Reid announces plan to retire, sparking fight to replace him
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid today announced that he would not seek re-election, setting in motion a leadership change for Senate Democrats and a fight for his seat in the battleground state of Nevada next year.
Amtrak audit uncovers 'significant waste of funds'
A key Amtrak supplier tacked on markups of almost 2,400 percent for repaired parts while the passenger railroad failed to collect millions of dollars in penalties due from the company for late deliveries, Amtrak's inspector general concluded in a recent audit.
Federal fracking rule pelted with lawsuits; more on the way
An anticipated cascade of litigation targeting the Obama administration's new drilling rule gained speed yesterday as a Wyoming lawsuit became the second legal challenge on court dockets so far.
Lessons from the 'vote-a-rama'
Sometime after 3 o'clock this morning, the Senate adopted its budget resolution for next year, 52-46, after a unique, marathon session that featured dozens of votes on everything from climate change policy to health care to sanctions on Iran.
S. Calif. water district exerts heavy influence on legislative negotiations
As congressional talks continue over California's historic drought, one participant in the negotiations has been more influential than it has claimed.
A big, clean energy industry matures at sea
ESBJERG, Denmark -- Flying 56 miles west from this port, you are greeted by a 10-story, yellow, boxlike platform rising out of the North Sea. It is called SylWin1, the connection to Europe's electric grid from one of the largest power plants ever built offshore. Beyond it, arrayed over 27 acres of ocean, are the 80 Siemens 3.6-megawatt turbines of the Dan Tysk wind farm. For Europeans, and perhaps for some Americans, this may be their energy future.
2 C temperature rise limit would fall short of safeguarding most countries -- study
The 2-degree-Celsius temperature rise limit globally accepted as a means to avoid dangerous climate change is a "mathematical aggregate" and a mere average of data collected from hundreds of climate stations around the world and thrown into climate models to forecast the effects of climate change. It fails to protect those nations most at risk, according to Petra Tschakert, a professor at Pennsylvania State University and coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.