1. ENERGY AND COMMERCE:
White House contest may affect Upton's agenda, strategy
Few would have described House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) as a natural partisan attack dog, though some might argue that he grew into the role at the outset of the 112th Congress. With a long history of moderate votes and a willingness to work across the aisle to move legislation, the 12-term congressman was not seen as a natural provocateur or one who craved the media limelight. However, over the last two years at the helm of a powerful committee, Upton has overseen a slew of hard-hitting probes of the Obama administration, not the least of which was an 18-month-long investigation that made the failed Solyndra solar energy company a household name.