|Q&A: A look at climate change plan and its impact on states|
|Qualified praise for Obama's clean power plan|
President 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|
|Obama’s climate rule to face legal challenges, again|
|Vermont's largest electric, gas utilities like power plan|
|More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote|
|State workers' suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid|
|The Freakishness of Christianity|
Evangelical 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|
|Wealthy conservatives cap Koch brothers weekend with pledges|
|Kerry: good progress made on Pacific trade deal despite talks failure|
By 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|