St. Louis one year ago: 'This old brick town never had a chance to cool down'
ST. LOUIS -- This city near the geographic center of the United States has heard the summer heat clichés before: Take a backyard sauna. Cook an egg on the sidewalk. Change shirts with each meal. But Greater St. Louis, beginning one year ago today, made even the most extreme heat clichés seem like understatements.
Moderate Dems, facing hard midterms, treat climate plan carefully
Ask Sen. Max Baucus about the president's plan for cutting electricity emissions and the veteran Democrat from Montana answers quietly. "I think climate change needs to be addressed," he allowed, before cautiously adding that he's not sure whether President Obama's use of power plant regulations is the right way to do that. "I don't know the detail, at all." The careful approach by Baucus symbolizes the distance between Obama's passionate climate supporters on the left and a handful of centrist Democrats from swing states that lean on coal.