Q&A: A look at climate change plan and its impact on states

Q&A: A look at climate change plan and its impact on statesPresident Barack Obama unveiled the final regulations in his plan to cut nationwide carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030. Obama touted it as a bold step to slow climate change, while opponents said ...



Qualified praise for Obama's clean power plan

Politicians and analysts said Obama's Clean Power Plan, which faces fierce opposition in Republican quarters back home, should foster global goodwill and spur the international effort to pin down a climate rescue pact by year-endPresident Barack Obama's plan to slash electricity-generated CO2 emissions was welcomed Tuesday as a courageous step towards a lower-carbon future, but not yet enough to brake dangerous planet warming. Politicians and analysts said Obama's Clean Power Plan, which faces fierce opposition in Republican quarters back home, should foster global goodwill and spur the international effort to pin down a climate rescue pact by year-end. French President Francois Hollande said the first plan ever to limit US power plant emissions would be a "major contribution to the success" of the November 30-December 11 UN conference his country will host to ink a new global climate deal.



News Guide: A look at the Iran nuclear deal and Congress

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a speech at Singapore Management University Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 in Singapore. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' vote on the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most significant national security decision since lawmakers voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq.



Obama’s climate rule to face legal challenges, again
The climate may be changing, but opposition to government regulation is not.

Vermont's largest electric, gas utilities like power plan
Vermont's largest electric and gas utilities are praising the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, and say they'll continue to work on making the state more energy efficient. Green Mountain Power issued ...

More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks to reporters in defense of Planned Parenthood as Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right, listen Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.



State workers' suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid

In this July 31, 2015 photo, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth appears before the Chicago City Council's finance committee in Chicago. Duckworth is facing a civil lawsuit in which she is accused of retaliation by two veterans’ home employees while she led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. A pretrial hearing is set for Tuesday August 4, 2015 in the case in Jonesbero, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the country's most competitive 2016 Senate races.



The Freakishness of Christianity

The Freakishness of ChristianityEvangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith. Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it’s “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really mean “conservative, Protestant, evangelical Christianity,” and this assumption inevitably frames debates about American belief. For the other three-quarters of the population—Catholics, Jews, other Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, secular Americans, Buddhists, Wiccans, etc.—this can be infuriating. For some evangelicals, it’s a sign of success, a linguistic triumph of the culture wars.



Q&A: A look Obama's climate change plan and impact on states

Q&A: A look at climate change plan and its impact on statesPresident Barack Obama unveiled the final regulations in his plan that will cut carbon dioxide emissions nationwide 32 percent by 2030. Obama touted it as a bold step to slow climate change, while opponents ...



Wealthy conservatives cap Koch brothers weekend with pledges

FILE- In this May 22, 2012, file photo, Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kan. Koch, a billionaire industrialist, warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat this weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — One by one, the wealthy conservative donors stood up Monday and pledged millions of dollars to the favorite causes of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.



Kerry: good progress made on Pacific trade deal despite talks failure

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at Singapore Management University in SingaporeBy David Brunnstrom SINGAPORE Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday "good progress" was made toward a 12-nation Trans-Pacific trade deal last week, even though negotiators failed to reach an accord in marathon talks in Hawaii. "As with any complex negotiation ... there remain details to be hashed out," Kerry said in a speech during a stop in Singapore on his way to meetings of the 10 nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Malaysia on Wednesday. "Last week in Hawaii, we made good progress in our negotiations," he said adding that countries negotiating the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were "pressing on to work through tough negotiations on even the most sensitive issues." On Friday, Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on the TPP - the key economic arm of President Barack Obama's rebalance to Asia in the face of China's growing influence in the region.



Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to an interpreter during a press conference following a meeting with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Doha. Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran's nuclear program as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Brendan Smialowski/pool photo via AP)SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.



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