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What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

Environmental Groups Say Obama Administration Watered Down EPA Pollution Rule

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit accusing the White House of withholding documents the grou...

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Managing the State Department

Tom Fox | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Heather Higginbottom is deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department. She previously served as deputy director of the Office ...

Laura Bassett

Obama's New Health Secretary May Change How Washington Works

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of...

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Says Power Plant Rules Will Be Ready By June 1 Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it is on pace to release its new draft standards for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from exis...

White House To Release Budget Data

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

(Corrects first name to Sylvia from Sheila in paragraph 8) By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - In an unusu...

Kate Sheppard

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Renews Push For Long-Delayed Federal Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash flowed into North Carolina's Dan River on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for long-delayed f...

A Solution to Regulatory Delay: End Centralized White House Regulatory Review

Rena Steinzor | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green
Rena Steinzor

If this or any other president truly wants to "win the future," OIRA's myopia must give way to an affirmative vision of how government can protect those who truly cannot protect themselves.

Shutdown Silliness

Charles Kolb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The American people, plus our government departments and agencies, should not be affected in any way by the failure of the Congress and the White House to complete their Constitutional duties on time. We are not only a nation of laws but, presumably, one of adults as well.

Obama Administration Braces For Government Shutdown

AP | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is telling federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown. The Office of Management and Budget...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Finally Reform Chemical Safety Policy After 37 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The EPA's decision late last week to withdraw two proposed changes to chemical safety and disclosure rules is another sign that the coun...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential r...

Congress Fiddles While the Western States Burn

Michael Winship | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our stalwart U.S. Congress, aided and abetted by government bureaucracy, is cutting Western firefighters' lifeline much as it did when members of the House initially balked at aid for sick and dying 9/11 first responders.

Dave Jamieson

A Promise From Obama To Workers Still Unfulfilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his admin...

Obama Administration Quietly Approved Big Change

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Back in January, President Barack Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech that if Congress did not act on climate change, his administration...

White House Threatens Veto On Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of the defense policy bill over limits it places on President Barack Obama's ...

'This Wasteful Expenditure Of Taxpayer Resources Must Stop'

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The White House proposed legislation on Thursday to cap the pay of federal government contractors at no more than the...

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Why does one governmental agency have 13 different cell phone plans for which it pays varied prices that are higher than commercially available rates? The one take away is that the government clearly is not leveraging its buying power and, as a result, is wasting taxpayer dollars.

White House Slams Bill As 'Political Gamesmanship'

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics

* White House calls House bill "political gamesmanship" * Debt limit issue comes to a head late July or later * Prioriti...

Obama Selects Senior Adviser For Budget Post

AP | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated one of his senior economic advisers as deputy director of the White House budget office. Obama has...

Joe Satran

Agencies Axe Food Safety Requirement Aimed To Prevent 1 Million Illnesses A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

At the very beginning of 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its proposals for the most important food safety regulations in a genera...

Obama Picks Walmart Foundation Head For Big Job

Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Director of the White House Office of Management And Budget Monday. She is currently the h...

Obama To Name Walmart Foundation Head To Key Post

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

* Obama to nominate Burwell on Monday * Veteran of Clinton White House * Brings more gender diversity to Obama team ...