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High court nominee praises lawyers for helping the poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland praised lawyers for their work with low-income Washingtonians Thursday in his first public remarks since his nomination last month. The appearance marks the first time that Garland has spoken publicly at any length since Obama nominated him more than a month ago in the White House Rose Garden. His appearance Thursday was ...

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McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said Monday as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Senate advances Keystone bill despite Obama veto threat

WASHINGTON — Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level the highly controversial measure ever gained in recent years when Democrats ...

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EPA delays carbon rules for power plants

The Obama administration is delaying rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants and will write a separate implementation plan for states that have threatened to refuse to submit their own. The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it needs time to deal with overlapping issues raised in comments on the proposal to deal with new plants — for which ...

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McConnell blasts veto threat, asks Obama to work with GOP

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate. Despite that disagreement over approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, McConnell held out hope Wednesday that Republicans could work with Obama on issues such as trade agreements, infrastructure ...

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White House issues veto threat on Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. A bill that would have forced Obama’s hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the ...

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