1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
Amped-up acrimony amid continued impasse threatens to derail Shaheen-Portman bill
It was supposed to be a few days of relative bipartisan bonhomie in the Senate: A modest but popular energy bill was on the floor. Though senators may have faced a tough vote or two on U.S. EPA rules or the Keystone XL pipeline, the bill was expected to make it across the finish line, demonstrating that at least one chamber of Congress could function.