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  • Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge

    Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge
    President Obama proposed designating 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as protected wilderness, drawing cheers from environmentalists but setting off a bitter new battle Sunday with the Republican-controlled Congress over oil and...
  • After the vote and the veto, the Keystone XL pipeline could make a comeback

    The U.S. Senate launched its first great debate of 2015 this week, on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas. Predictably, the rhetoric was apocalyptic. “I think XL stands for...
  • Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling

    Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling
    In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery....
  • McConnell must please Republican base without losing majority

    Mitch McConnell must balance twin goals as the new majority-Republican U.S. Senate convenes: pushing through legislation to please the party's base without harming members who will seek re-election or the presidency in 2016. Republicans get to set the...
  • A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes

    A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes
    What day is it?" "It's today," squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day," said Pooh. As a proud member of the "don't just do something, sit there" school of politics, I don't fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren't...
  • We may not know tonight which party officially controls the Senate

    Political junkies planning to stay up late on election night to see if Republicans take control of the Senate might want to rethink their plans -- it's quite possible we won't know for days or maybe weeks. If Republicans have a really big night, the...
  • Sen. Michael Bennet: Many roles, but No. 1 is getting Mark Udall reelected

    Sen. Michael Bennet: Many roles, but No. 1 is getting Mark Udall reelected
    Whether on stage in crammed hotel ballrooms or crisscrossing tree-lined college campuses, a consistent presence on the campaign trail for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has been his colleague Sen. Michael Bennet -- the man also in charge of Democrats' chances of...
  • An hourly guide to midterm election race viewing

    One usually surefire way to gauge the political climate on election night is to follow the clock of poll closings across the nation, east to west. But this is no normal midterm. Several races are expected to be razor-close to the very end, and some...
  • Alaska: Senate, governor's races too close to call

    Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailed Republican challenger Dan Sullivan late Tuesday after a fierce campaign dominated by millions in spending by outside groups and Begich's determined efforts to distance himself from President Obama. But Begich...
  • Alaska races for governor, senator to hinge on absentee ballots

    Alaska races for governor, senator to hinge on absentee ballots
    Alaska independent Bill Walker maintained a slim lead in the governor's race over incumbent Republican Sean Parnell on Wednesday, while Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailed Republican challenger Dan Sullivan after a fierce campaign in which Begich sought...
  • Another result of Tuesday's election: fewer 'Blue Dog' Democrats

    The U.S. Senate just got a lot more conservative. But its Democratic caucus just got a lot more liberal. How’s that again? The little-examined flip side to this week’s Republican victories is that they swept out many of the last...