed ...

House subcommittee votes to curb EPA authority

March 10, 2011 After two hours of heated debate, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee voted along party lines Thursday to slash the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The bill is expected to pass the full committee and the House, and ...

'Government activism' holding back recovery, Greenspan Says

March 4, 2011 A "surge in government activism" is hindering strong economic recovery in the U.S., former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan writes in the spring 2011 Issue of International Finance. "The current government activism is hampering what should be a broad-based robust economic recovery, driven in significant part by the positive wealth ...

Interior may appeal ruling on drilling permits

March 3, 2011 The Interior Department says it will explore its options for appealing a federal judge's decision requiring the department to make decisions on five pending deep-water drilling permits within 30 days. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, addressing the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in a budget hearing Thursday, said he disagrees ...

Former senator: A government shutdown is avoidable

February 14, 2011 Former Sen. Judd Gregg writes in an op-ed Monday that there's a way for Congress to push fiscal restraint in two big upcoming events without "undertaking political self-destruction" in the form of a government shutdown. "Use the continuing resolution, which will have to be dealt with approximately a month and ...

Report: Navy on track to meet energy efficiency targets

January 5, 2011 The Navy is on track to achieve its goals for energy independence and efficiency, according to a "roadmap" announced Wednesday by Secretary Ray Mabus that underscores the importance of a reduction in the costs and risks involved in fuel delivery on the battlefield. The report, "Energy Program for Security and ...

Energy Department announces $30 million in biofuels research funding

December 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department is accepting applications to dole out up to $30 million in funding for projects that support the development of advanced biofuels, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Wednesday. "Developing the next generation of American biofuels will enhance our national energy security, expand the domestic biofuels industry, and produce ...