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Heitkamp considered for energy secretary

Heidi Heitkamp, methane rule

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp was invited to Trump Tower today for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Rumors are circulating that the North Dakota senator is being considered for Secretary of Energy. With oil and gas production as one of the top revenue-driving industries in the state, having a North Dakota advocate in the position would ensure the state’s needs ...

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House mulling tax increases amid record $1.3B shortfall

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With just three weeks left in the legislative session, Republican House leaders this week acknowledged they will consider increased taxes on fuel, services, alcohol and cigarettes as potential options for closing a $1.3 billion hole in the state budget. House Speaker Jeff Hickman said those tax proposals, along with the elimination of tens of millions of ...

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Trump and Sanders big winners, Kasich grabs second

Trump and Sanders big winners, riding voter frustration

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people in his win over Hillary Clinton, but faces challenges in the more diverse states that come ...

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GOP presidential candidates go their own way on climate change

Presidential candidates go their own way on climate change

A tale of environmental suspense unfolded throughout 2015: Would nations finally reach a global agreement to fight climate change? Record drought and heat, wildfires, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and his photogenic trip to Arctic Alaska — all became plot points in the developing narrative. Then, on cue in the second week of December, ...

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Immigration fuels Cruz-Rubio Republican clash

MUSCATINE, Iowa — More than any other issue, immigration is driving the rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presidential rivals focusing on the divisive topic in their closing messages to Republican voters before the sprint to the Iowa caucuses. Cruz, a Texas senator and tea party firebrand, sees Rubio’s support for a more forgiving immigration policy as his greatest ...

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John Boehner to resign from Congress

In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans on Friday that he would step down at the end of October, giving up his coveted leadership post and his seat in Congress in the face of hardline conservative opposition. The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a ...

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