1. ENERGY POLICY:
Wyden, Murkowski forge personal alliance to move legislation
The Democratic chairman and top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are sharing cabs, speaking together publicly and meeting weekly for breakfast to forge a friendship and advance energy policy. "Spending a lot of time together with your colleagues to work through difficult issues is what this Congress needs to do more of," ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said yesterday at an energy event in Washington, D.C. "It's when we make that separation and say, 'I've got my ideas and you've got your ideas,' and just go off and do it on your own, I don't think it's going to build the kind of policy that's important for this country."