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Obama administration designates 9 new promise zones

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has added nine communities to its effort to ease access to federal aid and cut red tape for areas beset by joblessness, hunger, crime and poor housing. The newly selected so-called Promise Zones include neighborhoods in Nashville, south Los Angeles, the west side of Atlanta, parts of Evansville, Indiana; San Diego, eastern Puerto Rico ...

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Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean ...

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White House defends aide, fires back at House GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House locked horns on Thursday with a House committee chairman over whether a senior aide should testify before Congress about his role in crafting President Barack Obama’s public relations campaign in favor of the Iran nuclear deal. White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not rule out the possibility that deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes ...

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Kerry: US won’t block foreign business under nuclear deal

Kerry: US won't block foreign business under nuclear deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to address Iranian complaints that U.S. financial regulations are denying Iran the sanctions relief it deserves under last year’s landmark nuclear deal. Meeting with Iran’s foreign minister on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not stand in the way of foreign banks or firms doing business ...

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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. An amendment sponsored by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven did not get the 60 votes needed to stop the provocative rule. Thursday’s vote was the latest effort by Republicans ...

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AP source: Rule on offshore drilling aims to enhance safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is planning to issue a final rule designed to enhance the safety of offshore oil drilling equipment. The rule, expected to be announced Thursday, comes in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Federal investigators blamed a faulty ...

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Lead US climate negotiator stepping down

Todd Stern, the Obama administration's Special Enjoy for Climate Change, addressed the challenges and the opportunities of working with China in the context of our broader climate and clean-energy policy. (Image: Center for American Progress via Flickr)

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s lead negotiator for last year’s global climate deal is stepping down. Todd Stern has been the State Department’s envoy for climate talks since 2009. His work culminated with last year’s Paris agreement designed to reduce carbon emissions and stem the effects of climate change. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Stern ...

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