1. ENERGY POLICY
Frustration on Senate's failure to act may pave way for CES
As the Senate slogs through the final days of this session, Democrats feel great frustration over the failure to pass major energy legislation -- leaving them open to consider backing a once-balked-at Republican proposal for a clean energy standard early next year. "Boy, it will be a major disappointment if this Congress shuts down at the end of this year without having done anything on energy, anything of consequence," retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said earlier this month. Democratic senators blazed into the 111th Congress two years ago with bold plans to pass sweeping climate and energy bills, but those plans eventually fizzled.