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Lucia Graves

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'Social Cost Of Carbon' Heats Up Debate As House Resists White House Metric

(852) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 4:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- A battle over the "social cost of carbon" is heating up between the White House and Congress faster than an atmosphere trapped beneath an overabundant layer of greenhouse gases.

In 2010 the White House convened a group of officials from across government to use computer models -- the...

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Environmental Advocacy Groups Gear Up For Keystone Protests Ahead Of State Department's Decision

(43) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% say they are organizing more than 750 activists to lead mass acts of civil disobedience around the country, should the State Department sign off on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Current training sessions include recruiting local organizers and...

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Google Faces Environmentalist Wrath Over Fundraiser For James Inhofe, Climate Change Denier

(184) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 3:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Chanting "Google, don't fund evil!" and hoisting colorful signs, dozens of environmentalists gathered outside of Google’s Washington headquarters to protest a fundraiser held Thursday for one of Congress' most notorious climate change deniers, James Inhofe.

The Oklahoma Republican has repeatedly dismissed climate change as a "hoax" on...

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Koch Brothers Pledge Helped Kill Climate Change Legislation: Report

(660) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 3:23 PM

When President Obama rolled out his climate strategy last week, he made a point to sidestep Congress and take executive action -- and with good reason. A two-year study conducted by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University offers some insight into how Charles and David Koch have...

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Power Industry At Odds With Republican 'War On Coal' Rhetoric

(578) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 1:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama laid out a broad climate change package earlier this week, Republican opponents accused him of waging a war on coal.

The president's plan goes after the coal industry on multiple fronts. It orders the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with carbon emission standards...

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Al Gore: Obama Climate Change Speech Best 'By Any President Ever'

(112) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:32 PM

Former Vice President Al Gore hailed President Barack Obama's climate change speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday as "historic" and "the best address on climate by any president ever."

"I applaud the new measures announced by President Barack Obama this afternoon to help solve the climate crisis --...

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John Kerry Controls Keystone XL Decision -- Good News For Pipeline Opponents

(144) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- The world is divided into two sets of people -- those who are kept up at night panicking about the existential threat that is climate change, and everybody else. Secretary of State John Kerry is not everybody else.

The former Massachusetts senator spent the better part of...

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Obama Climate Change 2013 Policy Speech Outlines Executive Orders

(6836) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday invoked his executive authority to undertake a slew of measures aimed at curbing climate change and preparing America for its costly impacts. The speech was hailed by environmentalists who've seen their policy priorities largely ignored since the president promised to address climate change...

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Obama Campaign Workers Urge Keystone XL Rejection

(376) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 6:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Almost 150 former staffers from President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign on Thursday called on the president to reject a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, urging him not to "disappoint" the people who helped keep him in office.

The former staff members, in a letter to...

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Al Gore Passes Torch To Sheldon Whitehouse, Snubs Obama On Climate Leadership

(664) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Al Gore made a rare appearance on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to support the man who's become the new face of climate action in Washington.

"Sheldon Whitehouse has become the leading United States Senate advocate for solving the climate crisis, and you ought to be...

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Mike Rogers: Glenn Greenwald 'Doesn't Have A Clue' About NSA Surveillance

(304) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the story of the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance, "doesn't have a clue" about how the program actually works.

George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "The Week" had asked...

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John McCain: Rand Paul Already Proved Wrong On Terrorism By Boston Bombings

(4626) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday suggested that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has lost his credibility in fighting global terrorism.

McCain argued on CNN's "State of the Union" that the government's vast surveillance program is not "necessarily wrong" because it operates under court oversight. Paul, who appeared on...

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Elijah Cummings Vows To Release Full IRS Interview Transcripts

(3617) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Sunday promised to release the full transcripts of interviews between committee staff and Internal Revenue Service employees if Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) doesn't.

Last week Issa released excerpts of the interviews with...

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Mark Udall: No Proof Terrorism Stopped By Phone Records Program

(1064) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 10:12 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday expressed skepticism over whether the government's vast intelligence-gathering program is entirely necessary to thwart terrorist plots.

"It's unclear to me that we've developed any intelligence through the [phone call] metadata program that's led to the...

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League Of Conservation Voters Chairman Scott Nathan Invests Heavily In BP Through Hedge Fund

(340) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 7:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the board of a leading environmental advocacy group is also a hedge fund manager, and his firm is heavily invested in the oil giant BP, according to financial documents.

League of Conservation Voters Chairman Scott Nathan is chief risk officer at The...

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D.C. Leads Nation In Marijuana Possession Arrests Per Capita: Report

(125) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Chalk it up as a dubious distinction. A new analysis has found that the District of Columbia leads the states in arrests for marijuana possession. D.C. police made 846 such arrests per 100,000 residents in 2010. Nationally that number was 256 per 100,000.

More disturbing, blacks nationally were...

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Meet Winston, The Skateboarding Dog Of Columbia Heights (VIDEO)

(21) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Winston, the skateboarding dog from D.C.'s Columbia Heights neighborhood, has captured the fancy of local bloggers. "He's not Tony Hawk, but to me you can't go wrong with a bulldog doing awesome stuff like this," wrote one blogger. "Winston is obsessive about his favorite sport," observed...

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George Miller's Alpha House On Capitol Hill Is A Crashpad For Democratic Lawmakers

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- With its mismatched curtains and ivy-covered front yard, D.C.'s real Alpha House is not very alpha looking.

But the dreary exterior of the Capitol Hill row house belies its status as the high-profile crashpad of a handful of Democratic members of Congress. "Of course it’s famous,” Rep. George...

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Cosi, Cited With 17 Health Violations, Forbids Reporter To Look Under Its Tables

(8) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- From the annals of PR disasters, a new winner. After being cited for rodent droppings and 16 other health violations, the Cosi at Metro Center has forbidden WUSA9's Russ Ptacek from looking under its tables, calling the inquiry "unwarranted" and accusing the investigative reporter of causing...

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Ann Wagner's Climate Change Denials Targeted By Activist Protest

(178) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 3:23 PM

The Sierra Club has joined with Organizing For Action, an Obama-allied nonprofit group, to organize constituents of Rep. Ann Wagner to protest on Wednesday afternoon outside the congresswoman's Ballwin, Mo., office in an effort to get her to acknowledge the reality of manmade climate change.

The protestors claim the Missouri...

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