1. PUBLIC LANDS:
Could it be? A productive Senate committee
In May, a little-known bill to increase vehicular access to a national seashore in North Carolina threatened to torpedo months of bipartisan momentum at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It threatened to derail the nearly 30 other mostly noncontroversial bills on the docket. But calmer tempers prevailed, enabling the committee to be one of the most productive in Congress this session.